Guidelines for Authors

 

  1. Papers submitted to the Journal of Preschool and Elementary School Education should not have been published or submitted for publication before, e.g. to the editorial offices of other periodicals or in the Internet.
  2. Papers presented for publication should be submitted in electronic form as Word documents as attachments at journal@ignatianum.edu.pl. The subject of the email should include the number of the issue the paper is intended for.
  3. Papers should be submitted in English. All papers will be read by a native speaker of English and reviewed in terms of linguistic quality. Editorial Board reserves the right to return papers to authors in the case of a low standard of English.
  4. Papers should written in accordance with the APA style. APA Style characteristics:

Introduction

APA Style was developed by social and behavioral scientists to standardize scientific writing. It is used for term papers, research reports, empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles, methodological articles and case studies.

Manuscript structure

APA research papers are divided into sections. The main sections are: title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, references, appendices. The number of pages: approx. 10-12; a minimum of 20000 characters with 1800 characters per page.

Manuscript format

Formatting your paper in APA Style means paying attention to mechanical details such as type face, line spacing, margins and page headers. Times New Roman 12 point font, with 1.5 line spacing.

Headings

Headings help readers find key points of the paper and track the development of the author’s thoughts.

Reducing bias in the language

APA is committed to objectivity in scientific reporting as well as the fair treatment of individuals and groups. The author should use professional language that is connected to the subject of the paper and also describe at the appropriate level of specificity. Example: non-specific: at-risk children, specific: children at risk for early school dropout. If the paper discusses age groups, use a specific age range. Example: non-specific: over 18 years of age, specific: 18- to 35-year-olds. Part of writing without bias is recognizing that differences should be mentioned only when relevant. Marital status, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity should not be mentioned gratuitously. When the author writes about the roles of individuals, use language that portrays their activity: the students completed the survey, not: the survey was completed by students.

Citing references in text

Cite the work of those individuals whose ideas, theories or findings have directly influenced your work, even when you are paraphrasing or describing somebody`s ideas. Take care of notes:

Kessler (2003) found that among…

Early onset results in a more persistent and severe course…(Kessler, 2003 p. 4)

In 2003, Kessler`s study of…

When you need to cite two or more authors:

Training materials are available (Department of…2001, 2004)

Past research (Gogel, 1990, 2006, in press)

Several studies (Gogel & Reed, 2005a, 2005b)

Bibliography

The purpose of the reference list (in order by the author`s surname) is to help readers find the resources the author used. References contain the following components: author’s name or names, publication date, title of the work and publication date. Example: (Gerber H., (1990). Judgment of control and depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 14, 456- 533

If a book or an article has not been published in English, its title needs to be translated into English in square brackets after the original title.

  1. Papers should include:
  • author’s first name and surname
  • affiliation (university, department)
  • title of paper/title of article
  • introduction
  • main body divided into sections/sub sections with headings
  • conclusion
  • bibliography
  • following the bibliography:
    • abstract in native language and in English, or only in English (approx. 1000 characters),
    • keywords in native language and in English, or only in English.
  • information about the author should include the following:
    • author’s first name and surname,
    • academic degree and title,
    • affiliation (university, department) with the address,
    • a short biographical note,
    • contact address, phone number (optional), e-mail address.
  1. Images, tables and charts should be labelled and numbered. Illustrations and photos should be submitted in .jpg or .tif format with a minimum resolution of 300dpi. Such materials should be sent in a separate document.
  2. All submitted texts and illustrations must be original, and the authors should be entitled to use them. The author(s) of articles are obliged to sign a proper statement.
  3. Submission of the article to the editorial office entails the author’s permission for printing as well as making the full electronic version of the article available in Internet.
  4. Papers submitted in accordance with the editorial criteria will be reviewed by two reviewers, according to the double-blind review procedure. Editorial Board reserves the right to reject papers in the case of negative reviews.
  5. The final decision to print a text is made by the Chief Editor or the Deputy Editor.
  6. Editorial Board does not return submitted materials.

 

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14.07.2015