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GUIDE FOR AUTHORS

 

Publication Style

Manuscripts will only be considered if they comply with HERJ ethical guidelines. (http://herj.lib.unideb.hu/file/3/oldal/46/Ethical_Guidelines.pdf . Authors are invited to use English acceptable for the international academic/professional community. Authors are advised to have their manuscripts language edited and/or proofread before submission.

Figures and tables may be sent in editable formats, including captions with ordinal numbering, title, set in the proper place in the table. Please include reference of sources to each table and figure. The formatting of tables follows the automatic table format of Microsoft World “Classic 1”. Figures should be numbered and must have a title as well. A drawing or a good quality photograph has to be provided for each figure instead of a photocopy.

The use of endnotes instead of footnotes is acceptable. However, references (author’s name, year of publication) in the text are highly recommended. The list of references and bibliographical data in manuscripts should be prepared according to APA Style 6th edition.

Manuscripts may be submitted in the template which is available here: http://herj.lib.unideb.hu/oldal/index/publication_style. The title should be brief. The name of the author will appear under the title, with the name and the author’s affiliation (including the country), the email address and the ORCID number of the author. In case of multiple authors, all institutions and addresses will be clearly indicated. Unless otherwise stated, correspondence and proofs will be sent to the first author.

For further details please see the sections’ own publication prescriptions below.

 

Thematic Articles

HERJ issues usually publish a thematic section with 4-6 papers focusing on the same topic in international comparisons. Proposals of a thematic section (250-500 characters length) must argue for the importance of the topic and must indicate the guest editor(s) and the authors of the section, including the guest editor’s/editors’ paper article. Proposals have to be submitted to the General Editor of HERJ (general.editor@herj.lib.unideb.hu) and will be discussed by the editorial board. Papers should be up to 8-10000 words (20000 characters) in length excluding abstract, keywords, tables, figures and appendix. The suggested parts of a paper may include:

  • the title and the author;
  • an abstract containing the aims of the study (2-3 sentences), an overview of the relevant publications and previous research (2-3 sentences), presentation of the research method (2-3 sentences); a summary of research results (2-3 sentences), altogether maximum 1,200 characters;
  • keywords: 3-5 keywords retrieved from the ERIC keyword database(https://eric.ed.gov/?ti=A), completed by 3-5 keywords according to the author’s decision;
  • the body of the text: literature review, the argument of the topic and/or the introduction of the results and their explanations;
  • a conclusion or summary;
  • the list of references and bibliographical data in manuscripts should be prepared according to APA Style 6th edition.

 

Research Papers

Research paper submission, independent from the thematic section, are also welcome. An ‘independent’ research paper presents the results of original investigations. It has to be 8-10000 words (20000 characters) in length, excluding abstract, keywords, tables, figures and appendices. The suggested parts of the paper include:

  • the title and the author;
  • an abstract which contains the aims of the study (2-3 sentences), an overview of the relevant publications and previous research (2-3 sentences), presentation of the research method (2-3 sentences); a summary of research results (2-3 sentences), altogether maximum 1,200 characters;
  • keywords: 2-3 keywords retrieved from the ERIC keyword database (https://eric.ed.gov/?ti=A), completed by 3-5 keywords according to the author’s decision;
  • the body of the text: literature review, the argument of the topic and/or the introduction of the results and their explanations;
  • a conclusion or summary;
  • the list of references and bibliographical data in manuscripts should be prepared according to APA Style 6th edition.

Papers should be submitted to the editor of the Research Papers section or to the editor of HERJ (editor.herj@lib.unideb.hu).

 

Discussion Papers

Discussion papers section invites short peer-reviewed conference abstracts e.g. EERA, EARLI etc.) as well as short papers for debates. Discussion papers would be accepted if the suggestions of the reviewers and/or the results of the conference presentations have been processed. The structure of a discussion paper may be the following:

  • 3 - 5 keywords (see ‘keywords’ above);
  • General description of the research questions, objectives and theoretical framework (up to 600 words);
  • Methods/methodology (up to 400 words);
  • Expected outcomes/results (up to 300 words);
  • References (up to 400 words)

Tables, graphs or notes may not be included in a discussion paper. Papers may be submitted to the editor of the Discussion Papers section (herj@lib.unideb.hu) or to the editor (editor.herj@herj.lib.unideb.hu).

 

Book Reviews

The suggested length of a book review is 3000-5000 words (6000-10000 characters). The title of the article would be the title of the original book reviewed (with all the publishing details). Reviewers are suggested to review books on practical education as well as educational studies and research. The books reviewed have to be published within the last three-five years. International / Central European publications are preferred; however, books published in Hungarian may also be accepted for review.

HERJ provides an e-copy or a printed copy of the book (inspection copy) for review. Future reviewers with their own interest are also welcome, and they can propose books with the book reviews editor. Manuscripts should be submitted to the book reviews editor (books.herj@lib.unideb.hu).

 

Special Issues (Supplements)

HERJ publishes also ‘special issues’ (annually or biannually) focused on topics of multidimensional research. A special issue has research articles without further sections (research papers, discussion papers, book reviews). Proposals with the concept of topic, containing the planned title of the thematic block, the name of the guest editor(s) (possibly cooperating with an international editor), the short description of the block (approximately 1000-3000 characters) and the authors of the block (4-6 papers, including the guest editor’s/editors’ paper) and the planned title of their study. The language of the thematic issue is English. Proposals must be written in English and may be submitted to the general editor (president.herj@lib.unideb.hu) or the editor (editor.herj@lib.unideb.hu).

 

The Reviewing Process

Manuscripts accepted by the editor for publication will be sent anonymously to two reviewers selected according to their expertise. A third reviewer can be invited if the first and second reviewers disagree. The suggested time frame of a review may be one month to be able to combine the shortest possible publishing time with the highest possible quality of examination. The review results will be sent back to the authors who are expected to make the suggested corrections. A general time frame of an article from its submission to its publication may cover 3-6 months.