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Author Guidelines

A. Guidelines for submission of manuscripts


All the manuscripts should be send through the Electronic platform where the Journal is based (Open Journal System). Submitted articles must be original and unpublished, and should not be under consideration for publication in other journals. RIMCIS will not publish more than one article of the same authorship or co-authorship within 24 months period. RIMCIS does not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs) to its authors for publication.


The manuscripts can be written in (Catalan, Spanish, French, English and German) and should be original, those can be accepted for publication if they have not been published before, nor submitted for review to other scientific journals. In order to ensure originality of the received manuscripts, we recommend the authors to use programs of plagiarism detection. You can visit the following information on iThenticate:

The authors that send a manuscript to RIMCIS are invited to include their professional data and add their ORCID Id (If they have one). Regarding those authors who do not have this ID, we invite you to register at ORCID on the following web:

The manuscripts will have to:

- Address a relevant topic in the area of the social sciences research from a multidisciplinary approach;

- Suitably include the most relevant and current literature;

- Contribute and expand our understanding on learning and the educational macro and micro processes.

The following pieces of work will be reviewed for publication: articles, book reviews and doctoral dissertations.

Writing style: The manuscripts have to follow the APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2009). The following are some citation examples:

[Book] Lareau, A. (2004).Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life. Berkeley, CA: University of California.

[Edited book] Meyer, D. S. (1999). How the Cold War Was Really Won: The Effects of the Antinuclear Movements of the 1980s. In M. Giugni, D. McAdam, & Ch. Tilly (Eds.),How Social Movements Matter (pp. 182-203). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

[Book chapter]

[Journal article] Lareau, A., & Lopes Muñoz, V. (2012)."You're Not Going to Call the Shots": Structural Conflicts between the Principal and the PTO at a Suburban Public Elementary School.Sociology of Education, 85, 201-208.doi:10.1177/0038040711435855

Format: The manuscripts submitted should have and extension between 6.000 and 8.000 words, including abstract, notes, references and annexes. The manuscripts should be presented in the format MS Word, WordPerfect or RTF. The manuscripts writing style will be Times New Roman, size 12, spacing 13, full justification and without tabulations. Return will only be used to separate sections. Pages will have to be configured with the following margins: 1,41 cm (right), 1,41 cm (left), 1,41 cm (top), 1,41 cm (bottom).

Structure: The first page should contain the title of the article. In the second page should include an abstract and keywords. From the third page the manuscript should include the title of the article and the text with the notes (if necessary) and references. The title, abstract and key words should appear at least in English and Spanish.

Abstract and keywords: All manuscripts should include an abstract between 150 and 200 words explaining concisely the reasons and object of the manuscript, the methodology used and the main results and conclusions. It is also necessary to include between three and five keywords that defined the article and serve to identify the content of the work.

Notes: These should be avoided when possible. Notes will be at the end of the text and not footnotes to avoid distractions while reading.

Tables and graphs: Diagrams, charts, graphs and tables will have a brief title and explanation and have to be send in a separate document.

Abbreviation: The only abbreviations that can be used are those universally accepted.

Author identification: The authors should avoid disclosing their identity, especially in the first pages of the manuscript. The name of the author(s) must not appear on any page of the manuscript. This information will be included in the electronic platform and it should not appear in the manuscript sent for review. In the platform has to be stated the name and last name of each of the authors (in order of preference), full name of the work place of each of the authors and postal address and electronic address of the responsible or first author as the responsible of the correspondence.

Title of the page headline: It should be included also in the first page a title of less than 25 characters. The title should be informative and specific to explain the meaning and aims of the work.

Language: Manuscripts submitted should be grammatically correct independently of the language used. It is responsibility of the authors to ensure that the submitted manuscript follow the language standards required by the publication of the scientific journal. If English is not the first language, authors are invited to use the author’s services of language edition.

Hipatia Press requires to future authors to send the manuscripts with an excellent language edition. If the manuscript is written in a second or third language, it is recommended to first contact a language reviewing service to avoid grammar and style mistakes.

Review procedure: When a manuscript is submitted, the editors screen the manuscripts to make sure that all the files have no identifying information on the authors and that the article has not been published elsewhere. Then, in a time period of 15 days maximum from the date of reception of the article, the journal editor will assign it to two external evaluators that will carry out a blind review of the article (double blind peer review). Over the review period of the article, both the names of the authors as well as the evaluators’ will be anonymous.

Peer reviewers are identified by editors of the journal, who are experienced researchers in their fields. The most suitable reviewers are selected according to the submission received and the reviewer’s expertise; also a network of scholars can collaborate as reviewers in our journal.

The Editors are in charge of exploring the reviewer’s reports and exchange opinions with some members of the editorial board in order to make a proper decision whether an article could be publishable or not. The decision is reached through the reviewers’ reports.

Editors check all the reviews done and contrast the reviewers’ notes with the content of the article before sending decisions and reviewers comment to authors. If reviewers do not carry out their duty correctly, editors will delete them from the list and send the article to another reviewer or to a member of the editorial board to carry out a fast-track review of the manuscript.

In cases where Editors have doubts after the process of review, they double-check the evaluation with some members of the Editorial board, according to their field of specialization, in order to reach an agreement and a decision on the manuscript.

The result of the evaluation will be send to the authors in a maximum period of 3 months from the date of reception.


B. Guidelines for submission of book reviews and doctoral dissertations

Regarding book reviews: Preferably will be accepted book reviews of relevant publications related to social sciences from different disciplines, no more than two years old in the moment of submitting the book review. Selection criteria that will be taken into account are:

- Specialization and prestige of the book’s author, as well as the publishing house of the book.

- Current topic and publication date.

- Book reviews of text books or educational materials and general knowledge books are excluded.

- Use of scientific criteria by the publishing house.

- With regards to the review, it will be valued the quality of the text, as well as the scientific specialty of the author in the book review. The maximum length will be 700 words. The book review will start with the technical data of the book (name and last name of the author, year of publication, title of the book, place and publishing house). The name of the book review author will be at the end of the text.


Suggestions for books to be reviewed or nominations to review books should be submitted to: Olga Serradell, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Department of Sociology: Facultat de Ciències Polítiques i Sociologia. Campus de la UAB, Edifici B, Despatx B1.175, 08193, Bellaterra. Spain


The opinions and contents of the published articles in RIMCIS are the exclusive responsibility of the authors. In addition, it is their responsibility to obtain the corresponding permits to include published material in other journals or books as well as to reproduce images, texts, tables or figures from other authors.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission neither has been published previously nor has been sent previously to another magazine (or an explanation in Commentaries has been provided to the editor).
  2. The sent file is in Microsoft Word format, rtf, or WordPerfect.
  3. Webpages have been added for the references where it has been possible.
  4. The text has simple paragraph spacing; the size of source is 12 points; it is used cursive instead of underlining (excepting URL directions); and all the illustrations, figures and tables are within the text in the place that corresponds to them and not at the end.
  5. The text fulfils the indicated bibliographical requirements and of style in the Guidelines for authors, that can be found in About the journal.
  6. If you are sending to a section of the journal that uses the peer review process, you has to be sure that the instructions in Assuring a blind revision have been followed.

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