Author guidelines

All submissions should be edited according to the Formazione & insegnamento format. The instructions could be downloaded hereThe journal encourages self-editing, which helps keeping it free of charges.

Formazione & insegnamento adopts double-blind review, which is a type of anonymous review in which the reviewers do not know the names and affiliations or other identifying details of the authors, and vice versa. This is the most common peer review in the humanities and social sciences.

In order to submit a manuscript ready for peer review, corresponding Authors must ensure it is properly anonymized.

Languages

Formazione & insegnamento's working languages are: English and Italian. However, it publishes articles in all the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Each article shall be accompained by titles, abstract, and keywords in both English and in the original language of the paper. For submissions that are not in English or Italian, please use the English forms for your translated title and the forms in Italian for the content in the original language of the paper (other than English). In fact, a user interface in languages other than English and Italian is not available. The Indexers of our Editorial Team will take care of metadata, in order to ensure your article is appropriately indexed upon publication.

Authorship

Formazione & insegnamento’s definition of authorship is broadly construed to account for the different contributor roles in academic research. Drawing on Yale University guidelines, each listed author of a paper must meet the following requirements:

  1. Having contributed to some component of the research (concept, design, conduction of the research, data collection, data analysis, interpretation of data).
  2. Having either written the draft or revised it (revision must be content-wise, not mere proof-reading).
  3. Having approved the final version of the paper.

It is the duty of the corresponding author to ensure all involved parties have given confirmation to the publication.

Given the transdisciplinary nature of education research, specific roles might vary. However, each author is required to meet the above criteria. Formazione & insegnamento is not an official member of the CRediT system but it recognizes its importance. Hence, it conceives of the following roles it describes:

  • Conceptualization
  • Data curation (e.g., data storage)
  • Formal analysis
  • Funding acquisition
  • Investigation
  • Methodology
  • Project administration
  • Resources (e.g., creation of study materials, tools, etc.)
  • Software
  • Supervision
  • Validation
  • Visualization (e.g., creation of graphs, slides, presentation of published work)
  • Writing – original draft
  • Writing – review & editing

The editorial board invites authors not to abuse the system. For instance, most theoretical articles will be more than fine with attributions of “conceptualization”, “investigation”, “methodology”, “writing – original draft”, and “writing – review & editing”.

Formazione & insegnamento does also recognize that, on occasion, national evaluation boards (such as the ones appointed by the Italian ANVUR) might require a more detailed identification of the contribution of each Author in relation to the different parts of the text. In that case, authors are invited to acknowledge the authorship of each section separately, as it is customary in “Class A” Italian publications.

Corresponding author

The term “corresponding author” is not a special form of acknowledgement but is used to define the author who takes responsibility for communication with the editorial board (e.g., manuscript submission, answering emails, etc.). The corresponding author’s responsibilities are:

  • Ensure deadlines are met;
  • Ensure the manuscript is publication-ready;
  • Submit the manuscript and all supporting materials;
  • Ensure the author details are correct;
  • Ensure ethical practices are duly followed;
  • Communicate promptly to the editorial board any change, correction, or irregularity she is aware of.

Changes of authorship

After a submitted manuscript is accepted, it might be necessary to change the authors of the paper. However, all authors mentioned in the original manuscript shall agree to the change.

Authorship disputes

Authors should be aware that it is not up to the journal to solve authorship disputes. However, the journal will take action in case an authorship dispute results in a breach of the principles of the Ethical Statement.

Acknowledgments

Anyone who contributed to the article in ways that do not qualify for authorship should be acknowledged in the manuscript. Examples are technical assistants, proof-readers, translators, or scholars that contributed to the discussion. To ensure these individuals consent to their inclusion in the article, the corresponding Author should share the manuscript with them.

Errors

Although Formazione & insegnamento encourages corresponding Authors to ensure no mistakes are present in the manuscript, the journal acknowledges that mistakes might happen bona fide and invites Authors to promptly notify the editorial board of any error they might become aware of. Errors will be dealt with as critiques to the published article. The ethical guidelines of the journal determine the procedure to address critiques.

Editing the manuscript for peer review

The submitted manuscript should be “blinded” (anonymized) for peer review. To do so, authors must ensure the following:

  • The third person is always used to refer to their previously published work.
  • Affiliations and names are removed from the submitted tables and figures.
  • Their published work is referenced as Anonymous (e.g., “Anonymous, 2020”).
  • The same should be referenced in the reference list (bibliography).
  • Acknowledgments and funding sources are removed from the submitted manuscript (they could be disclosed to the editors in the submission form, but they shall not be put in the blinded manuscript. Authors will be able to update their manuscripts after reviews are received).
  • All identifying information is removed from the document (file) properties.

All submissions should be edited according to the Formazione & insegnamento format. The instructions could be downloaded here.