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Scope and Editorial policy

The Pro-Posições journal is a forum for presenting research results and scientific, artistic and philosophical discussions that, regardless of area of knowledge, contribute to the critical reflection on the various dimensions of Education.

The journal welcomes original productions on the field and accepts contributions in the form of articles, bibliographic essays and reviews, in line with the Open Science communication practices, and the good research practices, transparency in the processes of knowledge production, editorial production and in sharing content for cooperation among researchers.

Originals submitted for publication must be unpublished (in printed or electronic media), except those previously made available on preprints servers managed by public institutions and that do not charge authors for publication.Simultaneous submission to any other journal or editor for evaluation or publication is not permitted. If accepted, the manuscripts shall remain unpublished until publication in Revista Pro-Posições.

Papers published in conference proceedings may be accepted, provided that the manuscript submitted to the journal is substantially modified to offer a significant proportion of unpublished elements that justify further publication. We suggest the authors to read the documents “Text-recycling: acceptable or misconduct?” and “How to deal with text recycling?”. They can be obtained through Pro-Posições executive editors and are also available online, respectively, at:

The Editorial Board is responsible for deciding whether or not to publish the manuscripts, based on the assessment of ad hoc reviewers.

In order to contribute to a more pressing debate in the area, the Editorial Board may publish articles produced by invitation. These articles will be assessed by the Editorial Board only. In such cases, such special procedure shall be clearly stated in the publication.

Ethics in Scientific Publication

The Journal Pro-Posições subscribes to the codes of transparency and best practices of scientific practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)i, the Scientific Eletronic Library Online (SciELO)ii, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)iii, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)iv, the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)v, the CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publicationvi, the Office of Research Integrityvii, the Declaration on Research Assessment (Dora)viii, the  International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)ix, the Equator Networkx, to the guidelines of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)xi and the best practices manual of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)xii.

Authors must meet the requirements of originality, give due credit to data sources, research and intellectual works of any nature used in the text and ensure that all citations and references are properly explained, according to the bibliographic standardization adopted by the journal (APA Style). The author of the manuscript is responsible for verifying, registering, and obtaining the proper authorizations for use or assignment of copyright, when applicable.

If similarity, plagiarism or self-plagiarism if found, the manuscript will be summarily rejected. Pro-Posições uses the “Turnitin” system to verify similarities in the submitted papers, before sending them for peer review and, if accepted, before their publication. Additionally, other similarity detection tools can be used at the journal’s discretion.

Open Access and Use Licenses

Pro-Posições adopts the Open Access publication systemand supports the FAIRxiii (Findable – Accessible – Interoperable – Re-usable) principles. Such policy aims to promote scientific dissemination and communication, ensure society a free, public and unrestricted access, thus contributing to the democratization of science and knowledge.

Pro-Posições adopts the Creative Commons CC-BYxiv international license, which allows its readers to copy, redistribute, remix, transform and adapt the material for any purpose, provided that the original production is properly credited. Exceptional restrictions on partial or total content published by the journal will be duly identified and informed.

Search Dataxv

Pro-Posições supports and encourages the deposit and sharingxvi of research data, program codes and other underlying materials, used in or to support manuscript writing. As of January 1, 2022, this data will be mandatorily deposited in public repositories, for example: the Scientific Data Repository of the State of São Pauloxvii, created from FAPESP’s Data Management Planxviii, the SciELO Dataxix, the IBICT Dataversexx.

Preservation and Restoration

Pro-Posições is part of indexers such as SciELO, Redalyc and PPEC. Papers published in the journal are thus available in these databases, which have their own backup and restoration systems. All articles published in the journal are also archived in the Publications section of the School of Education of the State University of Campinas, which has its own local and institutional backup system.

Publication frequency

Pro-Posições is published in electronic version in a single issue per year, with a continuous publication (CP).

Pro-Posições is organized in four sections:

  • Thematic dossier: groups articles and/or essays focused on a specific theme. The dossiers are proposed by the academic community or by the Editorial Board through calls for papers. This section aims to offer authors and readers the opportunity to address a topic or issue in greater depth from different, original, and relevant angles of analysis.
  • Articles: groups articles and bibliographic essays that present original and relevant research results and/or reflections for the area.
  • Readings and Reviews: groups reviews of books published no more than two years ago in Brazil or in other countries. It also publishes critical analyses of national or foreign reference works, written by the journal’s associate editors.
  • Diverse and Prose: puts into circulation documents of various types as a contribution to the field. This section is authored by the Editorial Board.

Types of manuscripts

Articles should present significant, original, and relevant research findings from the analysis of previously unexplored data and evidence.

Bibliographic essays should promote theoretical and/or methodological reflections on a specific field of Education.

In preparing articles and bibliographic essays, authors should consider the current state of the national and international debate on the issue at hand. The journal requires manuscript originality and values its importance for researchers in Education and other areas, the methodological rigor, and the quality and relevance of the evidence supporting the argument and the reflections developed therein.

Articles and bibliographic essays can be submitted to the Articles section or to the collection that make up the Dossier section.

Reviews are critical studies of recently published studies. They must present, obligatorily, the complete bibliographic reference and contain comments and appreciations about the ideas expressed in the work, methodology employed, relevance of the theme and the approach to the field. They must also locate the author in the debate of the relevant field.

Pro-Posições, regardless of the type of manuscript – articles, bibliographic essays and reviews –, values collaborations that offer an original and relevant contribution to the field. The evaluation system adopted allows the journal to act as a space for dialogue and debates, contributing to advance the research in the field.


Preparation of originals

The authors are responsible for verifying if the originals comply with the types of manuscripts accepted by Pro-Posições. Papers that do not meet Pro-Posições standards will be returned to the authors.

Authorship: for manuscripts with more than one author, the author responsible for the submission (corresponding author) must obtain authorization from all authors who contributed in writing the manuscript, ensuring that they are recognized as co-authors.  The list of authors must include all who can legitimately claim authorship of the manuscript according to the following criteria:

(i) have made substantive contributions to defining the question and designing the article, to collecting and producing data, and to analyzing and interpreting it;
(ii) participated in the production of the first versions of the article or critically revised it, adding relevant intellectual content;
(iii) approved the final version to be published.

Each author must have participated sufficiently in the work to be in a position to assume public responsibility for the content or a substantive part of it.

For works done by authors from different institutions, the group must identify the individual(s) responsible for the manuscript, who, in turn, must meet all the authorship criteria listed above. Actions such as obtaining funding, data collection, or general supervision of the research group do not configure authorship per se. All those who contributed to the production of the manuscript, but do not meet the necessary criteria for authorship, should be mentioned in the “acknowledgements” section. The same applies to people who gave exclusively technical assistance for data processing or for writing the manuscript. All authors of the manuscript must be named and linked to the article in the field assigned in the submission system. This ensures that the article is linked to the authors only through the submission system. For the final product, the type of each author’s contribution must also be informed according to the CRediTxxi (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) specification system. Regardless of the type of contribution made, all authors are equally responsible for the article.

ORCID: All authors and co-authors must be registered in ORCID (, and their identifications must be informed on the submission form. They are also responsible for keeping their respective registrations updated on the submission platform.

Anonymity: to ensure anonymous evaluation, all indications of authorship, including the username registered in the text editor, as well as references and credits to the original research, ethics committee or funding agencies, must be deleted from the original texts. Manuscripts derived from dissertations and theses should not contain indication of the title, advisor or institution where they were defended. Acknowledgements must also be removed from the version submitted for analysis. Once the article is approved for publication, the information deemed relevant and necessary will be reinserted.

Must appear in the manuscript in the original language, as well as their respective versions in a second language:

a. a concise title that clearly specifies the subject matter discussed;
b. abstract;
c. keywords:to facilitate the use and search of keywords, the use of Controlled Vocabulary is mandatory. Pro-Posições adopts the Brazilian Education Thesaurusxxii.

Languages: Pro-Posições accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Format: The text must be typed in MS-Word for Windows text editor and submitted in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.

Formatting and style:  Font Times New Roman, size 12; line spacing 1.5; page size A4 (297 x 210 mm), with 2.5 cm top and bottom margins; and 3 cm right and left margins.
Highlights in general should be made with quotation marks or italics, without using bold or underscore. Chapters, Titles, and Subtitles should be highlighted in bold, using a different font size from the rest of the text (13, 14, 15, or 16, depending on the hierarchical level of the chapter).

Textual review and Bibliographic Standardization: It is mandatory that the authors submit the text to orthographic and grammatical revision and to the American Psychological Association (APA)xxiii standards, before submitting it to Pro-Posições Journal, being responsible for the correct use of the written language, including foreign ones. The accuracy of the references listed and their correct citation in the text are also the responsibility of the authors.

Length: Papers must conform to the following length:

  • Articles – from 40.000 to 60.000 characters with spaces (including the abstract and its Portuguese and Spanish versions, charts, tables, figures and images, captions, footnotes and bibliographical references). The abstract and its versions must each contain between 700 and 800 characters, with spaces.
  • Reviews – from 8.000 to 15.000 characters with spaces.

Tables and Illustrations(diagram, flowchart, photograph, graph, map, organization chart, plan, chart, picture, figure, image, among others):

  • Tables must be numbered sequentially, inserted and cited in the body of the text; they must have legible characters, a number and title above the image, and, below it, left-aligned, captions or statements and a source indication. They must be standardized according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
  • Illustrations (diagram, flowchart, photograph, graph, map, organization chart, plan, chart, picture, figure, image, among others) must be presented within the text and sent as separate files via the online submission system, in JPG, PNG, or TIFF format, in a minimum 300 dpi resolution, numbered, and accompanied by the respective titles, sources, and captions.
  • In the text, its identification appears at the bottom, preceded by the word designation, followed by its number of order of occurrence in the text, in Arabic numerals, the respective title and/or explanatory caption in a brief and clear manner, which dispenses with consulting the text and the source. The illustration should be inserted as close as possible to the excerpt to which it refers, according to the graphic design.

Explanatory notes: must be listed consecutively within the text, in footnote format, and should be of an explanatory nature only.

Forwarding works

Joining Open Science

Authors must complete and sign the “Open Science Compliance Form” and submit it as a Supplemental Document during the online submission process:

When filling out the form, authors must inform if the manuscript has been deposited in any preprint server, the availability of Research Data and Other Materials, and the stance with respect to openness in peer review. Although filling out the form and uploading the document are mandatory, the information provided does not interfere with the evaluation and/or publication process.

Image use and Copyright

According to current Brazilian legislationxxiv, the use of images in the manuscript implies submitting supplementary documents during the online submission process:

  • image use authorizationfor each person depicted (photographs) in the text. For photographs of/with children, these authorizations must be from the legal guardians, with the respective signatures notarized.
  • copyright assignmentfor each image (photographs, tables, graphs, figures, etc.) used in the text, except for those elaborated by the authors of the manuscript. In the case of reproductions (or photographs), the object in question must have authorization for publication (e.g., paintings in museums, book covers, previously published graphs, texts, tables, graphs and images taken from other works, from the internet and social networks, etc.).

Conflicts of Interest
Possible conflicts of interest, whether professional, personal, commercial, financial, institutional, or ideological, must be disclosed in the appropriate field during the online submission process.

Support and Funding
For paper generated from funded research, its origin must be clearly indicated in the appropriate field of the electronic form.

Submission of articles, bibliographical essays and reviews:
Papers must be submitted (in .doc, .docx or .rtf format) exclusively through the Scielo/ScholarOne ( online system. This procedure applies both to single articles and essays, and to those that are part of a dossier whose initial proposal has already been approved.

a) Originality
During the submission process, authors must certify in the submission form that the article was not previously published in any other medium, whether printed, digital, or otherwise, and is not being reviewed by any other journal or publisher.

b) Preprint
If the article has been previously deposited in a preprint server, the corresponding author must inform which database it is in and the corresponding DOI.

c) Cover letter
To speed up the review process, we suggest attaching as a supplementary document a cover letter in the appropriate field. It should contain brief answers to the following questions (without exceeding 600 words in total):

If it is an article:

i. What is the scientific question your paper seeks to answer?
ii. What research have you developed to explore this question?
iii. What are the main results found?
iv. Which three recently published papers are most relevant to this question?
v. What is the importance of your results for the specific area of the article?
vi. What is the importance of your results for Education in general and for the wider public?

If it is a bibliographic essay:

i. What is the question of your essay and for which audience was it written?
ii. Which three recently published papers address the same topic? How does the essay being submitted differ from them?
iii. What is your main argument?
iv. What is the importance of this argument for the specific area of the essay?
v. What is the importance of this argument for Education in general and for the wider public?

If it is a review:

i. What is the author's academic and research background and in what ways do they make their book more relevant?
ii. What is the question that structures the work?
iii. What are the main arguments of the work?
iv. What research structures the argument?
v. What is the importance of this argument for the specific area of the work?
vi. What is the importance of this arguments for Education in general and for the wider public?

An interval of at least two years will be observed between the publication of texts written as author or co-author, and the beginning of a new submission process.

Forwarding Dossier Proposals
Proposals, in text form, should be sent by the dossier organizer by e-mail ( to the editorial office of Pro-Posições and should contain the following information:

  • Title and abstract of the proposed dossier; name, brief CV, and information on the institutional affiliation of the researcher responsible for organizing the dossier.
  • Cover letter, answering the questions listed in the previous item (Submission of articles, bibliographic essays and reviews).
  • List of manuscripts that make up the dossier, containing: titles and abstracts (maximum 200 words each), authors’ names, information on their institutional affiliation and brief CV.

General guidelines

i. The dossiers must have an inter-institutional character, bringing together authors affiliated with at least three different institutions, except in cases of co-authorship. At least three of the texts must have the participation of affiliates from foreign institutions. The journal values proposals from different geographical regions.

ii. The dossier must include a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 articles. The organizer(s) of the dossier are responsible for writing the presentation text, in the form of an article, which should include a reflection that places the debate on the theme at a national or international level.

iii. The guidelines and requirements for manuscripts submitted to the Articles section apply equally to manuscripts submitted as parts of dossiers.

Deadlines, procedures, specific guidelines

i. The deadline for reviewing a dossier proposal is approximately three months; at the end of this period the result is communicated to the proposer.

ii. If the proposal is approved, the organizer is informed of the deadlines for submitting the complete papers. The organizer is responsible for ensuring that the manuscripts are submitted to the journal within the deadline. The date of publication depends on the progress and evaluation of the submitted texts.

iii. Approval of the dossier proposal does not imply automatic approval of the manuscripts contained therein. Each manuscript is subject to specific evaluation, according to the Evaluation Process described in this document. At the end of the evaluation, the Editorial Board may suggest changes in the manuscript or its exclusion from the dossier. The excluded manuscript can be replaced by another one, which will then undergo the same evaluation process. Replacement can only occur if the deadlines agreed upon with the Editorial Board are not jeopardized.

iv. The dossier organizer is responsible for following all the stages of its editorial production, acting, whenever requested, as an intermediary between the Editorial Board and the authors of the articles to, when necessary, solve issues related to the text, language review, image editing, etc.

v. The dossier organizer is responsible for preparing the dossier.

Review process


Dossiers are reviewed in three stages. First, the Editorial Board reviews the proposed dossier to verify that each article is in accordance with the editorial policy, scope, and area of interest of the journal. The second and third review steps are equivalent to the article review, discussed in this document.

To be published as a dossier, the set must have a minimum of six articles approved by reviewers, of which at least two must have authors associated with foreign institutions. If the number of approved manuscripts is less than six, or if they lack the minimum number of authors associated with foreign institutions, the approved texts may be published separately in the Articles section.


Reviews are reviewed by the Editorial Board, thus adopting the main editor peer-reviewsystem.


The review process of articles and bibliographic essays, submitted or not as part of dossiers, occurs in two stages. In the first stage, they are examined by the Editorial Board to verify if they are in accordance with the editorial policy, scope and area of interest of Pro-Posições. The manuscripts approved in the first stage will be reviewed by at least two ad hoc reviewers whose areas of expertise are related to the theme of the text. In this second stage, Pro-Posições uses the double-blind peer-review system in which the identity of the authors is not revealed to the reviewers and vice-versa, unless one or both parties formally authorize opening the reviews, as a way of meeting the principles of open science.

For articles from preprint servers, the journal adopts the single-blind peer-review system, in which the identity of the reviewers is not revealed to the authors unless they formally authorize it, as a way to comply with the principles of open science.

The peer review can go in three directions.

a. indicate publication without suggested changes;
b. indicate publication provided that revisions (major or minor) are made;
c. not recommend publication.

Pro-Posições, at the end of the review process, makes the issued opinions available to the authors. If the reviewers request revisions, the reformulated manuscript returns to the Editorial Board, which again forwards it to the reviewers for a new evaluation until a final recommendation is made. For a manuscript to be published, it must be approved by two ad hoc reviewers. In case of divergent opinions, the manuscript is forwarded to a third reviewer. If the author(s) disagrees with the final evaluation, it is possible to appeal to the Editorial Board, which has the final decision.

Minor changes in the writing/structure of the text may be made at the Editorial Board’s discretion. The composition of the set of articles approved for publication in the journal seeks to guarantee thematic or authorial diversity, implying that the acceptance of the manuscript is not conditioned to its immediate publication.

Pro-Posições, in its transparency policy and respect for the importance of the voluntary collaboration of ad hoc reviewers, reserves them the right to open their acceptance opinions, anonymously or not, and eventually publish them together with the article. In the published articles, the identification of the associate editors responsible for conducting the review process will also be made available.

Pro-Posições makes every effort to have the manuscripts evaluated as soon as possible, with an average of six months between submission and communication of the final evaluation result to the authors. However, the process of reviewing a manuscript can be affected by a number of intervening parties, making the processing of some articles take considerably longer.

Editorial Production

Once the review process is complete, the approved manuscripts enter the editorial production phase.

When the manuscript enters the final production phase, authors will be instructed by the journal’s secretariat about the procedures regarding preparation, standardization, and language revision with one of the appointed professionalsxxv, whose competence and rigor are attested by the journal.

After revising the original language, the authors of articles and bibliographic essays in Portuguese or Spanish undertake to present the revised English version of the text, which must be done by professional translators appointed and certified by the journal.

Appointment of reviewers and translators and the guidelines concerning deadlines to be met will be informed by the journal’s secretariat when the manuscript enters the final production stage. After sending the final version of the revised text in its original language and in the equally revised English version, the production flow for publication will begin.

Articles whose authorships are identified represent their authors’ point of view and not the official position of Pro-Posições Journal or the School of Education at Unicamp.

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