About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Aims & Scope
Sisyphus — Journal of Education aims to be a place for debate on political, social, economic, cultural, historical, curricular and organizational aspects of education. It pursues an extensive research agenda, embracing the opening of new conceptual positions and criteria according to present tendencies or challenges within the global educational arena.
The journal publishes papers displaying original researches—theoretical studies and empirical analyses—and expressing a wide variety of methods, in order to encourage the submission of both innovative and provocative work based on different orientations, including political ones. Consequently, it does not stand by any particular paradigm; on the contrary, it seeks to promote the possibility of multiple approaches. The editors will look for articles in a wide range of academic disciplines, searching for both clear and significant contributions to the understanding of educational processes.
Sisyphus — Journal of Education seeks contributions within the framework of two main research lines: Education XXI and Change Forces in Education.
Education XXI addresses the diversification, modernization and improvement of education. It studies the development of educational structures, processes and practices, including the integration and use of digital technologies, oriented towards the promotion of socially relevant learning. Attention will be given to two central problems: quality of learning, considering issues related to the acquisition and development of competences and skills; and inclusion, addressing the ongoing engagement with diversity.
Change Forces in Education deals with the coordination, steering and monitoring of change in education systems. Attention will be given to two central problems: the professional development in education professions, particularly focusing on the socialization and training processes of teachers and other educators; and the processes and effects of participation and accountability in the governance of education systems, particularly focusing on the construction, implementation and assessment of educational public policies.
Sisyphus accepts papers submitted by researchers, scholars, educational administration professionals, teachers, students, and well-informed observers of the educational field and correlative domains. Additionally, the journal will encourage and accept proposals embodying unconventional elements, such as photographic essays and artistic creations.
Along with the articles, the journal may include other research materials such as case-study reports, experiences and inquiries, conceptual and methodological discussions, on-going research papers and book reviews.
The journal is directed towards an international audience of academics, researchers, students, educators, teachers, politicians and educational administration professionals.
Section Policies [thematic focus]
Manuscripts submitted to this section must reflect effective advances in scientific knowledge in subjects related to:
1. Identification, analysis and promotion of practices of inclusion and equity in formal and non-formal educational contexts, including higher education contexts, youngsters and unschooled adults, in order to cope with increasing diversity and technological development of current societies;
2. Study desirable and relevant literacies, for the Portuguese context, namely in mathematics, science, and physical education, especially regarding sensitive and at risk student groups, taking into account genre, sociocultural origin, and involvement in school, and design of intervention strategies in order to support curriculum development and teacher education;
3. Innovation and improvement of teaching and training practices using technology enhanced learning with emerging digital technologies (such as augmented reality, data analytics, forms of narrative storytelling, taking advantage of mobile learning) and understanding its impact on learners, learning, teachers and teaching in order to contribute to wider adoption in schools.
Change Forces in Education
Manuscripts submitted to this section must reflect effective advances in scientific knowledge in subjects related to:
1. Expansion of the empirical-based analysis of the role, scope and depth of international large scale assessments effects in education governance, focusing on the relations between public policies and the evolution of Portuguese students’ performance in PISA, and on the mobilization and translation of PISA data into “knowledge for policy” by state and non-state actors;
2. Provision of public authorities on a regular basis with data, analysis and evaluations on processes, effects, best-practices, and governance patterns of national policies and programs, specifically on major challenges of Portuguese education such as: reduction of early school leaving; promotion of adult education; development of school autonomy and accountability;
3. Development of new models for teacher education (in-service and pre-service) for promoting literacy, inclusion, citizenship participation and empowerment combining practice-based, collaborative and technology enriched training frameworks.
Peer Review Process
Double-blind peer review [This journal operates under a Double-Blind Peer Review Policy]
When submitting an article, make sure that it includes only the title (without any references to acknowledgments, financial support, authors’ names or affiliation in the uploaded document) and that the text does not include self-references easily identified by readers.
The selective process of submitted articles begins with the editorial analysis. The internal editorial process of the journal eliminates any data on the authors’ identity from the body of the original texts. The submitted papers are subject to a PRE-revision of the formal aspects of the proposal. If a paper overcomes this first phase, it will be evaluated by, at least, two reviewers (double-blind peer review), who will suggest whether or not to accept the article for later publication, and if any revision is required. The final decision is made by the editors. Reviewers are provided with Sisyphus editors’ general review guidelines and a Peer Review Form (consult english version here).
The reviewers will be chosen according to the article’s main theme and therefore will be experts on the paper’s research domain, trying, whenever possible and advisable, seek the collaboration of external and foreign scholars. In case of relevant discrepancies between the reviewers, the opinion of a third reviewer will be asked for. The final decision is made by the editors. Every year, a list of reviewers will be published.
The pre-review and peer review processes are entirely independent of each other.
Authors will be notified by email of the editors’ decision on the acceptance, request for revision or rejection of the article. The whole process (from submission to this first editors’ decision) shall take no more than six months.
Reviewers’ comments will be sent to the authors when and if reformulation of the article is needed. Authors will subsequently have a deadline to submit the final version of the article (as a rule, no more than one month).
Authors may track the article on the journal submission system, at any moment along the process, and must wait for the editorial decision before changing any data or submitted documents.
Ethics and Good Practices
Our ethics and good practice conduct requirements and own responsibilities are entailed with the Carta Ética para a Investigação em Educação e Formação do Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa [Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa’ Ethical Charter for Research in Education and Training] and inspired by international codes, such as the Code of Conduct and Best Practice for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Code of Ethics of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) principles (professional competence; integrity; professional, scientific, and scholarly responsibility; respect for people’s rights, dignity, and diversity; and social responsibility) and ethical standards, which ones we advocate.
Our main goal is to publish innovative and valuable research, produced and disseminated in the most responsible, transparent, and ethical way. A goal that must be pursued by all the individuals engaged in Sisyphus editorial process, such as the authors, reviewers, and, of course, us, editors and editorial team. We most value, and pledge, the freedom and integrity of action and of all involved, and consequent responsible autonomy and ethical awareness. So, Sisyphus deploys and states a set of internal practices and requirements to safeguard its ethical principles.
Sisyphus mandates to authors:
Research and related manuscripts, submitted to Sisyphus, must comply with the guidances of AERA Code of Ethics.
Authors must conduct themselves with integrity, so they must submit an original article, not yet published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. They must ensure that it is an authentic research, with no false data, sources or results; and that it is a genuine work, that doesn’t resort to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
Authors must conduct themselves with professional, scientific and scholarly responsibility and competence, so they must evaluate the potential of their contributions to accomplish major knowledge advances in our two main research lines: Education XXI and Change Forces in Education. Also, if the manuscript has more than one author, it has to be sanctioned by all authors, and the order of appearance must reflect their degree of responsibility and implication to the related research. There must be no conflicts of interest that could bias the results or conclusions presented. Existing funding sources and projects must be fully described. Identified errors must be immediately reported to the editor, so we may publicize the correspondent correction(s).
Authors must conduct themselves with respect for people’s rights, dignity, and diversity, so non-discriminatory language is mandatory for all manuscripts: any words or expressions conveying social prejudices are to be avoided. Also, authors are obliged to protect confidential information, and to obtain legally informed consent from research participants.
Sisyphus mandates to reviewers:
Our reviewers must conform their conduct to COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.
Reviewers must conduct themselves with integrity, so they should declare any potential conflicting interests and refuse to review the assigned manuscript if they identify authorship or related research or when they detected other conflicts of interests (personal, professional, financial or other). Also, they are obliged to respect the confidentiality of the work they are peer reviewing, not releasing any details. If any form of ethical malpractice when reviewing a manuscript is identified, they are obliged to inform the editors.
Reviewers must conduct themselves with professional, scientific and scholarly responsibility and competence, so they have to observe Sisyphus’ Review Guidelines, respect review deadlines, and only agree to review manuscripts for which they have subject expertise.
Reviewers must conduct themselves with respect for people’s rights, dignity, and diversity, so they must not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other perceived characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations. Their comments must be objective and constructive, renouncing the use of hostile wording and derogatory remarks.
Sisyphus mandates to editors [our own requirements and responsibilities]
Sisyphus’ editors subscribe COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.
Specially committed to the dissemination and promotion of scientific knowledge, Sisyphus defends the principles of open science and free and immediate open access, convinced that an unrestrained circulation of knowledge will contribute to a greater democratization and validity of scientific work worldwide.
We conduct ourselves with integrity, so the decision to accept an article is made exclusively among the editors (not determined by outsider policies, agencies, entities or people), and we publish all the accepted articles (except in the abnormal case of the discovering of major errors or ethical violations - e.g., plagiarism or other misconduct). Further, we have an anti-plagiarism detection system (Urkund) to ensure the originality of published articles. We also ensure the anonymity of the manuscripts in the review process, eliminating all the authorship data before articles are sent to peer review. We ensure that there is no conflict of interests (relations of financial, institutional, collaborative or any other nature) between the reviewers and the authors. Finally, we are willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary.
We conduct ourselves with professional, scientific and scholarly responsibility and competence, so we commit to keep the authors informed about all submission, revision, and publication steps, and will ensure the compliance with the established time limits. On another hand, we ensure the selection of the most qualified reviewers to express a critical and expert appreciation of the work with the smallest possible biases. This will ensure the academic quality of the published manuscripts through an objective, balanced and fair review. We will also ensure that all reviewers receive the updated documents on the formal standards and evaluation criteria. We are responsible for the compliance with the time limits for the reviews and the publication of the accepted works. Finally, we will periodically review the evaluation process of the submitted manuscripts to ensure its quality and suitability.
We conduct ourselves with respect for people’s rights, dignity, and diversity, so editorial decision will not be affected by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations. Also, we will not accept manuscripts with discriminatory language, so any words or expressions conveying social prejudices are to be avoided.
Final general statements, related to:
Conflict of Interest (authors, reviewers and editors)
Authors, reviewers and editors must avoid and declare any potential conflicting interests. Sisyphus advocates AERA ethical standards regarding Conflicts of Interest.
Fraud (ethical violations and other misconducts)
In case of detection of any ethical violation or misconducts, Sisyphus will consider retracting publications, according to COPE Guidelines for retracting articles.
The Journal is published every four months: February, June and October.
Open Access Policy
Our journal offers free, immediate access to its contents, with no embargo period, revealing our belief that an unrestrained circulation of knowledge will contribute to a greater democratisation of scientific work worldwide.
The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
Author Self-Archiving Policy
Author(s) are permitted to self-archive the final published version in institutional or thematic repositories, and in their personal or institutional websites.
This journal doesn’t demand any article submission or processing charges.
This journal has an anti-plagiarism detection system (Urkund) to ensure the originality of published articles.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...
Abstracting and Indexing
PublisherThe Instituto de Educação (IE) is the School of the Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) dedicated to research, teaching and intervention in the public sphere, in the field of education and training.
We promote the best university education, providing our students with the right conditions to learn and take action in different contexts of education and training, in public services, in companies and in the third sector. Our educational offer is increasingly aimed at a variety of publics, from young people beginning their studies in the 1st cycle, to those seeking new skills during their professional careers, particularly through post-graduate training.
Research is our driving activity and we respond to the contemporary challenges of education and innovation by producing diagnostic and prospective knowledge, directed at public policy and action. We privilege research focused on the challenges of differentiation, modernisation and improvement of educational offers, and on political, social and cultural processes, of change in education.
We intervene primarily in Portuguese society, in multiple fields of education, while engaging intensely in academic and cooperation networks within Europe and in Portuguese speaking countries, from where we are receiving an ever-expanding contingent of post-graduate students.
We work hard to be ‘a voice in public action’, achieving powerful presence in the spaces where education is thought about, discussed, deliberated and implemented, and a ‘leading school’, in education and in research, in both national and international contexts.
Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa
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This journal is financed by national funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, within the scope of the Strategic Project – Unidade de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Educação e Formação (contracts PEst-OE/CED/UI4107/2011 & PEst-OE/CED/UI4107/2014, and contracts UID/CED/04107/2016 & UID/CED/04107/2019).
Sisyphus — Journal of Education is an editorial initiative undertaken by the Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal), an institution that since 2009 has been devoting itself to the development and increase of the potential for debate and inquiry in the fields of Education and Training. This publication embodies the legacy of two previous scientific journals, each of them connected to a former institute of this University, from which it inherits both the heading and subheading: Sísifo – Educational Sciences Journal, published by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences between 2006 and 2010 (sisifo.fpce.ul.pt); Revista de Educação [Journal of Education], published by the Department of Education of the Faculty of Science, between 1986 and 2011 (revista.educ.fc.ul.pt).