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. They will accept 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 will 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.
Peer Review Process
Double-blind peer review [This journal operates under a Double-Blind 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 two reviewers (double-blind peer review), who will decide whether or not to accept the article for later publication.
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. 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 by the editorial team of the reviewers’ decision on the acceptance, request for revision or rejection of the article. The whole process (from submission to reviewers’ 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.
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.
Quality. The journal editor ensures 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.
Detection of plagiarism. Sisyphus has an anti-plagiarism detection system (Urkund) to ensure the originality of published articles.
Confidentiality. The editor will ensure the anonymity of the manuscripts in the review process, eliminating all the authorship data before articles are sent for peer review.
Conflict of interests. The editor will ensure that there is no conflict of interests (relations of financial, institutional, collaborative or any other nature) between the reviewer and the authors.
Standards and evaluation criteria. The editor will ensure that all reviewers receive the updated documents on the formal standards and evaluation criteria.
Compliance with the set times. The editor is responsible for the compliance with the time limits for the reviews and the publication of the accepted works.
Monitoring. The editor and the editorial team will periodically review the evaluation process of the submitted manuscripts to ensure its quality and suitability.
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)
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 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 contract UID/CED/04107/2016.
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).