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Istraživanja u pedagogiji
Research in Pedagogy

Publishing House: Visoka škola strukovnih studija za vaspitače "Mihailo Palov"
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Frequency: 2 issues
ISSN: 2217-7337
Status: Active

  • 2016
  • Issue No. 2/6
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Short Description

Research in Pedagogy is an international peer-reviewed journal, with an international editorial board. It is devoted to publishing research papers in different education related fields presenting findings of scientific research in pedagogy, before all, empirical, but also theoretical, applied, etc.
The journal is published with the aim of arousing interest in pedagogic research and opening up possibilities to test and critically consider the reaches and limitations of more recent theoretical approaches, models and strategies in upbringing and education according to research findings. One of the intentions is to inspire, strengthen and empower communication among researchers in the region, as well as across all European countries and worldwide, with the research findings being a bridge between theoretical concepts and practice, providing practitioners with the opportunity to investigate their own work themselves, thus getting closer to the model of reflective practitioners. Furthermore, the purpose of the journal is to serve the actors involved in the educational policies reform often grounded on arbitrary assessments and supported by weak empirical arguments; on the other hand, great social changes have in the last decades of transition been seeking for scientific explication of pedagogic strategies context.

Submission guidelines

Research in Pedagogy Journal is published 2 times per year by the Preschool Teacher Training College “Mihailo Palov”, Vrsac and the Serbian Academy for Education, Belgrade. The Journal considers all manuscripts on condition they are the property (copyright) of the submitting author(s) and that copyright will be transferred to Research in Pedagogy Journal and the Preschool teacher Training College “Mihailo Palov” Vrsac if the paper is accepted for publication.

The Journal Research in Pedagogy gives priority to empirical and applicable research, that is, research that is capable of being used in real educational settings. Studies in all settings for education, i.e. informal, primary, secondary, higher, adult, permanent, and vocational, are regarded as of equal importance. All papers which appear in the Journal Research in Pedagogy have been thoroughly peer-reviewed.


 Research in Pedagogy Journal is published in the English language, therefore the authors are asked to send the paper in the English language; please refrain from using letters which do not exist in the English alphabet in the body of the paper and in the bibliography. All of the references need to be written in the Latin script without the usage of any letters which do not exist in the English alphabet. Manuscript should be from 5,000 to 7,000 words long, including abstract and reference list. Submissions should not be more than 20 pages in length, and should be original and unpublished work which is not currently under review by another journal or publisher. Authors should also send a short CV (up to 5 sentences).

Review Process

Manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those meeting the aims and scope of the journal will be sent for blind review. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees (double blind peer review). All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, but the review process usually takes at least 3 months. The Journal Research in Pedagogy has a fully e-mail based correspondence and review system. All submissions should be made by e-mail to:

Format of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be typed on in 12-point font Times New Roman, single spaced throughout in Latin script. All text should be justified. The first row in a paragraph should not be indented; the crossover to next paragraph should be indicated with an increased spacing, the so called block form.

Figures, tables should be placed in the adequate place in the manuscript as an integral part of the paper, which means that they should be made in Word or some other program compatible with Word. In other words they should be converted from the statistics programs into Word. Each table, figure, picture and chart should be understandable without the text, i.e. they need to have an ordinal number, title (precise, not longer than a row) and a legend (explanation of the signs, codes and abbreviations). Representing the same data both in a table and a chart is not acceptable. Pictures need to be prepared in an electronic format with the resolution of at least 300dpi and in the jpg format. The results of the statistical data analysis should be given in the form which is typical for pedagogical and psychological research, e.g.: F=25.35, df=1,9, p<.001 or F(1,9)=25,35, p<.001. All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as a Figure and they should be numbered as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Complete and descriptive titles of the figures should be put below the figure. Each table should be numbered as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Complete and descriptive titles of the tables should be put before the table. Tables and figures must be referred to in the text and numbered in the order of their appearance.

Cover Page should contain the author’s basic information (in the upper left corner) which includes the author’s name and surname (along with the title of the author) with a footnote which should contain the author’s e-mail address. Under the author’s name the institution in which the author is employed should be written. If there is more than one author the information should be given in the same way for all of the authors. Three rows after the author information the title needs to be written in the centre alignment (capital letters and it must not contain more than 30 words). The summary should be inserted two empty rows under the title. The summary should not be longer than 250 words and it should not contain any non-defined abbreviations and/nor unspecified references. For papers reporting empirical research, state in brief:

the primary objective (the research questions addressed or any hypothesis tested);
the research design;
the methods and procedures employed;
the number of subjects;
the main outcomes and results;
the conclusions drawn from these data and results, including their implications for further research or application/practice;
Underneath the abstract please provide 3 to 5 key words or short phrases in alphabetical order.

Citations in text

References should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style in alphabetical order ( (Here we list only the basic forms of listing references in the text and bibliography with a minimum number of examples. We refer the authors to the following electronic address for additional information about the APA style).

References should be cited in the text first alphabetically, then by date (e.g. Gojkov, 2010; Gojkov & Stojanovic, 2010; Stojanovic & Gojkov, 2011) and listed in alphabetical order in the reference section at the end of the manuscript. If there are three, four or five authors, all authors should be cited when mentioned in the text for the first time e.g. Walker, Allen, Bradley, Ramirez, & Soo (2008). If the cited paper has more than five authors it should be cited like the first author + et al. e.g. (Wasserstein et al., 2005), but list the first six authors in the reference list. Use a comma between two references by the same author (e.g. Gojkov, 2000, 2002). When authors are mentioned in the text, i.e. not in parentheses, do not use ampersand (e.g. As suggested by Gojkov and Stojanovic (2003), but NOT as has been shown by Stojanovic & Gojkov (2004)). When a specific page, section, equation, or other division of the work is cited, after the author’s last name(s), and the year of publication, a specific page reference should be included (Gojkov, 2008: 5; Walker, 2007: 32).


Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References.


At the end of the text a bibliography of the used sources needs to be listed in the alphabetical order. In the bibliography only the references which the author leans on or which the author analyzed in the paper should be listed. When the author is cited more than once, the order in which the work was published is respected. If more works published by the same author in the same year are listed, the works need to be marked with letters next to the publication year, e.g. 1999a, 1999b,… Citing unpublished works is not desirable. The DOI number needs to be written for all sources which have it, as can be seen in the following example:

Carretie, L.,Hinojosa, J. A., Martin-Loeches, M., Mecado, F., & Tapia, M. (2004). Automatic attention to emotional stimuli: Neural correlates. Human Brain Mapping, 22, 290–299. doi:10.1002/hbm.20037

APA style imposes that the items in the bibliography section have a special hanging indentation of the reference, i.e. the first line of the reference is the full length while the others are indented, as can be seen in the example above.

Examples of acceptable forms of references

Journal papers

Surname, initial(s) of the name (year of publication). Title of journal article. Title of journal, volume number (issue number), first page-last page.


Marjanović, A. (1987). Kako prepoznati i oplemeniti stvaralačku aktivnost predškolskog deteta. Predškolsko dete, br. 1–4, 133–148.

Andrews, J. & Higson, H. (2011). Graduate employability, ‘soft skills’ versus ‘hard’ business knowledge: a European study, Higher Education in Europe, 33, (4), 411–422.


Surname, initial(s) of the name (year of publication). Title of the book. City/ies: Publisher.


Gojkov, G. (2013). Fragmenti visokoškolske didaktike. Vršac: Visoka škola strukovnih studija za vaspitače „Mihailo Palov”.

Houston, R. W. & Howsam, R. B. (1972). Competency Based Teacher Education: Progress, Problems and Prospects. Science Research Associates.

Edited Books

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year of publication). Title of a chapter. In A. A. Editor, B. B. Editor, & C. C. Editor (Eds.) [or only Ed. if one editor], Title of the book(pp. first page-last page). City/ies: Publisher.


Lang, P. J., Bradley, M. M., & Cuthbert, B. N. (1997). Motivated attention: Affect, activation, and action. In P. J. Lang, R. F. Simons, & M. Balaban (Eds.), Attention and orienting: Sensory and motivational processes (pp. 97–135). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Jovetić, S. i Janković, N. (2011). Značaj naučno-tehnološkog razvoja za društveno-ekonomski razvoj zemlje: statističko-ekonometrijski model. U: Tehnologija, kultura i razvoj: tematski zbornik radova XVIII naučnog skupa međunarodnog značaja ,,Tehnologija, kultura i razvoj”. (str. 142–151). Subotica: Udruženje ,,Tehnologija i društvo”.

Example with editors and DOI numbers

Greenfield, P., & Yan, Z. (Eds.). (2006). Children, adolescents, and the Internet [Special Section]. Developmental Psychology, 42, 391–394. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.42.3.391

The author is an institution/association/organization etc.


American Psihological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psihological Association (6th ed.). Washington. DC: Author.

Electronic sources

In the APA style for citing electronic sources the following information is noted: author, date, site name, number of pages (if they are available) and URL (uniform resource locator) or DOI (digital object identifier). If a DOI is available provide it instead of the URL.



The Purdue Owll. (2010). Purdue University Writing Lab. Taken from Purduke Owl web-site

Web-site page

Russell, T., Brizee, A., Angeli, E., & Keck, R. (2011, November). MLA Formatiting snd Style Guid. The Purdue OWL. Preuzeto sa http:// owl.english.purdue./edu.owl/resource/747/01

Online books

Whitman, W. (1900). Leaves of Grass. Great Books Online. Taken from

(It is recommended that the access date of the web-site from which information had been taken always be noted.)


Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix.


After the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors will be required to sign a copyright transfer form. Copyright will be transferred to the Preschool Teacher Training College in Vrsac, via e-mail. A copyright form will be sent to you via e-mail after the chapter manuscript has been submitted.


A proof will be sent to the corresponding author.

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