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Author Guidelines

Sections of the Journal

Submission, review, and publication of manuscripts in the HOW journal are free of charge for authors. You can submit your manuscript to one of the three sections of our journal as follows:

Research Reports: In-progress and final reports of studies carried out by teacher-researchers or student-teachers studying in BA programs. The abstract of the paper should explicitly indicate this and the structure of the article should include the main components of a research report: introduction, method, results, conclusions, references, among others.

Reports on Pedagogical Experiences: These tell the reader about teaching practices that have been systematized by the authors as a result of an analytical process. Reports on pedagogical experiences are expected to include a solid justification, the description of the processes followed in a given educational setting, samples of such processes, results of the experiences and conclusions. The authors are also expected to support their manuscript with theoretical and/or research studies and to present analytical perspectives.

Reflections and Revision of Themes: Specific subjects or topics can be examined in depth in two types of articles: reflections and revisions of themes. An article of reflection presents the results of a research project from the author’s analytical, interpretative or critical perspective. It is about a specific topic and draws on the close examination of a variety of sources as well as clearly shows the author’s informed points of view. An article of revision is the result of a research project in which one analyses, systematizes and integrates the outcomes of published or non-published research projects about a specific topic. Authors gather the advances and developmental tendencies in the field and support them with a rich and varied selection of references.

Submitting an article

The submission of manuscripts is exclusively done online through the journal web site (do not send submissions by e-mail). To upload their submissions, authors first have to register as users by clicking on the option "register" at the top menu and filling in the user registration form, selecting the option "Register as: Author" at the end. Once registered with the site, authors will be able to upload their submission (manuscript and complementary files). It is important to follow each of the five submission steps to avoid rejection of the manuscript after the initial screening. Important note: HOW receives submissions signed by a maximum of three authors.

Papers must not exceed 7000 words, including the abstract, key words, footnotes, references, and annexes. Please indicate at the beginning of the manuscript your total number of words. The manuscript should be saved as a Word document, double-spaced, Times Roman 12, single-column, and with all margins at least three centimetres. Do not write your name or biodata in the article. Manuscripts should contain an abstract of no more than 110 words and a list of key words in alphabetical order (no more than five). The abstract and the key words should be both in Spanish and English.

Translate into English all pieces of information that are in other languages like excerpts, appendices, and/or quotes. Place a footnote clarifying that the translation is made for publication purposes. The original language can be kept as long as this is necessary due to the nature of the study; however, the corresponding English translation must additionally be provided.

Footnotes must be used sparingly. If necessary, they must be included on the same page, not at the end of the document. All graphics in the article should be elaborated in black and white. Please avoid the use of color. Include downsized versions of each figure or table in the manuscript, following the word format. The figures or pictures used in the manuscript should also be sent in complementary high-resolution graphic files; JPG is preferred. Tables should be created in Microsoft Word. Appendices, figures, and tables should include a title.

Following the American Psychological Association (APA) style, Sixth Edition (see samples of references below), authors must include citations inside the text as well as the complete bibliographic information for each citation in the list of references.

When a manuscript includes samples from participants, authors must send, as a supplementary file, the consent form used to ask subjects for their permission to replicate the information. In case the subjects are underage, the consent form should be signed by their legal guardians.

Please send the article and the consent form (if applicable) together with a letter to the editor (you can download a template here) specifying the following: Title of the article in English and Spanish (titles should not be longer than 12 words), author(s) name(s) (use the name with which you want to be identified when your work is referenced; a maximum of three authors per manuscript), institution, address, a short biographical statement of no more than 40 words per author, and the date or period of time when the document was written. Additionally, you should include a statement indicating that your article has not been submitted to another publication and that it has not already been published elsewhere. The letter to the editor should also be the place to mention acknowledgments (if authors wish to do so) in a paragraph of no more than 100 words (please, do not write acknowledgments in the manuscript).

Note: Upon publication, authors will receive a PDF copy of their articles and will be invited to consult the complete contents on the journal website. ASOCOPI does not send printed versions of the journal unless the authors are active members of the Association. Authors interested in acquiring the printed version should contact the Editor.

Ethical Considerations

It should be noted that plagiarism is a crime under Colombian law. Plagiarism basically consists of incorporating ideas (verbatim or by paraphrasing) from other works without properly acknowledging the source. Similarly, self-plagiarism occurs when an author fails to give proper attribution to his or her own previously published work. All manuscripts recommended for publication in the HOW journal are screened for plagiarism using a plagiarism checker. If minor problems are identified (i.e., a small portion of no more than a couple of sentences has been copied, improper or unclear citation, lack of quotation marks) the author is contacted and asked to correct them. However, when the copied or misattributed part exceeds one paragraph the manuscript will be rejected and the author notified.

HOW will reject papers which evidence plagiarism or self-plagiarism and its decision will be final. Manuscripts submitted by authors whose work has been rejected due to plagiarism will not be considered for evaluation purposes in the future. The same will apply to authors who simultaneously submit their manuscripts to other journals (parallel submission).

References

Book Citations

 •  Reference in the text

When paraphrasing the general idea, page numbers are not required.

. . . which offered a theoretical backdrop for a number of innovative behavior modification approaches (Skinner, 1969).

•  Reference at the end of the text (list of references)

Levy, M., & G. Stockwell. (2006). CALL dimensions: Options and issues in computer-assisted language learning. New Jersey, US: Mike Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Harlow, H. F. (1958). Biological and biochemical basis of behavior. In D. C. Spencer (Ed.), Symposium on interdisciplinary  research (pp. 239-252). Madison, US: University of Wisconsin Press.

Journal Citations

•  Reference in the text

Even some psychologists have expressed the fear that “psychology is in danger of losing its status as an independent body of knowledge” (Peele, 1981, p. 807).

•  Reference at the end of the text (list of references)

Barletta Manjarres, N. (2009). Intercultural competence: Another challenge. PROFILE Issues in Teachers’ Professional Development, 11(1), 143-158.

Citing Online Resources

When citing anything from the Web, you should use the Basic APA Format for Citing Print Materials and Media—including author, date, title, and publication information—followed by a retrieval statement that tells where you found it on the World Wide Web.

American Psychological Association. (n.d.). APAStyle.org: Electronic  references. Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/manual/index.aspx.

Conference Presentations

Rodríguez, M., Cárdenas M. L., & Aldana, C. (2008). The design of Alex virtual courses: Challenges and implications  for ELT [PowerPoint Slides]. Plenary Session 8 at ASCOPI Conference, Tunja, 2008.

Unpublished Master’s Thesis

Ochoa, M. (2004). Meaning negotiation in EFL project work:  How students express themselves and interact with others (Unpublished master’s thesis). Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá.

For titles of works in languages other than English, please provide the English translation in brackets (not parentheses) next to the original title.

Cabrales Vargas, M., & Cáceres Cabrales, J. A. (2013). La dinámica del currículo y la evolución de la autonomía en el aprendizaje del inglés [The dynamics of curriculum and the evolution of autonomy in learning English as a foreign language]. Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura,  18(1), 45-60.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Statement of originality

    The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  3. Ensuring a blind review

    The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

  4. Manuscript length

    The submission file is in Microsoft Word and does not exceed 7000 words including the abstracts, key words, footnotes, references, and appendices.

  5. Text format

    The text of the manuscript is written in Times New Roman 12, single column, double-spaced, and with three-centimetre margins on all sides.

  6. Abstract and key words

    The manuscript includes an abstract (in English and in Spanish) of no more than 110 words and a list of key words in alphabetical order (no more than five).

  7. Images

    All images inside the manuscript are black and white. The images used in the manuscript have been uploaded as complementary files (JPG is preferred).

  8. Tables

    Tables inside the manuscript have been created in Microsoft Word and not pasted as images. Tables are also black and white.

  9. Consent form

    If the manuscript contains samples from participants, the corresponding consent form has been uploaded as a complementary file.

  10. Letter to the Editor

    A letter to the editor has been uploaded as a complementary file including all the information requested in the Author Guidelines. (You can download a template here)

 

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