Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal

Journal of Subject Didactics (JoSD) is an international peer-reviewed open access academic journal published by the Serbian Society of Subject Didacticians (SSoSD). The journal published only high-quality original papers which present the research in subject teaching and related sciences (research articles). Also, in the JoSD are welcome to publish especially presenting models of teaching practice (practical), case studies (case study) and analysis of monograph and textbook publications (book review).

 

Aims and scope

Journal of Subject Didactics aims to link teaching theory and teaching practice, that proclaims effective didactic models for implementing subject teaching. In the JoSD, their share will find articles related to teaching natural, technical, social science, art and physical education.

Especially are welcome those articles that are concisely present complex research methodologies and educational implications. The editorial board want to emphasize the importance of relevant references, practical and didactic solutions in practice and contemporary trends in subject teaching.

Only manuscripts which are original primary publications, that is papers which have not been previously published in any journal (previous publication in Conference Proceedings has to be specified) are accepting for publication Thus, having been accepted by reviewers, the papers published in the journal contribute to the scientific community.

The editorial board aims for JoSD to be a place where scientists from different disciplines, but with studies that are closely related to subject didactics, will be able to publish the results of their scientific research as well as professional and theoretical studies.

 

Section Policies

Articles

These are detailed studies reporting original research and are classified as primary literature. They include hypothesis, background study, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications. Original research articles are long, with the word limit ranging from 3000 to 6000,

An article in which authors report on their own study. The authors will have collected data to answer a research question.  Empirical research contains observed and measured examples that inform or answer the research question. The data can be collected in a variety of ways such as interviews, surveys, questionnaires, observations, and various other quantitative and qualitative research methods.

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Review

A literature summarizes & analyzes published work on a topic in order to

  • evaluate the state of research on the topic.
  • provide an overview of previous research on a topic that critically evaluates, classifies, and compares what has already been published on a particular topic.
  • suggest future research and/or gaps in knowledge.
  • synthesize and place into context original research and scholarly literature relevant to the topic (as in the literature review prior to an empirical research article.

Significant review of original research also includes conference papers.
Characteristics: Reviews typically have an extensive bibliography. Educational items that review specific issues within the literature are also considered to be reviews.
As non-original articles, reviews lack the most typical sections of original articles such as materials & methods and results.

This can be submitted with no more than 6,000 words, 6 figures, and 3 tables. This should include a critical assessment of the works cited, explanations of conflicts in the literature, and analysis of the field. The conclusion must discuss in detail the limitations of current knowledge, future directions to be pursued in research, and the overall importance of the topic in medicine or biology. Short review contain four sections: Abstract, Introduction, Topics (with headings and subheadings), Conclusions and Outlook

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Short review

Short or mini-review of original research.
Characteristics: Short surveys are similar to reviews, but usually are shorter (not more than a few pages) and with a less extensive bibliography.

This can be submitted with no more than 2,500 words, 3 figures, and 1 table. This should include a critical assessment of the works cited, explanations of conflicts in the literature, and analysis of the field. The conclusion must discuss in detail the limitations of current knowledge, future directions to be pursued in research, and the overall importance of the topic in medicine or biology. Short review contain four sections: Abstract, Introduction, Topics (with headings and subheadings), Conclusions and Outlook

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Practical

Publish especially presenting models of teaching practice.

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Case study

The case studies (reports) should describe a unique training or teaching method. The case report should describe the challenge this new method is trying to address, fully describe the teaching method, provide potential analysis of this method to determine whether it met stated goals, and an up-to-date review of other methods of course design that have been used to address this problem in teaching. These articles should be no more than 5,000 words and include no more than 6 figures and 3 tables. Educational Case Reports contain five sections: Abstract, Introduction (educational challenge briefly introduced), Teaching method presentation (describe new teaching method, how it addresses the challenge outlined in the introduction, and any metrics used to evaluate this new method), Discussion (in-depth literature review), Conclusion (suggestions for future follow-up or potential improvements).

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Analysis

Analyses provide an in-depth prospective and informed analysis of a policy, a major advance, or historical description of a related topics. These articles should be no more than 6,000 words with no more than 3 figures and 1 table. Analyses usually contain four sections: Abstract, Introduction, Topics (with headings and subheadings), Conclusions and Outlook.

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Perspective

Perspective pieces are scholarly reviews of fundamental concepts or prevalent ideas in a field. These are usually essays that present a personal point of view critiquing widespread notions pertaining to a field. A perspective piece can be a review of a single concept or a few related concepts. These are considered as secondary literature and are usually short articles, around 2000 words.

The “Perspectives” section provides experts with a forum to comment on topical or controversial issues of broad interest. They address issues at the interface between science and policy or science and society; present a policy position aimed at influencing policy decisions; examine and make recommendations on scientific and publishing practices.

The ideal Perspective conveys a sense of urgency—why is this topic of immediate concern?; is relevant to a pressing regional or global issue; offers a novel point of view on topical events; makes specific, practical proposals to address the issue (for example, by making recommendations or suggesting an alternative approach). Controversial articles are welcomed, but the text should acknowledge that a position is in fact controversial and provide readers with enough background on the differing views.

Our Perspectives aim to engage a broad and diverse audience—it is therefore important to ensure that they are written in an accessible, persuasive, and stimulating style that appeals to both specialists and non-specialist readers. We encourage the use of figures to illustrate key concepts in a lively, easy to grasp manner; as well as the use of text boxes for background, self-contained information.

Perspectives are peer-reviewed and commissioning does not guarantee publication. Editors work closely with authors to ensure that articles are written in an engaging, succinct, yet rigorous manner.


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Opinion

Opinion articles present the author’s viewpoint on the interpretation, analysis, or methods used in a particular study. It allows the author to comment on the strength and weakness of a theory or hypothesis. Opinion articles are usually based on constructive criticism and should be backed by evidence.1 Such articles promote discussion on current issues concerning science. These are also relatively short articles.

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Commentary

Commentaries are short articles usually around 1000-1500 words long that draw attention to or present a criticism of a previously published article, book, or report, explaining why it interested them and how it might be illuminating for readers.

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Book review

Analysis of monograph and textbook publications.

The aim of a book review is to provide insight and opinion on recently published scholarly books. Book reviews are also relatively short articles and less time-consuming. Book reviews are a good publication option for early-career researchers as it allows the researcher to stay abreast of new literature in the field, while at the same time, adding to his publication list.

These articles provide a description of the book being reviewed, the strengths and weaknesses of the book, and the intended audience. The reviews should be 300 to 500 words. Please contact the Editors at jsd@bio.bg.ac.rs if you are interested in writing book reviews.

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Special Issues

Reserved for Journal Special Issues.

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Editorial

Expressing the opinion of the editors or the publisher.

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In Memoriam

Reserved for in memoriams.

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Peer Review Process

Articles submitted to the JoSD will usually be peer reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. The editors reserve the right to reject papers before peer review where the articles do not meet the scope or basic quality standards of the journal. The editors’ decision is final.

The editors aim to provide contributors with a first decision on their article within six weeks of submission.

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published two issues in one volume per year in printed and electronic form. All research articles are published Online First on the same day of acceptance. After Online First publication, articles will be prepared for print and online publication, which includes copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, and author review. This process may lead to differences between the accepted version of the manuscript and the final, published version.

The editorial board may agree to publish special issues in addition to the regular publications.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

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...