Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The main objective of this academic publication is to create an exchange platform between researchers, teachers and scholars that study, teach, learn or are connected to the educational or educational associated disciplines. Our aim is to build and maintain a mutually beneficial and long-term bidirectional informational dialogue among our authors and beneficiaries of the published research.

Its principal scope is to disseminate the latest research findings and scientific advances in the educational field of study, exploring traditional and modern tendencies, observing social and cultural effects and investigating interdisciplinary methodologies. We invite our collaborators to actively participate with their latest scientific research, with their theoretical and practical experience at the development of this informational platform as a novel tool for the advancement of educational science.

Our publication provides an active instrument to the authors for publishing and distributing their achievements world-wide according with the Open Access policies and methods as well as a powerful tool for the researcher in order to obtain theoretical and practical knowledge for future research projects.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

This journal follows double blind review method preserving the reciprocal academic appreciation, respect and impartiality between authors and reviewers.

The peer review process:

1. A designated member of the editorial board will make an initial assessment about the quality and suitability of a submission in terms of scope, originality and plagiarism. This assessment it allows our qualified reviewers a better usage of their time and resources. Paper written within the guidelines regarding the structure of the paper is thus very important.

2. Once the designated internal editorial board member is satisfied about the suitability of a submission, it is sent to two anonymous peer reviewers for their comment.

3. The reviewer will assign marks and make comment about following six categories:

- Originality of the paper

- The value of the research question and research gap.

- The soundness of the conceptual and technical or methodological framework.

- Insightful discussion in result and discussion section

- The policy implications of the paper

- Academic writing quality.

4. The decision/remarks/suggestions will be communicated to the author(s).


Publication Frequency

Starting with January 2017 European Journal of Special Education Research will publish 12 issues\year.

All articles are published online, in the current issue, immediately as they are accepted and ready for publication. A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number will be assigned to all articles, whereby they will become searchable and citeable without delay. The assigned DOI will be activated when the current issue is closed. The published articles will also be collated into printable issues which will be available on request after the current issue is closed.


Open Access Policy

Open access (OA) refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access (e.g. access tolls) and free of many restrictions on use (e.g. certain copyright and license restrictions). Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, and monographs. e open access is equivalent to the definition of open access in the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.

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.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

This journal follows the standard for Ethics and Publication Malpractice set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore 2010.


A. Responsibilities for Editors

Publication decisions

The Managing Editor is the authority for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the editorial policies of the journal and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may confer with the members of the Editorial Board or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the nature of the authors or the host institution including race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Open Journal System (OJS) is a well-known platform for scholarly open access journal that prevents unauthorized access to its unpublished contents. In the case of a misconduct investigation, the editor may disclose material to third parties (e.g., an institutional investigation committee or other editors).

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Editors should excuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations

The editors will respond to all allegations or suspicions of research or publication misconduct raised by readers, reviewers, or other editors. Cases of possible plagiarism or duplicate/redundant publication will be assessed by the journal. In other cases, the editors may request an investigation by the institution or other appropriate bodies.


B. Responsibilities for Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Reviewer misconduct

Editors will take reviewer misconduct seriously and pursue any allegation of breach of confidentiality, non-declaration of conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), inappropriate use of confidential material, or delay of peer review for competitive advantage. Allegations of serious reviewer misconduct, such as plagiarism, will be taken to the institutional level.


C. Responsibilities for Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

Authors should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere - fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. If an author has used the work and/or words of others, that this original is been appropriately cited or quoted and accurately reflects individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.


If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


D. Disclaimer

Neither the editors nor the Editorial Board is responsible for authors’ expressed opinions, views, and the contents of the published manuscripts in the journal. The originality, proofreading of manuscripts and errors are the sole responsibility of the individual authors. All manuscripts submitted for review and publication in the journal go under double-blind reviews for authenticity, ethical issues, and useful contributions. Open Access Publishing Group shall not be responsible or answerable for any loss, damage or liability caused in relation to/arising out of conflicts of interest, copyright violations and inappropriate or inaccurate use of any kind content related or integrated into the research work. Decisions of the reviewers are the only tool for publication in the journal and will be final.


Privacy Policy Statement

1. Introduction

In this privacy & cookies policy (“Policy”), we describe the information that we collect about:

A. The persons that make use of our website by visiting it (“Users”) reading, downloading, comparing, citing the published content without applying for a registered account as readers \ authors \ members of the editorial board;

B. The persons make use of the services of our website and apply for being registered as users (“Registered users”):

- Readers: users that choose to subscribe in order to be informed when new content is published (“Readers”);

- Authors: users that choose the submitting of a manuscript for being published (“Authors”),

- Editorial board members: users that choose to be an active part of our community as   reviewers, editors, (“Collaborators”).

Our company values the privacy of the users and registered users of its website. This privacy policy is effective beginning with May 20, 2018 and it summarizes what information we might collect from a user and\or registered user, and what we will and will not do with it. Also, it defines our procedures in front of any potential request regarding the modifying, totally or partially deleting, immediately and definitively of information collected, stored on our website.

Please note that this privacy policy does not govern the collection and use of information by companies that our company does not control, nor by individuals not employed or managed by our company. If visiting a web site that we mention or link to is highly recommended to closely review its privacy policy before providing the site with any information.


2. What Information we collect

2.1 Information collected from users

The users are able to access and make use of the published contents without any kind of restrictions or the necessity of registering an account. All the research works published on this journal are meeting the Open Access Publishing requirements and can be freely accessed, shared, modified, distributed and used in educational, commercial and non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

2.1.2 Information collected by us

Our website only collects anonymously information on accessing the article’s webpages. These information does not contain any sensitive data (like IP, accessing hour, hardware used, operating system, etc…) meant to identify users. Only the opening \ visualizing of the page is registered as a number of visualizations counted since the article has been published.

2.1.3 Information collected by third party service providers

Information regarding the accessing of website using third party services providers (like Google Analytics, Wopra) are collected, stored, analyzed and used according by regulations and policies of the mentioned service providers. Reviewing their privacy policy before providing the site with information is highly recommended (Google Privacy Policy respectively Wopra, Inc Privacy Policy) All the information collected on stored on their secure servers, both websites (our website and our third party service providers) benefitting by SSL encrypted access and data transfer. The information collected by the third party service providers are periodically and definitively deleted. Beside the mentioned ones no other information about users are collected \ stored \ analyzed by our website and third party services providers.

2.2 Information collected from registered users

2.2.1 Readers

Registering in order to receive updates regarding newly added content is an unprompted action and is completely free of charge. Registering request should contain: a user name, the name and an email for correspondence. Opting out as registered user is always, immediately and definitively applicable by requesting it at contact@oapub.org. After the account removal, no information about the deleted user will remain stored on our server. Beside the mentioned ones no other information about authors are collected \ stored \ analyzed by our website and third party services providers.

2.2.2 Authors

Registering in order to submit new content is optional (not required) and completely free of charge. Manuscripts can be alternatively submitted by using our email (contact@oapub.org, submit@oapub.org) or by using our third party service provider (Cognito) submission form. The service provider collect all the submission information meant to identify and to allow us communicating with the author(s). These include: author’s name, affiliation (optional), email, a short abstract regarding the submitted manuscript (optional), recommendations (optional) and the submitted manuscript file (a text file containing the material to be published). All the submission process occurs on the third party service provider website (Cognito) which benefits by secure servers and SSL with encrypted access and data transfer. Creating an account in order to use the Cognito submission form is not necessary. The third party service provider (Cognito) is entitled to collect, store and analyze the author’s information under their own privacy policy (Cognito privacy policy). Our company is using the collected information for contacting the submitters, communicating them our publication policies and for offering support during the publication process. If the publication process is not concluded with the publication of the submitted manuscript all the information collected during the submission process are automatically and definitively deleted from the third party service provider servers and our platform.

Authors may always ask for the immediate and definitive deletion of any information regarding their submission(s) by requesting it at contact@oapub.org. The information which is publicly displayed on our website after the publication of a submitted manuscript is meant for uniquely identifying the published research work and is including the author(s)’ name, affiliation, email address. All the information are voluntarily provided by the authors which are agreeing with the publication of the submitted manuscript on a periodical that meets the Open Access Publishing requirements with content that can be freely accessed, shared, modified, distributed and used in educational, commercial and non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Author(s) may always opt out for immediately, definitively, totally or partially deleting\modifying the information publicly displayed by requesting it at contact@oapub.org. Beside the mentioned ones, no other information about authors are collected \ stored \ analyzed by our website and third party services providers.

2.2.3 Collaborators

Our collaborators are of the Editorial boards’ members that are actively participating at the publication process. The registration of the editorial members are made by request at contact@opaub.org, the applicant voluntarily communicating us information regarding his full name, academic education, academic experience, research interests. Every editorial member request is carefully analyzed and both approved and non-approved applicants will be announced about our decision. Editorial member profiles are created using exclusively information provided by the applicant and are stored on a secure server that benefits by SSL secured connection and data transfer. Beside the information publicly available on their profiles, no other information is stored on our website. Editorial boards members may always opt out for immediately, definitively, totally or partially deleting\modifying the information publicly displayed, by requesting it at contact@oapub.org. Beside the mentioned ones no other information about collaborators are collected, stored, processed and\or analyzed by our website and third party services providers.


3. What we do with personally identifiable information

It is always up to the user whether to disclose personally identifiable information to us, although if the user elects not to do so, we reserve the right to not register him as a user or provide him with any products or services. "Personally identifiable information" means any information that can be used to identify the user as an individual, such as, for example:

- users’ computer's domain name and IP address, indicating where the computer is located on the Internet;

- user’s hardware, operating system used to visit and use our website;

- name, affiliation, email address provided when registering;

- registered username and password;

- any account-preference information the registered users provide us;

- name, affiliation and correspondence email address publicly displayed on published research works and editorial board members’ profiles.

If users do provide personally identifiable information to us, either directly or through third party service providers, we will:

- not sell or rent personally identifiable information to a third party without visitors’ \ users’ permission;

- although unless users choose to opt out, we may use the information for providing with information we believe the registered users need to know or may find useful, such as news about our services and products, modifications of our policies and terms of service;

- take commercially reasonable precautions to protect the information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction;

- not use or disclose the information except:

a) as necessary to provide services or products the user has ordered, such as (for example) by providing it to a carrier to deliver products the user has ordered;

b) in other ways described in this privacy policy or to which the user have otherwise consented;

c) as required by law, for example, in response to a subpoena or search warrant;

d) to outside auditors who have agreed to keep the information confidential;

e) to a successor organization in the event of a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other sale or disposition of all or a portion of our company assets. The successor organization's use and disclosure of users’ personally-identifiable information will continue to be subject to this privacy policy unless (i) a court orders otherwise, for example a bankruptcy court; or (ii) the successor organization gives the user notice that user’s personally-identifiable information will be subject to the successor organization's own privacy policy, along with an opportunity for the user to opt out (which may cause the users not to be able to continue to use our website. If the user submits personally-identifiable information after such a transfer, that information may be subject to the successor entity's privacy policy;

g) as necessary to enforce our policies and terms of service;

h) as necessary to protect the rights, safety, or property of our company its users, or others; this may include (for example) exchanging information with other organizations for fraud protection and/or risk reduction.


4. Information we do not collect

Information necessary for concluding the payment procedures are not collected, stored, processed and analyzed by our website. The payment process is taking place on the secured servers of our payment gateway providers which benefits buy SSL secured connection and data transfer. The information necessary for concluding the transfer are precisely decided by every service provider under their own policies fulfilling the regulation regarding the international banking and on-line payments. The information we receive from the payment gateway providers are containing the elements that allows us to identify the customer and to fulfill our accountancy and fiscal requirements.  


5. Cookies policy

Our company and our third party service providers use "cookies" to store personal data on the computers that access our website. We may also link information stored on the user’s computer in cookies with personal data about specific individuals stored on our servers. The user may also decide on its first visit regarding the acceptance of the cookies when browsing ourwebsite. If the user set up the web browser (for example, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox) so that cookies are not allowed, the user might not be able to use some of the features of our website. Deleting cookies can be made cleaning the visited content from the web browser. Cookies provided by third party service providers are regulated by the policies available on every provider’s websites; usually their deletion taking place at determined intervals. Our company is offering the necessary support on solving any potential discomfort caused by the improper use of our and/or our third party service providers’ cookies policy.


6. Deleting of the provided\collected information

By requesting it at contact@oapub.org, the following information collected from users and\or registered users by our website platform or third party service providers will be immediately and definitively deleted:

- information collected by  our website registered users (readers, authors, editorial boards members) used to create their accounts (as readers and authors) and their profiles as editorial board members.

- accounts created and information provided by the users (readers, authors, collaborators) can be deleted at any moment by their creators. In case of the impossibility of recovering the sign-up credentials (email, user name, and/or password) their deletion will be immediately and definitively made on request at contact@oapub.org.

- collected cookies are automatically deleted after a determined period by our platform and by third party service providers. Any request of immediately deletion will be accepted and promptly enacted.


7. Registered users’ privacy responsibilities

To help protect their privacy, our users be sure:

- to not share their user ID or password with anyone else;

- to log off the our web site when finished;

- to take customary precautions to guard against "malware" (viruses, Trojan horses, bots, etc.), by installing and updating suitable anti-virus software and keeping updated their operating systems and browsers.


8. Information collected from children

Our users must be at least 13 years old to use our website and service(s). Our website does not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years old.


9. Changes to this privacy policy

We reserve the right to change this privacy policy as we deem necessary or appropriate because of legal compliance requirements or changes in our business practices. If the users have provided us with an email address, we will endeavor to notify about  any updates regarding our policies and terms of use.


10. Questions or comments?

For any questions, comments, suggestions about our privacy policy please contact us via email at contact@oapub.org.


Copyright Policy Statement

By submitting an article, the author(s) confirm(s) and guarantee(s) on behalf of him-/herself and any co-author(s) that the manuscript has not been submitted or published elsewhere, and that he or she hold(s) all copyright in and titles to the submitted contribution, including any figures, photographs, line drawings, plans, maps, sketches, and tables, and that the article and its contents do not infringe in any way on the rights of third parties. The author indemnifies and holds harmless the publisher from any third-party claims.

After the publication the author(s) retain(s) the copyrights of their published research works under a CC BY - Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 which allows the users to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) for any purpose, even commercially, with the condition of attribution (users  must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made). Users may do so in any reasonable manner. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as the user follows the license terms.

The entire legal code of CC BY - Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 is available here.


Editorial Board Membership Policy

The open access principles of publishing require a highly specialized team of reviewers, consultants and associate editors in order to provide a proper and efficient publication process. The members of our editorial team should possess a wide experience on their research field, good analytical capabilities and solid knowledge of the latest achievements on their research area. The requests for the editorial team membership must include a detailed description of affiliation, research interests, professional and editorial activity. The requests could be submitted at contact@oapub.org. In order to certify the membership on the editorial board of the journal a Certificate of membership is issued. It contains the name of the member, the journal name and identification (ISSN) and the date in which the certificate is issued. The list of all the members of the editorial board could be consulted in the ABOUT/EDITORIAL TEAM on the main menu.


Author's Gudelines

This publication welcomes submissions in any of the following categories: research articles, book and article reviews, case reports, research commentary and opinions; communications, research notes and essays, intervention studies.

The journal is a periodical that welcomes submissions from researchers belonging to the Special Education field of study or any other interdisciplinary connected disciplines.

The manuscripts submitted to our journals must have not be subject of a concomitant submission, under review or previous publication in another journal. The following categories of previously published manuscripts will benefit by special analysis will be published with a descriptive mention on the footnote of the first page:

- articles which have been presented on conferences, seminaries, etc.;

- articles that have been previously published but have been updated, improved, actualized, parts of thesis can be submitted;

- articles that are parts, chapters of thesis, dissertations, book chapters, etc.

Authors are required to ensure that the submitted manuscripts or part of it a do not infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

A. Accepted languages: manuscripts written in English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French are accepted. Alternatively, articles written as two columns (different languages, English + another, etc..) are also accepted. A bilingual tittle is required. Bilingual abstracts and keywords are highly recommended.

B. Content: a full research paper should have (depending on its type and purpose) the following sections:

1. Title: the title must be a concise and informative description of the research paper that accurately reflect the main scope and content of the manuscript.

2. Name(s) of the author(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s): the complete name of the authors and information about their actual affiliation including: institution, address and country. Detailed information about the author(s), about their fields of interest and research activities can be provided on a separate “About the author(s)”section.

3. Abstract: this section should include a succinct, self-contained and powerful statement that describes the main objective of the study. The abstract must be approximately 300 words with no undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

4. Key words (indexing terms): a list of 4 to 10 significant keywords as index terms, related to the main objectives and content of the study.

5. Introduction: this section should comprise a description of the general framework, definitions and principles, primary issues and controversies, background information and contexts, etc.  

6. Literature Review: a section dedicated to the significant literature resources, consulted or employed, that contributed to the study. It surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic.

7. Material and Methods: a section intended to contain a detailed description of all the methods, materials, collaborators and participants at the study. The protocols used for data acquisition, techniques and procedures, investigated parameters, methods of measurements and apparatus should described in sufficient detail to allow other scientists to understand, analyze and compare the results. The study subjects and participants should be described in terms of number, age and sex. The statistical methods should be described in detail to enable verification of the reported results. This section could contain a separate sub-section that comprises the explanation of the abbreviated terms used on the study.

8. Results and Discussion: a comparative or descriptive analysis of the study based on results, on previously studies, etc. The results should be presented in a logical sequence, given the most important findings first and addressing the stated objectives. The number of tables and figures should be limited to those absolutely needed to confirm or contest the premise of the study.The authors should deal only with new or important aspects of the results obtained. Material from the Results section should not be repeated, nor new material introduced. The relevance of the findings in the context of existing literature or contemporary practice should be addressed.

9. Recommendations: this section contains theoretical and practical recommendations, further research ideas, new approaches, suggestions and concerns regarding potential social and cultural impacts, etc.

10. Conclusion: in this final section, the main find outs are concisely reiterated. Only conclusions supported by the study findings should be included.

11. Acknowledgements: people who contributed towards the work in any way for the manuscript preparation, but do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in acknowledgements section mentioning their contributions. These also include funding source(s) of each author and describe the involvement of funding body or organization in the whole work. It is recommended to acknowledge the editor if any manuscript was revised for language corrections. Permissions should be obtained from all those who are acknowledged in this section.

12. About the Author(s): a section in which can be presented in a detailed way authors(s) activities, research interests, memberships and affiliations, published research, etc.

13. References: the references section should contain all the identification elements of the consulted sources. Some examples:

 - Journal article

Smith A, White D, Hokanson C, Grant S, 2010. Situations of Pre-Competitive Stress of Young Italian´s Athletes. Journal of Sport Sciences 95: 633-637. doi: 10.1008/s00421-009-04965-7

- Article with DOI

Smith A, Jones B, 2006. The Relationship between Lateral Movement and Power in Young Hockey Players, doi: 10.1008/s0010000065

- Thesis

Sami K, 2005. Factors affecting the educational development in severe obese children. PhD Thesis, University of Padua

- Online document

Wright K, 2007. The role of social media networks on acquisition of second language technical terms and expressions. http://academyscience.org/articles/11/6/16/1. Accessed 14 April 2015

- Book

East H, Jackson B, 2001. The social and cultural impact of Short-Term Study-Abroad Strategies, Chicago, IL, USA

- Book chapter

White A, Kerim M, 2001 The social and cultural impact of Short-Term Study-Abroad Strategies, 3rd edn. Chicago, IL, USA, pp 3430-3457

C. Elements

1. Figures and Tables should have a numbered explanatory label posted below the graphic element. Each figure and table should have a descriptive caption that describes and defines all the abbreviations included. If the element contains data from external sources, an explanatory citation should be included. Photographic images can be submitted if they are saved in JPEG format at a resolution of 300 dpi. The tables are required to have, if appropriate or possible, the width and the height of the size of an entire page avoiding the splitting on more pages.

2. Formulas and Equations could be inserted as objects if created with another external program (Wolfram Mathematica, Mathlab, etc) or by using Microsoft Equation Editor included on the last editions of Microsoft Office.

3. Supplementary Files: appendixes, supplementary files or any other resource related to the research could be attached at original manuscript. The attachments will be placed on the “Supplementary files” section on right side of the screen. It is highly recommended, for a better and faster publication process, that all the files to be submitted together and in their final and definitive form.

D. Limitations: there are absolutely no limit and no extra charges on:

- how many pages are allowed for a research paper. It depends on many factors, the researcher should decide that. A 5-25 pages research article it is only a recommendation, not a limit.

- how many authors a research paper may have. Collaboration is the key.

- how many graphic elements, figures, pictures, photos, tables, appendixes a research paper may contain. We are strongly encouraging our authors on providing any possible method designated to ensure better and faster information exchange.               

E. File Formats: the preferred file format for the manuscript is Microsoft Word 2003 (*.doc), 2010 (*.docx) or later version. For the supplementary files that do not need further editing formats as Adobe Acrobat Portable Document (*. pdf), Image files (*.bmp, *.jpg, *.gif, etc.) can be submitted.

F. Template: a model of the manuscript can be downloaded here.

G. Submission: The file containing the research paper (and any supplementary files) could be submitted:

- by email at education@oapub.org specifying the preferred journal.

- by using the submission form: 


Covered Research Areas and Related Disciplines

In the European Journal of Special Education Research, a wide array of research areas is explored to advance the understanding of special education pedagogy and learning. The following list outlines the key research domains, each accompanied by a brief description:

  • Inclusive Education - The practice of including students with disabilities in mainstream educational settings, emphasizing equal access to quality education, and creating supportive environments that meet diverse learning needs.
  • Learning Disabilities - Research focuses on identifying, assessing, and developing effective intervention strategies for students facing learning challenges, aiming to improve their academic and cognitive skills.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - This area investigates the characteristics, assessment, and implementation of effective educational interventions for individuals with ASD. The goal is to promote social, communication, and behavioral skills.
  • Behavioral Interventions - Special education research explores behavior management strategies to support students with challenging behaviors in educational settings. These interventions aim to improve classroom behavior and social interactions.
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Researchers investigate educational strategies for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, focusing on cognitive and adaptive skill development to enhance their quality of life.
  • Teacher Training and Professional Development - This research area centers on the preparation and ongoing professional growth of teachers specializing in working with students with disabilities. It aims to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to provide effective instruction and support.
  • Assistive Technology in Special Education - Special education researchers examine the use of technology, including adaptive devices and software, to support students with disabilities in their learning and communication. The focus is on enhancing accessibility and educational outcomes.
  • Speech and Language Disorders - Research in this area explores effective assessment and interventions for students with speech and language disorders. The goal is to improve communication and language skills, promoting successful participation in education and society.
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Special education research delves into understanding the characteristics of ADHD and effective classroom strategies for accommodating and supporting students with this condition. The aim is to optimize learning experiences and behavioral outcomes.
  • Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) - This area focuses on the development, implementation, and assessment of individualized education plans for students with disabilities. Research aims to enhance the effectiveness and relevance of IEPs in meeting students' unique needs.
  • Inclusive Curriculum Design - Researchers in this field work on designing curriculum and instruction that accommodate the diverse needs of all students, including those with disabilities. The goal is to promote equitable access to the curriculum and foster meaningful learning experiences.
  • Early Intervention - Special education research examines strategies and programs designed to identify and provide early support for students with disabilities. This area emphasizes timely interventions that optimize developmental outcomes and school readiness.
  • Parent and Family Involvement - Research focuses on understanding the roles of parents and families in the education and support of students with disabilities. The aim is to establish effective partnerships between schools and families to improve educational experiences and outcomes.
  • Transition Services for Special Education - This research area addresses the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school life. It encompasses vocational training, employment, independent living skills, and community participation, with the aim of facilitating successful transitions.
  • Gifted and Talented Students with Disabilities - Special education researchers explore the unique needs of students who are both gifted and have disabilities. The goal is to ensure that these individuals have the opportunity to develop their exceptional talents and abilities.
  • Behavioral Disorders - Research in this field aims to understand and address behavioral disorders in educational settings, focusing on strategies for behavior management, intervention, and promoting positive social and emotional development.
  • Sensory Impairments - Researchers in this area investigate educational strategies for students with sensory impairments, such as visual or hearing impairments. The aim is to provide effective support and accommodations to ensure equitable access to education.
  • Educational Policy in Special Education - Special education researchers analyze policies and legislation that impact the provision of special education services. The goal is to inform policy development and implementation to enhance the educational experiences of students with disabilities.
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Special Education - This research area addresses the diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds of students in special education. Researchers focus on providing culturally responsive and inclusive services to meet the unique needs of diverse populations.
  • Special Education Assessment - Research in this field centers on the development and evaluation of assessment tools and practices for identifying and monitoring the progress of students with disabilities. The aim is to ensure accurate and meaningful assessments that inform instruction and support.
  • Teacher-Student Relationships in Special Education - Special education researchers investigate the impact of positive teacher-student relationships on the academic and social development of students with disabilities. The goal is to promote positive relationships that contribute to educational success and well-being.
  • Mathematics Education for Students with Disabilities - Research focuses on strategies and interventions to support students with disabilities in mathematics learning. The aim is to develop effective approaches that enhance mathematical understanding and problem-solving skills.
  • Reading and Literacy Interventions - This area explores research on effective reading and literacy interventions for students with reading difficulties. Researchers work to develop strategies and programs that improve reading comprehension and literacy skills.
  • Physical Disabilities - Special education research in this field addresses educational approaches for students with physical disabilities. The aim is to ensure that students with physical disabilities have equitable access to the curriculum and educational opportunities.
  • Positive Behavior Support - Researchers focus on strategies and interventions that promote positive behavior and reduce challenging behaviors in educational settings. The goal is to create supportive environments that facilitate social and behavioral development.
  • Mental Health in Special Education - Special education research examines the mental health needs of students with disabilities. The goal is to provide appropriate support and interventions that address mental health challenges and promote well-being.
  • Communication Disorders - This research area focuses on effective assessment and intervention for students with communication disorders, including speech and language impairments. The aim is to enhance communication skills and facilitate successful communication in educational and social contexts.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) - Special education research explores the use of ABA principles in designing effective interventions for students with disabilities. The goal is to develop evidence-based interventions that improve behavior and learning outcomes.
  • Educational Equity and Access - Researchers aim to ensure that students with disabilities have equal opportunities for quality education. This research area focuses on addressing disparities in educational access and outcomes.
  • Parent Training and Support - Research in this field centers on training and support programs for parents of children with disabilities. The aim is to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to support their child's educational and developmental needs effectively.
  • Social and Emotional Learning in Special Education - This research area focuses on fostering social and emotional development in students with disabilities. The goal is to enhance social and emotional skills that contribute to positive relationships and well-being.
  • Transition to Postsecondary Education - Special education research investigates strategies for preparing students with disabilities for successful transitions to higher education and vocational training. Researchers aim to facilitate a smooth transition to postsecondary settings.
  • Neurodiversity - This area promotes the understanding and acceptance of neurological differences among students with disabilities. Special education researchers work to create inclusive and supportive environments that celebrate neurodiversity and empower individuals.
  • Collaborative Teaching and Inclusion Models - Research in this field focuses on models that promote collaboration between general and special education teachers. The aim is to create inclusive classroom environments that effectively meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Special education research in this area centers on designing instruction that is accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. Researchers aim to develop flexible and inclusive instructional approaches that support diverse learners.
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) - This research area focuses on implementing a multi-tiered system of support to enhance behavior and academic outcomes for all students. Researchers aim to create positive and supportive school environments that promote behavioral and academic success.
  • Social Skills Training - Special education research investigates the development and teaching of social skills to students with disabilities. The aim is to enhance students' social interactions, relationships, and social competence.
  • Adaptive Physical Education - Researchers focus on strategies for physical education that meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. The goal is to provide physical education programs that are inclusive, safe, and promote physical fitness and skill development.
  • Communication Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) - Research in this area centers on the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and strategies for students with communication difficulties. The aim is to enhance communication and support effective expression and interaction.
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) - Special education research focuses on conducting assessments to identify the functions of challenging behaviors in students with disabilities. Researchers aim to develop a comprehensive understanding of the underlying reasons for challenging behaviors and develop effective interventions.
  • Special Education Policy and Legislation - Researchers analyze policies and laws affecting the provision of special education services. The aim is to provide guidance for policy development and implementation that enhances educational experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Behavioral Consultation - Research in this field focuses on providing consultation services to support teachers and schools in addressing challenging behaviors in students with disabilities. The goal is to equip educators with effective strategies and interventions to manage and improve behavior.
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders - This research area aims to understand and address emotional and behavioral challenges in students with disabilities. Researchers focus on developing strategies and interventions that promote positive emotional and behavioral development.
  • Differentiated Instruction - Special education research explores the adaptation of instruction to meet the diverse learning needs of students with disabilities. The aim is to develop instructional approaches that are responsive to individual strengths, interests, and needs.
  • Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) - Researchers focus on the development and implementation of IFSPs for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The goal is to provide individualized and family-centered support that promotes early intervention and developmental progress.
  • Postsecondary Transition Services - This research area investigates strategies for preparing students with disabilities for successful transitions to employment, postsecondary education, and independent living. Researchers aim to equip students with the skills and support necessary for a smooth transition.
  • Learning Supports - Research in this field centers on strategies and interventions that provide additional support to students with disabilities. The goal is to create a network of support that enhances academic and social outcomes.
  • Positive Youth Development - Special education researchers focus on promoting the positive development of adolescents with disabilities in educational and community settings. The aim is to create environments that empower and support the positive growth and well-being of youth.
  • Collaborative Partnerships in Special Education - This research area centers on building effective collaborations among educators, parents, and community agencies to support students with disabilities. Researchers aim to establish partnerships that enhance educational and developmental outcomes.
  • Innovations in Special Education Research - Special education research explores emerging trends, methods, and technologies that advance the field and improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Researchers aim to push the boundaries of knowledge and practice to better support students with diverse learning needs.


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