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Focus and Scope

From the start, the Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS) has aimed to be an inclusive central repository for high quality research reports, reviews, theoretical and empirical articles. The Journal serves as an interdisciplinary forum for theoretical and empirical studies of pedagogical, psychological, historical and sociological issues.

As well as research reports, the Journal publishes theoretical and review articles. Research reports are quantitative or qualitative depending upon the methods employed by the researcher. All articles are addressed to a research audience, to teachers and trainers working in schools and in vocational training, and to scholars in allied disciplines in all the human sciences.

The Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies aims to: promote and develop research in the educational field; promote scientific reflection on psycho-socio-educational research methodologies, with particular reference to empirical-experimental research; disseminate and discuss the results of quantitative and qualitative studies in the field as well as offer scientifically high profile material to those young researchers or teachers who have to base their work on solid up-to-date knowledge. The journal takes original articles written in Italian or English into consideration for publication, along with abstracts in English and Italian. The accepted contributions focus on the following theme areas: “History and methodology of educational research”, “Empirical-experimental didactic research”, “Theory and history of education”, “Intercultural education”, “Life-long learning and on-going training”, “Educational technologies and distance education”, “Evaluation of and within educational systems”, “Curriculum theory and disciplinary didactics”, “Basic research on affective and cognitive processes, and on personological lines”, “History and methodology of psychological research”, “Psychological components of educational research”, “Sociology of education and training”, “Sociology of cultural processes”.

The journal has six-monthly issues with contributions concerning pedagogic, psychological, historical and sociological sciences. Qualified empirical and theorethical contributions and review articles, are accepted. Reasoned bibliographies and research notes (that is, short studies, pilot studies, the refinement of instruments) are also published. All scientifc papers are peer-reviewed. The feature “Comments, Reflections, Presentations, Reports, Debates, Interviews” includes reports or presentations of cultural events concerning the themes dealt with as well as comments, reflections, interviews and debates between two or more scholars who are experts on a certain topic. The “Reviews” feature includes comments and discussions on important recently published texts, possibly linked to the themes dealt with in that specific issue of the journal. The “News” feature includes information on forthcoming National and International Conferences, Study Days and Congresses concerning relevant scientific themes.


Section Policies

Editoriale / Editorial

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Articolo su Invito / Invited Paper

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Studi e Contributi di Ricerca / Studies and Research Contributions

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Note di Ricerca / Research Notes

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Commenti, Riflessioni, Presentazioni, Resoconti / Comments, Reflections, Presentations, Reports

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Note di Ricerca sulla Didattica Digitale / Research Notes on Digital Didactics

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Note di Ricerca su Questioni Metodologiche / Research Notes on Methodological Issues

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Note Storiche / Historical Notes

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Dibattiti e Interviste / Debates and Interviews

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Recensioni / Reviews

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Notiziario / News

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Publication Frequency

The journal has six-monthly issues with contributions concerning pedagogic, psychological, historical and sociological sciences.


Peer Review Process

The Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS) is a peer-refereed journal.

In submitting works to the Journal, authors agree that their works may be published (if accepted).
Submission of a work does not guarantee acceptance.

All submitted works judged suitable for review undergo anonymous double-blind review process. 

Papers will be evaluated by at least 2 referees and, following their indications, will be either accepted, or returned to the authors for corrections, or rejected. The final decision is the responsibility of the Editor, and will be given within 6 months of receipt.


Referee List - No. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Aureliana Alberici, Università Roma Tre – Gabriella Aleandri, Università di Macerata – Merete Amann Gainotti, Università Roma Tre – Giorgio Asquini, Sapienza Università di Roma – Federico Batini, Università di Perugia – Giovanni Bonaiuti, Università di Cagliari – Paolo Bonaiuto, Sapienza Università di Roma – Barbara Bruschi, Università di Torino – Marco Burgalassi, Università Roma Tre – Antonio Calvani, Università di Firenze – Giuseppa Cappuccio, Università di Palermo – Giuseppe Carrus, Università Roma Tre – Carlo Catarsi, Università di Firenze – Mauro Ceruti, Università di Bergamo – Cristina Coggi, Università di Torino – Viviana Colapietro, Università di Lecce – Salvatore Colazzo, Università del Salento – Michele Corsi, Università di Macerata – Vittorio Cotesta, Università Roma Tre – Carmela Covato, Università Roma Tre – Piero Crispiani, Università di Macerata – Luigi D’Alonzo, Università di Brescia – Antonio Fasanella, Sapienza Università di Roma – Anna Maria Favorini, Università Roma Tre – Paolo Ferri, Università di Milano-Bicocca – Maria Margherita Ghislandi, Università di Trento – Lorella Giannandrea, Università di Macerata – Lucia Giovannini, Università di Bologna – Luigi Guerra, Università di Bologna – Constance Katz, Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis of New York – James M. Levin, City University of New York – Alessandra La Marca, Università di Palermo – Concetta La Rocca, Università Roma Tre – Fiorenzo Laghi, Sapienza Università di Roma – Eugenia Lodini, Università di Bologna – Isabella Loiodice, Università di Foggia – Pietro Lucisano, Sapienza Università di Roma – Antonio Luzon Trujillo, Universidad de Granada (Spain) – Massimo Marcuccio, Università di Parma – Massimo Margottini, Università Roma Tre – Alessandro Mariani, Università di Firenze – Antonio Marzano, Università di Salerno – Ana Millan Gasca, Università Roma Tre – Achille Notti, Università di Salerno – Donatella Palomba, Università di Roma Tor Vergata – Lucio Pagnoncelli, Sapienza Università di Roma – Marisa Pavone, Università di Torino – Michele Pellerey, Università Pontificia Salesiana – Paola Perucchini, Università Roma Tre – Roberta Piazza, Università di Catania – Mario Pireddu, Università Roma Tre – Teresa Pozo Llorente, Universidad de Granada – Paola Ricchiardi, Università di Torino – Cesare Rivoltella, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano – Salvatore Rizza, Università Roma Tre – Anna Salerni, Sapienza Università di Roma – Milena Santerini, Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano – Filippo Sapuppo, Università Roma Tre – Vega Scalera, Università di Roma Tor Vergata – Roberto Serpieri, Università di Napoli Federico II – Giuseppe Spadafora, Università della Calabria – Flavia Stara, Università di Macerata – Rosanna Tammaro, Università di Salerno – Giancarlo Tanucci, Università di Bari – Rosella Tomassoni, Università di Cassino – Roberto Trinchero, Università di Torino – Ira Vannini, Università di Bologna – Giovanni Maria Vecchio, Università Roma Tre – Giuliano Vivanet, Università di Cagliari – Davide Zoletto, Università di Udine – Cristina Zucchermaglio, Sapienza Università di Roma. 





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InfoBase Index - The IBI Factor of ECPS for the year 2017 is 3.1 

ANVUR - Classificazione delle riviste - "Riviste di Classe A" (Area 11 - Settori concorsuali 11-D1 e 11-D2) 

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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS Journal) expects all parties involved in the act of publishing commit to these publication ethics. Our Editorial Board will remove any work that does not meet these standards. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Authors of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies  (ECPS Journal) must undertake the following responsibilities

  • Originality and Plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Reviewers of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies  (ECPS Journal) must  undertake the following responsibilities

  • Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
  • Promptness: 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.
  • Confidentiality: 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.

Editors of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS Journal) must undertake the following responsibilities

  • Fair play: An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Confidentiality: The editor 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.
  • 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.



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