Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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.
- The article has not been previously published or sent to another journal.
- The file has been formatted with the template provided in Microsoft Word, rtf or wordperfect.
- Web pages or dois have been added in references where possible.
- Authors have followed the template format and all illustrations, figures and tables are in the correct place in the text and not at the end of the document.
- The text meets the bibliographic requirements indicated.
- The text does not contain personal information or any other information that will make the blind peer review process difficult.
All the manuscripts should be sent through the electronic platform where the journal is based (Open Journal System).The article must be uploaded using the following doc template.
Articles will be reviewed for publication.
Since its birth in 2012, MCS has not charged Article Processing Charges (APCs) to the authors for the publication of their manuscripts. From October 2020, MCS offers open and immediate online access of published articles (Gold Open Access). This access implies expenses associated with both the publication process and the necessary services for publication that, despite the voluntary work that is carried out, are not covered. This work supposes some charges of processing of the articles that should be covered once the articles are accepted by the authors. Therefore, authors will pay 400 euros to cover these charges (plus 21% VAT only applicable to payments from institutions, companies, individuals and professionals residing in Spain; individuals residing in the EU, and companies, organizations and professionals residing in the EU without VAT Number).
MCS will not publish more than one article or book review of the same authorship or co-authorship within 24 months period.
Manuscripts not fulfilling the author guidelines might be rejected.
Authors are expected to act according to the publication ethicsÂ international standards for authors developed by COPE during the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore in 2010. These are:
- The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
- Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
- Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
- Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.
- Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
- The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals' contributions to the work and its reporting.
- Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.
Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process;
All authors have to contribute significantly to the research addressing a relevant topic in the area of the social sciences research from a multidisciplinary approach;
All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes;
Authors are obliged to provide a list of references including the most relevant and current literature;
Submitted manuscripts should not be under consideration for publication in other journals.
When a manuscript is submitted, the editors screen the manuscripts to make sure that all the files have no identifying information on the authors and that the article has not been published elsewhere. Then, in a time period of 15 days maximum from the date of reception of the article, the journal editor will assign it to two external evaluators that will carry out a blind review of the article (double blind peer review). Over the review period of the article, both the names of the authors as well as the evaluators will be anonymous.
Peer reviewers are identified by editors of the journal, who are experienced researchers in their fields. The most suitable reviewers are selected according to the submission received and the reviewer's expertise; also, authors are welcome to suggest suitable reviewers and/or request the exclusion of certain individual when they submit their manuscripts. When suggesting reviewers, authors should make sure they are totally independent and not connected to the work in any way. It is strongly recommended to suggest a mix of reviewers from different countries and different institutions. When suggesting reviewers, the authors must provide an institutional email address for each suggested reviewer. Please note that the editors may not use the suggestions, but suggestions are appreciated and may help facilitate the peer review process.
The editors are in charge of exploring the reviewer's reports and exchange opinions with some members of the editorial board in order to make a proper decision whether an article could be publishable or not. The decision is reached through the reviewers' reports.
Editors check all the reviews done and contrast the reviewers notes with the content of the article before sending decisions and reviewers comment to authors. If reviewers do not carry out their duty correctly, editors will delete them from the list and send the article to another reviewer or to a member of the editorial board to carry out a fast-track review of the manuscript.
In cases where editors have doubts after the process of review, they double-check the evaluation with some members of the editorial board, according to their field of specialization, in order to reach an agreement and a decision on the manuscript.
The result of the evaluation will be sent to the authors in maximum period of 3 months from the date of reception.
A. Guidelines for submission of articles
In order to ensure originality of the received manuscripts, we recommend the authors to use programs of plagiarism detection. You can visit the following information on iThenticate:http://www.ithenticate.com/
The authors that send a manuscript to MCS are invited to include their professional data and add their ORCID Id (If they have one). Regarding those authors who do not have this ID, we invite you to register at ORCID on the following web:http://orcid.org
Structure of the manuscripts:
- Title of the paper (up to 16 words).
- Abstract and title of the article in the language of the document as well as in English and Spanish.
- The key words in the language of the article, as well as in English and Spanish.
- Text of the article.
- Notes (that will go at the end of the document with the endnote format, before the reference list).
- The tables and figures in a different document (if any). In the case of submitting images, it is necessary to send them in jpeg format with the highest quality.
Style: The manuscripts have to follow the APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, 2020). The following are some citation examples:
[Book] Lareau, A. (2004).Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life (2nd edition). Berkeley, CA: University of California.
[Edited book] Meyer, D. S. (1999). How the Cold War Was Really Won: The Effects of the Antinuclear Movements of the 1980s. In M. Giugni, D. McAdam, & Ch. Tilly (Eds.),How Social Movements Matter (pp. 182-203). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
[Book chapter] Naimark, N. M. (2012). The Russions and Germans: Rape during the War and Post-Soviet Memories. In R. Branche, & F. Virgili (Eds.), Rape in Wartime(3rd edition, pp. 201-219). Palgrave Macmillan. http://doi:10.1057/9781137283399
[Journal article] Lareau, A., & Lopes Muñoz, V. (2012)."You're Not Going to Call the Shots": Structural Conflicts between the Principal and the PTO at a Suburban Public Elementary School.Sociology of Education, 85, 201-208. http://doi:10.1177/0038040711435855
Lenght: The manuscripts submitted should have and extension between 4.000 and 8.000 words, including abstract, notes, references and annexes.
Format: The manuscripts should be presented in the format MS Word or RTF. The manuscripts writing style will be Times New Roman, size 12, spacing 13, full justification and without tabulations. Return will only be used to separate sections. Pages will have to be configured with the following margins: 1,41 cm (right), 1,41 cm (left), 1,41 cm (top), 1,41 cm (bottom).
Structure: The first page should contain the title of the article. The second page should include an abstract and keywords. From the third page the manuscript should include the title of the article and the text with the notes (if necessary) and references. The title, abstract and keywords should appear at least in English and Spanish.
Abstract and keywords: All manuscripts should include an abstract betweenÂ 150 and 200 words explaining concisely the reasons and object of the manuscript, the methodology used and the main results and conclusions. It is also necessary to include between three and five keywords that defined the article and serve to identify the content of the work.
Source of funding: In the case that the research from which the article has been developed has received funding. The name of the agency and the project code must be indicated both in the specific section of the form for sending the article and in the article itself in the section on acknowledgments.
Notes: These should be avoided when possible. Notes will appear at the end of the text.
Tables and figures: Diagrams, charts, graphs and tables will have a brief title and explanation and have to be sent in a separate document.
Abbreviation: The only abbreviations that can be used are those universally accepted.
Gender equality: Follow the indications of the guide APA 7th edition for the use of an inclusive language in the writing of the article; Include the full name of the authors who sign the article; Inform about the original data of the research, taking into account the sex in order to allow the identification of possible differences.
Authorship: Authors should avoid disclosing their identity. The name of the author(s) must not appear on any page of the manuscript. This information will be included in the electronic platform and it should not appear in the manuscript sent for review. All authors must be listed in the online platform at the time of submission, including their full name, their affiliation, postal address and electronic address.
Contribution to the preparation of the article: Information on the specific contribution of each of the authors of the submitted article should be provided in a separate document to be attached to the submission. This document will indicate the criteria chosen for the order of signature of each author and the specific contribution of each of them in the preparation of the article.
Running title: On the first page a running title of less than 25 characters should be included. The title should be informative and specific to explain the meaning and aims of the work.
Language: The manuscripts can be written in Catalan, Spanish, French, English and German. Manuscripts submitted should be grammatically correct regardless of the language used. It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the submitted manuscript follows the language standards required by the publication of the scientific journal. Authors are invited to use the language editing services.
Hipatia Press requires future authors to send the manuscripts with an excellent language edition. If the manuscript is written in a second or third language, it is recommended to first contact a language reviewing service to avoid grammar and style mistakes.
The opinions and contents of the manuscript published in MCS are under exclusive responsibility of the author(s). Therefore, authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for reproducing the material published in other publications".
All articles are published under Creative Commons copyright (CC BY). Authors hold the copyright and retain publishing rights without restrictions, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles as the original source is cited.