Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript Submission and Handling

Original Manuscript

Authors should submit manuscripts through the online Open Journal System on the journal's website ( Additionally, articles can be submitted to the Editorial Committee Secretary of IJOSMT at the following email: [email protected].

The template file should be used. Authors can register on the website at any time but should register only once. During registration, authors choose a username and password. The security of manuscripts is protected by the username/password system. Instructions for submitting a manuscript can be found in the SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT section (AUTHOR GUIDELINES) of the website. Please submit the complete manuscript, including tables and figures as a single file, in Word or Latex format, and supplementary files, such as data, if applicable. Separate figure files will be required later if the manuscript is accepted. Submission of a complete manuscript will be confirmed by email through the online Editorial Manager system.

Submission of a manuscript implies the following:

  • the work described has not been published previously in any language (except in an abstract book, in the proceedings of a scientific congress, or as part of a thesis);
  • the work is not being considered for publication elsewhere;
  • publication of the work has been approved by all co-authors;
  • the authors agree to the automatic transfer of copyright to the editor when the manuscript is accepted for publication;
  • the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the copyright holders; and
  • written permission has been obtained from the copyright holder for materials from other copyrighted sources.

When submitting an article, we recommend sending a cover letter in which authors can provide a list of up to four potential expert reviewers with complete contact information and email addresses.

There are no handling or page charges.

Articles reporting software. The software must be available for a period of two years after the publication of the manuscript.

Supplementary material. Online supplements provide access to essential data or software that does not appear in the printed article but accompanies the final online version of an article. This data is peer-reviewed, must be cited in the text, and is subject to the same criteria as data published in the article itself. Please note that supplementary files are not edited by IJOSMT; therefore, authors should ensure that the style of terms and figures complies with the article style.

Revised Manuscripts

To expedite production, authors should submit their revised manuscripts online, accompanied by a letter containing a detailed (point-by-point) response to the reviewers' and editor's comments. A revised manuscript will retain its original date of receipt only if received within three months of being returned to the author. Revised articles returned after this interval will be treated as new submissions. Articles will not be accepted until all necessary minor changes have been incorporated into the document. Revised manuscripts will be sent to the IJOSMT Editorial Management System (

Manuscript Preparation

Please submit the complete manuscript, including tables, figures, and appendices, in Word or Latex format as a single file. We recommend using .doc files instead of .docx files due to potential compatibility issues. Separate figure files will be required later if the manuscript is accepted.

Manuscript Format

- To download the Template for authors click here

Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman font, 12-point size, with 1.5 spacing, justified. Side margins should be 3 cm, and top and bottom margins should be 4.72 and 2.5 cm, respectively. Section titles should be written in bold 14-point font. All pages should be sequentially numbered, starting with page 1. Each paragraph should begin with a 1.25 cm indentation. Tables, figures, and appendices should be included in the same document. The maximum length is 20 pages. Author names in Times New Roman 12-point font, include their highest academic degree, institution and email. The abstract can have up to 250 words, followed by up to six keywords. Footnotes should be numbered and included at the bottom of each page, using Times New Roman 10-point font. Different sections will begin with an Arabic number, in bold, in uppercase letters. Subsections, in bold, will be numbered in lowercase letters.

Language: Manuscripts should be written in concise, readable English, Spanish, or Portuguese, which should be carefully reviewed by the authors for language and content correctness. An English version of the title, abstract, and keywords is always mandatory.

Supplementary Material: Data and software not appearing in the printed article but accompanying the online version.

Research articles should not exceed 20 pages, including tables and figures. Research articles should include a title page, an abstract, up to six keywords, and used abbreviations.

Brief Communications should not exceed 10 pages (or 3,500 words), including tables and figures. Brief Communications should include a title page; an abstract; up to six keywords; used abbreviations; the main text should not be divided into sections, if possible; acknowledgments; references; a maximum of three tables/figures; and supplementary material, if any. The manuscript title should begin with "Brief Communication."

Review articles (typically invited by the Editor) have no page limit or maximum number of references. They should include a title page (the manuscript title should contain the word "Review"); an abstract; up to six keywords; used abbreviations; a variable main text (the introduction should be based on a general coverage of the topic, followed by a critical evaluation of the most important references); acknowledgments; references; tables/figures (encouraged); and supplementary material, if any. Reviews will also undergo the peer-review process.


The following layout is strongly recommended:

Article Text

Checklist for structure:

We strongly recommend that the article text contain the following sections:

Introduction. The introduction should contain sufficient background information about the work to allow it to be placed in the context of other research and to enable the reader to understand the relevance, proposed objectives, and evaluation of the results. The introduction should conclude with one or two sentences defining the objectives and essence of the article.

Materials and Methods. Sufficient information should be provided to allow replication. For standard methods, a brief description and bibliographic reference will suffice. New methods should be described in detail. If data or software are available, a link (or the file) should be included.

Results. In general, this section should not include bibliographic references; it should only describe the results. Interpretations of experimental data should be reserved for the Discussion section. Explanations provided in figure and table captions should not be repeated in the text.

Discussion. The discussion should not be limited to describing results and drawing conclusions; it should also be analytical and interpretative and should establish an association between the obtained results and other published works. The discussion can describe conflicting opinions and the results of other authors and indicate the value of these results for future work. This section should conclude with a few sentences summarizing the most relevant conclusions and implications. Conclusions generally do not contain references but provide a short and general restatement of the main results and their importance to the reader or the subject under discussion. Do not write conclusions in numbered or bulleted paragraphs. Avoid combining the Results and Discussion sections into a single section unless necessary.

Acknowledgments. When deemed necessary, acknowledgments should be made to individuals, centers, or entities that collaborated or supported the work. Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permission from the mentioned individuals or entities, as readers may infer that they endorse the data and conclusions of the article. Contributors who meet fewer than all four criteria mentioned above for authorship should not be listed as authors but should be acknowledged.

References. Bibliographic references must be updated to current ABNT standards.

Reference List. Should be in alphabetical order by authors. In the case of multiple references from one author, single-author articles should be presented first, followed by those with two authors, and then references with three or more authors, respecting chronological order in each case. If more than one of the articles was published in the same year, a letter should be added after the year to identify the reference (e.g., 2007a, b). Works with multiple authors should list the first ten authors followed by "et al.". Use journal name abbreviations. Examples are provided below for bibliographic references. References to an "in press" article are allowed, provided that the article in question has been accepted for publication (indicate the DOI or documentary evidence of acceptance). A reference to an "unpublished work" is allowed only if it contains essential information; it must be available with the cited authors upon request, and the names of all involved persons must be cited [first initial(s) followed by the surname] in parentheses as "unpublished data". Anyone cited as the source of a "personal communication" must have approved the reference. This type of citation is allowed only in the text, not in the reference list. The use of "in preparation" or "submitted for publication" is not allowed.

Tables and figures should be consecutively cited in the text, independently numbered with Arabic numerals, and self-explanatory. Figures and tables should be of high quality and should be received in a suitable form and condition for reproduction. Tables should be headed by a number and title. Explanatory notes facilitating the interpretation of tables should be included at the bottom of the tables. Tables should have defined cells and should not be created using the space bar and/or tab keys. Figures may correspond to diagrams or photographs. The figure number and caption should be presented at the bottom of the figure. After acceptance of the article, photographs should be submitted separately as image files (jpg, tiff, or similar) with a final size of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Color photographs and graphics will be admitted for the online version. Figures prepared with Excel or similar program should be included in the text as MS Office Objects or sent separately in the format of their source program (preferably in .xls format).

Checklist for style

Units and symbols. Use SI (International System) units according to the recommendations of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM)

Please write numbers from one to nine in full, except when used with units. Express decimals using a period (e.g., 3.14) and thousands with commas (e.g., 21,314). For decimal quantities <1, place a zero before the decimal point. Report dates with the day first, then the month, and then the year.

Abbreviations should be defined when mentioned for the first time in the abstract or text and again in tables and figures. Abbreviations should be used throughout the article, except at the beginning of a sentence.
Mathematical equations. Use an equation editor for mathematical expressions whenever possible. Avoid inserting formulas as images. Variables should be written in italics, matrices in uppercase bold letters.
Parameters. It is a common mistake to use the term "parameters" instead of "variables" or "characters." Variables are quantities that vary from case to case (e.g., length, width). On the other hand, parameters do not relate to actual measures or attributes but to quantities that define a theoretical model; they are properties of a collection of individuals (e.g., mean and SD). In other words, you measure a variable; a parameter describes the measurements, such as the mean.
Never begin a sentence with a numeral: "Six years ago" is correct, not "6 years ago."
Statistical results. Inline statistical results should be presented as: (i) the test statistic, e.g., F = 1.74 or t = 31.8; (ii) followed by the p-value or NS (for not significant). In tables, statistical results should be comprehensive, facilitating future meta-analyses. Depending on the details of the analyses, reported results may include parameter estimates, test statistics, degrees of freedom, significance levels, and error/residual model information. However, nonsignificant tests should always be interpreted as such and not reported.


Article page proofs are sent to authors as PDF files. Corrected proofs should be sent to the Editorial Office within three days by email. Proofreading occasionally generates additional queries for the author. If corrections are not received within the deadline, editors reserve the right to make the corrections they consider most appropriate.

Here are examples of bibliographic references in various formats:

Books with only one author

LAST NAME, First Name. Title: Subtitle (if any). Edition (if any). Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication.


KRENAK, A. Ideias para adiar o fim do mundo. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2019.

Books with only one author

LAST NAME, First Name. Title: Subtitle (if any). Edition (if any). Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication.


ARUZZA, C; BHATTACHARYA, T; FRASER, N. Feminismo para os 99%: um manifesto. São Paulo: Boitempo, 2019.

Book with more than three authors

LAST NAME, First Name et al. Title: Subtitle (if any). Edition (if any). Place: Publisher, year of publication.


DILGER, G. et al. Descolonizar o imaginário: debates sobre pós-extrativismo e alternativas ao desenvolvimento. São Paulo: Fundação Roxa Luxemburgo, 2016.

Reference to the Federal or State Constitution

PLACE. Title (year). Description. Place of the constituent body, year of publication.


BRASIL. Constituição (1988). Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil. Brasília, DF: Centro Gráfico, 1988.

Journal or Magazine Article

LAST NAME, abbreviated First Name. Article Title. Journal Title, Place of publication, volume number, initial-final pages, month and year.


KILOMBA, G. A máscara, Revistas USP, n. 16, p. 23-40, 2016.

Article in an event

LAST NAME, First Name. Title of the presented work. In: EVENT TITLE, event number, year of realization, place (city of realization). Title of the document (proceedings, abstracts, etc.). Place: Publisher, year of publication. Initial-final pages.


SILVA, J. A contribuição de Paulo Freire na Pedagogia. In: JORNADA DE PEDAGOGIA, nº 3, 2019, Florianópolis. Resumos. Florianópolis: Editora X, 2020, p. 20-50.

Reference to monograph, dissertation, or thesis

LAST NAME, First Name. Title: Subtitle (if any). Year of presentation. Number of pages or volumes. Category (concentration area) - Institution, Place, year of defense.


CARNEIRO, A. S. A construção do outro como não-ser como fundamento do ser. 2005. Tese (Doutorado em Educação) – Curso de Educação – Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2005.