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As 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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined ibelow
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


The manuscripts must begin with the title, which should also be provided in English (in case of German or Hungarian manuscripts) too. It is followed by an abstract (approx. 10 lines or maximum of 600 characters including spaces), which must also be given in English. The text of the study should be structued according to the rules of the decimal system (1, 1.1, 1.2, etc.).

Manuscripts are excepted to follow the conventional style used in scientific publications, and to keep to the rules applying to the use of academic language and Hungarian spelling. Referencing is done according to the guidelines of Magyar Pedagógia amended with historically specific references. (such as archival notes)

References mid-text

Referencing is done using the name(s) of the author(s) and the date of release. The name can either a part of the sentence [… as shown by the results shown in the study from András Németh (2009)...], or can be placed in brackets [… extensive analysis of the phenomenon (Németh, 2009) shows...].
In the case of two authors the names are separated by an “and”: (Németh and Pukánszky, 2004).
In the case of more authors than the previous the names are separated by a comma and the last two by an “and”: (Mészáros, Németh and Pukánszky, 1998).
In the case of three or more authors the first occurrence lists all names (Kéri, Németh, Pukánszky and Szabolcs, 2013), further occurrences list only the first name followed by the “et. Ali.” abbreviation (Kéri et ali, 2013).
Names within the text at first occurrence are displayed in italic font.
Quotes verbatim are placed between quotation marks and the reference includes page numbers (Németh, 2004. p. 200.). However, precise denotation of the page number is not only important in the case of quotes but also when implementing other theoretical elements, otherwise the primary function of the reference, that being traceability, is compromised. In such cases page numbers are marked by the letter “p.”.
References to multiple works of the same author within one pair of brackets is done by naming the author only once, followed by the individual dates separated by commas: (Pukánszky, 2012, 2011, 2010).
References to the works of multiple authors within the same pair of brackets is done by separating the individual items with a semicolon (;): (Németh, 2007; Pukánszky, 2010; Baska, Hegedűs and Nóbik, 2013).
If references are made to several works from the same author published within the same year these are to be differentiated by adding a letter after each date (Németh, 2005a).
On noting previous editions and sources. If references are made to a translation, a reprint, a later edition or a version published within a omnibus volume, and you wish to note the original date of release, this can be done by listing these two dates. The original date should be followed by the latter one separated by a slash. Data should only be given on the editions being referred to. For example: (Fináczy, 1922/1984). Fináczy Ernő (1922/1984): Az ókori nevelés története. Budapest.

Rules for referencing archival sources

Unlike other source types, references to archival sources appear as footnotes. Within these footnotes the following items are required: Abbreviation of the archives (BFL, MNL, MTAKK), section, group, number, box, folder, csomó. File number. Source author: source title. Year of creation, month day. Location.
For example: MNL K 636. 44–2. tétel, 883. doboz. 216/1939. Szabó Miklós jelentése az 1939/1940. évi felvételiről a VKM miniszter részére. Budapest, 1939. június 29.



Author(s) (year): Title. Publisher, location (city). Book title in italic

Example: Németh András (2004): A magyar pedagógia tudománytörténete. Nemzetközi tudományfejlődési és recepciós hatások, nemzeti sajátosságok. Gondolat Kiadó, Budapest.

Online book

Author(s) (year, editor): Book title. Link: http://exact.address. Date of download.. If the book also exists in printed form then publisher and location must also be given: Author (year): Book title. Publisher, location. Link: http://exact.address. Date of download.

Example: Baska Gabriella, Hegedűs Judit és Nóbik Attila (szerk.): A neveléstörténet változó arcai. A múlt értékei, a jelen kihívásai és a jövő. ELTE Eötvös Kiadó, Budapest. Letöltés: 2014. március 13. 11:23.

Edited books
Editor(s) (year, ed.): Title. Publisher, location (city). Book title in italic.

Example: Nóbik Attila és Pukánszky Béla (szerk.): Normalität, Abnormalität und Devianz: Gesellschaftliche Konstruktionsprozesse und ihre Umwälzungen in der Moderne. Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main.

Book chapters
Author(s) (year): Chapter (study) title. In: Editor(s) (ed.): Book title. Publisher, location (city). Page numbers: first and last pages of the chapter. Book title in italic.

Example: Szabolcs Éva és Hegedűs Judit (2010): Constructing normal/abnormal children in educational journals in Hungary 1868-1914. In: Nóbik Attila és Pukánszky Béla (ed.): Normalität, Abnormalität und Devianz: Gesellschaftliche Konstruktionsprozesse und ihre Umwälzungen in der Moderne. Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main. 237–246.

Journal articles

Author(s), (year): Title of article. Title of journal, year [volume] number. Edition. Page numbers: first and last pages of the study. DOI.
Journal title in italic. Edition number in bold.

Example: Hegedűs Judit és Szabolcs Éva (2008): A gyermekről való gondolkodás differenciálódása a dualizmus korában. Iskolakultúra, 18. 5–6. sz. 76–85. 

Study published in online journal

Author (year): Study title. Journal title, year. Edition. Page number. DOI. Online: http://exact.address. Date of download.

Example: Németh András (2009): A magyar középiskolai tanárképzés és szakmai professzió kialakulása a 18–20. században. Educatio, 18. 3. sz. 279–290. DOI. Online: 2014. március 13. 11:25.

Online study

Author (year): Study title. Location (journal, collection). DOI. Link: http://exact.address. Date of download.

Example: Albert B. Gábor (2013): A Mika–Marczinkó tankönyvek. Történelemtanítás. Online Történelemdidaktikai folyóirat. Letöltés: 2014. március 13. 11:30.

Encyclopedia or dictionary

Editors or lead editor (year, ed.): Title. (edition, volume). Publisher, location.

Example: Báthory Zoltán és Falus Iván (1997, szerk.): Pedagógiai Lexikon. (3 kötet). Keraban, Budapest.

Article in an encyclopedia or dictionary

Author (year): article title. In: Editors or lead editor (year, editor): Title. (current volume) Publisher, location.

Example: Ballér Endre (1997): Alaptanterv. In: Báthory Zoltán és Falus Iván (1997, szerk.): Pedagógiai Lexikon. (1. kötet.) Keraban, Budapest.


Author (year): Title. (Edition). Publishing establishment, Location.

Example: OPEK (2005): Tanulás Magyarországon. Az Oktatáspolitikai Elemzések Központjának nyilvános közpolitikai elemzése. (Oktatáspolitikai elemzések). Sulinova, Budapest.

Conference lecture
Author (year): Title. Lecture: conference name, location, date.

Example: Baska Gabriella (2013): Diskurzus a botbüntetésről. Lecture: XIII. Országos Neveléstudományi Konferencia. Eger, 2013. november 6–9.

Author (year): Title. Manuscript. Organization/institute name, location.

Example: Biriszló Bence és Szabó Melinda (2012): Mika Sándor (1859–1912). Kézirat. ELTE Eötvös József Collegium, Budapest.

Non-published examination papers, dissertations

Author (year): Title. Genre. Manuscript. Organization/institute name, Location.

Example: Baksa Gabriella (2007): Egy városi tanító életvilága a 19. század második feléből. PhD dissetation. Kézirat. ELTE Neveléstudományi Doktori Iskola, Budapest.

Article in monthly of weekly paper

Author (month, day, year): Article title. Paper title, year. Edition. Page number(s).

Example: Sáska Géza (2011): Klebelsberg újratöltve. Heti Világgazdaság, 33. 46. sz. 96–97.

Article in daily paper

Author if given, otherwise Article title (month, day, year{az angol dátumozási sorrend szerint}): Article title, if not given previously. Paper title, page number(s).

Example: Rangos pedagógiai konferencia a Kodolányin. (01. 13.) Albamag. A Kodolányi János Főiskola Magazinja. Online: 2014. március 13. 11:15.


Author of review (month, day, year, if given): Title of review. [Review regarding … material] Journal title, year. Edition. Page number.

Example: Fenyő D. György (2006): Személyes pedagógiatörténet. [Ismertetés Gordon Győri János (2004): A magyartanítás mestersége. Mestertanárok a magyartanításrtól (Beszélgetés tíz kiemelkedő jelentőségű magyartanárral) c. könyvéről.] Iskolakultúra, 16. 2. sz. 140–142.

Material published in newsletter

Author if given, otherwise Article title (month. day. year. if given): Article title if not given previously. Newsletter title, year. Page number.

Example: Tudományos és Ph.D. hírek (02. 20. 2006.) Kari Kurír, 177. sz. 3.

Director (director, year): Title (data device), publishing company, location.

Example: von Trier, L. (director, 2005): Manderlay (film). Budapest Film, Budapest.

Television program
Director (director, air time: month, day, year{az angol dátumozási sorrend szerint}): Title. Airing channel, location.

Example: Szurdoki Erika (rendező, 2011) A rejtélyes XX. század. Kun Miklós műsora. Magyar Televízió 1., Budapest.Audio recording

Author (date of recording if other than the copyright year): Title. [performer, if other than the author.] Album title [type of storage device]. Publishing company, location.
Example: Bach, J. S. (1996/2003): Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048. [Il Giardino Armonico.] Brandenburg Concertos 1-3 [cd]. Warner Classics – Elatus.

Bach, J. S. (1984/2003): English Suites. [cd, Gustav Leonhardt.] EMI Records Ltd, Virgin Classics – Veritas.

Author if available (year): Web page title. Subheading. Link: http://exact.address. Date of download.
Example: Kéri Katalin (2005): Dr. Kéri Katalin weboldala. Letöltés: 2014. március 14. 11:35.

These reference guidelines are based on the work-aid created by Edit Katalin Molnar's (2006) for the professional staff of the SZTE BTK Institute of Educational Sciences, and is a reworked version of said work-aides. The work-aid follows the referencing system used by the journal: Magyar Pedagógia, with a few editions and corrections.

Online: 03.04.2014. 


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