Guidelines for Authors
Submissions of papers that correspond to the Aims and Scope of the journal are always welcome. In particular, Constructivist Foundations publishes:
scholarly papers dealing with the conceptual analysis of constructivist concepts
research papers covering experiments in constructivism
papers reporting on synthetic formal or computational models relevant for constructivist approaches
editorial material such as opinions, perspectives, essays written by senior scholars, and open peer commentaries
Occasionally the journal publishes special issues focusing on a specific topic. Special issues currently in production or planning are: Neurophenomenology, Second-order Methodology, and Computational Constructivism (CFP, Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2013). However, themed issues do not exclude contributions on other topics, which are published in the issue’s Regular Papers section.
Before submitting your conceptual, research, synthetic or review paper make sure that it contains the following parts. (We highly recommend using the Word template.)
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Each paper must contain a structured abstract in which the content of the paper is summarized in about 200 words. In contrast to normal abstracts, structured abstracts should be divided into the following sections.
Context • What is the current situation in your discipline with regard to the topic of your paper? Why is it a problem in your discipline at the moment?
Problem • Which problems do you want to solve? What are the reasons for writing the paper or the aims of the research?
Method • What is the approach to the topic and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper? How are the objectives achieved? What are the main method(s) used for the research?
Results • What was found in the course of the argumentation? What is the solution to the problem you pose?
Implications • What is the value of the paper? For whom are your insights beneficial? What do you suggest for future research? Are there identifiable limitations in the research process? What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? What changes to practice should be made as a result of this paper?
Constructivist content • What is the connection with constructivism? Does the paper link to one of the constructivist approaches covered by the journal? Do you argue in favor of a new constructivist perspective?
Key words • What are the six most important concepts and notions in the paper? Don’t repeat key words already used in the meta information.
Paper type • Which type of inquiry do you follow? Choose from: conceptual; empirical; synthetic (formal or computational models); survey (guiding summary of a field); perspective (of senior scholar)
Background(s) • Which is the disciplinary background of your paper? Choose from: biological; cognitive; computer science; education science; engineering; epistemological; historical; philosophical; physics; physiological; psychological; sociological; add a new discipline if necessary.
Perspective • From which perspective do you argue in your paper? Choose one from: biology of cognition; constructivist evolutionary epistemology; cybersemiotics; enactive cognitive science; epistemic structuring of experience; non-dualizing philosophy; radical constructivism; second order cybernetics; theory of autopoietic systems.
Citing in the text
List of references
Examples of books
Langley P., Simon H., Bradhaw G. L. & Zytkow J. M. (1987) Scientific discovery. MIT Press, Cambridge.
Piaget J. (1954) The construction of reality in the child. Ballantine, New York. Originally published in French as: Piaget J. (1937) La construction du réel chez l’enfant. Délachaux & Niestlé, Neuchâtel.
Examples of book chapters
Foerster H. von (1984) On constructing a reality. In: Watzlawick P. (ed.) The invented reality. Norton, New York: 41–62.
Maturana H. R. (1978) Biology of language: The epistemology of reality. In: Miller G. A. & Lenneberg E. (eds.) Psychology and biology of language and thought. Academic Press, New York: 27–63.
Examples of journal articles
Glasersfeld E. von (2005) Thirty years radical constructivism. Constructivist Foundations 1(1): 9–12.
O’Regan J. K. & Noë A. (2001) A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24(5): 939–1031.
Example of electronic sources
Brook A. (2008) Kant’s view of the mind and consciousness of self. In: Zalta E. N. (ed.) The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu on 31 July 2008.
Reprints and translations
Please cite the reprint or translation from which you quote or which you actually read and add a note about the original publication.