Guidelines for Authors

We highly recommend using the Word template. It contains detailed instructions for authors.

Send all material to submission/at/constructivist.info. Important: Make sure that the attached file is not bigger than 5MB.

We welcome submissions of manuscripts that correspond to the Aims and Scope of the journal. The journal 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

      applications of constructivist concepts

      survey articles

      editorial material such as perspectives, opinions, essays written by senior scholars, and open peer commentaries

      book reviews

Occasionally the journal publishes special issues focusing on a specific topic. However, themed issues do not exclude contributions on other topics, which are published in the issue’s Regular Papers section.

Reviewing Process

« Our goal is to help you optimize your paper »

It is our philosophy that the articles published in Constructivist Foundations must withstand the scrutiny of the scientific community. Therefore, we apply a three-stage reviewing process (cf. Constructive Three-Stage Double-Blind Peer Reviewing):

Step 1

Upon arrival we screen submitted manuscripts for their general appropriateness and provide the author with editorial comments if needed.

Step 2

All regular articles that have been editorially accepted are subject to double-blind peer-reviewing. We encourage reviewers to produce fair and constructive assessments that anticipate possible objections of the audience.

Step 3

Authors of (conditionally) accepted papers are asked to revise their manuscript based on the constructive criticism of the reviewers. Others are rejected. The revised version will be forwarded to the original reviewers for a final assessment. Together with the editors' evaluation they determine the final acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.

Finally, all manuscripts accepted for publication are copy-edited for free.

Since Volume 9, all published articles are accompanied by about four to ten Open Peer Commentaries (OPC) in which commentators openly discuss the content of the target article. OPCs provide a concentrated constructive interaction between the target author and commentators on a topic judged to be of broad significance to the constructivist community. The issues raised by the commentators are addressed in the Author’s Response to the commentaries.

No Charges

Unlike in other journals with openly accessible articles there are no Author Processing Charges. Accepted manuscripts are published for free and are freely available to all readers (however, we look forward to institutional support to cover our expenses).


Before submitting your manuscript make sure that it contains the following parts. (We highly recommend using the Word template.)


Detailed Guidelines


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Structured Abstract

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? Why it could bring progress to constructivist approaches? How it is based on the works of constructivists such as Ernst von Glasersfeld, Heinz von Foerster, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, to name but a few? Do you argue in favor of a new constructivist perspective?

Key words • What are the up to ten most important concepts and notions in the paper? Which proponents of constructivism are central in your paper? Please provide a careful mix of general and more specific key words.

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.

Last update: 15 November 2018