Research Report (RR)


  • Concept and main idea
  • Submission procedure
  • Restrictions
  • Reviewing
  • Presentation and Publication

Concept and main idea

Research Report are intended to present empirical or theoretical research results on a topic that relates to the major goals of PME:

  • to promote international contacts and exchange of scientific information in the field of mathematical education;
  • to promote and stimulate interdisciplinary research in the aforesaid area; and
  • to further a deeper and more correct understanding of the psychological and other aspects of teaching and learning mathematics and the implications thereof.

Reports should state what is new in the research, how it builds on past research, and/or how it has developed new directions and pathways. Some level of critique must exist in all papers.

Contributions need not be limited to completed research. Ongoing studies may be submitted, provided that theoretical framework, preliminary results, and a discussion of these results appear in the text submitted. Proposals which are too similar to papers previously presented cannot be accepted. Proposals that represent new and significant contributions to research in the Psychology of Mathematics Education are especially encouraged.

PME research reports are reviewed in a double-blind peer-review process involving three reviewers.

Two types of papers are suitable for Research Reports:

1. Reports of empirical studies

Reports of empirical studies should cover, at minimum, the following:

  • a statement regarding the focus of the submitted paper;
  • the study’s theoretical framework;
  • references to the related literature;
  • a description of the research methods used;
  • and a sample of the data and the results (additional data can be presented at the conference but some data ought to accompany the proposal).

2. Theoretical and philosophical essays

These should cover, at a minimum, the following:

  • a statement regarding the focus of the submitted paper;
  • a statement about the paper’s theoretical or philosophical framework;
  • references to related literature;
  • a clearly articulated statement regarding the author’s position on the paper’s focus or theme;
  • and implications for existing research in the respective area.

Submission Procedure

Research Report Proposals papers are to be written in English, with an abstract in English (and one in another language, if desired by the author) of at most 10 lines. The document may be up to 8 pages long and must be in line with the formatting guidelines provided by the conference organizers. More information is available in the conference template file. For the peer review process, authors must submit a second, blinded version of their proposal. Papers that do not conform with the formatting guidelines, exceed the maximum number of pages or which are not accompanied by a properly blinded version may be rejected without further consideration or peer review.

Because of length restrictions, papers should be concise, but should nevertheless contain all information necessary to inform both reviewers and other researchers. Proposals merely stating that results will be presented at the conference cannot be accepted.

Authors are requested to refer to related papers that have been presented at previous PME conferences.

Please consider the following issues before you submit you proposal: Submission Checklist RR

Proposals for Research Reports must be submitted via ConfTool ( no later than January, 15th, in the year of the conference (see conference announcement for exact dates).

Submissions to ConfTool are only possible if the presenting author is registered in the ConfTool system and has paid the non-refundable conference deposit.

Two files must be submitted for each proposal:

  • for publication, the word file that strictly follows the formatting guidelines
  • for review, a “blinded version” as PDF file in which it is not possible for a reviewer to infer the authors’ identities from the text.

Please note that no revisions are possible after submission. Each contribution is accepted or rejected in the form in which it was submitted.


Every pre-registered person may submit up to one Research Report. The proposal should be submitted by the author who will deliver the presentation during the conference.

Each conference participant may present at most one Oral Communication or one Research Report, including the Research Reports that are part of Colloquia.

Each conference participant may have his/her name on not more than four conference contributions. Additionally each conference participant may act as organizer of at most one Colloquium.


Before submitting and when reviewing Research Reports, please consider the Information on the review process and on review criteria (see Reviewer Information).

PME reviewers are selected from authors who have had Research Reports accepted in previous years. Participation in the PME is part of building a community. So if you have successfully presented at PME before, please expect to be invited to be a PME reviewer for future conferences. We value your ongoing contribution to building and supporting our PME community of excellent research.

Publication and presentation

Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings only if the full conference registration fee has been paid in time. The deadline for this payment is published in the 2nd announcement (usually in May).

Each Research Report presentation will be allotted a total time of 40 minutes: 20 minutes for the oral presentation and 20 minutes for questions and comments.

A chairperson will be assigned to each Research Report session. He/she will introduce the presenters, make a comment regarding photographing, audio- and videotaping the session, monitor timing of the session, and moderate the discussion.

For more information, please see the Guidelines for Preparing and Presenting Research Report Contributions and the Guidelines for Session Chairs.

The publication and presentation should follow the PME formatting guidelines and must be in accordance with the PME publication ethics.