Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Honai Math, an international peer-reviewed open-access journal published by Universitas Papua in collaboration with the Indonesian Mathematics Educators Society (I-MES), provides an advanced forum for exclusively publishing the original research articles, review articles from invited experts, and the novel technology news related to mathematics education. The JHM also publishes timely and thorough survey articles on current trends, new theoretical techniques, novel ideas and new mathematics education teaching and learning tools in different branches of mathematics subject. It seeks to reflect the variety of research concerns within this field and the range of methods used to study them. It deals with methodological, pedagogical/didactical, political, and socio-cultural aspects of teaching and learning mathematics, rather than with specific programs for teaching mathematics. A submission must be well written and of interest to a substantial number of mathematics educators and scientists worldwide.
Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. The full account of the research must be provided so that the results can be reproduced. Electronic files or software which provide the full details of the calculations, proofs and experimental procedures can be deposited as supplementary material (if unable to be published in a normal way). The journal exists to survey, discuss and extend current research-based and theoretical perspectives as well as to create a forum for critical analyses of issues within mathematics education. Within this range, this journal is open to all research approaches. The emphasis is on high-level articles of more than local or national interest. All contributions to this journal are peer-reviewed, and the audience is predominantly mathematics education researchers worldwide interested in current developments in the field.
The Journal invites original research articles and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The whole spectrum of research in mathematics education are welcome, which includes, but is not limited to the following topics:

1. Valuing and Values in Ethnomathematics Study
Values and valuing, particularly in the context of doing, teaching and learning school mathematics, is a confusing, complex, and contested terrain where colleagues have struggled to even find common definitions of values and valuing, although many have nuanced each other’s ideas. Furthermore, ethnomathematics is the study of the relationship between mathematics and culture. In a deeper understanding, ethnomathematics refers to mathematics which is practiced by members of a cultural group who share similar experiences and practices with the mathematics that can be in a unique form. Culture gives diverse and interesting contexts in mathematics learning to be discussed. Therefore, the scope of values and valuing in ethnomathematics study is an important part of the focus and scope of the journal. The ideas of this research on related topics can be traced to the works of Marcia Ascher, Ubiratan d'Ambrosio, Robert Ascher, Marcelo C. Borba, Philip Clarkson, Wee Tiong Seah, JeongSuk Pang, and published books in Springer, Taylor & Francis, or other publishers.

2. Integrating ICT in Mathematics Education
The advance of information and communication technology (ICT) has been the concern of all human life, including in education. When all students use technology, education must be the first one to utilize it for the sake of effectiveness and attractiveness. The researches (ideas of research) on related topics could be traced to the works of Paul Drijvers, Willem J. Pelgrum, Tjeerd Plomp, Jean-Baptiste Lagrange, Michèle Artigue, Colette Laborde, Luc Trouche, and published books in Springer or other publishers.

3. Designing Learning-based Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) approach
Educational design research is perceived as the systematic study of designing, developing and evaluating educational interventions (programs, teaching-learning strategies, and materials, products, systems) as solutions to such problems. Furthermore, Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) is a teaching and learning theory in mathematics education that was first introduced and developed by Freudenthal. Two of his important points of view are mathematics must be connected to reality and mathematics as a human activity. RME is implemented following three principles, they are: (1) guided reinvention and progressive mathematizing, (2) didactical phenomenology, and (3) self-developed model. Furthermore, the practice of RME also has its own characteristics, they are: (1) phenomenological exploration or the use of contexts, (2) the use of models or bridging by vertical instruments, (3) the use of students own productions and constructions or students contribution, (4) the interactive character of the teaching process or interactivity, and (5) the intertwining of various learning strands. A paper is eligible to be included in this topic if the paper accommodates these three principles and these five characteristics. The researches (ideas of research) on related topics can be traced to the works of Hans Freudenthal, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, K.P.E. Gravemeijer, Jan Van den Akker, Koeno Gravemeijer, Susan McKenney, Nienke Nieveen, Tjeerd Plomp, Arthur Bakker, and published books in Taylor & Francis, Springer or other publishers.

4. Analysing Mathematics Ability
Mathematics ability refers to the ability (a human construct) to obtain, to process, and to retain mathematical information (cognitive) and to solve mathematics problems (pragmatic). To maintain the focus of this journal, the scope of mathematics ability includes the following abilities: reasoning, connection, communication, representation, and problem-solving. A paper is eligible for this topic if it comprehensively discusses those abilities. The researches (ideas of research) on related topics can be traced to the works of Markku S. Hannula, CERME Proceedings, ICME Proceedings and published books in Springer or other publishers.

5. Practicing Classroom Action Research in Mathematics Learning
Classroom action research is a reflective process which helps teachers to explore and examine aspects of teaching and learning and to take action to change and improve. It begins with a question or questions about classroom experiences, issues, or challenges. Generally, classroom action research is consisting of 4 steps, namely, planning, action, observation, and reflection. Authors could submit their work, with a comprehensive description and analysis of every step.

(This aim and scope have been updated on January 24, 2022) 


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are checked by qualified peer review and the authors are subject to blind-peer review whose identities will remain anonymous. The peer review process will be done after the initial screening by the consulting editors of the editorial board. The reviewers, who will perform the blind-peer reviews, comprise renowned national and international academicians and practitioners specializing in various mathematics education fields.
  1. Editor receives manuscript
  2. Reviewers read and provide comments to the editor
  3. The decision is made by the reviewer: accept, minor revisions, major revisions, or reject
  4. Feedback sent to an author
  5. Revisions
  6. Final decision
  7. Article is published
Submitted papers are evaluated by at least two anonymous referees for contribution, originality, relevance, and presentation (blind-peer review). The Editor shall inform you of the results of the review as soon as possible, hopefully in 30 to 60 days. Plagiarism detection of articles in this journal is carried out by using iThenticate (Web Checker) with max score no more than 25% and Mendeley as a Tool Reference Manager. The language used in this journal is English.


Publication Frequency

Journal of Honai Math is published two times a year: April and October. JHM publishes about at least 10 articles each year (consists of at least 5 articles each edition).


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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