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Author Guidelines

Those wishing to submit articles to the Desde el Sur journal’s editorial team should adhere to the following formal criteria:

  1. All articles submitted to the journal must be written in Spanish, English or Portuguese. They must address issues associated with research into areas of the humanities and social sciences.
  2. Articles must be completely original and unpublished. By submitting their text to our journal, authors undertake not to submit the same work simultaneously for evaluation by another journal, in any language. However, the journal also accepts texts that have been uploaded previously in preprints such as Scielo preprints, arXiv.org or SocArxviv.
  3. Articles must be submitted by electronic means, to the email address desdeelsur@cientifica.edu.pe, or via the Open Journal System (http://revistas.cientifica.edu.pe/desdeelsur).
  4. Texts must be written in the program Microsoft Word with the extensions .doc or .docx The font required is Arial, single space, size 12.
  5. If the text includes graphics or figures, these must be submitted in TIFF format at a resolution greater than 500 DPI. Figures are considered to be drawings, maps, photographs or graphics, ordered with Arabic numerals. In the case of conventional photographs or drawings, on the back of each of these, their number must be included, in the top right corner, together with the author and title of the article.
  6. The journal Desde el Sur contains the following sections:
    1. Research studies
    2. Essays
    3. Book reviews
    4. Letters to the editor

All submissions must include: 1) Sworn statement that all the authors agree to the submission of their article to the journal’s editorial process, 2) List of authors, correctly filled out, 3) Text produced in accordance with the guidelines outlined in these instructions.

Structure of the texts

General guidelines

  1. Regardless of the section for which the text is submitted, the first page must contain:
    1. Title of the article: This must be written in Spanish or English. It must be brief and clear and reflect the main idea behind the research.
    2. Identification of the authors:
      1. Name and surname of all the authors. Additionally, the author or authors may suggest the form in which they wish their name to appear in the publication, in order to ensure correct citation; otherwise, the first name and first surname will be cited.
      2. Affiliation: Authors must state their institutional affiliation, as well as their city and country.
      3. Profession and academic degree: Authors must include their profession and highest academic qualification.
      4. ORCID identification code.
      5. Authorial contribution: In cases of multiple authors, information must be included concerning the individual contribution of each author during the elaboration of the text.
      6. Funding sources: Authors must name the institution which financed the study, or indicate that the work was self-financed.
      7. Possible conflicts of interest: Authors must include information concerning any relationship or condition, either institutional or financial, which might affect the objective interpretation of the article.
      8. The corresponding author must include contact information (email, telephone).

All articles which have been submitted previously to a scientific event or which form part of a thesis must include relevant information (in the form of citation).

  1. The content of the text must include the following parts:
    1. Abstract in two languages, Spanish and English, and keywords in the respective languages (see: http://vocabularies.unesco.org/browser/thesaurus/es/). This applies to research studies and essays.
    2. Main text: The length will depend on the section, as detailed below.
    3. Bibliographical references for research studies, essays, bibliographical research and states of the question (in the form of explicit citations in the text). They should appear at the end of the text in alphabetical order. The only bibliographical references included should be those cited in the text. The model of the American Psychological Association (APA, see: http://www.apastyle.org) should be followed, in its latest version. Authors will be responsible for ensuring that all abbreviated citations have their respective bibliographical reference at the end of the text.

Specific guidelines for each type of text

  1. Articles. These are texts which present a solid argument based upon a process of systematic analysis of both texts and fieldwork. To this end, they are structured in an argumentative format employing different categories of interpretation. The content of the text should be no more than 20 single side pages in length and be structured according to the following parts:
    1. An abstract in Spanish and English or Portuguese, with a maximum length of 150 words in Spanish and 100 words in English or Portuguese, and three to five keywords for each language.
    2. Introduction: Brief overview of the current status of the issue being addressed, aims of the work and general hypothesis.
    3. Materials and methods: Describe the characteristics of the subject matter being analyzed and the methodology employed in the study.
    4. Results: Presentation of findings, in a clear manner.
    5. Discussion: Interpretation of results, comparing them with the findings of other authors, setting out of suggestions, postulations or conclusions arrived at by the author.
    6. Bibliographical references: Only those cited in the text.
  2. Essays. An argument presenting a tentative approach in order to explain a text or cultural process. The content must be no more than 15 pages long, single side and structured as follows:
    1. Introduction
    2. Main text
    3. Conclusions
  1. Book reviews. Presented as reflective, dialogic commentaries, based upon a solid academic criticism of the text in question. They should not exceed 10 pages in length. This section of the journal does not always contain bibliographical references.
  2. Letters to the editor: Notes and commentaries of a punctual nature concerning a specific aspect of an academic issue, event, conference, work and/or the questioning of articles and essays published in the journal Desde el Sur or in another publication. Preferably, such contributions should be of a polemical nature. They should not exceed 10 pages in length. 

Table 1: Word count and other characteristics according to type of article

 

Abstract

(words)

Content (pages)

Peer review

(number)

N.° references

 

Research studies

150

20

Yes (2)

30

 

Essays

150

15

Yes (2)

40

 

Book reviews

No

10

No

20

 

Letters to the editor

No

10

No

20

 

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