Editorial policies

Focus and scope

Desde el Sur, the humanities and social sciences journal of Universidad Científica del Sur (Southern Science University – UCSUR), publishes original articles, essays and reviews by researchers from around the world in the fields of the humanities and social sciences, preferably oriented towards subjects and issues associated with Latin America. Its publications include works in the fields of Latin American studies, cultural studies, communication sciences, literature, linguistics, philosophy, art, history, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, political science, law and education.

Section policies

Table 1. Section policies

 

Open submissions

Indexing

Peer reviews

 

Editorial

No

Yes

No

 

Articles

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Essays

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Book reviews

Yes

Yes

No

 

Letters to the editor

Yes

Yes

No

 

Republishing of texts

No

Yes

No

 

 

Editorial process

All articles, essays, reviews and other documents submitted to the journal Desde el Sur for publishing are evaluated by the editor, who decides if the submission should be accepted or rejected, or if the content requires modification. This decision will be based on objective criteria, respecting a diversity of opinion.

In the event that a submission requires peer review (Table 2), the editor, after establishing its suitability for publication, will send the work for peer review by an expert in the same field, whose expertise has been previously established by virtue of their own published works or by the academic qualifications they hold in the relevant field. This review will be conducted anonymously and ad honorem. The number of reviewers will also be dependent upon the type of work submitted (Table 2).

The reviewer may recommend that the article be published without modifications, published if minor observations are addressed and resolved (generally recommendations for improvements in the manuscript), published if major observations are addressed and resolved (substantive observations that question the methodology employed or require an informed response from the author), or not published (where the reviewer considers that the article contains insurmountable errors). Taking into account these recommendations, it is the editor who makes the final decision regarding the work submitted.

In the event of a request to address and resolve the reviewers' observations, the author must resubmit the corrected submission, together with a letter addressing each of the observations. The editor will decide if the corrected article is satisfactory or if it requires reevaluation by a peer reviewer. Finally, the editor will decide if the submission will be accepted for publication, or if it should be rejected.

If the submission is accepted, it will then be subjected to the processes of editing and layout, and a proof will be produced. The author will receive the proof and, within a period established by the editor, will be free to make any modifications required and to confirm their approval. Any failure to respond to said communication will be taken as the author’s implicit acceptance of the version sent by the editor.

Table 2. Word count and other characteristics, according to the type of submission

 

Abstract (words)

Content (pages)

Peer review

(number of reviewers)

N.° references

 

Articles

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

 

Peer review process

The journal Desde el Sur employs the double blind peer review process, under which the author(s) and reviewer(s) do not know each other’s identity, for the assessment of articles and essays submitted, as well as other documents requiring such assessment. Furthermore, this process is characterized by its confidentiality and by the absence of potential conflicts of interest on the part of the reviewers.

The Desde el Sur peer review process is entrusted to researchers who are experts in the relevant field, outside the publishing institution, and who are not members of the editorial committee.

Texts that are submitted for peer review will be treated confidentially during this process. Reviewers may not disclose or comment upon the texts that are under scrutiny. Furthermore, they will be charged with identifying the information contained in the texts and attesting to its authenticity and originality.

In the event that any defects are found in the submitted text, these must be presented in the peer review report. Any failure on the part of the reviewer to comply with this requirement will be considered a grave dereliction of duty.

Any reviewer exposed to a potential conflict of interest –for example, if they know the author- will be exempted from continuing with the peer review process.

Costs of publication

The journal Desde el Sur does not request any payment for the submission, processing, peer review and publication of the articles, essays and reviews submitted. All these costs are fully subsidized by Universidad Científica del Sur.

Archiving

The journal Desde el Sur uses the LOCKSS system to create a distributed storage system among participating libraries and allow the creation of permanent archives in the journal for conservation and restoration purposes. Thus, in the event that the magazine is not published, the electronic backup and preservation of access to content will be available via the following link: https://revistas.cientifica.edu.pe/index.php/desdeelsur/gateway/lockss

Anti-plagiarism policy

The journal will assess all articles submitted to the editorial committee using the Turnitin® system, in order to detect any plagiarism. The journal does not have a maximum cut-off point for any similarity percentage detected. The editorial committee will decide if there is any suspicion of plagiarism and, if it so decides, it may use this criterion to reject the request for publication.

In the event that ethical misconduct is detected, during the peer review process or following publication, the journal will act in accordance with the recommendations contained in the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors (COPE, https://publicationethics.org/files/Spanish%20%281%29.pdf). The decisions made by the editorial committee may include the retraction of the article or the future prohibition of publication of articles by the sanctioned author(s). Additional measures may include communication with the respective authorities and the notification of other journals.