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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission meets the focus and scope of the journal described in the section About the journal
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Once submitted, the author agrees not to send the paper to other journal until the conclusion of the editorial process.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word file format.
  • Whenever possible, URLs for the references are provided. Preferably by using DOI.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all the figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author/s Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Guideline of the journal South Sustainability for the authors.

  1. Formal requirements.

    The text could be in English or Spanish language. The title, abstract and key words must be submitted in both languages. 

    The text must use standard fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri…), size12. The use of hyperlinks or other advenced options on the word processor must be avoided. The symbols and acronyms used should be consistent throughout the text. The use of the units of measurement of the International System and their symbols will be prioritized (except in cases such as the temperature where Celsius grade and its symbol will be used: °C). The maximum lengths for each type of publication must also be taken into account and are listed below in table 1.

    Figures should be send in TIFF or JPG format with a minimun resolution of 300ppp (600ppp recommendable). Draws, images, maps, photography or graphics are all considered as figures. Each figure should be accompanied by its own numbering (arabic numbers), a short and descriptive title and the legend and abbreviations explanation that helps the understanding of the figure.

    On the other hand, the numbering (arabic numbers) and the titles for the tables should be placed above them. The abbreviations or symbols must be clarified at the bottom of the table.

  2. Title page.

    In the upper right must be clearly indicated the category of the paper: Original research article, Short original reseach article, Review, Methods, Policy Brief, Letter to the editor or Editorial.

    Moreover, it shoud be included:

    I - A descriptive and cleare title with a maximun of 20 words on Spanish and English.

    II - Under the title it must be shown the names (Surname, Name) of the authors. Unless the author suggest any particularity, the first name and the first surname of each author will be used. For more information about authorship and the order of the authors check the Autorship criteria in the section About the journal.

    III - The affiliations where the research was conducted (department/faculty/etc, institution, city, country) for each author. "Present adress" can be indicated in case the author have moved since the work described was done. In adittion, durign the submision process the ORCID code of the authors (about ORCID) will be requested.

    IV - E-Mail of the corresponding author.

    V - Not segmented abstract with the main points of the research (objective, matherials and methods, results and conclusions). It should be clear and simple, and it must be wroten both in Spanish and English. Optionally a scheme or image that helps to understand the theme of the article can be included.

    VI - Finally, 4 to 6 key words must be added related with the research topyc both in Spanish and English.

  3. References 

    The important references and the references read by the authors must be included. The references must follow the Harvard format (Author-date system for the citation and the bibliographic references have a listed format ordered by author and publishing year in a section at the end of the paper).  The author is responsible for the accuracy of the references and citation information, as for example that all the cites must appear in the references section and vice versa. References to papers published in peer-reviewed journals (original research articles, reviews, etc.) and books should be given priority over references to thesis or similar works.

    Preferentialy the references should include the DOI when avaliable. Example:

    -Cite in text: (Merrill and Mech, 2003)

    -Reference: Merrill, S. B. and Mech, L. D. (2003) ‘The usefulness of GPS telemetry to study wolf circadian and social activity’, Wildlife Society Bulletin, 31(4), pp. 947–960. doi: 10.2307/3784439.

    It is highly recommended to use a bibliographycal manager as Mendeley.

    More information about Harvard style or also here.


  4.  Original articles

    1. -Abstract: Maximum 250 words.
    2. -Main text: It must be divided into different sections: Introduction; Materials and methods; Results; and Discussion. Results and Discussion can be combined or kept separate. Further divisions by subheadings are allowed in all the sections except for introduccion.
    • Introduction: brief explanation about the present knowledge about the field of research, from general-to-specific. This section ends with a summary of the objectives and conclusions of the research in the last paragraph.
    • Materials and methods: The materials and methods used during the work must be explained, with sufficient information to allow an independent researcher to reproduce the work. The methods that were already published should be stated and referenced. Modifications from a previous method must be described.
    • Results: The discoverys must be explained clearly. Tables and figures must be included when necesary.
    • Discusion: The results should be interpreted appropriately and must not be a simple repetition of the results. Statistical analysis are included when necessary. The main results are compared with previous studies and the conclusions are explained.
    • Acknowlegments (optional) and funding information should be included
    • Autorship contribuion: Papel de cada autor en la investigación.
    • Conflict of interest: The authors must include information about any relation or condition either institutional or economical, that could affect the unbiased interpretation of the work. When no conflict of interest exist it have to be indicated too.
    • References: All the references must be cited in the text and vice versa in alphabetic order.
  5.  Article review

    1. -Abstract: Maximum 250 word.
    2. The review articles consist on a clear and concise presentation of the recent literature (or state of art) about the field by an expert (or more than one). The main body of the text can be distributed on: Introduction, optional subhead with the main contributions to the area, conclusions, and references. The number of references must be enough, according to the lenght of the text (reccomended at least 30 references)
  6.  Short research article

    It follow the same structure as Research articles but with a limit in the maximun number of words and figures/tables. The limits can be checked on the table 1.

  7.  Methods

    Article where a new and original methodology to resolve a scientific problem is detailed. It also makes a comparison with the previous methodologies.

  8. Policy briefs 

    Short article (up to 1 500 words) that communicates the most important evidences of a area to non-specialiced readers (such as political actors or policy-makers) rainsing the main conclusions and recommendations to support future decision making. 

    For more information you can check here or also here.
  9.  Letters to the editor

    Section where the readership can make comments about a previous journal publications. A replica from the mentioned author is admited, if that were the case. Preliminary works can be also included when under some circunstancies it could not be included in other sections of the journal.

                     Table 1. Length and kind of publications.


     The maximun lenght of the document, without include renferences.

Original article

Original research article


Artículos de revisión.

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