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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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, 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 Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

Author Guidelines


This journal publishes in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Abstract and keywords Authors should send an abstract in English (max. 150 words) and six keywords.

Submission guidelines for Authors

  • Length: Articles max. 8000 words, reviews max. 2500 words (including notes and references).
  • Single line spacing should be used (including notes and references).
  • Please calculate with 2.5 cm margins on all sides.
  • Personal details should be included on a separate page (name, institution to which you belong and your e-mail address). Please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere in the article so that it can be submitted as quickly as possible to facilitate anonymous review.
  • Footnotes should be footnotes and not endnotes (and their use should be limited).
  • An abstract in English of a maximum of 150 words with six key words should be submitted.
  • Tables or figures should be incorporated on separate pages at the end of the text.
  • Numbers: numbers from one to twenty should be written in words; numbers 21 and above should be written in figures.
  • Spelling: British spelling should be used (-ise not -ize, labour not labor, etc.).
  • Punctuation: British style should be used so that full stops and commas should be placed after the inverted commas and not before them, e.g. President Fox said, 'The economy is booming'. NOT President Fox said, 'The economy is booming.'
  • Dates: use the full form, 2002-2003; 1 January 2004; twentieth century and not 20th century; the 1990s.
  • Quotations: single inverted commas should be used (double inverted commas should be used to locate quotations within quotations).
  • Extracts from texts do not need inverted commas.
  • Paragraphs: each new paragraph should be indented; there should be no space between paragraphs.
  • Acronyms: they should be written without full stops (USA, UNESCO, etc.).
  • Words or short phrases in other languages should be in italics (unusual terms should be in square brackets when used for the first time).
  • Quotations from texts written in other languages should be translated into English; if desired, the quotation may be incorporated in the original language after consultation with the editors.
  • Enclose words added in quotations in square brackets: []


The Harvard system should be used. In the body of the text the author-date system should be used, e.g. Smith (1989) argues that ...; or (Smith, 1989: 112-113). References should be incorporated at the end of the article and cited in alphabetical order. Make sure that any work cited in the text appears in the final bibliography.

a) Books

All words in English book titles should begin with a capital letter, e.g., De La Fuente, A. (2001) A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba. University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill and London. In other languages, only the first word should be capitalised (except in the case of proper names), for example:

Galinier, Jacques. 1990. La mitad del mundo: cuerpos y cosmos en los rituales otomíes. Mexico City: UNAM.

b) Articles in journals and newspapers

In English, all words in titles should begin with a capital letter, for example:

Barabas, Alicia M. 2014. "Indigenous territoriality in contemporary Mexico." Chungara, Revista de Antropología Chilena 43 (3): 437-452.

c) Chapters in edited books

González Dávila, Fernando. 2014. "Huichapan en el camino." In Huichapan, tres momentos de su historia. Pachuca de Soto, edited by F. López Aguilar, L. Hernández and L. H. Haydeé, 95-128. Pachuca de Soto: Consejo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes.

d) URL

Complete references should be noted next to the URL, e.g. author, year, document title and URL. If this information is not available, the reference should be removed and the website address cited in parentheses in the text. Examples:

Garcia, Angeles. 2002. "Interview with Arturo Pérez Reverte: 'I've written a 500-page Mexican corrido'."' El País online, 28 April 2002, accessed 9 December 2018, < .html>.

Los Tigres del Norte. 2002. "La Reina del Sur." YouTube, accessed 10 December 2018, <>.


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