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Guidelines for authors

Submit a proposal

To submit a proposal of dossier, article or book review, please write an email to the following adress: editions.iheal<a>

All articles should be original and should follow the editorial guidelines of the journal and the instructions listed below.

Authors of accepted articles commit to revise their text according to the referees’ recommendations. They also commit to take into account the modifications required by the editors in chief and agree for the publishers to edit and copyedit the text in order to ensure it is up to standards of clarity and precision.


A dossier of the Cahiers des Amériques latines is made up of five to six articles. The introduction, of about 30 000 characters, outlines the main subject and presents the articles included in the dossier.

The journal falls within the scope of human and social sciences and has a multidisciplinary approach. This aspect is strongly appreciated in the design and composition of the dossier.

Moreover, dossier coordinators are encouraged to look for a diversity of schools of thought and national origin of authors taking part in a dossier, whether they are senior or novice (i.e. PhD students). For further details, please take a look at the guidelines for coordinators in the attached document at the bottom of the page.


All articles must be original, and conform to the journal’s editorial guidelines. Their length should be of around 45 000/50 000 characters (including spaces, footnotes, bibliography, abstract and keywords).

All published articles are double-blind peer reviewed by members of the journal’s committee or by external evaluators.

Articles may be submitted in French, Spanish, Portuguese or English. Authors are asked to ensure an appropriate writing style, even when not writing in their native language. All articles that are not up to the language standards will not be accepted.

To be accepted for evaluation, an article must follow the formatting norms specified below and include the following:

  • A main title, typed in lower case. Only one level of subtitles is accepted throughout the rest of the text (aligned to the left, in bold and lower case);

  • Name of the author, their institution/university/research group and contact details

  • Main text, in normal font;

  • References, inserted in the body of the text, between square brackets, according to the following format: [Bourdieu, 1993, p. 36]; page number is compulsory for all quotes and statistics;

  • Footnotes, whenever the reference is not bibliographic (interviews, archives, anonymous newspaper articles, etc.);

  • A bibliography gathering only the books listed in the text between square brackets;

  • 3 abstracts (in French, Spanish or Portuguese and English) of no more than 1 000 characters each, including spaces. The two abstracts in a language different from the language of the article should also include a translation of the main title and be up to the language standards of each language;

  • 5 keywords in each of the chosen languages (French, Spanish or Portuguese and English). The keywords must be short and meaningful and, if possible, match those in the following list;

  • A small bio-bibliography of the author of about 700 characters, including spaces (in French).

Book reviews

The journal also publishes reviews of recently published works. Reviews can be about one or several books and should discuss their contribution to the field. Their length should be of 5 000 to 10 000 characters.

Reviews of books published in Latin America are particularly appreciated in order to make them known in France.

Submission guidelines

All submissions must respect the format and typographical guidelines of the Cahiers des Amériques latines:


- The length of the article is of around 45 000/50 000 characters, including spaces, abstracts, notes and keywords.

- Standard page (21 x 29,7 cm), and 2,5 indentation on each side.

Font and style

- Font should be 12-points Times for the main text and 10 points for footnotes.

- Please do not use any templates

- Please do not insert line breaks in the text or special spacing for formatting. Paragraph break should be contiguous.

Illustrations and figures

- If the author of the submitted article is also the author of the pictures, tables, graphics, maps, figures, drawings, illustrations, etc., he/she must submit them in the original files (.jpg, .eps, .xls, .ai, etc.), in black and white.

  • Pictures must be sent in high definition (300 DPI);

  • Credits and sources must be indicated;

  • Maps and tables must be exact, clear and relevant.

- If the author of the submitted article is not the author of these elements and if those have not yet entered into the public domain, he/she must indicate the copyright owner’s contact details. The journal will request a copyright licensing. The author will purchase the potential acquisition rights of the illustrations and the copyright licensing.

- The location of illustrations, maps, figures, etc. should be inserted in the article. They should be numbered separately (please use Arabic numerals). Titles should be on top of the figure, and their description and source should be underneath. They must include credits and sources, which should be in italics.


Bibliography should be at the end of the article, in alphabetical order and limited to the authors that are mentioned in the text in the form of: [Bourdieu, 1993, p. 36].

References in articles should conform to the formats below:

  • Books:

Bataillon Claude, Espacios mexicanos contemporáneos, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1997, p. 80-112.

Le ClÉzio Jean-Marie, « Fascination », in Printemps et autres saisons, Paris, Gallimard, coll. « Folio », 1989.

  • Articles/chapters in collective works:

Goldberg Annette, « Le Paris des Brésiliens en exil », in Antoine MarÈs et Pierre Milza (dir.), Le Paris des étrangers depuis 1945, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 1994.

Editors should appear as authors when the cited collective work does not have a specific director:

ASIES, América Latina hacia la inclusión social: avances, aprendizajes y desafíos, Guatemala, Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales, 2014.

  • Articles in a journal:

ThÉry Hervé, « Des hommes, des femmes, des migrants », Cahiers des Amériques latines, n° 48-49, 2005/1 et 2, p. 183-192.

  • Thesis or master’s dissertation:

Guzmán Virginia, « Procesos político-institucionales e igualdad de género. Chile: 1980-2010 », thèse de doctorat en sociologie, Barcelone, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2011.

  • Online documents:

Commission de la vérité et de la réconciliation, Informe final [en ligne], Lima, CVR, 2003, mis à jour le 15 février 2015 [consulté le 8 mai 2015]. Disponible sur :


A table with more details about orthotypographic norms in each language can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Open archives initiative

Cahiers des Amériques latines allows authors to upload the publisher version (PDF) of their articles on open archives. The journal’s open archives initiative policy is available on Héloïse and Sherpa/Romeo.

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