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Editorial standards

Unsolicited submissions of articles are welcome. Contributions may be written in French, English, Spanish or Portuguese, on themes related to the arts, literature, history, anthropology or sociology from Iberian and Latin American countries.

The articles are original contributions; they are submitted to the plagiarism checker, in accordance with the usual standards. All contributions are selected for peer review and are sent to at least two independent reviewers. At the end of the evaluation process, the editorial board assesses the revised version. If substantial modification were required, a third evaluation is realised once these have been carried out and the editorial board assesses its inclusion in the issue.

The Pdf issues of the journal are subject to a preservation policy and are included in the CECIL collection hosted on the HAL CNRS server [link].

The Cahiers d’études des cultures ibériques et latino-américaines follow the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics, the COPE (Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guidelines for Journals Editors)

The journal CECIL is currently included in the following indexes and data bases: BnF, ERIH+, HAL-CNRS, Latindex, MIAR, MLA Directory of Periodicals, REDIB, Road, Sudoc, WorldCat, Mir@bel and EBSCO Essentials.

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Publication of calls and receipt of contributions

The editorial board publishes a call for papers corresponding to each new issue on the journal’s website and on various international mailing lists (Fabula, MLA, etc.). The proposals (about 3000 signs long), will be accompanied by a short bibliography and a short presentation by the author. Authors may send their presentation in a separate file to facilitate the anonymisation of proposals. Proposals may be sent to the following address: cecil(at) The call for contributions specifies the publication deadlines in case of selection. Authors may submit proposals and articles in one of the four languages accepted by the journal: French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Within 15 working days after the submission deadline, the editorial board will hold a first meeting to select the articles. Each proposal is presented anonymously to the entire editorial board and its acceptance is subject to a vote by after deliberation. The CECIL editorial board evaluates the submitted proposals according to their relevance to the current call for papers and the originality of their corpus and of their approach. Then, an email is sent to the authors to inform them of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal.

Authors whose proposal has been accepted have three months to write the article and send it to the journal’s editorial secretariat. Articles must respect the CECIL style sheet, published online on the website, and include titles, abstracts and keywords written in English and in two other languages accepted by the journal.

The selection of the communication proposal does not necessarily lead to the publication of the article. Only articles that have passed the double-blind evaluation are published, after the vote of the editorial board (see section Selection of articles for publication).

Selection of articles for publication

The journal CECIL follows a double-blind selection and peer review process in the interest of equity, transparency and quality. The articles received are submitted to a double-blind peer review. The editorial board guarantees the independence and impartiality of the reviewers, who must comply with the standards of research ethics as well as those of the intellectual property code. All reviewers must inform the editor of any conflict of interest, particularly if it appears that they have recognised the author of the article submitted to them.

At the end of the peer review stage, according to the experts’ opinion, the submitted article,

if both reports give a favourable statement, is submitted to the editorial board for approval

if both experts request substantial changes, will be subject to a third assessment, once changes are made

is rejected in the event of a double negative statement.

Please note that in the event of a strong difference between two experts’ reports, the editorial board may appoint a third expert to decide between the both statements.

Each article is presented anonymously to the entire editorial board. Acceptance or rejection of the article is subject to a vote after deliberation by the editorial board. Authors receive an e-mail informing them of the acceptance, acceptance with revisions or rejection of their article. In the latter case, authors are free to submit their article to another journal.


CECIL implements the Creative Commons ‘CC BY-NC’ license to the texts it publishes. The intellectual property and copyright of the original content of their text belong to the authors.

Authors in our journal retain copyright while granting CECIL an exclusive license to publish.

It should be noted that they remain free to reproduce and share their publications in accordance with the following restraints:

  • Attribution: It is mandatory, whenever authors should reuse or reproduce a full-length article (or an extract of an article published by the journal, to mention the references of the initial publication in CECIL (title of the article, the author(s), the journal, the date, the URL) and to insert a link to the CC BY-NC license;

  • Any commercial use is prohibited.

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Authors are allowed to archive articles published in the CECIL journal in institutional or thematic repositories recognised in their field, provided that they visibly indicate the reference to the journal Cahiers d'études des cultures ibériques et latino-américaines - CECIL.

If authors intend to reproduce their article in other publications or for any other purpose and by any means, they are requested to inform the editorial board.

Journal Style Sheet

Articles shall have a maximum length of 6,000 words. Each article, including material from proceedings of workshops, symposiums or calls for papers, is subject to a double-blind evaluation. Please note that our experts are external to the editorial board. Submission and publication are free of charge. The journal is funded by the IRIEC EA740 team endowments (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3).

For a preview of the style sheet in PDF format, see the appendix at the bottom of this page or contact us at cecil[at]


Files, formatting, extension

Please submit the article in a single Word or Open Office document. Use 12-point Times New Roman font. Footnotes: 10-point font. Maximum extension: 50 000 characters (including spaces and footnotes).

Do not indent at the beginning of a paragraph. Never leave a blank line, even at the beginning or end of a section.

The author and article presentation sheet

Title: In lower case, without full stop.

First and last name(s) of the author: Except for initials, in lower case.

Indicate your university or the academic research center affiliation.

Write a short biography of 5 lines maximum with the most significant publications.

Specify an institutional email contact, which will be published.

Abstract: Insert at the beginning of the article an abstract of 8 to 10 lines (and in in French and Spanish or Portuguese depending on the area covered by the article).

Please also translate the title of the article into the languages of the abstracts.

Keywords: Insert 6 to 8 keywords: subjects, country and century in each language: English, French (and in Spanish or Portuguese depending on the area covered by the article).

Mailing address

Please send your contribution to the coordinator of the issue by email to cecil[at], preferably, in .doc, .docx or .odt format.

The typography

To indicate the centuries, choose the arabic numerals in capital letters: 14th century, 21st century. if the number of the century falls between one and nine, write the ordinal number in full (ninth century); if it’s 10 or higher, use numerals (13th century);

The grammatical rules of capitalization should be observed and wherever possible, lower case letters should be preferred;

Use italics only for foreign language terms or phrases, neologisms, and titles of books and journals.


The different parts will be distinguished by headings of level 1 (1. … 2. … 3. ...) and may be introduced by headings of level 2, if necessary (1.1. … 1.2. ...). With the exception of the first letter, titles and subtitles will be written in lower case;

No full stop at the end of the title of sections, tables or illustrations.


Quotations must conform to the original text. When they are in a foreign language:

Either they are sufficiently contextualized so that their content can be grasped by the reader and the original is reproduced in a footnote.

Or they are translated into the body of text (including extracts from literary texts) and the quotation in the original language is reproduced in a note. If the translation is by the author of the article, after the translation quotation of the first sentence, add the sentence: “Unless otherwise stated, all translations are made by the author of this article”, in a footnote.

Short quotations (less than 3 lines)

Always enclose short quotations in double quotation marks (“…”) in the standard text. If you have a quotation within a quotation, use fist the double marks (“…”) and secondly, the inverted commas marks (‘...’).

Long quotes (greater than or equal to 3 lines)

Place long quotes as a separate paragraph, without double quotation marks, with 1.5 cm left positive paragraph indentation with the same type of characters.

If an item has been omitted from a quotation, use the ellipsis (three dots) in square brackets [...] to mark the removal.


Use footnotes (not endnotes) in 10 points font size.

Superscript numbers in the body of the article are introduced after the punctuation marks (comma or full stop).

Notes are numbered consecutively and will be limited to the essential. They will be one paragraph long. Inside the footnote, the footnote number is followed by a space.

Bibliographical references

In the footnotes

Bibliographical references in footnotes are presented as follows:

Boehmer 1904, vol. 3, p. 13; Bataillon 1991, III, p. 421; Schäfer 2014, III-A, pp. 181-182; Garbay-Velázquez unedited, pp. 126-127; Abranches Pinto, Okamoto & Bernard 1942; Castro 2017, § 4-5.

  • no comma between author's name and the date of publication;

  • insert non-breaking space between the abbreviations p./pp. (or §) and the number;

  • successive references are separated by semicolons.

Historical sources:

When referring to an archive collection for the first time, indicate the full name of the archive followed by an acronym in brackets. From the second occurrence onwards, the acronym is sufficient:

Archivo General de Simancas (AGS), Guerra antigua, leg. 102-24; AGS, Estado, lib. 154, fos 124 ro-124 vo.

In the "Bibliographical references" section (at the end of the article)

At the end of the article, a section untitled Bibliographical References lists all the works and articles cited, exclusively. At the beginning, a subsection including the Sources will be introduced.

Entries are listed in alphabetical order, and if the same author has published different works, they should be listed chronologically with year-letter combination: 2017 a, 2017 b, 2017 c.


For a book

Last names(s) in lower case, first name(s) in lower case, the year of publication of the cited edition, Title of the work in italics, city, publisher [the year of publication of the first edition can be inserted in brackets], number of volumes or tomes.

Bataillon, Marcel, 1991, Érasme et l’Espagne, texte établi par Daniel Devoto, Genève, Droz [1937], 3 t.

If there is more than one author, the names are separated by a dash ( – or &):

Abranches Pinto, João do Amaral – Bernard, Henri & Okamoto, Yoshitomo, 1942, La première ambassade du Japon en Europe, 1582-1592. Première Partie. Le traité du Père Frois, Tokyo, Sophia University.

Names of editors or translators are presented after the Title of the word in italics, first name(s) and last names(s) in lower case followed by abbreviated words (ed./eds. or transl.) in parentheses:

Loureiro, Rui, 2020, “Livros europeus para o Japão: Algumas notas sobre o “De missione legatorum Iaponensium”» (Macau, 1590)”, Os Portugueses e a Ásia Marítima, Vítor Gaspar Rodrigues & Ana Paula Avelar (eds.), Lisbon, Academia de Marinha, pp. 239-250.

For a review article

Last name(s) in lower case, First name(s), year, “Title of article in double quotations marks”, Title of periodical in italics, issue, pages.

Saïd, Edward, 1985, “An Ideology of Difference”, Critical Inquiry, 12, pp. 38-58.

For an article in an electronic periodical

  • If the article has a DOI (digital object identifier): Last name (s) in lower case, First name(s), “Title of article in inverted commas”, Title of periodical in italics, volume, issue, DOI: (followed by the DOI number preceded by Ex. Castro Sánchez, Álvaro, 2017, “Construcción del discurso místico y plebeyización de la santidad en Lumbre del alma de Juan de Cazalla”, Cahiers d’études des cultures ibériques et latino-américaines – CECIL, no 3, DOI:

  • If the article does not have a DOI: Last name (s) in lower case, First name(s) in lower case, “Title of article in inverted commas”, Title of periodical in italics, volume, issue, url, consulted on dd/mm/yyyy.

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