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Editorial policy

Norms for Authors

Type of articles, dates and forms of reception

The objective of the Revista de Estudios Sociales (RES) is to contribute to the dissemination of the research, analyses and opinions that the national and international academic community elaborates on social problems, as well as those of other sectors of society that also deserve to be known by the public. In this way, the journal seeks to broaden the field of knowledge on subjects that will contribute to a better understanding of the most immediate reality and the living conditions of the population. RES is a quarterly publication (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December) that comes out at the beginning of each of these periods, created in1998 and funded by the School of Social Sciences of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

RES publishes previously unpublished articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese that present the results of research in the social sciences, theoretical reflections and revisions, reviews and bibliographical essays, that contribute to relevant debates on topics proper to disciplines like Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Cultural Studies. In exceptional cases it includes articles that have already been published, as long as they are relevant to the discussions and issues dealt with in the journal, and their contribution to the consolidation of dialogue and the exchange of ideas in current academic debates is recognized.

All the articles published have a DOI identification number that, in accordance with international editorial policies, must be cited by authors who use the contents, along with the abbreviated title of the journal: rev. estud. soc.

The dates for reception of open theme articles and for dossier articles are announced in the respective calls for articles, which are published on the journal’s web page. Articles should be remitted through the form that appears on the web page or sent to the journal’s email address The Revista de Estudios Sociales does not charge the authors for the costs of the editorial processes.

RES subjects all the articles it receives in response to its calls for articles to a plagiarism detection test. When plagiarism is detected, either total or partial (i.e., lacking the corresponding citation), the text is not sent for evaluation and the authors are notified of the reason for its rejection.

Due to the number of articles that the Revista de Estudios Sociales receives in each call for articles, it does not publish more than one article by the same author within a two-year period.

Evaluation of articles and the editorial process

When an article arrives, the journal immediately acknowledges having received it and the Editorial Team proceeds to see whether it fulfills the basic established requirements (rules for citation and formal presentation), as well as its relevance for appearing in a journal on Social Sciences (objective, theoretical framework, methodology, conclusions and bibliography). Articles that pass this first filter are then subjected to a process of arbitration by two evaluators, national and international (at least 50% with international affiliation), and reviewed by the Editorial Team. During the evaluation, the names of the authors and of the evaluators are kept anonymous and the results of the evaluation are reported within a maximum period of six months. In cases that exceed this time limit, RES communicates with the authors. Authors are informed of the final decision to publish or to reject an article by means of a written notification issued by a member of the Editorial Team.

Authors must make the adjustments requested by the evaluators and the Editorial Team within the indicated deadline. RES reserves the last word on the publication of articles and the issue in which they are to be included, which depends on the author’s fulfillment of requirements regarding delivery of the documentation requested.

During the editing process, the Editorial Team may consult the authors in order to resolve concerns regarding their articles. Nonetheless, the journal reserves the right to make minor corrections of style. In both the evaluation and the editing process, email is the preferred means of communication with the authors.

The authors of and/or holders of rights to articles that are accepted must authorize the use of the author’s economic rights (reproduction, public communication, transformation and distribution) to the Universidad de los Andes/ School of Social Sciences in order to include their texts in the Revista de Estudios Sociales (electronic version and print version).

When someone wishes to include an article in another publication at a later date, they must clearly indicate the data regarding its original publication in Revista de Estudios Sociales, and obtain previous authorization from the Editorial Team of RES.

Authors receive two copies of the issue in which they participate.

Parameters for the presentation of articles

When articles are submitted for consideration, it is indispensable that they fulfill the following parameters established by the Revista de Estudios Sociales:

  • They should be written in Word format, Times New Roman size 12 font, 1½ spacing, paginated, on letter size pages with 2.5 cm margins. Footnotes should be in Times New Roman size 10 Font, single-spaced.

  • They should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words long, including abstracts and keywords, bibliography and footnotes, etc.

  • There should be a summary in Spanish, of no more than 120 words, and its respective translation into Spanish or English. The title of the text should be presented in both languages.

  • There should be a list of three to six key words that identify the article, which should also be presented in English and in Spanish. The keywords should reflect the content of the document, and that is why it is necessary that they indicate the exact topics of the article, showing the areas of knowledge in which they arise and the main concepts involved. It is recommended that authors review the terms and hierarchies established in the bibliographical lists (Thesaurus), and that they make an effort achieve a correspondence between titles, abstracts, and keywords. When a word does not appear normalized in Thesaurus, the fact should be pointed out.

  • They should be written in academic language accessible to reading publics from different disciplines.

  • The author’s data should be included in a separate file: academic degrees, institutional affiliation, research group or lines of research (if applicable), two latest publications, and email address.

  • The same file should include information regarding the origin of the article. If it is based on the results of research, indicate the project that it is part of and the name of the financing institution, if applicable.

  • -When the contents used have a DOI identification number, it should be included in the list of references.

Editing rules

  • The first time an acronym or abbreviation is used, it should be written in capital letters and placed in parenthesis after the complete form; the acronym or abbreviation is used alone on subsequent occasions.

  • Quotations that are more than four lines long should be placed in the format for long quotations, single-spaced, in type size 11, with reduced margins.

  • The Revista de Estudios Sociales uses the Author-Date References format, as outlined in the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for presenting quotations and references included in the article. The necessary details of punctuation (comma, period, colon, parenthesis, etc.) and the required information should be taken into account. The bibliographical list should include the references that have been cited within the text (in a one-to-one relation), enumerated and in alphabetical order. It is indispensable to include the complete names of the authors and/or editors in each one of the references.

The following examples are presented to show the differences between the brief parenthetical form of citation to be used within the text (T), and the full form of citation to be used in the bibliography (B).

Book by a single author:

T: (Abello 2003)
B: Abello, Ignacio. 2003. Violencias y culturas. Bogota: Universidad de los Andes – Alfaomega Colombiana.

Book by two or three authors:

T: (Drennan, Herrera and Uribe 1989, 27)
B: Drennan, Robert, Luisa Fernanda Herrera y Carlos Alberto Uribe. 1989. Cacicazgos prehispánicos del Valle de la Plata. El contexto medioambiental de la ocupación humana. Tomo 1. Bogotá: Pittsburg University – Universidad de los Andes.

Book by four or more authors:

T: (Laumann et al. 1994)
B: Laumann, Edward, John Gagnon, Robert Michael and Stuart Michaels. 1994. The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book chapter:

T: (Saldarriaga 2004, 32-33)
B: Saldarriaga, Lina María. 2004. “Aprendizaje cooperativo”. In Competencias ciudadanas: de los estándares al aula. Una propuesta integral para todas las áreas académicas, edited by Enrique Chaux, Juanita Lleras y Ana María Velásquez, 102-135. Bogotá: Ministerio de Educación Nacional – Universidad de los Andes.

Introduction, preface o presentation:

T: (Sanders 2014, 15)
B: Sanders, James. 2014. Introduction / preface / presentation to The Vanguard of the Atlantic World: Creating Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in NineteenthCentury Latin America. Durham: Duke University Press.

Magazine article (print or online):

T: (Aguilar 2008, 27)
B: Gutiérrez Rivera, Lirio. 2008. “Assimilation or Cultural Difference? Palestinian Immigrants in Honduras”. Revista de Estudios Sociales 48: 57-68.

When the reference to an article in a journal includes a volume and issue number, it will be cited in the following way:

Last name, First name. Title of article. Name of journal, volume, n°: page numbers.

Guttman, Allen. 2003. “Sport, Politics and the Engaged Historian”.
Journal of Contemporary History 38 (3): 363-375.

Press article (with author and without it):

T: (Martin 2002)
B: Martin, Steve. 2002. “Sports-interview Shocker”. New Yorker, 6 May, 30,

T: (“Aprenda usted a vivir” 1966)
B: “Aprenda usted a vivir: nuestro enemigo cada día”. 1966. El Correo, 22 January, 12.

Book review:

T: (Duque 2008)
B: Duque, Juliana. 2008. Review of Alimentación, género y pobreza en los Andes ecuatorianos, by Mary Weismantel. Revista de Estudios Sociales 29: 177-178.

Thesis or dissertation:

T: (Amundin 1991, 22-29)
B: Amundin, Mats. 1991. “Click Repetition Rate Patterns in Communicative Sounds from the Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena.” PhD diss., Stockholm University, Sweden.

Paper presented at a meeting or conference:

T: (Doyle 2002)
B: Doyle, Brian. 2002. “Howling Like Dogs: Metaphorical Language in Psalm 59.” Paper presented at the annual international meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature. The University of Chicago.

Online documents:

T: (Sabo 2000)
B: Sabo, Don. 2000. Comprender la salud de los hombres: un enfoque relacional y sensible al género. Organización Panamericana de La Salud.

Note: Ibid, ibidem or op. cit. should not be used in these cases.

  • Articles that include archival sources should present the references in footnotes, numbered, so as to facilitate the reader’s identification of and access to the documents in the corresponding archive. It is necessary to indicate: Initials of the archive, Section, Fondo, vol./leg./t., f. or ff. (place, date, and other relevant data). The complete name of the archive is cited the first time, followed by the abbreviation written in capital letters and placed in parenthesis. The abbreviation is used alone on subsequent occasions. All primary references should be grouped together in a separate section of the bibliographical list at the end of the text.

  • Charts, tables, images and graphs should be numbered and presented at the end of the document, and in the case of images or graphs, in a separate file (jpg or tiff 300 dpi and 240 pixels) with high resolution. The authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish the images, delivering said permission to RES, and making sure that the images are delivered in the conditions of quality required for the layout of the magazine.  The journal does not commit itself to publishing items that do not meet the conditions of quality requested.

  • It is necessary to indicate the exact place where each chart/table/image/graph is to be inserted into the text. This instruction should be presented in brackets, in the following way:

[Insert Chart 1 here]

  • Only a moderate number of these resources should be included and they should always be clear, legible and relevant for the argumentation of the article.

Parameters for the presentation of reviews

  • They should be written in Word format, in Times New Roman font, type size 12, with 1½ spacing, paginated, on letter size paper with 2.5 cm margins.

  • They should come to a total of between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length.

  • They should include the complete data for the text reviewed (author, title, date, city, publisher and total number of pages).

  • They should also include the author’s data: academic degrees, current place of work or study, research group and email address.

  • Reviews are expected not only to give an account of the content of the book, but to incorporate a critical and analytical perspective as well.

Ethical policies

Publication and authorship

The Revista de Estudios Sociales was created in 1998 and is funded by the School of Social Sciences of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). The office of the journal is located in the Franco Building, Off. GB-417; the web page is; the email address is; and the telephone number is 339 4999, extension 4819.

The journal has the following structure: Editorial Team —composed of the Director, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), the Editor, the Editorial Coordinator and the Editorial Manager—, Editorial Council (Editorial Committee and Scientific Committee), Board of Journals of the School of Social Sciences and the Administrative and Technical Support Team. The members of the Editorial Council are evaluated biannually with respect to their prestige within the discipline and their academic production.

Articles presented to the Revista de Estudios Sociales must be original and unpublished and must not be simultaneously undergoing a process of evaluation or have editorial commitments with any other publication. If the authors of an article published in the journal wish to include it in another publication at a later date (journal, compilation or book) they must obtain the authorization of the Editor and indicate the data of the original publication. In the same way, when the journal has an interest in reproducing a previously published article, it is committed to requesting the corresponding authorization from the original publisher.

Responsibilities of the authors

The authors should remit their articles through the link available on the journal’s web page and/or send it to the email address: within the time limits established in each call for articles. The journal has publicly accessible norms for authors, with the requirements for the presentation of articles, as well as the editing rules that can be consulted through: Política Editorial on the web page or at the end of the printed version of the journal.

Even though the Editorial Team is responsible for approving articles based on criteria of quality and investigative excellence and taking into account the evaluations done by two academic peers, national and international, the authors are responsible for the ideas expressed in them, as well as for its ethical standards. The authors must explicitly state that the text is of their own authorship and that the intellectual property rights of third parties are respected in it. It is also the responsibility of the authors to make sure to have the authorizations to use, reproduce and print the material that is not their property or of their own authorship (charts, graphs, maps, diagrams, photographs, etc.).

The authors agree to submit their texts to evaluation by external peers and commit themselves to taking the evaluators’ observations into account, as well as those made by the Editorial Team in reviewing the document. These modifications must be made within the time period indicated by the Editorial Team. After the journal receives the modified article, the authors are informed of its final approval. When texts submitted to the Revista de Estudios Sociales are not accepted for publication, the Editorial Team notifies the authors and explains the reasons for the decision. During the editing process, the Editorial Team may consult the authors to resolve concerns regarding the articles. In the process of evaluation and editing, email is the preferred means of communication between the journal and the authors.

The Editorial Team reserves the last word regarding the publication of articles and the issues in which they are to be published. The publication date will be respected as long as the authors deliver all the requested documentation within the indicated time limit. The journal reserves the right to make minor corrections of style before the document is published.

The authors of texts that are accepted must authorize the Universidad de los Andes to use the author’s economic rights (reproduction, public communication, transformation and distribution), by signing the “Document of Authorization of Use of Intellectual Property Rights,” to include the text in the Revista de Estudios Sociales (electronic and printed version). In the same document, the authors must confirm the fact that the text is of their own authorship and that the intellectual property rights of third parties are respected in it.

Peer review/responsibilities of the evaluators

When an article is received, the Editorial Team checks to see if it fulfills the basic requirements established by the journal, taking into account the format, quality (objective, theoretical framework, methodology, conclusions and bibliography) and relevance of the document. After this first review, the articles that will begin the arbitration process are selected. In this stage the texts are subjected to evaluation by two academic peers, national and international (at least 50% with international affiliation) and to the opinion of the Editorial Team, which reserves the last word regarding which contents are to be published. The results are communicated to the authors within a maximum period of six months from the date of receipt of the article. When the process of evaluation exceeds this time limit, the Editorial Team must inform the authors. The evaluators must declare on the evaluation format that they have no conflict of interest with the authors or with the topics on which they are going to render judgment. When there is any doubt, the evaluator is replaced.

The journal has an evaluation format that includes questions with carefully defined criteria. The evaluators have the responsibility of suggesting the acceptance, rejection, or approval with modification of the arbitrated article. During the evaluation, the names of the authors and of the evaluators are kept anonymous.

Editorial responsibilities

The Editorial Team, together with the Editorial Council, is responsible for defining the editorial policies so that the journal meets the standards that will make it possible to position it as an academic publication of internationally recognized quality. The continual revision of these parameters ensures that the journal will continue to improve and fulfill the expectations of the academic community.

Just as the journal publishes the editorial norms that it expects the authors to comply with, it is also committed to publishing corrections, clarifications, rectifications and to justifying its decisions when the situation warrants it. The Editorial Team is responsible for selecting the best articles for publication. The selection is done on the basis of the recommendations derived from the process of evaluation and editorial review of the article, in which the criteria of quality, relevance, originality and contribution to the discipline are taken into account. In this same sense, when an article is rejected, the explanation given to the authors should be oriented towards these aspects.

The Editorial Team is responsible for overseeing the editorial process of all the articles submitted to the journal, and it must develop mechanisms for ensuring confidentiality during the process from the time of evaluation by peers until its approval for publication or rejection.

When the journal receives complaints of any type, the Editorial Team must respond promptly, in accordance with the norms it has established and, when warranted, it must ensure that the case is investigated properly so as to bring about a rapid resolution of the problem. When a lack of precision or an error in a published content is recognized, the corrections and/or clarifications are made on the journal’s web page.

As soon as an issue of the journal is published, the Editorial Team and the Publications Team take charge of its dissemination and distribution among collaborators, evaluators, and entities with which exchange agreements have been established, and national and international repositories and indexation systems, as well as the mailings to active subscribers.

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