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Desde el Sur, a journal edited by the General
Courses Coordination of Universidad Científica del Sur (UCSUR), is a peer-reviewed
semi-annual publication. It features previously unpublished research articles
from all over the world in the fields of humanities and social sciences,
preferably with a focus on Latin American issues. Desde el Sur is distributed
free of charge in both its printed and online versions.
Those wishing to submit articles to the Desde el Sur journal’s editorial team should bear in mind the following criteria:
|I. Formal criteria|
1. All articles submitted to the journal must be written in Spanish, English or
Portuguese. They must address issues associated with research into areas of the
humanities and social sciences.
2. Articles must be completely original and unpublished. By submitting their text to our journal, authors undertake not to submit it simultaneously for evaluation by another journal, in any language.
3. Articles must be submitted by electronic means, to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the Open Journal System (http://revistas.cientifica.edu.pe/desdeelsur).
4. Texts must be written in the program Microsoft Word for Windows 97/2000 or XP. The font required is Arial, single space, size 12.
5. If the text includes graphics or figures, these must be submitted in TIFF format at a resolution greater than 500 DPI. Figures are considered to be drawings, maps, photographs or graphics, ordered with Arabic numerals. In the case of conventional photographs or drawings, on the back of each of these, their number must be included, in the top right corner, together with the author and title of the article.
6. The journal Desde el Sur contains the following sections:
a. Research studies
c. Book reviews
d. Letters to the editor
e. Reissuing of texts
All submissions must include: 1) Sworn statement that all the authors agree to the submission of their article to the journal’s editorial process, 2) List of authors, correctly filled out, 3) Article following the guidelines outlined in these instructions.
1. Article structure
1. Regardless of the section for which the article is submitted, the first page must contain:
a. Title of the article: This must be written in Spanish or English. It must be brief and clear and reflect the main idea behind the research.
b. Authors’ identity:
All articles which have been submitted previously to a scientific event or which form part of a thesis must include relevant information (in the form of a citation).
2. The content of the article must include the following parts:
Specific guidelines for each type of article
1. Research studies: These are texts which present a solid argument based upon a process of systematic analysis of both texts and fieldwork. To this end, they are structured in an argumentative order employing different categories of interpretation. The content of the text should be no more than 20 single side pages in length and be structured in the following parts:
2. Essays: An argument presenting a tentative approach in order to explain a text or cultural process. The content must be no more than 15 pages long, single side and structured as follows:
3. Book reviews: Presented as reflective, dialogic commentaries, based upon a solid academic criticism of the text in question. They should not exceed 10 pages. This section does not always contain bibliographical references.
4. Letters to the editor: Notes and commentaries of a punctual nature concerning a specific aspect of an academic issue, event, conference, work and/or the questioning of articles and essays published in the journal Desde el Sur or in another publication. Preferably, such contributions should be of a polemical nature. They should not exceed 10 pages in length.
5. Reissuing of texts: This section is devoted to the reediting of significant
texts which are little-known or previously unpublished. Submissions are assessed
directly by the journal’s editor and must have the express authorization of the
original source. If published, the original source will be included in the
|II. Ethical criteria and declaration of malpractice|
The Editorial Board is responsible for blocking the publication of research
which does not meet the ethical criteria presented below. The journal Desde el
Sur adheres to the recommendations contained in the Code of Conduct for Journal
Editors (COPE http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines).
In accordance with the recommendations of COPE:
The journal will evaluate all articles submitted to the editorial team using the Turnitin® system, in order to detect any possible plagiarism. The committee will decide whether or not there is a suspicion of plagiarism, and should it so decide, it may employ this criterion as grounds for rejection of the request for publication.
In the event that any ethical breach is detected, during the revision process or after publication, the journal will take action in accordance with the recommendations of COPE (https://publicationethics.org/files/Spanish%20%281%29.pdf). The decisions adopted by the journal may include the retraction of the article or the future prohibition of the publication of articles by the sanctioned authors. Additional measures may include communication with the relevant authorities and the notifying of other journals.
Credited authorship should reflect accurately the contribution of each of the authors during the research and writing stages of the article. Credited authorship should only include those individuals who made major contributions and not those who engaged in other “lesser” activities (merely technical, text revisions, etc.). Any such authorship issues should have been addressed during the earliest stages of the research project. The journal welcomes the application of appropriate authorship criteria; however, under no circumstances will it assume the role of judge in the event of authorship disputes. The final decision is the responsibility of the authors.
Honorary authorship is defined as any individual who does not meet the criteria for authorship but who is included by virtue of their reputation, influence or seniority; gifted authorship is that which does not meet the criteria of authorship but which is included as a favor or in return for payment; ghost authorship is that which does meet the criteria of authorship but which is not included in the list of authors.
Concerning peer reviewers
|III. Editorial process|
All articles submitted to the journal Desde el Sur for publication will be evaluated by the editor, who will decide if the article should be accepted or rejected, or will send observations requesting modifications to the text. This decision will be based upon fundamental objectives while respecting plurality of opinion.
In the case of articles which require peer review (Table 1), the editor, after considering whether or not the article is suitable for publication, will order a peer review of the manuscript by an expert on the subject (as established by their publications or academic qualifications). This evaluation is anonymous and ad honorem. The number of reviewers will depend on the type of article (Table 1). Reviewers may recommend that the article should be published without modifications, following the addressing of minor observations (usually recommendations for improvements in the manuscript), following the addressing of major observations (fundamental observations that question the methodology employed, etc., requiring a substantiated response from the author), or that it should not be published (when the reviewer considers that the article contains insurmountable errors). Having taken into consideration these recommendations, the final decision concerning publication of the article will be made by the editor.
In the event that the author is asked to address observations made by the reviewers, the author must submit the corrected article, together with a letter addressing specifically each of the observations. The editor will decide if the corrected article is suitable for publication, or if it should be reevaluated by a reviewer. Finally, the editor will decide if the article should be accepted for publication or rejected.
If the article is accepted, it
will be subjected to the layout process and proofs will be produced. The author
will receive the proofs and, within a reasonable period indicated by the editor,
will be permitted to make amendments and give approval. Any author who fails to
respond to this communication will be deemed to have implicitly accepted the
version sent by the editor.
Table 1: Word count and other characteristics according to type of article
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