ISSN 0124-7913
printed version

ISSN 2027-145X
online version




Scope and policy

The Bitácora Urbano-Territorial Journal, proposes the following objectives:

  • To spread the efforts advanced in investigation by social and academic searchers, in the territorial order and habitat realm, from an integral social-spacial perspective, what provides effective scientific tools to structural, economical and political changes in Colombia and Latin America, nowadays.

  • To gather and spread some advances in the own methodologies of the planning, and the development processes, territorial and habitat management, from a multi-scalar perspective of the analysis.

  • To spread multiple perspectives and trends about the theoretical and conceptual approaching of the territorial development problems.

  • To show working experiences in the planning realm, the territorial order and habitat that, from inter and intradiciplinary perspectives, let to interpret and evaluate the present dynamics in diverse contexts.

  • To facilitate, to Colombian researchers and to the general audience, the dialog and interchange with relevant discussions in the international realm.

  • To contribute in the consolidation of the territorial order and habitat studies in Latin American perspectives, from globality and relative automies contexts.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


BITÁCORA publishes articles about urban and territorial matters, on electronic and hard medias. Collaborations must be submitted under the following modalities.

  • Editorial: it must have a participative and propositive character. It will emphasize in the central topic of the number of the journal and it will submit its content.

  • Article: the article is peer reviewed. It must be related to a relevant subject, and be referred to a research, theoretic and methodological context based on partial or definitive research results that constitute a contribution to the study area.

  • Reflection: this kind of study is referred to a current affair in the study area which the journal is specialized in. Its level of argumentation could be lower than the referred in the article; even though it must fulfill the content and form requirements.

  • Experiences: This section includes articles from NGOs, base groups, government officials and public and private consultants interested in presenting particular cases of global, regional or local development, where complexity and particularity predominate over generalization and abstraction.

  • Case studies: the study must provide an interesting experience on the subject, even though does not need to be submitted to a conceptual framework.

  • Event chronics: the study must present a critical analysis of the conclusions of the principal papers and discussions of conferences, seminars, workshops and other encounters under urban-territorial topic.

  • Bibliographical review: the study must depict the content of an article or a complete book on urban and territorial subject objectively, and specially the author critical analysis. The studies will be evaluated by the journal editorial Committee.

  • Special issue or additional issue: it includes papers presented in academic circles, which collects collective researches, readers and conclusions of special seminars systemically. It will be evaluated under the same criteria of individual articles.

  • Interviews: structured interviews will be received in order to discuss and reflect on the specialized area of the journal.

  • Translations: article translations, which have been published in specialized journals, will be accepted. The author should provide the article translation, a critical introduction to the article, and an authorized letter by himself and by the journal from the article was taken out for copyright purposes.

  • Collaborations in foreing language: English, French and Portuguese articles can be submitted, and they will be published in their original language. For all the articles the abstract must be presented in Spanish and English.


  • Original: the articles will be original, unpublished and not submitted to any other kind of publication. Once the article is received, it cannot be sent to other publishers. If the author wants to withdraw the article, he must request it in writing to the Direction of the Journal, during the period of evaluation and expect for the consent. The article and its illustrations must be uploaded to the support system of the journal (OJS) after author’s registration in (tab “Register”). Once the user has logged into the system, he must send the paper and its attachments as separate files, with a Letter of Responsibility, according to the format presented below. To do this, he may click on the tab “About”, and go on “Online Submissions”. Once the submission is well received, the journal will send to the author a format to be filled out with his academic data.

  • Extension: it must not exceed 25 pages –with the exception of the reviews, whose maximum length must be 5 pages– in A4 format (including the illustrations), in .doc format with a 2.5 cm superior and inferior margins and 3 cm left and right ones. Also, with a 12 point Times New Roman font, a 1.5 line spacing and numbered pages. We request not include any design patterns, neither spaces between paragraphs nor titles or subtitles in capital letter.

  • Illustrations: (plans, graphics, tables, photos, maps, renders) they must be numbered in order of appearance and referenced in the text with a listing and foot note in separate file, always indicating its origin, author or source. When texts and graphics of different authors are included, it must be included the authorization of the original publisher or the author. If there is not an authorization, the article will be rejected.

  • Plans, diagrams and graphics: maximum 5 graphics, tables, photos by each 10 text pages and must be enclosed in separated file. Pictures, photomontages, drawings, renders, maps and plans must be given only in JPG or TIFF format. Tables and graphics in MS Excel in black and white or gray scale in at least 300 DPI. Scanned images must be at least 300% of resolution. It is convenient to include a list of figures.

  • Title: it must be short, the upper limit is eight words, it is allowed to add a shorter subtitle. An abbreviation or footnote call will show the article origin (financed investigation, thesis, etc). If English is not the original language it should be translated to it.

  • Keywords or descriptors: from 3 to 5 keywords, separated by commas, in hierarchic sequence indicating the scope of the paper. Descriptors might be changed by the editorial for annual index purposes; repeating words from the title must be avoided. If English is not the original language descriptors must be translated to English.

  • Authors’ name: the full name or names (first and middle names and surnames) including the authors’ institutional affiliations, actual position, e-mail address and country must be written under the article title.

  • Analytical Abstract: it must be written at the beginning of the paper up to 200 words, no footnotes in Spanish and English. Larger abstracts might be reduced for design reasons by the editor. It is recommended that the abstract respond the following topics briefly: Question that is answered in the paper, assumed theoretic perspective, methods and principal findings, conclusions and their relevance.

  • Footnotes: only for clarifying purposes. They may contain extensions and commentaries not bibliographical information; they must be numbered and included at the end of each page.

  • References List only the most relevant works and the referred ones in the text. References list must appear at the end of the text, it should be ordered alphabetically by author’s surname (in capitals), and then chronologically by date in the following order: for books: author: publication year (in parenthesis), title, subtitle (Italics), edition information, publication city, publisher. For articles or book chapters: author, publication year (in parenthesis), title of the article (in inverted commas and round letters), In: Journal or Book title (Italics), volume, number, pages, publication city, publisher.

  • Cites (quotes and references): they must be included inside the text in parenthesis with authors surname, year and pages to confront. For referenced publications of the same author and year, the alphabet letter will be used after the year to differentiate them (a, b, c ) in the text and reference list, respectively. More than one publications of the same author or different authors in the same reference must be organized chronologically.

  • Abbreviations and acronyms: a list must be included after references list.

  • Mathematical symbols and formulas: mention the software or processor used. Use letter format, without tabulators or indentation, separating the paragraphs, titles and subtitles with an additional space, enumerating all the pages, including those ones corresponding to notes, references, appendixes, etc.

  • Authors’ affiliation: It will be attached in the format sent to the authors by e-mail.

  • Works selection: Editorial Committee of the journal will come to a decision, by evaluating each case according to peer review results based on the appropriateness of publishing the original papers submitted, in accordance with formal and content characteristics of the papers and the journal volumes, as well as opportunity reasons. Authors will be informed about any result, and have the final decision.

  • Proofreading: authors compromise to approve the first proofreading in the first seven days; if there is not any response the editorial assumes agreement with the corrections. The text cannot be substantially changed after proofreading, only misprints and error and omissions may be mended.

  • Complimentary volumes: once the article is published, the author or authors will receive at no cost two copies of BITÁCORA URBANO\TERRITORIAL that contains the article.


The references list of the articles derived of extensive investigations must be related to the subject presented in the journal. In order of simplify the reading of the articles, the footnotes will be only for clarifying purposes and not bibliographical information. Inside the text, the references will be written in the following format: (surname, year, page); page is optional but not for a quotation.

For two or more papers created by the same author and  the same year, use “a”, “b”, “c”, etc, to differentiate in the text and in the reference list. More than one publication of the same author or different author in the same reference must be organized in chronological order.

References will be listed at the end of the article according to APA norms as it follows:

  • Single author book:

VIDLER, Anthony (1990). Claude-Nicholas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Régime. Cambridge: MIT Press.

  • Two and three authors:

TAVERNE, Ed and Broekhuizen Dolf (1995). J.J.P. Oud’s Shell Building: Design and Reception. Rotterdam: Architecture Institute Publishers.

  • More than three authors:

Use the name of the first author followed by et al. or the name of the editor or editors.
LAMBERT, Phyllis, et al. (2001). Mies in America. New York: H.N. Abrams.
Publication without authors:
If there are not authors but editors or compilators, their names must be included in parentheses (ed.) or (comp.) according to the case:
GRICE, H. P., & GREGORY, R. L. (ed.). (1968). Early language development. New York: McGraw-Hill.

  • Book chapter:

SUMMERS, David (1998). “’Form’, Nineteenth-Century Metaphysics, and the Problem of Art Historical Description.” In: PREZIOZI, Donald. The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology. New York: Oxford University Press. p.p.305-326.

  • Journal article:

GHIRARDO, Diane (2001). “Anxious Modernisms JSAH 60”. In: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 60, No. 4, p.p. 528-530. Chicago: MIT Press.

  • World Wide Web (WWW):

CLEMONS, Terry L. (2001). “An Analysis of U.S. Counterdrug Policy and Strategy as Related to DoD Interdiction Efforts Along the Mexican Border,” Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA Available at (8-27-2004):


The citation norms depend on the publisher of the document which the cite is included in.

The author and the title of the article, the name of the journal (BITÁCORA URBANO\TERRITORIAL), year, volume and city (Bogotá) are always cited. It is recommended to use the APA norms described in the previous section.


Editorial committee will submit subject to scientific critical peer review after a preselect phase. The acceptance of a paper requires the agreement of at least two referees. The referees must follow the journal refereeing norms. The result of evaluation will be notified to the author.

  • The coordinating committee of BITÁCORA URBANO-TERRITORIAL will announce a call of papers, its deadline and topic. Whoever is interested in publishing may send the paper attending to the conditions.

  • Once the paper arrives a notification will be sent to the author. The coordinating commitee will verify that the work meets the requirements to be evaluated. will announce the title of the study without the author’s name, proceeding to deliver it to the referees for evaluation.

  • Publishing committee may accept definitively the paper according to the topics of the next issue and the favorable outcome of evaluation.

  • Coordinating committee will communicate to the author the resolution on the text, and send it to proofreading if it has been accepted.

  • If it has been rejected the coordinating committee will announce the reasons of rejection.

  • If referees consider that the article needs modifications, coordinating committee will communicate the author the referees’ proposals, giving a maximum of two weeks to prepare the amendments.


Publishing Committee will send the papers to referees after a first selection, evaluating the following items:

  • Subject relevance.
  • Clear exposure of the thesis or central aim.
  • Endorsement of a research, an experience or case.
  • Concordance to author’s norms.

If the paper does not adjust to minimum requirements, publishing committee will communicate the author what is required.

Referees must be qualified in the evaluating area. They will join the referees database of the journal according to its specialty, bank that has been structured with different universities and national and international research centers.

The opinion of referees will be based in the content and its form. Among other aspects that referees consider relevant, they must attend to and hand in as long as necessary and as clear as possible the following:

  • Subject relevance.
  • Clear exposition of the thesis or central aim.
  • Explicit situation of debate scope.
  • Specific contribution in study area.
  • Statement foundation.
  • Adequate theoretic and methodological level.
  • Research, bibliographical o primary sources support.
  • Relevancy of bibliography.
  • Consistency of argumentation.
  • Clarity and concision of writing, precision in the used terms.
  • Adjustment of the title to the content.
  • Synthesis capacity exposed in the abstract.
  • Adjustment to authors’ norms.

In addition, the referee report will express if the paper is:

  • Publish unaltered.
  • Publish after minor changes.
  • Publish after major changes.
  • Reject.

Each category excludes any other, so they must choose one. When changes either major or minor are recommended, recommendations must be explicit.

In every case referee will guard that the article which has been written for the Journal –not mattering if it is a product of a congress, a seminar or similar- is adapted to the journal requirements in the Instructions for Authors. If not the referee will recommend the modifications.

If the referee finds interesting the topic, but as an article it is insufficient, he may recommend it to be published as a study case or a reflection. Also in this cases he must explicit the reason of his judgment.

After the articles have been accepted, the journal may do proofreading and change what ever it is consider convenient, when it is possible changes will be consulted with authors.

To send its opinions to the journal the referee has one month since the registered date he receives it.

The referee will receive a complementary issue of BITÁCORA URBANO\TERRITORIAL independently of its opinion in relation to the publication of the article.

Identity of author is not expressed to authors neither the referees name, it is a double blind peer review, unless it is hand writing asked and accepted.

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Author responsibilities: Submitted article must be finalized and corrected. However, the text will be send for proofreading, and changes cannot affect the content of the article. Nevertheless, the articles express author opinion entirely and they are exclusively responsibility of them for any effect.

Responsibility letter format: in an attached file (pdf) the author will type the following text: I (we) (author or authors names), declare that the article (title of the paper) presents original results, that it has not been published nor is being consider to be published in any other journal, and that it is in conformity to international intellectual and author ethic norms. It is compulsory provide an electronic signature to guarantee the veracity of the information.


Sending of manuscripts

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(CIUDAD UNIVERSITARIA) EDIFICIO 314 (SINDU) OF. 106. Código Postal 111321. 
Tel.: (+571) 3165000 Ext. 12212
Bogotá, Colombia

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CARRERA 30 # 45-03
OF. 106. Código Postal 111321.
Teléfono: (+571) 3165000 Ext. 12212
Bogotá, Colombia