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Scope and policy


Estudios Socio-Jurídicos is aimed at the Socio-Juridical research community of Iberoamerica with the intention of presenting, each semester, to the academia community, and to society at large, the best reflection of research being conducted in this field. The journal is a peer-reviewed media for scientific distribution which seeks to contribute to the development and diffusion of research in Socio-Juridical studies, placing an emphasis on the observation and analysis of reality, which is to say, in the search for the fundamentals of juridical systems, and in the knowledge of their effects and consequences.


Review process


Original articles presented to the Editorial Committee must follow the following process: (a) an internal review of the article is conducted regarding the type of article being presented (according to the Colsciencias categories) and of compliance with all formal requisites. If the article does not correspond to any of the category types set by the journal or does not comply with the formal requirements or if the required authorization to publish is not signed, the article will be returned to the author. (b) A review by an internal peer and an external peer, selected in a confidential manner by the Editorial Committee, is conducted. If the review indicates that article is acceptable, or acceptable with adjustments (or changes) the article is published following a final review by the author. If the is unacceptable this is communicated to the author and the article is returned.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


Unedited articles which are the result of research must comply with the following requirements for consideration by the Journal:

It must fit within one of the following categories (Colsciencias):

"Article of scientific and technological research
The document presents, in a detailed manner, the original results of research projects. The structure utilized will generally have four parts: introduction, methodology, results and conclusions.

Article of reflection:
The document presents the results of research from an analytical, interpretive or critical perspective on a specific theme and arising from original sources.

Review Article
The documentation presents research in which published or unpublished research results in a field of science or technology are analyzed, systematized and integrated with the end of showing advances and tendencies that are under development. The work will be characterized by its presentation of a careful bibliographic review of at least fifty (50) references."

  • To apply any category the article must necessarily include a section of conclusions.

  • All research articles must always include a description of the methodology, the results and the sources.
  • A submitted article must include:

    1. Cover: The cover page must have the title of the article in Spanish and English, the name (s) of the author (s), their institutions, including the city and country, the source of financing of the research project or of the author (s), a brief (no more than 4 lines) of the author's CV, complete address and email. It should indicate if the article has been previously presented at any kind of conference or has been written for another entity.

    2. Abstract and key words. The author (s) must provide, in Spanish and English, an abstract of the article of no more that 15 lines. It should also indicate key words which will facilitate the indexation of the article (maximum 5) in both languages.

    3. Authorization to publish: The author (s) must complete and sign the publication authorization and forward it in either physical or electronic form.. This requirement must be complied with in order to submit articles for consideration by the Journal.

    4. The following are the parameters of formal presentation::

    • Use margins of 3, 5 cm on each side of the page..
    • The entire article must be written double-spaced, including citations in the text.
    • Do not insert extra tabulations or spaces between paragraphs.
    • Do not insert page breaks.
    • Use one type of common format (Times New Roman, 12 point).
    • The document should not exceed 40 letter size pages, double spaced on one side.
    • The titling hierarchy should be consecutive in the following form::

    1. Title 1.
    1.1. Subtitle 1.
    1.1.1. Subtitle 2.
    2. Title 2.

    • If figures or tables are used it is recommended that a maximum of two colours per figure be used
    • It is the responsibility of the author (s) to obtain any permissions and rights to include materials or illustrations derived from other sources.

    5. The text must comply with the bibliographical requisites and style guide set out in the Rules for Authors which can be found in "About the Journal". Bibliographical references shall be ordered numerically. In the same way, all cites or tables being referred to in footnotes must be indicated by small, sequential numbers on the right side. In addition, the following style must be applied:

    Name the author (s). The order of citation is as follows. (1) surname and name, separated from other writers by a comma; (2) Title (in cursive); (3) Edition; (4) publisher; (5) city (6) year of publication and (7) pages (use a hyphen to separate the range of pages and the abbreviation " p" if a single page is cited or "pp" if more than one page is cited. For example:

    De Soussa Santos, Boaventura, Estado, derecho y luchas sociales, ILSA, Bogotá, 1991, p. 127.

    Journal Articles
    Name the author (s). The order of citation is as follows. (1) Surname and name, separated from other writers by a comma; (2) Title of the article within quotation marks; (3) The name of the Journal (cursive) (4) year; (5) volume and/or number of the issue within quotation marks (6) pages (use a hyphen to separate the range of pages). For example:

    Sánchez Torres, Carlos Ariel, "El concepto constitucional de autonomía", Revista Estudios Socio-jurídicos, 2003, 5, (1), pp.172-210.

    Chapters of Books
    The order of citation is as follows: (1) author (s) (2) Chapter Title (within quotation marks); (3) author (s) of the book Edition; (4) Book title (in cursive), (5) Edition, (6) City of publication, (7) publisher; (8) year of publication and (9) pages (using only the first and last pages of the chapter, separated by a hyphen). For example:

    Fajardo Sánchez, Luis Alfonso, "Las voces multiculturales de la paz en Colombia", en Colombia paz y democracia, CSIC-Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Madrid, 2000, pp. 137 y ss

    Internet Articles
    The article should be cited as though it were a journal article with the edition of the electronic address where the article was found, and the date of consultation. For example:

    Ferro, Juan Guillermo, "Reflexiones en torno al caso colombiano", en Regional Workshop on land issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, México, 2002, en consulta del 9 de septiembre de 2003.

    Newspaper Articles
    The order of citation is as follows. (1) surname and name of the author (s); (2) the title of the article (in quotation marks); (3) the name of the newspaper (in cursive); (4) section; (5) city; (6) date and (7) page number. For example:

    Seitz, Maximiliano, "Hay un nuevo orden moral", en El Tiempo, Lecturas Dominicales, Bogotá, 16 de enero de 2000, p.3

    The order of citation is as follows. (1) country; (2) judicial organ; (3) chamber or section; (4) type of decision and number; (5) date of the finding (6) Judge and (7) case number For example:

    Colombia, Corte Suprema de Justicia, Sala de Casación Civil y Agraria, sentencia del 12 de agosto de 1997, magistrado ponente José Fernando Ramírez Gómez, Expediente 4533.

    The order of citation is as follows: (1) country, (2) Organ making the law and (3) class, number and date of the law. For example:

    Colombia, Congreso de la República, Ley 472 de 1998.


    Sending of manuscripts


    Unedited articles arising from research activity are to be prepared in a word processing programme compatible with the following formats: Microsoft Word, RTF, Open Office or WordPerfect. They must follow such steps as permit a blind review of the document, eliminating any mention in the body of the article that World allow identification of the author or if his/her institutional affiliation. To present articles for consideration by the Journal it is preferable that the Editorial Management System be used- available at:

    The article and authorization may also be sent to the Universidad del Rosario, Facultad de Jurisprudencia, c/o Dra. Rocio del Pilar Peña Huertas (co-editor of the Journal), Calle 14 No. 6-25, Bogotá, Colombia, or by email to the following email addresses: and


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