ISSN 0123-5931
printed version

ISSN 2256-5450
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Scope and policy


LTHC has formulated policies that serve to guide its editorial project and to define the context for interacting with its partners.

Service to the discipline. The journal aims to validate and disseminate knowledge in Literary Studies. Its focus is academic and it promotes debate, critical proposals and research in the area.

Editorial structure. The journal is composed of two areas: the editorial board and the managing editors. The editorial board includes the editor in chief and three academic support committees (internal advisory committee, editorial committee and scientific committee). All the committees are comprised of research professors from various fields of literary studies. The managing editors include the editor responsible for the editorial coordination and his/her respective editorial assistants. The team also includes associate academic editors or editors invited to lead special editions.

Management and editing. The journal will ensure that its editorial management and all processes, including the editing of the issues, are clear and efficient. The editorial team will maintain direct and fluid communication with its different partners to facilitate the reception, evaluation and decision on work submitted to the journal.

Peer-review process. All work submitted to the journal shall be subject to peer review. Articles are evaluated through a "double-blind" peer review system with the participation of expert researchers in the topic. Generally, every article is read by two or three reviewers before a decision is made on its publication. Notes and translations are evaluated by an external reviewer or by a member of the editorial committee. Evaluation of reviews or interviews will also be conducted by a single reviewer, who can be one of the editors of the journal. Work that is published in the special issues will not have any priority in the evaluation process; they will be treated under the same criteria as the miscellaneous issues.
Also, work proposed by the editor or any partner that belong to the editorial board or is a managing editor will be evaluated under equal conditions in accordance with protocols to ensure a "blind" and independent peer review.

Conflict of interest. The journal will ensure that the different partners participate in the most independent manner possible so as not to affect the academic and editorial processes and their results. Authors and reviewers must disclose potential conflicts of interest that have and that can compromise the peer review or affect the quality of the contents that are published.

Confidentiality. The details of the evaluation process of the work and the identity of those involved shall only be known by the journal’s team, not by third parties. The identity of the reviewers will always be held in reserve, as indicated by the "double-blind" peer review system.

Publication costs. The journal has no commercial purposes and is supported with resources from the School of Human Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá. The entire publication process has no cost to the authors.

Access to our contents.  The journal is published in open access, in its online version, under a Creative Commons license of "attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives", (BY-NC-ND), through an Open Journal Systems platform at:  Self-archiving is allowed, in the editor’s version, from personal webpages or from institutional or thematic open access repositories. However, we also suggest to link or to provide the doi (digital object identifier) to every work published in the journal. The journal can be considered as a “blue” publication, according to the Sherpa Romeo classification.
For readers who so prefer, the journal publishes a printed version that is available by subscription (

Retractions, corrections and withdrawal of published texts. If, after publication in the journal, an article is found to contain serious mistakes that compromise its contents, if there is evidence of plagiarism or previous publication and the editor has not been notified in time, a retraction will be issued and published in the metadata and on all the pages of the article. Further, if after publication, the text is found to contain a significant involuntary error that partially affects its contents, a correction will be published and included in the html and pdf formats.
Finally, if a text presents a serious ethical issue which may lead to legal repercussions, it may be withdrawn from the digital version of the journal. In such cases, a note stating the reasons for withdrawal will be published, and only the article’s metadata will remain.

Ethics. The journal has formulated a code of ethics for authors and reviewers which can be consulted in the final section of this document and complies with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in terms of good publication practices and the resolution of possible conflicts.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Below, we describe the types of articles that are published in LTHC:

Articles. The articles are expository, argumentative or reflective texts from research or comprehensive review of the pertinent bibliography which make an original contribution to the subject or propose a personal and critical position with respect to the same. The articles make important contributions to the debates of the discipline. Their length ranges between 8,000 (minimum) and twelve thousand words (maximum), including references.
Notes. These are texts of a general nature in which the author offers a point of view or analyzes a subject of conjuncture, a work, or an academic subject of interest for the community of literary studies. Their length is five thousand words (maximum), including references.
Bibliographical reviews. These are informative texts which take a critical approach to one or several texts that are of interest to the community of literary studies. Priority is given to texts published in the two years prior to the moment of submission to the journal. Their length is one thousand five hundred words (maximum), including references.
Translations. The translations are informative in nature; priority will be given to the publication of critical, theoretical texts of importance for literary studies which have had limited diffusion among Spanish-speaking readers.
Interviews. These are the product of a dialogue with a writer, critic, researcher or well-known scholar, about his/her work, trajectory or about current and controversial issues in the field of literature.

Originality. The works that the authors submit to the journal must be their own original creations that respect copyrights and must not have been published in other media or in other languages (except in the case of translations).
Earlier works diffused as grey literature, preprints, in institutional repositories or personal or institutional websites would not in principle constitute a disqualification for publication in the journal but authors must indicate when and under what conditions such pre-publication or preliminary diffusion has been made.

Languages. The journal publishes articles and notes written in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. At the time of submission, it is only necessary to send the title, abstract and key words of the articles and notes, in the language that they have been presented.

Format. Work should be sent in Word format, without restrictions (fully editable). Tables and figures that accompany the text should be in editable format, not image format. Images or photographs should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi in TIFF or JPEG files.

Sending of manuscripts Authors must submit their work by email ( or through the Open Journal Systems platform of the journal (; printed articles will not be accepted or processed.

Information on the authors. Each one of the authors must attach a summary or full version of his/her resume with submission of the work. In addition, the first page of the work must include a concise description of the author’s academic profile, with the following information: complete bibliographic name, highest academic degree and area, position, affiliated department and University or organization, city, country, institutional e-mail.

Patricia Simonson, PhD in 19th century American narrative, Associate Professor of the Literature Department, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. Email:

Title of the work. The title of the work must be concise and correspond to the subject covered.

Abstracts and key words. Articles must include an analytic abstract not exceeding 150 words. The abstracts must answer the following questions: 1) what is the purpose of the article?; (2) how are the subjects or the contents in the article logically developed?; (3) what is the main point of view of the author or the contribution of the article?; (4) what are the conclusions, repercussions or aspects to highlight and of interest to the reader?
The notes abstracts will be no longer than 100 words in the original language in which they are written. The abstract must clearly indicate the purpose of the note and the issues that are addressed.
Key words accompanying the abstract must be between three (minimum) and six (maximum) and like the title, must correspond to the content that is developed in the text.

Body of the text. The organization of the contents depends on the intention of the text and the form in which the author aims to most effectively reach the readers.  We do not suggest here a unique format for an article of research, reflection, or review in literary studies. However, authors must always seek clarity in their approaches. It is important that the reader understand the message of the article clearly, understand its contribution, and that the quality of the writing or the organization of the contents is not an obstacle to this.

Tables and figures. The tables and figures included in the work must be referenced in the body of the text next to where the reference is made. Both tables and figures must be numbered with Arabic numerals according to their order of appearance, title and source. Table numbers and titles are placed above, with the source below. For the figures, both the number and the title and source are indicated below.

Footnotes. The use of footnotes in the body of the text can be justified for two purposes: 1) to  indicate to the reader a reference, text or author which expands or deepens the subject being treated; (2) to clarify or give additional information that may be useful to the reader.

Acknowledgements. If the article or note arises from a research project funded by a university or organization, or if the author considers that mention should be made of those who contributed to the research or in the writing of the text, an acknowledgements section may be included at the end of the work (before the list of references). This section should not exceed 100 words.

Citation and reference style. The journal follows the rules of the Modern Language Association MLA for in-text citations and for the final reference list of that must appear in each work.

In-Text citations

The MLA style uses the “parenthetical” citation to make  reference to an author or text within the body of the text.
For example, if a section of text is used, the source must be included in parentheses, with the last name of the author and page number, without orthographic signs, separated by a space:

“No ganaba nada con preguntarse qué hacía allí a esa hora y con esa gente, los queridos amigos tan desconocidos ayer y mañana, la gente que no era más que una nimia incidencia en el lugar y en el momento” (Cortázar 206).

If the author of the text is mentioned and there is no room for confusion, only the number of page after the citation may be included:

Algunas veces, Cortázar utiliza el discurso indirecto libre: “No ganaba nada con preguntarse qué hacía allí a esa hora y con esa gente, los queridos amigos tan desconocidos ayer y mañana, la gente que no era más que una nimia incidencia en el lugar y en el momento” (206).

If various works of the same author are being quoted within a paragraph, a fragment of the title of the work with the corresponding page can be included in parentheses to differentiate each reference. Book titles must be in italics and article or chapter titles in quotation marks:

Aquí vemos que Salinger, tanto en su narrador en primera persona (El guardián 5), como en tercera (“El tío Wiggily” 22)…

If several works by an author are being cited or there are multiple entries from the same author in the list of references, and the author’s name is not mentioned in the referenced text or section, the last name can also be included in the parentheses to avoid confusion, separated by a comma:

(Salinger, “El tío Wiggily” 22)

When there are two or more different authors but with the same name in the list of references, the initial of the name can be included for each citation in the body of the text to distinguish the source (or even the full name, if the initials are the same):

(C. Hernández 24) and (P. Hernández 35)
(Jorge Gómez 13) and (José Gómez 65)

To cite dramatic works, the numbered act, scene and verse can be included in parentheses, each item separated by a period, after the fragment that is cited. If different editions of a work are being cited, the page or range of pages, in parenthesis, must first be included, then the volume, number, chapter, section, or paragraph, separated by semicolon, and space: (89, ch. 2).

Reference list citations

In MLA it is important to confirm and indicate the format of the bibliographic entry (printed, digital, web, podcast, etc.). The proper monitoring of this citation style implies that authors follow in detail the indicated conventions and orthographic signs and where indicated (use of quotation marks, italics, colons, periods, parentheses, etc.), depending on the type of entry.
Some examples of the most common cases in the references are offered below:

Arango, José Manuel. Poesía completa. Medellín: Editorial Universidad de Antioquia, 2003. Print.
Book chapter
Scholem, Gershom. “Cábala y mito”. La cábala y su simbolismo. México: Siglo XXI, 2005. 95-129. Print.
Journal article
Castro Ramírez, Bibiana. “José Lezama Lima y su propuesta de crítica literaria para América Latina”. Literatura: teoría, historia, crítica 9 (2007): 79-122. Print.
Electronic article
Ramey, James. “Bajtín y el giro espacial: intertextualidad, vanguardismo, parasitismo”. Literatura: teoría, historia, crítica15.2 (2013): 69-95. Web. March 3, 2014

Authors must ensure that the reference list and the citations made in the body of the text match perfectly. A reference which was not used in the body of the text should not be included in the reference list, nor should a source included in the text be omitted from the list.

Each bibliographic entry is organized in alphabetical order by last name.

Sending of manuscripts

Authors must submit their work by email ( or through the Open Journal Systems platform of the journal (; printed articles will not be accepted or processed. 

Ethical Issues


To participate in the journal, authors must take into account the following considerations:

Guidelines and care of the texts. The journal has formal rules for presentation of work which the authors must read, understand and follow. The journal does not receive drafts of work but final versions carefully reviewed by the authors. Delivery of coherent texts, written with care, is a factor that is valued positively in the evaluation.

Exclusivity in the submission. Articles submitted to the journal must not have been submitted simultaneously to other journals. This would compromise the originality of the work and rights of publication. If at some point in the process, authors consider that they must submit their article to another journal, they should first consult with the editor to formalize their withdrawal.

Plagiarism. The use of texts of other authors by incorporation of complete sections in their own work, reproduction of fragments or paraphrase, without proper citation or the necessary permissions, is not acceptable.

"Self-plagiarism". The submission of texts that already have been published earlier, in their original language or other languages, fully or partially, is not acceptable. The contribution of a work to the field of literary studies must not be the same, or very similar, to that of  other publications of the author.

Co-authorship. The publication of co-authored works is not a usual practice in literary studies. But, when this occurs, the crediting of authorship to those who have not had a real participation in writing should be avoided. An author is someone who has made a substantial contribution to the text, the design and development of research or discussion that motivates it, and who has been directly involved in writing drafts, corrections and revisions that led to the final version.

Diligence. Authors must comply with requirements arising from the peer review and publication process: corrections suggested by the peers, delivery of revised versions, responses to observations (style correction, diagrams, review of proofs), final approval. This must be done within the timeframe agreed to with the journal.

Contribution of the work. The purpose of publishing a work is, almost always, to establish a dialog with the readers. In the case of academic work those readers are, mostly, in the community of the area: professors, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students. The effectiveness of such dialogue depends on the coherence and strength of the arguments and the contribution proposed with respect to a horizon of viewpoints and texts. We invite authors to make their work a contribution to literary studies, to have critical positions, to generate stimulating dialogues, to raise or to resume discussions of interest to contemporary readers.


Suitability. The reviewers should only accept the reading of works on subjects that they know well. If, after receiving an article to read, the reviewer finds that, for some reason, it is not of his/her interest or knowledge; he/she must so inform the editor in order to reassign the work.

Independence. The peer review process of the journal is performed under a "double-blind" system to ensure, as far as possible, the independence and thoroughness of the opinions. If at some point in the reading of the work, the reviewer finds that there is some ethical impediment or conflict of interest that may affect his/her opinion, the editor must be so informed without delay.

Focus on concepts. Reviewers must address works from a formal, rigorous and coherent perspective. Superficial opinions, lacking in arguments, are not acceptable in approving or rejecting work. The results of the peer review process must be worthwhile for the author and the publisher. Authors must be able to revise, correct or validate their work, from the comments received. The editor must be able to make an argued decision about the publication or rejection of work based on the recommendations of the reviewers.

Diligence. Reviewers must agree on a reasonable timeframe with the journal, according to circumstances and availability of time. If, during the evaluation, compliance with the delivery time is unfeasible, the reviewer must inform the editor to rearrange the schedule initially agreed upon. The timely response to the authors also depends on the collaboration of the reviewers.

Follow-up. Reviewers should also seek to support the editor in verification of corrected versions of the work. The contribution of the reviewer to this process will allow the best possible version to reach the readers.

Substitution. The editorial team invites a reviewer to participate in the reading of an article after reviewing his/her academic training, background and experience in research and publications. It is not ethical for a reviewer, after accepting to read an article, to transfer the responsibility for the evaluation to a third party (, graduate student, etc.).

Use of information. The work a reviewer receives is, mostly, unpublished and original. Any use or misappropriation of the topics treated, information or sections of text from the work received will be considered a very serious ethical misconduct.

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