ISSN 0121-215X
printed version

ISSN 2256-5442
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Scope and policy

Objective and Scope

Cuadernos de Geografía - Revista Colombiana de Geografía is an academic peer-reviewed journal founded in 1979 and published twice a year since 2011 by the Department of Geography of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Its objective is the dissemination of scientific production in the field of geography at the national and international levels. Targeted mainly at the academic and research communities of geographers, it welcomes original, unpublished articles resulting from research projects, analytical, interpretive, and critical reflection essays, revision articles and book reviews, in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Because the journal appears twice a year and permanently receives contributions, the articles received are consolidated each quarter until the call for papers is announced.

The Editorial Committee's policies aim at the dissemination of a wide variety of content in the field of geography, including different trends in human geography (economic, political, urban, cultural, and historical), physical geography (climatology, geomorphology, and hydrology), environmental geography (risks, disasters, sustainable development, sustainability, and landscape analysis), and the applications and developments of technologies for geographical information (remote sensors, geographic information systems (GIS), and cartography). Likewise, it promotes free access to them through the Open Journal System (OJS), available at

Scientific productions proposed for publication should be sent to Cuadernos de Geografía through the OJS system, which makes it possible to track the different processes of the submitted articles. Authors may also send their contributions by e-mail to the following address:, with a letter to the editor that includes contact information. All submitted articles must be original and unpublished, should not be submitted simultaneously to other journals, and must comply with the requirements set forth in the "Formal Characteristics of the Articles" section.

Cuadernos de Geografia shall not submit articles that have been previously published in print format or on web pages to peer review. The journal shall request the corresponding clarifications in the case of memoirs of scientific events. This means that if the publication in question has an ISBN, the article shall not be considered for publication in the journal.

Peer Review

All articles submitted to Cuadernos de Geografía are initially evaluated by one of the members of the editorial committee, who gives an opinion regarding pertinence, quality, and compliance with general presentation guidelines. They are then reviewed by two or more anonymous national or foreign peers specialized in geography or similar disciplines, who issue one of three opinions: accepted, accepted subject to revision and reevaluation, or rejected. Articles subject to revision shall be sent to a third peer reviewer. Once the peer-review results are obtained, the editorial team shall inform the author of the decision reached by the Editorial Committee and of the process to be followed depending on the result.

The time allotted to the review of submitted articles is six (6) months at the most. However, this period of time may suffer changes depending on the availability of peer reviewers and other aspects that may increase or reduce the process for each article. Book reviews shall be read and evaluated internally by the members of the Editorial Committee. The result of the evaluation shall be sent to the author so that the appropriate changes can be made.

The members of the editorial and scientific committees may submit their own articles, but their evaluation will be made by peers who do not belong to the committees. In any case, the space assigned to publications by members of the committees shall be limited to one product per issue.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Formal Characteristics of the Articles

General Guidelines for Articles

According to the typology of articles established by Colciencias, scientific research, reflection, or revision articles appearing in the journal must comply with a basic structure, depending on their typology:

  • Search article: This is a document that presents a detailed account of the original results of completed research projects. It is generally organized thus: title, abstract, keywords, introduction (specifying the objective of the article), methodology, results, conclusions, and list of bibliographic references.
  • Reflection article: This is a document that presents the results of research on a specific topic from the author's analytical, interpretive, or critical perspective, using the original sources for its development. It is generally organized thus: title, abstract, keywords, introduction (specifying the objective of the article), statement of the subject matter, author's critical perspective on the issue, conclusions, and list of bibliographic references.
  • Revision article: This is a document resulting from a completed research project, which analyzes, systematizes, and integrates the results of published or unpublished research on a field or technology, in order to disseminate advances and development trends. Its organization is similar to that of the previous typology; however, it must include a careful bibliographic revision of at least 50 references.


The first page of the document should include the author's pen name (the name used in all of his/her publications), institutional affiliation, type of article (according to the typology described above), mailing address, and e-mail. If the article is the result of a research project, the name and number of the project and information regarding the financing institution must be included.

The maximum length of the articles submitted is 38 letter-size pages or 12,000 words, not including the bibliography. Articles should be double-spaced, using Arial 12-point font and 2,54 cm (I inch) margins all around. All texts should be addressed and sent to the editor as a digital file (in standard .rtf, .doc, .docx, or .odf format), together with a hard copy or a PDF file of the complete document, including figures and tables. For book reviews, the maximum length is 6 pages or 2.000 words, not including the list of references, and must otherwise comply with the structure for the presentation of articles.

Abstract and Contact

Information It is essential that all articles include a title, an abstract, and five keywords in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. The abstract should be a clear, complete, and concise text of no more than 120 words, covering the objectives, methodology, and main contributions of the article, without bibliographic references or footnotes. Apart from this basic information, authors should include contact information (telephone number, e-mail, and mailing address), as well as a brief summary of their education and academic profile.

Format for Figures and Tables

Figures (maps, graphs, and photographs) should be sent in a separate folder in JPG, TIFF, or GIF format, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Vector files may be sent in CDR (Corel Draw), DWG, DXF, SVG or AI format.

Hand-drawn figures should be done in ink on parchment paper. It is essential that all the components (including topology) of figures be completely legible. Therefore, while it is desirable that figures be adjusted in size and scale to the format of the journal (21.59 cm x 25 cm), larger scale maps may be published in order to respect the scale. Be published in all of all figures should be cited in the text. Figures should be titled on the lower left-hand corner and numbered consecutively.

Tables should also be cited and numbered; however, their title should be centered above the table.

The figures and tables included in the text are assumed to be the creation of the author, and they should include the source of the data that served as the basis for their creation. The reproduction of figures that are not original, that is taken from another source, is subject to authorization by the copyright holder. The author of the article is responsible for obtaining said authorization and for including the respective supporting documents. In the case of any reproduced or modified figure or table, the source from which it was taken should be indicated in detail, immediately following the title of the figure. The journal recommends not using self-referencing (for example, "created by the author").

The following are some examples of the above:

  1. In the case of a figure or table prepared by the author for the article:
    Figure x. Forced Displacement in Colombia 1990-2010.
    Information: Codhes 2005.
  2. In the case of a reproduction:
    Figure x. Le Corbusier's Proposal for a Civic Center in Bogotá, 1951.
    Source: Le Corbusier 1951, p. 24 or Modified on the basis of Le Corbusier 1951, p. 24.
  3. In the case of conventional photographs:
    Figure x. Areas Flooded by Overflowing of the Bogotá River.
    Photograph taken by the author, November 2011

    Figure x. Panoramic View of Downtown
    Bogotá in 1960.
    Source: Photograph taken by Saúl Orduz, Saúl Orduz Archive, Museo de Bogotá, Mdb 26983.jpg.
  4. In the case of satellite images:
    Figure x. The Colombian Amazon Piedmont.
    Source: Landsat 7, composition RGB 321, December 2009.
  5. In the case of cart0graphy derived from the interpretation of aerial photographs:
    Figure x. The Colombian Amazon Piedmont.
    Photo-interpretation, flight C-3345, No. 5, January 2008.

All figures should be cited in the body of the text. Figures should be titled on the lower left-hand corner and numbered consecutively. Tables should also be cited and numbered; however, their title should be centered above the table.

Citation and Bibliographic Referencing System

Cuadernos de Geografía - Revista Colombiana de Geografía uses The Chicago Manual of Style citation and referencing system (for further information in this respect, please consult, in which references are included in the text, citing the author (s) last name and year of publication in parentheses. Works published in the same year by one author should be ordered alphabetically, adding a letter to the year of publication. In the case of direct quotations, include the page number.

(Wong 1998)
(Castells 1996a; Castells 1996b).
(Wong 1998, 4)
Wong (1998, 4) argues that…

Footnotes should be used to clarify the contents, but not for bibliographic references.

To cite a report or article produced by an institution, use the name of the entity that produced or sponsored the paper.

The list of bibliographic references should be ordered alphabetically, according to the following examples:

Knox, Paul L. 2010. Cities and Design. New York, NY: Routledge.

Chapter in a Book:
Sánchez, Adolfo. 2002. Importancia del sistema de ciudades de la región Centro de México. En Actualidad de la investigación regional en el México central, eds. Javier Delgadillo Macías y Alfonso Iracheta, 93-108. México: Plaza y Valdéz.

Journal Article:
Gunder, Michael. 2010. Planning as the ideology of (neoliberal) space. Planning Theory 9 (4): 298-314. doi: 10.1177/1473095210368878.

Duque Franco, Isabel. 2008. La renovación urbana en Bogotá, entre el modelo de planeamiento global y la dinámica local. Planeamiento urbano en Bogotá 1994-2007. Doctorado en Geografía Humana, Departamento de Geografía Humana, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona.

Internet Materials:
Caribbean Tourism Organization. 2010. Latest Tourism Statistics. Onecaribbean 2008. (accessed in December, 2010).

We recommend that the authors use a reference management tool such as Endnote or Mendeley and submit the file containing the bibliography together with the article.

Sending of manuscripts

Jhon Williams Montoya Garay
Carrera 30 No. 45-03 Oficina 319-325
Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Edificio Aulas de Ciencias Humanas - 212.
Departamento de Geografía.
Bogotá, Colombia
Teléfono: 3165000 Ext. 16353 - 16358

Or apply in OJS returns articles: (entering the tab "Register").

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Carrera 30 No. 45-03 Oficina 319. Edificio Aulas de Ciencias Humanas - 212
Departamento de Geografía, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia

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