ISSN 0121-5612
printed version

E-ISSN 1900-6004
electronic version



Scope and policy

Publication and Authorship

Colombia Internacional ( is an indexed publication of a periodical nature which adheres to international standards of quality, positioning, periodicity and availability on line. The journal publish unpublished articles in the field of Political Science and International Relations by means of the analysis of historical and present political phenomena, from the viewpoints of relevant and innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodological approaches.

The journal is a quarterly publication (January-March, April-June, July-September and October-December) that comes out at the beginning of each of the periods indicated, created in 1986 and financed by the School of Social Sciences of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). The printed version has a cost and may be acquired at specific outlets.

The Journal publishes unpublished articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese. In exceptional cases, it includes translations of articles which have previously been published in languages other than those specified above, when their relevance to the discussions and problems it deals with are acknowledged. All of the published articles have a DOI identification number, which facilitates the drafting of bibliographical references, the search for articles on the web and the cross-referencing of citations among different repositories. The DOI should be cited by the authors who use the contents of the magazine.

The Journal counts on an Editorial Team and an Editorial Council. The Editorial Team is responsible for the operational procedures of Colombia Internacional, decisions about the contents to be published, proposing themes for monographic issues, meeting quality standards, indexing procedures and the dissemination of the magazine´s contents. The Editorial Team is also responsible for choosing and inviting the academics who make up the Editorial Council and periodically overseeing the turnover of some of its members, taking into account the time they have served on the Council, the bodies of knowledge which should be strengthened, the inclusion of new institutions and their participation in assessing Colombia Internacional.

Author Responsibilities

The authors must submit their articles using the link available on the journal's website and/or by emailing it to during the timeframe established for the submission for articles (call for papers). The Journal has publicly available guidelines for authors, with information about the requirements for the presentation of articles as well as editorial rules and instructions. The guidelines can be found at Guidelines for Authors or at the end of the printed version of the Journal.

Although the editorial team is responsible for approving the articles based on the criteria of quality, accuracy and thoroughness of research, taking into account the reviews carried out by anonymous peers, the authors are responsible for all the ideas expressed in the articles, as well as for their suitability on an ethical level. The authors must explicitly state that the text is of their own authorship and that the intellectual property rights of third parties are respected in the article. Colombia Internacional uses a plagiarism detection tool to check the originality of the documents submitted to review; if it is discovered that the article or parts of it have been extracted from other work without the appropriate referencing, the author will be notified and the process of rejecting the document will begin. It is also the author's responsibility to ensure that they have permission to use, reproduce and print any material that is not owned or created by them (tables, graphs, maps, diagrams, photographs, etc.).

The authors agree to submit their texts to an external peer review and commit to take these observations, and those of the editorial team, into account when revising the document. These revisions should be made within the timeframe communicated to the author by the editorial team. After the Journal receives the revised article, the author will be informed regarding its definitive approval. If a text submitted to Colombia Internacional is not accepted for publication, the editorial team will send a written notice to the author explaining the reasons behind this decision. During the editing process, the editorial team may consult the authors to resolve any uncertainties. During the reviewing and editing processes, the main form of contact between the journal and the authors will be by email.

The editorial team reserves the right to have the final word regarding the publication of an article and the issue in which it will be published. The article will be published on the stated date as long as the author submits all the required documentation during the established timeframe. The Journal reserves the right to make copyediting changes to the document before publication.

The authors of the accepted texts must authorize the Universidad de los Andes to make use of the copyrights (reproduction, public communication, transformation and distribution), by signing the "Use of intellectual property rights authorization document", in order for the text to be included in Colombia Internacional (printed and electronic versions). On this same document the authors must confirm that the text is of their own authorship and that they respect the intellectual property rights of third parties.

Peer Review/Peer Reviewer Responsibilities

When an article is received, the editorial team evaluates it to see whether it complies with the basic requirements demanded by the Journal. The editorial team establishes the first filtering process; this takes into account aspects such as the format, quality and relevance of the document. After this first review, and based on the comments and suggestions of the members of the editorial and scientific committees, the selected articles will begin a further review process. In this case, the articles are submitted to a peer review by anonymous academics, as well as to the views of the editorial team. The result will be communicated to the author within six months of receiving the article. If the evaluation process lasts longer than this, the editorial team must inform the author.

All articles that pass the initial review filter will be submitted to a further judging process carried out by anonymous reviewers, who will make suggestions/comments to the author and highlight significant references that have not been included in the paper. These readers are usually external to the institution, and are chosen on the basis that they should have no conflict of interest in terms of the topics they will be reviewing. If there is any doubt in this area, another reviewer will be found.

The Journal has an evaluation form that includes questions with carefully defined criteria. The reviewers are responsible for recommending whether the article under review should be accepted, rejected or approved with changes. During the evaluation process, both the names of the authors and the names of the reviewers are kept strictly anonymous.

Editorial Responsibilities

The editorial team, along with the editorial and scientific committees, is responsible for defining the editorial policies in order for the Journal to meet the necessary standards to ensure its positioning as a renowned academic publication. The continuous revision of these parameters guarantees that the Journal will continue to improve and satisfy the expectations of the academic community. As well as publishing these editorial rules, which authors are expected to follow, the journal commits to publishing any corrections, clarifications, rectifications and justifications as the situation requires.

The editorial team is responsible for selecting the best articles for publication. This selection process is based on recommendations made during the evaluation process and the process of editing the article, taking into account the criteria of quality, relevance, originality and the contribution it makes to the author's field. Similarly, if an article is rejected, the justification given to the author must focus on these same aspects. The editorial team is responsible for overseeing the editorial process of all the articles submitted to the Journal, and must develop confidentiality mechanisms during the peer review process until the articles are published or rejected.

When the Journal receives complaints of any kind, the editorial team should respond promptly, in accordance with the rules established by the publication. If the complaint is found to be worthwhile, the editorial team must ensure that an appropriate investigation is carried out in order to rapidly resolve the problem. If a lack of accuracy or an error of published content is identified, the editorial team will be consulted and the relevant corrections and/or clarifications will be made on the Journal's website.

As soon as an issue of the Journal is published, the editorial team is responsible for disseminating and distributing that issue among its collaborators, reviewers and the entities with which exchange agreements have been established, as well as with the relevant national and international repositories and indexing systems. Additionally, the editorial team is responsible for sending the Journal to its active subscribers.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Article Submission

Colombia Internacional publishes unpublished articles which present the results of research, theoretical and/or methodological innovation and bibliographical reviews in the fields of Political Science and International Relations written in Spanish, English or Portuguese. The dates for receiving articles on open topics and/or for special editions will be communicated in the relevant calls for papers, which will be published on the Journal's website and distributed via an email mailing list created for this purpose. If you would like to know when the calls for papers will open and what the topics will be, email be included on the mailing list.

All the articles published have a DOI identification number which, according to international editorial policies, must be cited by the authors who use the contents, along with the abbreviated title of the journal (COLINT).

Below you will find a list of the characteristics required by manuscripts being submitted for publication. The journal's editorial team asks the authors to keep these recommendations in mind in order to facilitate the evaluation and editing process.

  • The manuscript should be presented in a file compatible with Word, Letter size paper (21.59 cm x 27.54 cm), with 3 cm margins, using Times New Roman size 12, single spacing, 0 point separation between paragraphs and justified text. Footnotes should be in Times New Roman size 10, with single spacing and justified text.
  • The manuscript should have a maximum word count of 10,000 words (longer articles will be considered in exceptional cases), including the title, abstract, keywords, footnotes, bibliography and appendices.
  • The first page should include the title of the article, an abstract with a maximum of 100 words (the abstract should be clear and precise) and a list of four to seven key words. After the abstract, a list of three to six keywords should be attached, taken preferably from the Unesco Thesaurus ( or, when this is unavailable, from another recognized thesaurus, the name of which should be reported to the journal. When a word does not appear as a standard form in the Thesaurus, this fact should be pointed out. If possible, you should also include the title, abstract and keywords in the Journal's other two publication languages.
  • After this first presentation page, the article should begin. Remember to follow the rules of grammar and syntax of the language in which you are writing the document. Use academic language that will be accessible to different audiences.
  • The author information should be included in a separate document and should include the following information: full name, nationality, email address, academic titles, current institutional affiliation, research groups, areas of research and recent publications in books and/or journals. In this document you should also indicate the origin of the article and its source of finance.
  • All tables, graphs, charts and images included in the articles should be self-explanatory, clear and relevant; they should have titles, be listed in a numbered sequence and be accompanied by their respective image credit and source(s). For design purposes, we recommend that the tables, graphs and charts should be attached in a separate Excel document. The images should be submitted in digital format (.jpg o .riff 300 and 240 dpi). It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to publish the images required for the article and to submit this permission to the journal.
  • The manuscripts should be emailed to or sent using the "Submit article" online tool available on the Journal's website.

Editorial Guidelines

  • Divisions in the body of the text (main sections) should be listed with Arabic numerals, except for the introduction and the conclusion; the subdivisions (secondary sections) should be listed with lower case letters. Remember to indent every new paragraph.
  • Latin terms and foreign words should be written in italics. Avoid the excess use of italics throughout the text.
  • The first time that you use an abbreviation it should be included in brackets after the full term; after this you should use only the abbreviation.
  • Textual quotes longer than four lines should be written in long quote form, with single spacing, size 11 font and reduced margins.
  • Footnotes should be used with Arabic numerals.
  • State clearly in the text where each chart/table/image/graph should be placed.
  • All the references used in the text should be presented at the end of the article. Colombia Internacional uses an adaptation of the Chicago Manual of Style to present quotes and references. You should take into account the details of required punctuation and other necessary information when writing your article. The bibliography should include all references cited in the text (it should not include any that were not referenced), listed in alphabetical order. It is essential to include the complete names of the authors and/or editors for each of the references. If available, please include the DOI number at the end of the reference. Below you will find some referencing examples (remember to keep in mind the rules of spelling in the language in which you are writing).

  • Books:
    By a single author:
    Surname(s), Name. Year. Complete title. City: Publisher.
      Sáenz Rovner, Eduardo. 1992. La ofensiva empresarial. Industriales, políticos y violencia en los años 40 en Colombia. Bogotá: Tercer Mundo.

    Two or more authors:
    Surname(s), Name and Name Surname(s). Year. Complete title. City: Publisher.
      Frieden, Jeffry, Paul Williams and David Lake. 2000. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. Boston: Bedford.

      Note: remember that when you first cite a book with three or more authors in the body of the text, you should include the surnames of all of the authors (Frieden, Williams and Lake 2000). The second time you should only write the name of the main author, followed by "et al." and the year of publication (Frieden et al. 2000).

    Chapter in book
    Surname(s), Name. Year. Complete title of chapter. In Complete title of book, ed(s). Name Surname(s) of editor(s), Pp. City: Publisher.
      Gómez, Hernando José and Javier Gamboa. 2010. Colombia Trade Policy-Making. In Governments, Non-State Actors and Trade Policy-Making: Negotiating Preferentially or Multilaterally?, eds. Ann Capling and Patrick Low, 63-88. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Journal article
    Surname(s), Name. Year. Article title. Journal title Vol (No.): Pp.
      Edwards, Sebastian. 1998. Openness, Productivity and Growth: What Do We Really Know? The Economic Journal 23 (3): 383-398.

    Press article
    Surname(s), Name. Year. Headline. Publication, date of publication.
    Publication. Year. Headline. Date of publication.
      Coronell, Daniel. 2014. La versión de Jota Jota. Semana, 10 de mayo de 2014.
      Semana. 2014. Así se cocinó el acuerdo Progresistas-Santos. 13 de mayo de 2014.

    Online publications
    Surname(s), Name. Year. Title of article/file. Additional information. [Online] URL
      Oxfam. 2011. US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement a Step Back for Development. [Online] <

      Francois, Joseph, Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan, Hanna Norberg, Guido Porto, and Terrie Walmsley. 2012. Assessing the Economic Impact of the Trade Agreement between the European Union and Signatory Countries of the Andean Community (Columbia and Peru). Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). [Online]

      Note: if you are unsure about how to reference any type of document, include all the information necessary for the source to be identified. Remember that when citing a reference within the text of an article you should include the name of the author, the year and the page number (in the case of textual references).


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