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Scope and policy


The Colombian Journal for Military Studies and related fields, “Revista Científica General José María Córdova” (Rev. Cient. Gen. José María Córdova, issn 1900-6586) is a semester publication, released by the Alma Mater of the Colombian Army, General José María Córdova Military School.

Currently, the purpose of the Editorial Council of the Journal is to promote the application of science and technology and innovation in the area of military research, the foundation and essential scope within the sphere of academic activities performed at the Military School of Cadets, the integral formation of the future Colombian Army officer, and the social projection of their different areas of professional performance.

It is a journal for professionals, professors, researchers, research groups and students, all of them closely engaged with the military sciences, and related fields which have a direct or indirect link to the strategic sciences.

Form and preparation of manuscrips

Style guide

Abstract and keywords. For articles, authors should include an abstract (not exceeding 150 words), together with six keywords that indicate the themes of the article. In this abstract, Style requirements is necessary to provide the outstanding contents of the paper: objective, methods, results and conclusions. All of this, according to the type of article (research, reflection, revision, and so on), in order for the reader to give a broad view wide of the subject and the problem treated in the paper. For its part, the keywords must be descriptors or meaningful expressions, developing in the content of the article and contributing to locate it thematically.

Word count limit. Submitted articles should have a minimum length of 6.000 words and a maximum length of 8.000 words (including abstract, and references).

Line spacing. Text should be one and a half spacing.

Font. Text, tables and illustrations, should be submitted in 12pt Times New Roman font.

Titles. In the Revista Científica General José María Córdova, three different hierarchical levels of titles or headings are considered, that are then used as a basis for the specifications stated in the manual of style of the apa (6th edition), although with modifications:

Regarding these headings, it is clarified that in articles submitted in English, capitalize all main words in the title.

Footnotes and Endnotes. Neither footnotes nor endnotes should be used for article or book submissions. apa style (6th edition) should be used for quotations.

Acknowledgements. Please place any acknowledgements at the end of the main article text.

Quotations. Double quotation marks (“some text”) should be used throughout, except for quotations within quotations, when single quotation marks (‘some text’) should be used. An ellipsis to mark an omission in a quotation should appear as […]. If the quotation is greater than five lines long, the quote should appear as an indented paragraph, with no more than five spaces from the left margin, without quotes, in 12pt Times New Roman font.

Words, quotations and text borrowed from foreign languages. Single words and short phrases in non-English languages should be italicized. All non-English text should be supplied with an English translation in parentheses.

Tables. Example tables can be seen in the website mentioned at the beginning of this style guide (Pre-submission).

Figures. Example figures (Graphs, illustrations, and maps) can be seen in the website mentioned at the beginning of this style guide (Pre-Submission). All maps should include a key, compass point and scale where relevant. The minimum acceptable resolution for photo type images is 300dpi. For line drawings, e.g. graphs etc, they should be 600 dpi minimum. Graphs should be submitted separately and in original format, e. g. Excel, Illustrator.

References. APA style (6th edition) should be used for references, although with some modifications. In this reference model, authors’ names (no initials) and dates are given in the main body of the text, with specific pages indicated, if precise quotations are indicated. For example: Caldas (1815/1966) argues that […]; or (Caldas, 1815/1966: 57-58). References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the main text under the heading ‘Bibliography’. Please check carefully that all works referenced in the text correspond exactly to works included in the Reference list at the end, and vice versa. Ensure that all works, including newspaper articles and government documents, are fully listed.

  1. Books:
    Author, A. M. & Author, B. J. (year). Title of book. City: Publisher.
    Bourdieu, P. (1884). Questions de sociologie. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit.
    De La Fuente, A. (2001). A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press.
    Dequi, F. (2005). Neopedagogia da Gramática; 18 teses surpreendentes. ipuc: Canoas.
    Eco, U. (2010). Cómo se hace una tesis. Técnicas y procedimientos de estudio, investigación y escritura. Barcelona: Gedisa.

  2. Journals and newspaper articles:
    The name of the author(s), First letter of the name. (Year). Title of the article. Title of the journal, volume(number), page numbers.
    Boyer, R. (2003). L’anthropologie économique de Pierre Bourdieu. Actes de la recherche en sciences socials, 150, 65-78.
    Hoyos, G. (2010). Las ciencias necesitan de las humanidades y las artes. Innovación y Ciencia, Edición Especial, 17(3), 200-2011.
    LaFree, G. & Gary Ackerman (2009). The Empirical Study of Terrorism: Social and Legal Research. Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 5, 347-374.
    Villa, R. (2007). Limites do ativismo venezuelano para a América do Sul. Política Externa, 16, 37-49.

  3. Chapters in edited books:
    The name of the author(s), First letter of the name. (Year). Title of the chapter. Editor or coordinator of the publication (the abbbreviations Ed. or Coord., as appropriate), Title of the book (number of pages). City: Publisher.
    Maldonado, C. E. (2006). Política y sistemas no lineales: la biopolítica. En B. Vela (Coord.), Dilemas de la política (pp. 91-142). Bogotá: Universidad Externado de Colombia.
    Radosh, R. (1976). The Cuban Revolution and Western Intellectuals: A Personal Report. En R. Radosh (Ed.), The New Cuba: Paradoxes and Potentials (pp. 37-55). New York: William Morrow.

  4. Theses and unpublished reports:
    The name of the author(s), First letter of the name. (Year). Title of the thesis or dissertation (PhD dissertation, master’s thesis, etc.). City: University or Institution.
    Abramova, T. (2003). Dermatoglifia dactilar y capacidades físicas (Tesis de doctorado). Moscú: Instituto Ruso de investigaciones en Cultura Física y Deporte.
    Wally, T. (1989). Dual Economies in Argentina: A Study of Buenos Aires. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Liverpool: University of Liverpool.

  5. Government documents:
    Governmental institution (Year). Title. City.
    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2003), Young Homeless People in Australia 2001-2002. Canberra.

  6. Laws and decrees:
    Countty and institution responsible for law or decree (day, month and year, or the latter in case of a Constitution.). Law or decree #, title. issue of the Official Journal, City.
    Colombia (1991). Constitución Política de Colombia de 1991. Bogotá.
    Colombia, Congreso de la República (16 de marzo de 2010). Ley 1383 de 2010, por la cual se reforma la Ley 769 de 2002 – Código Nacional de Tránsito, y se dictan otras disposiciones.
    Diario Oficial 47.653. Bogotá.

    In the case of judgments of the Court proceed as follows: Country or institution responsible for judgment (day, month and year). Judgment #, Reporting judge. Magistrate’s name. City.
    Colombia, Corte Constitucional (12 de abril de 1997). Sentencia C-176-94. M. P.: Martínez Caballero, A. Bogotá.

  7. World Wide Web pages:
    The name of the author(s), Title of the document or article. (Year). Title of the article. recovered from (link to the website)
    Smith, A. (1999) Select Committee Report. Recuperado de

  8. Further information:
    For more information about author submissions and style requirements for articles, please visit the following web-site:

Submission of manuscripts



Please submit your article via the Rev. Cient. Gen. José María Córdova email at: At the same email you can send any questions or concerns, or email Jesús Alberto Suárez Pineda, editor in chief of the journal, at:


The journal publishes articles in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese. There are limited funds available to help with the translation of abstracts. Authors may therefore submit abstracts in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. The author will be expected to provide a high quality translation for abstracts, and to have their manuscripts professionally edited before formal submission. Specific guidelines are available at:

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