ISSN 0123-885X
printed version

E-ISSN 1900-5180
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Scope and policy

Revista de Estudios Sociales (rev. estud.soc.) is an indexed publication of a periodical nature, which adheres to international standards of quality, positioning, periodicity and availability on line. Its objective is to contribute to the dissemination of the research, analyses and opinions that the national and international academic community elaborates. As a social sciences journal, it publishes the results of investigations, reflections on relevant topics, theoretical revisions and reviews, which contribute to pertinent debates about sociological, historical, anthropological, cultural and gender study subjects, as well as articles on political science, philosophy and education. Is a quarterly publication (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December) that comes out at the beginning of each of these periods, created in 1998 and funded by the School of Social Sciences of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). All of its digital contents are of open access through its website. 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The Journal publishes unpublished articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese.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 Revista de Estudios Sociales.

The Journal counts on an Editorial Team and an Editorial Council. The Editorial Team is responsible for the operational procedures of the Journal, decisions about the contents to be published, proposing themes for monographic issues, meeting quality standards, indexing procedures and the dissemination of the Revista de Estudios Socialesís 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 the Journal.

The Editorial Council proposes guidelines for defining the editorial policies of Revista de Estudios Sociales, establishes the themes for the dossier, oversees its compliance with national and international quality standards, holds debates about the sections which house the contents of the Journal and proposes ways of circulating, disseminating and indexing the publication.

Reception and Evaluation of Articles

  • The Journal only receives articles when the calls for papers are open. The reception dates may be found on the web site of the journals:
  • The articles should be sent to the platform for the management of contents through the link found on the website of the Journal.
  • The texts sent to the Journal may not be simultaneously under evaluation by another publication.
  • Taking into account the amount of articles which the Journal receives for each call for papers, it does not publish another article by a previously published author until a period of two years has passed.
  • When an article arrives, its receipt is immediately acknowledged and the Editorial Team begins to determine whether it meets its basic requirements (norms for citations and formal presentation), as well as its relevance for a scientific publication (objectives, theoretical framework, methodology, conclusions and bibliographies). When it does not meet that standard, it will be rejected.
  • The articles which pass the review by the Editorial Team are then scrutinized by a tool for detecting plagiarism. When a whole or partial plagiarism is detected, the text will not be sent to peer review and the authors will be notified of the reason for the rejection.
  • The articles which pass the evaluation of the Editorial Team will be subjected to an arbitration procedure headed by two reviewers, at least one of whom should have an international affiliation. The peer reviewers are chosen on the basis of their academic career, knowledge and publications on the theme to be evaluated.
  • During the evaluation, the names of both the authors and the reviewers will remain anonymous.
  • The Journal will inform the authors of the results of the evaluation within a maximum term of six months. If it is longer, the Editorial Team will inform the authors.
  • When the final version of the text is received, it is the Editorial Team which reviews the changes which have been made. If it sees that the author has not included the changes asked for, it may decide to not publish the article.
  • The Editorial Team is responsible for the final decision to publish or reject an article, and the body which notifies the author of the decision by means of a written opinion.
  • Editorial Procedure

  • The articles which receive the best evaluations are reviewed by the Editorial Team and remitted to the authors so that they may undertake the indicated changes, within a previously agreed on time limit.
  • The texts which are approved within the framework of a thematic call for papers are published in the issue dedicated to that dossier. In the case of articles where there is a Varied Topic call for papers, the Editorial Team defines the issue in which it is published.
  • During the process of editing and the correction of style, the authors are consulted in order to resolve existing concerns. The Editorial Team reserves the right to make minor changes of style.
  • The Journal has procedures for diagraming the issue, in accordance with the design and layout pertaining to each publication.
  • In the process of evaluation and editing, the medium of communication with the authors is the platform for the management of contents, and in particular cases, e-mails.
  • The authors and/or title-holders of the accepted articles will authorize the use of the authorís property rights (reproduction, public communication, transformation and distribution) by means of a written consent to the inclusion of their article in a given number of the Journal (in both the digital and printed version), addressed to the Social Sciences Faculty of the Universidad de los Andes.
  • In the case of other contents, their use in the digital and printed version is also authorized by a written consent of the author about the authorís property rights.
  • When someone wants to republish an article from the Journal in another written or digital publication, an authorization is asked of the author and the Revista de Estudios Sociales. The full data of the original publication should be included in the republication of the article.
  • Form and preparation of manuscripts

    When articles are submitted for consideration, it is indispensable that they fulfill the following parameters established by the Revista de Estudios Sociales:

    • They should be written in Word format, Times New Roman size 12 font, 1 ½ spacing, paginated, on letter size pages with 2.5 cm margins. Footnotes should be in Times New Roman size 10 Font, single-spaced.
    • They should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words long, including abstracts and keywords, bibliography and footnotes, etc.
    • There should be a summary in Spanish, of no more than 120 words, and its respective translation into Spanish or English. The title of the text should be presented in both languages.
    • There should be a list of three to six key words that identify the article, which should also be presented in English and in Spanish. The keywords should reflect the content of the document, and that is why it is necessary that they indicate the exact topics of the article, showing the areas of knowledge in which they arise and the main concepts involved. It is recommended that authors review the terms and hierarchies established in the bibliographical lists (Thesaurus), and that they make an effort achieve a correspondence between titles, abstracts, and keywords. When a word does not appear normalized in Thesaurus, the fact should be pointed out.
    • They should be written in academic language accessible to reading publics from different disciplines.
    • The authorís data should be included in a separate file: academic degrees, institutional affiliation, research group or lines of research (if applicable), two latest publications, and email address.
    • The same file should include information regarding the origin of the article. If it is based on the results of research, indicate the project that it is part of and the name of the financing institution, if applicable.
    • When the contents used have a DOI identification number, it should be included in the list of references.

    Editing rules

    • The first time an acronym or abbreviation is used, it should be written in capital letters and placed in parenthesis after the complete form; the acronym or abbreviation is used alone on subsequent occasions.
    • Quotations that are more than four lines long should be placed in the format for long quotations, single-spaced, in type size 11, with reduced margins.
    • The Revista de Estudios Sociales uses the Author-Date References format, as outlined in the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for presenting quotations and references included in the article. The necessary details of punctuation (comma, period, colon, parenthesis, etc.) and the required information should be taken into account. The bibliographical list should include the references that have been cited within the text (in a one-to-one relation), enumerated and in alphabetical order. It is indispensable to include the complete names of the authors and/or editors in each one of the references.
    The following examples are presented to show the differences between the brief parenthetical form of citation to be used within the text (T), and the full form of citation to be used in the bibliography (B).

    Book by a single author:
    T: (Abello 2003)
    B: Abello, Ignacio. 2003. Violencias y culturas. Bogota: Universidad de los Andes - Alfaomega Colombiana.

    Book by two or three authors:
    T: (Drennan, Herrera and Uribe 1989, 27)
    B: Drennan, Robert, Luisa Fernanda Herrera and Carlos Alberto Uribe. 1989. Cacicazgos prehispánicos del Valle de la Plata. El contexto medioambiental de la ocupación humana. Tomo 1. Bogota: Pittsburg University -Universidad de los Andes.

    Book by four or more authors:
    T: (Laumann et al. 1994)
    B: Laumann, Edward, John Gagnon, Robert Michael and Stuart Michaels. 1994. The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Book Chapter:
    T: (Saldarriaga 2004, 32-33)
    B: Saldarriaga, Lina Maria. 2004. Aprendizaje cooperativo. In Competencias ciudadanas: de los estándares al aula. Una propuesta integral para todas las áreas académicas, eds. Enrique Chaux, Juanita Lleras and Ana María Velásquez, 102-135. Bogotá: Ministerio de Educación Nacional-Universidad de los Andes.

    Introduction, preface o presentation:
    (Sanders 2014, 15)
    B: Sanders, James. 2014. Introduction / preface / presentation to The Vanguard of the Atlantic World: Creating Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in NineteenthCentury Latin America. Durham: Duke University Press.

    Magazine Article (print or online):
    T: (Aguilar 2008, 27)
    B: Gutiérrez Rivera, Lirio. 2008. "Assimilation or Cultural Difference? Palestinian Immigrants in Honduras". Revista de Estudios Sociales 48: 57-68.

    When the reference to an article in a journal includes a volume and issue number, it will be cited in the following way:

    Last Name, First Name, Title. Name of the journal volume, No.#: Pages. For example: Guttman, Allen. 2003. Sport, Politics and the Engaged Historian. Journal of Contemporary History 38, n° 3: 363-375.

    Documents downloaded from the Internet:
    T: (Londoño 2005, 70)
    B: Londoño, Luz María. 2005. La corporalidad de las guerreras: una mirada sobre las mujeres combatientes desde el cuerpo y el lenguaje. Revista de Estudios Sociales 21: 67-74. <>.

    Press Article (with author and without it):
    T: (Martin 2002)
    B: Martin, Steve. 2002. Sports-interview Shocker. New Yorker, 6 May,  30,

    T: ("Aprenda usted a vivir" 1966)
    B: "Aprenda usted a vivir: nuestro enemigo cada día". 1966. El Correo, 22 January, 12.

    Book review:
    T: (Duque 2008)
    B: Duque, Juliana. 2008. Review of the book Alimentación, género y pobreza en los Andes ecuatorianos, by Mary Weismantel. Revista de Estudios Sociales. 29: 177-178.

    Thesis or dissertation:
    T: (Amundin 1991, 22-29)
    B: Amundin, Mats. 1991. "Click Repetition Rate Patterns in Communicative Sounds from the Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena". Doctoral dissertation, University of Stockholm, Sweden.

    Paper presented at a meeting or conference:
    T: (Doyle 2002)
    B: Doyle, Brian. 2002. "Howling Like Dogs: Metaphorical Language in Psalm 59". Paper presented at the Annual International Meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, The University of Chicago, United States.

    Online documents:
    T: (Sabo 2000)
    B: Sabo, Don. 2000. Comprender la salud de los hombres: un enfoque relacional y sensible al género. Organización Panamericana de La Salud.

    Note: Ibid, ibidem or op. cit. should not be used in these cases.

    - Articles that include source files should present the references in numbered footnotes, so as to facilitate the reader's identification of and access to the documents in the corresponding file. It is necessary to indicate the following: Abbreviation of the name of the file, Section, Source, vol./leg./t., f. o ff. (place, date and other relevant information). The complete name of the file, followed by its abbreviated form set in parentheses, is used the first time a file is cited; the abbreviation is used alone in subsequent citations. All primary references should be placed on a separate reference list at the end of the text, before the bibliography.

    Tables, graphs and illustrations should also be presented on a separate page at the end of the text. Images must be submitted in high-quality digital format. The author is responsible for obtaining authorization to reproduce figures that require it.

    It is necessary to indicate the place where each table/graph/illustration is to be located within the text. The corresponding instruction should be set in brackets at the exact point where the item should be placed in the text, as shown in the following example: [Insert Table 1 here.]

    - Only a moderate number of these resources should be included and they should always be clear, legible and relevant for the argumentation of the article.

    Instructions for Submitting Reviews

    - The reviews are not associated with the issues of the Journal, do not bear a DOI and are found in the "Book Reviews" section of the website.

    - Reviews should be sent to the e-mail of the Journal:

    - They should be written in Word format, in Times New Roman font, type size 12, with 1 ½ spacing, paginated, on letter size paper with 2.5 cm margins.

    - They should come to a total of between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length.

    - They should include the complete data for the text reviewed (author, title, date, city, publisher and total number of pages).

    - They should also include the authorís data: academic degrees, current place of work or study, research group and email address.

    - Reviews are expected not only to give an account of the content of the book, but to incorporate a critical and analytical perspective as well.

    Instructions for submitting proposals for special issues

    Revista de Estudios Sociales receives proposals for special issues all year round. Proposals must include the following:

    - They must be sent to the e-mail

    - They should be written in Word format, in Times New Roman font, type size 12, with 1.5 spacing, paginated, on letter size paper with 2.5 cm margins

    - The must include:

  • Títle
  • General objective
  • Keywords
  • Proposal's origin
  • Theoretical framework
  • Main topics
  • Bibliography
  • Special issue's relevance
  • Proposal's coordinators' information (academic background, current institution, latest publications and e-mail address)
  • Manuscripts submission

    The Journal only receives articles when the calls for papers are open. The reception dates may be found on the web site of the journals: The articles should be sent through the ScholarOne platform, which link can be found on the Journalīs website once a call for papers is open.

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