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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Scope and policy

The Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud, with its aim to open a wide Latin American forum on childhood and youth, is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary journal that favors the accumulation of knowledge about topics dealing with childhood and youth. It does not exclude any possible contribution from  diverse disciplinary perspectives from biology or neurology, including psychology, sociology, inguistics or pedagogy, anthropology or philosophy.

This publication appears in the Latin American arena mainly as a Social Sciences Journal. However, it does not aim at competing with any of the already existing publications in these particular disciplines, but offering a dialogue forum among them and emphasizing in contemporary and interesting topics whose construction require an interdisciplinary approach.

One of the most important policies of this journal is its visibilization, which has been achieved through the inclusion in important indices, national and international bibliographic databases and through its users’ access to the full article texts, which, at the same time, is an important contribution to strengthening the spread and construction of valid and pertinent scientific knowledge in the Latin American context. It is in this sense that the journal consolidates itself by the use of the newest technological and electronic resources, which, concomitantly, allows its position in networks devoted specifically to social sciences and has an immediate interaction with the actors involved. With reference to this particular aspect, an own Editorial Management Electronic System, which takes advantage of the experience of the journal and of other similar systems being used in different parts of the world, has just been created and implemented.

The journal devotes itself to strengthening and dynamizing some social science journal editor networks  by attending national and international events and to participating actively in both network and real discussion forums resulting from these instances. As a result, its proposals have been included in discussion agendas and important editorial initiatives  are being constructed collectively in the Latin American context.

Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud is engaged in complying with the scientific quality requirements, criteria and standards proposed by “Publindex”, Colciencias, the Colombian national bibliographic index, with the aim to be in it and keep on its way to Category “A-1”.

This journal prioritizes the publication of three types of high international academic quality research articles: scientific and technological research articles, reflection and reviewing articles.

It also aims at gaining more exogeneity in all aspects such as structuring the editorial  and the scientific committees, and publishing external  as well as foreign articles.  

Another important feature of the journal is the acceptance of the plurality of approaches and methodological perspectives to approach knowledge objects in the research articles, thus being very demanding with reference to rigor, cohesion and compliance with the criteria by the corresponding authors.

The journal also provides the international academic community with the full texts of the articles existing in the network. It authorizes their reproduction provided that the source and the authors be quoted. It publishes completely new articles in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English. Each article should be accompanied by the corresponding abstract and keywords in the three aforementioned languages.

The half-yearly publication of a number of the journal  is a sine qua non condition.

The opinions expressed in the articles are the authors’ responsibility according to the democratic principles of free teaching position and freedom of expression.

A.P.A. reference system is used by the journal.

The materials are protected by the copyright laws and the authors themselves are in charge of having the corresponding permissions.

Once the article has been accepted for publication, each author must sign the “Copyright Cession Contract”.

Articles are submitted to anonymous evaluation by at least two consultants.

The editors are engaged in maintaining electronic correspondence with the authors with reference to reception, revision, state and final destination of their productions.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

The Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud is a semestral publication, indexed by the National Bibliographic index “Publindex”. It honors Scientific Quality criteria established by Colciencias* and it accepts articles of the
following categories:

1) Scientific and technological research articles. Documents that present in detailed studies of original, completed research studies. The usual article structure generally contains four important parts: Introduction, Methodology, Results, and Conclusions.

2) Reflective articles: Documents presenting results derived from a re-analysis of a completed research study, from an interpretative or critical perspective on a specific theme, backed by original sources.

3) Review articles: Document resulting from a systematic review and analysis of original completed and published research studies on a scientific or technological topic with the purpose of documenting the advances and developments in a field. It is characterized by presenting a careful bibliographic review of at least 50 articles.

The Journal also accepts brief analytic articles, dealing with events, local processes and projects of interest to social sciences scholars in the area of childhood and youth.

Systematization of work related to children and youth and publishes interviews with thinkers in these fields.

The opinions and statements appearing in the articles are the exclusive responsibility of the authors.

The submitting of an article presupposes a commitment of publishing it in the Journal. It should not be submitted
partially or fully to another entity for publication without a previously written letter of withdrawal from this Journal.

Submissions to this Journal are accepted in the Spanish, Portuguese, English or French languages.

All the submissions to this Journal have to be sent electronically in one or more attachments written in WORD for WINDOWS and have to meet the following criteria:

1- All article (types 1,2 and 3) have to come with the first page unnumbered, with the title of the article and the author/s name/s followed by 2 or more asterisks (depending on numbers of authors), indicating one or more footnotes in which the character of the research (type of article: 1, 2, or 3), funding sources, beginning and completion dates, or as ongoing research, are stated.

• Abstract: Theoretical articles, those resulting from completed research and innovation and articles that do not result from a completed research, require an abstract in Spanish, with maximum 130 words. Articles resulting from completed research and innovation are of type 1, 2 or 3, as stated in the general information part of this Guide for authors. This abstract is a complete summary that uses synthesis and information which allows to index and retrieve the article.

The following aspects must be taken into account in the abstract, in case the article results from completed research and
innovation:

- It must be ANALYTICAL 
- It must mention the MAIN goals of the research.
- It must mention the SCOPE of the research. 
- It must mention the METHODOLOGY implemented in the research process.
- It must mention the main RESULTS and CONCLUSIONS of the research. 
- It must NOT have bibliographic references.

In case of theoretical articles and those which do not result from a completed research, the abstract must express the contents developed in the article synthetically, clearly and precisely. It must be less than 130 words and express the type of abstract it is at the beginning; 1. Analytical or 2. Descriptive

The length of articles is 7.500 words. Either foot-notes or end-notes are acceptable. References and bibliographies ought to follow the APA system.

Following the abstracts and key-words a new page presents the title of the article (no more than twelve words) and the outline or brief table of contents (12 points, bold), each section preceded by arabic or roman numerals.

Statistical or graphic information (tables, graphs, etc.) ought to be numbered, with their subtitles. Citations of sources, and explanations as well as copy-rights permission, etc. ought to go at the bottom of tables, charts and graphs or in footnotes.

Photographs, pictures, diagrams and other illustrations and visuals can be sent electronically incorporated in the text. Once the article has been accepted for publications, originals or very good copies of these materials will be required. Moreover, their distinct place in the text ought to be noted.

Appendices or Annexes can be also included. Their bibliography has to be included showing only the references cited in the text and appendix or annex.

The 6rth or later editions of the APA system for references and bibliographies are used in all articles published in the Journal. Full references are not included either in the text or the footnotes.

The author or authors are responsible for obtaining written permission for use of material that is protected by copy-rights.

With the approval of the authors, the Journal may introduce editorial changes in the submitted texts.

Once an article has been accepted for publication, the authors have to sign an agreement renouncing to any previous
copyrights they held on the article, while the Journal on its part will retain the exclusive rights to publish, reproduce and distribute the material, without the authors losing their authorial rights.

The article ‘proofs’ will be sent to the authors who will have to correct and return them within 10 days after receiving them.
Simple and brief corrections of typing error will be accepted. Un-acceptable are new paragraphs, long sentences, etc.
Corrections can be sent in by e-mail, clearly indicating page number and place were they apply.

One or two authors of an article will each receive 5 copies of the Journal in which their article appeared. Three and more authors will receive only three copies each.

All accepted articles will be sent out anonymously to at least two referees.

The authors will receive the referee’s comments and will have 15 days to review and re-submit the article. When necessary, the articles could be re-sent to other evaluators to obtain further comments on the article’s quality.

The editors commit themselves to maintain good communication with the authors about the state of the article and its final destination.

The editors will keep the authors of accepted articles for publication informed about the details of the review, the recommended changes, corrections and proofs.

The articles published in the journal are freely available.
Items must be uploaded to the Open Journal System at: http://revistaumanizales.cinde.org.co/index.php/Revista-latinoamericana/index

Colciencia stands for the Colombian National Science and Technology System (Sistema Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia
de Colombia), a government agency which controls scientific and technological pulications and sets national standards for same.

Sending Originals

The journal OJS system address is as follows: http://revistaumanizales.cinde.org.co/index.php/Revista-Latinoamerican/login

Contact Address of the journal: revistaumanizales@cinde.org.co

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