Scope and policy
1. SCOPE AND EDITORIAL POLICY OF THE JOURNAL
Tecnura journal is an institutional journal of the Faculty of Technology of Francisco José de Caldas University. It is a scientific-technological publication with quaterly, which is published in March, June, September and December. The first issue appeared in the second semester of 1997 and to date has maintained regularity.
The areas of interest of Tecnura journal are focused in all engineering fields, as electronics, telecommunications, electricity, systems, industrial, mechanic, civil, environmental, etc. However, not restricted to these areas, also has room for education and health issues, if they are related with engineering. The journal will only publish research, reflection and revision articles of scientific and technologic research. In consequence, during the initial editorial evaluation, short articles and case reports will be rejected.
Tecnura Journal is published for professors, researchers, students and professionals interested in permanent update of their knowledge and monitoring their scientific-technologic processes in the field of engineering.
Tecnura Journal has as mission to disseminate results of research projects in the areas of engineering, through the publication of original and unpublished articles, conducted by academics and professionals belonging to public or private national or foreign institutions.
Articles submitted to Tecnura journal must be unpublished works written in spanish or english; nevertheless, but preference will be given to articles that show innovative concepts of great interest, related to the objective and scope of the journal.
Tecnura is an academic publication indexed in the Publindex National bibliographical index (IBN) of Colciencias (Colombia) in category C and in the periodical bibliographic base of Mexico’s Autonomous National University (Mexico); it also is part of the On line Information regional System Directory for Scientific Journals of Latin America, The Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Latindex (Mexico) Iberoamerican Actuality Bibliographical Index (Chile) and the service virtual archive Dialnet, coordinated by the Rioja University (Spain).
Tecnura is a journal arbitrated by a revision process among double blind peers. The schedule of the conformation of its scientific and editorial committee is subject to the publication of articles in internationally indexed journals by their members.
Francisco José de Caldas Distrital University, its directors, the editor, the editorial and scientific committee is not responsible for the opinions and the criteria expressed in the content of the articles and they are published under the exclusive responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the ideas of the editorial committee.
In addition to the printed version, Tecnura journal also has a digital version available in its web page: http://tecnura.udistrital.edu.co
2. JOURNAL SECTIONS
The following are the characteristic sections of Tecnura journal, which define the nature of the articles that can be nominated.
Although the journal is structured in the previous four sections, it is possible that in any issue are not present all of them, due to the fact that maybe from the contributions received may occur the case that none of the articles presented for a section do not qualify, but the conciencias section will always be present.
3. TYPE OF ARTICLES ACCEPTED
Tecnura journal, according to the classification of the Scientific and Technological Publications National Index (Publindex-Colciencias) receives nominations of unpublished articles on the following topics:
With the purpose of getting material for the “Reseñas” section, also are accepted these types of texts, when these are related to current books. In the case the articles need to have an extension from two to three pages and must be delivered with the scanned cover of the book.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
4. ARTICLE FORMAT
4.1 Of the appropriate language and style for writing articles
4.2 Of the length of articles
The articles should not exceed 25 pages in letter size and double space, with symmetric margins of 3 cm.
4.3 Of the presentation format
Submitted articles must be unpublished works written in spanish or english and made in Microsoft Word (2003 and beyond), complying with the following indications:
4.4 Of the structure of the article
The papers must have the following structure and comply with the following requirements:
4.4.1 Composition of an article
All the articles submitted for their evaluation and possible publication by the Tecnura Journal must have at least the following components:
If the article is related to scientific and technological research must have, in addition to the above, the following components:
The title of the article has to be short and divided in title and subtitle, attractive for the potential reader and written in capital letters. It should appear centered between the margins, written in Times New Roman letter, in bold, font size 18. The title of the article has to be in spanish and english separated by double space. Maximum 20 words.
After the title must be written the complete name(s) of the author(s), with their basic biographical data in footnote, must be used symbols (as a simple asterisk, double asterisk, etc.) inserted as superscripts at the end of the last name of each author to indicate the following information: profession, highest academic formation, position, institutional filiation (institution where works), city, country and e-mail.
4.4.4 Summary in spanish
Must establish the scope and purpose of the work giving a clear and concise description of the results presented and the conclusions obtained. Maximum of 250 words.
4.4.5 Keywords in spanish
Must be chosen of three to six key words, written in spanish with Times New Roman letter in bold and italic.
Key words must be written in alphabetic order and must be as standard as possible, for which is suggested the international databases according to the area of knowledge. For example, in the area of Electrics and Electronics it is suggested to use the UNESCO thesaurus that can be found at the following web pages: http://databases.unesco.org/thessp.
Must be a correct and precise translation to the english language to english language of the text that appears in the summary in spanish.
Must be a correct and precise translation to the english language of the keywords in spanish.
Key words must be written in alphabetic order and must be as standard as possible, for which is suggested the international databases according to the area of knowledge. For example, in the area of Electrics and Electronics it is suggested to use the IEEE thesaurus and World Bank thesaurus that can be found at the following web pages respectively: http://www.ieee.org/documents/2009Taxonomy_v101.pdf, http://multites.net/mtsql/wb/site/default.asp.
Must describe the general idea of the work, its context, precedents, state of the art of the topic, objectives and possible scope of the work.
The writing of this part must allow that any specialized professional in the topic replicate the research.
Explanation and interpretation of the findings. If necessary, can be presented a brief discussion focused on the interpretation of the results.
Implication of the results and their relation with the proposed objective.
Mention the associated research from where was derived the article and the entity that endorsed and financed the research.
Preferably will be brief and should include the essential contributions for the development of the paper.
Must appear centered with respect to the main text. The equations must be referenced with consecutive numbers (written in parenthesis near the right margin). Equations are cited in the main text employing the abbreviated equation, as Eq. and followed by the number in parenthesis. Variables must be in italic letters, the subscript and superscript of the variables in regular letter, and the vectors and matrixes in bold letter. Equations must be made in an appropriate equation editor and compatible with “InDesign” software, as for example the equation editor of Windows.
In the case of implementation of tables, is recommended that these are not inserted as images, considering that in that format they cannot be modified. The title of each table includes the word table (in italic) followed by the corresponding consecutive number and a brief name of the table. The heading must be written in TNR letter, italic and font size 9. Charts are not presented but tables and they should be automatically raised from the text processor. Tables should be named and referenced in the article, in strict order.
All the figures or pictures have to be sent in JPG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, adapted to gray scale. In the case of having it in print, scan at 300 dpi. To determine if the images comply with the minimum resolution the author can check the files of the images through any free electronic tool, as for example Digital Expert, which is available at http://dx.sheridan.com/.
The footnote or name of each figure must include the word figure (in italic) followed by the corresponding consecutive number and a brief description of the content of the figure. The footnote of the figure must be written in Times New Roman letter, italic and font size 9. Figures must be named and referenced in the article, in strict order.
The symbols of the constants, variables and functions in latin or greek letters –included in the equations- must be in italic; the mathematical symbols and the numbers do not go in italic. The symbols must be identified immediately after the equation. Must be used units, dimensions and symbols of the international system.
When used acronyms or abbreviations, it should be written first the complete equivalence, followed by the corresponding acronym or abbreviation in parenthesis and from there it is only written the respective acronym or abbreviation.
4.4.18 Bibliographic references
Citations, bibliographic references and infography are included at the end of the article. The bibliographic references must be numbered in ascending order, according to their inclusion in the text.
Only should appear the references that were made in the main text of the work, in tables or in figures. This means that in the list should not appear other references even though they may have been consulted by the authors for the development of the paper.
A number between brackets inserts the call of a bibliographic references in the text, in the pertaining point, at text level an separated from the previous word by a space. In the case of a reference taken from internet, the URL of the site must be written and the date it was taken.
The style for reference citation adopted by Tecnura journal is IEEE. Following are described two examples of the most used references.
Reference of an article: must include the following information in the order described:
.W. Hu, T. Tan, L. Wang, S. Maybank, “A survey on visual surveillance of object motion and behaviors”, IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, Cybern., vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 334– 352, aug. 2004.
Reference of a book: must include the following information in the order described:
. J. Hamilton, Time series analysis. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994.
For more information can be downloaded the PDF archive “IEEE References Style”, from the web page of Tecnura journal.
5. ARTICLE SUBMISSION
The works of authors have to be sent in magnetic media to the e-mail of the journal firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with the following documents.
5.1 Cover letter
The article must be submitted with a cover letter addressed to the director and editor of the journal Engineer César Augusto Hernández Suárez, where is included:
This letter must be signed by all the authors, scanned and sent with the remaining requested documents.
5.2 Article-authors information format
The article has to be submitted with an information format about the article and its authors which can be downloaded from the web page of Tecnura journal http://tecnura.udistrital.edu.co, in the section “how to publish” (“Como Publicar”). It is important to complete all the fields of information requested, some of them have comments to clarify better what is being requested. Not to be scanned.
Article in digital format (Word 2003 and later editions) that comply with all the presentation rules describe in chapter four “Article structure” of this guide of instructions for authors.
6. PUBLICATION PROCEDURE
The procedure to be followed by Tecnura journal for the evaluation and possible publication of the papers sent by the authors is the following in chronological order:
7. ARTICLE ARBITARION PROCESS
Considering the biannual periodicity of the journal, the Editorial Committee makes four calls every year for the submission of articles, approximately in the months of February, May, August and November. The articles will be received until the date established in the call.
Once received the articles the monitor of the journal will make an initial form evaluation to verify the completion of the elements mentioned in this guide of instructions to authors. After receiving again the article with the requested corrections by the journal’s monitor, the paper will be submitted to evaluation by three academic peers (through time is expected to include more external peers that participate in the process).
Each article sent to Tecnura journal is checked by three expert academic peers external to the institution of the authors, by a process of “Peer-review” of double blind, guaranteeing the anonymity of authors and evaluators; it is considered confidential every paper sent and this is imposed this way to evaluators.
Possible conclusions of the result of the evaluation by the judges are only three: publish the article without modifications, publish the article with modifications and not publish the article.
Subsequently, the Editorial Committee takes the decision to publish or not the articles, based on the results of the evaluations made by the assigned arbitrators. In case of contradictions in the evaluations with respect of the publication of an article, the editorial committee will be inclined for the two evaluations that have the same concept with respect to the publication of the article.
In each call the main author must suggest at least four possible external to his work institution evaluators, which must be specialists in the specific topic sent and at least two must have Masters level. Potential evaluators can belong to a university or industry, public or private; of them must be provided complete name, highest academic formation, institutional affiliation and e-mail. The editorial committee to enrich the database of arbitrators of Tecnura journal will analyze these four potential evaluators.
The Editorial Committee of Tecnura journal reserves the right to print, reproduce total or partially the article, as the right to accept or reject it. In the same way, has the right to make any editorial modification that considers necessary; in this case the author will receive written recommendations from the evaluators, that if accepted, must deliver the article with the suggested adjustments within the dates given by the journal to guarantee its publication in the programmed number.
As copyrights are recognized a copy of the journal in which the collaboration is published.
Sending of manuscripts
The correspondence must be sent to the following direction:
For any additional information request, please end an e-mail to Tecnura journal firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or by mail to César Augusto Hernández Suárez Director and Publisher of the Journal Tecnura to the following address:
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