To submit a collaboration to a preliminary assessment the text must comply with the following specifications regarding format and content  (Download template for articles):

  • Should not have been published previously in total or partially in any support.
  • Written in Spanish, Portuguese or English.
  • Prepared using Microsoft Word. Font Times New Roman 12 points line spacing 1.5 margins of 2.5 cms.
  • Justified text using capital-letter and lowercase.
  • Seeking to keep authors and authoress identity in private during the refereeing process their names should not appear in the document sent for revision. Any phrase that would lead to identify the authors should also be omitted.
  • Collaborations with a maximum of 5 authors will be preferably accepted. Others involving more authors will only be considered if the complexity of the work justifies such collaboration. In this case pertinent documentation should be presented proving that the article is the product of a team research.  
  • Attach a Cover Letter signed by all authors and/or authoress specifying name and last name of each one, institution, (institution abbreviation by initials) (Nation). E-mail (of link author or authoress) Orcid ID: (of all authors and authoress).
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  • Attach Declaration Letter of Originality and Intellectual Property Rights.



Works that cover empiric research will follow IMRDC structure with optional epigraphs as well as Notes and Support. Opposite to this,  works that deal with reports, studies, propositions and revisions can be more flexible with epigraphs specifically regarding with Material and methods; Analysis and outcomes; Discussion and conclusions. Reference marks are mandatory in all different work typologies. 

1.Title (Spanish)/ Title (English):Concise but informative, in Spanish or Portuguese in the first line and in English in the second line with a maximum of 15 words. Authors are not the only responsible of the title, the Editorial Board can also suggest changes.

2.Metadata of author/authoress:Manuscripts are received in Spanish or English. Each article must be accompanied by a Cover Letter with the information of each author / authoress.


3.The maximum extension of the manuscripts is 7000 text words, including title, summary, descriptors, tables and references.  


4.Abstract (Spanish or Portuguese/ English) word extension 150 to 250 in Spanish and English. The abstract should concisely and in this order describe the following: 1) Topic justification; 2) Objectives; 3) Methodology and evidence; 4) Main outcomes; 5) Main conclusions. Abstract should be written in an impersonal style.    


5.Descriptors (Spanish or Portuguese) /Keywords (English):3 to 6 descriptors should be presented for each language version, all directly related with the work subject. The use of UNESCO Thesaurus Keywords will be positively appraised.

6.Introduction and state of the matter:Must include the problem statement, the context of the problem, the justification, arguments and purpose of study using bibliographic quotes as well relevant and current literature on the topic at a national and international scale. (Including literature of the last 5 years in English, will be positively appraised.)    

7.Material and Methods:Must be written in such way that any reader could understand with easiness the research development. When needed, methodology, sample and the way of sampling will be described. There will be as well reference to the statistical analysis used. If a peculiar methodology is used, it is necessary to explain the reasons that support its use and describe the probable limitations.    

8.Analysis and Outcomes:Effort will be made to highlight the most relevant observations, describing without any judgement, the material and methods used. These will be presented in a logical sequence and also indispensable tables and figures avoiding data duplication.

9.Discussions and conclusions:Most relevant findings should be reviewed in this section, connecting author’s observations with studies of interest; pointing out contributions and limitations, not repeating other data presented in previous sections. This section should also include inferences and guidelines for future research.

10.Supports and acknowledgements (optional):Council Science Editors recommends authors to specify the research financing source. Works with national and international endorsement by competent projects will have priority.

11.Notes (optional):should be placed at the end of the article (before references) only when and if needed. Quote numbers should be placed in superscript within the text as well as in the final note. Notes with simple bibliographic quotes (with no commentaries) are not allowed because these should be in the reference section. 

12.References:Bibliographic quotes should be reviewed in the form of references to the text. References not cited in the text should not be included in any case. The number of each quote should be enough to contextualize the theoretical framework with current and important criteria, (a minimum of 20 reference sources). All must be listed alphabetically considering the first author’s last name. Bibliographic quotes must fit the last current version of APA available in      




Journal article (one author): Mosquera, E. D.(2012) Learning Styles. Eidos, (5), 5-11.

Journal article (up to six authors): Ospina, M.C., Alvarado, S.V., Fefferman, M., y Llanos, D. (2016). Introduction to Thematic Dossier “Infancy and Youth: Violence, Conflicts, Memories and Peace Construction Processes” Universitas, 25(14), 91-95.

Journal article (more than six authors)  Crits-Christoph, P., Siqueland, L., Blaine, J., Frank, A., Luborsky, L., Onken, L. S., ... & Woody, G. (1997). The National Institute on Drug Abuse Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study: Rationale and methods. Archives of General Psychiatry, 54(8), 721-726. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1997.01830200053007

Journal article (without DOI):   Bolívar, A. (2017).Teaching and Research at University: from a Problematic Relationship to a Productive One. Journal Steps towards Innovation in Higher Education, 2(2), 13-39.




Full Books: Buzan, T., y Buzan, B. (1996). The Book of Mind Maps. Barcelona: Urano publication.

Book Chapters: Zambrano-Quiñones, D. (2015). Communal Ecotourism in Manglaralto y Colonche. In V.H. Torres (Ed.), Life Alternatives: Thirteen Experiences of Endogenous Development in Ecuador (pp. 175-198). Quito: Abya-Yala.


Pérez-Rodríguez, M.A., Ramírez, A., y García-Ruíz, R. (2015). The Media Competence in Childhood Education. Analysis of the Level of Development in Spain. Universitas Psychologica, 14(2), 619-630. 2.cmei

It is prescribed that all cites that have DOI(Digital Object Identifier System)  be reflected in References (such can be obtained at All journals and books that do not have DOIshould appear with their link (in their on-line version; in case they have it shorten, it should be using Google Shortener:  and the date it was looked up in the instructed format.

The journal articles should be presented in English, except those found in Spanish and English. In such case they will be presented in both languages using brackets. All web addresses presented should be shorten in the manuscript  with exception of those digital object identifiers DOIs that should be presented in the instructed format (




  1. Tables should be enumerated consecutively in Roman numerals.
  2. The table title should be located in the upper part of the page.
  3. Reference to the table included should be done within the text.
  4. Tables should be inserted in the body of the article (they will not be accepted separately).
  5. Tables should stick to the APA model using Times new romanfont size 10. 



  1. Figures should be enumerated consecutively in Arabic numerals.
  2. The figure title should be located in the bottom part of the page.
  3. Reference to the figure included should be done within the text and also be inserted in the body of the article.
  4. If for the size or complexity, the figures are presented separately:

They should be send in GIF or JPG and resolution 300 dpiin a size not larger than 800 x 600 pixels.

The title should not be included in the image.

Font must beTimes new romansize 10.


  1. Quotes must follow APA style ( Author, year).
  2. Self citation must not be more than 15% of the total references.




As part of the submission process, it is mandatory that authors and authoresses confirm that their submissions meet all requirements detailed below. Works that do not comply with these guidelines will be returned.

1.All guidelines, norms and editorial policies have been read. 

2.The submitted work has not been previously published, nor presented to another journal (or given an explanation in Comments to the editor).

3.The submitted work is in Microsoft Word format. The text has simple interlinear lead; font is  Times New Romansize 12; should be in bold letters instead of being underlined (except URL) when needed; and all illustrations, figures and tables are within the text properly placed and not at the end of the document.

4.Once the doc is uploaded in the platform, spaces should be filled with metadata information for each author, including name, email, institutional affiliation, zip code, resume, as well as CVU (when it applies).  

5.The article meets bibliographic and style requirements mentioned in the Guidelines for authors/ authoresses that can be found in About the Journal.  

6.For articles peer reviewed: A maximum 150 to 250 word summary has been sent. Also 3 to 6 key words attached to UNESCO or ERIC Thesaurus. Furthermore, a summary and key words translation in English is included.

 7.References web addresses have been added when needed. 

8.If the article is sent to a magazine section that will be peer reviewed, confirm that all instructions have been followed (safeguarding a blind review).



Once the article has overcome the peer evaluation phase, author or authoress will be asked to sign and send the Letter of assignment of Law and Originality of the Article  Descargar carta Cesión de Derechos



Originality, methodology consistency, topic of interest that entails a significant contribution, relevance and impact (academic and/or practical), ruled by ethical and deontological criteria, respectful to all agents and participants involved, also showing a clear, concise and well organized writing style.



Does not respond comply thoroughly with the editorial norms in regards to content or format: quoting according to  APA 6ª ed.norm, writing bibliographic references according to  APA 6ª ed., etc.  or if it is in process of evaluation in another magazine.   

There are some dishonest practices: plagiarism, self plagiarism or scientific fraud.

Does not contribute novelty or the topic is not sufficiently relevant.

Does not seize the main sources of the topic, lacks updated references with national or international impact.

Does not have a summary, key words nor title in Spanish and English.

The summary is not written in direct style, lacks a focus synthesis, methodology and main outcomes.

Uses a complicated speech. Does not take into account that it is an international journal. Does not use short and direct phrases.

The article has no outcomes. It is not clear if the article is a result of a research, a personal reflection or a theoretical revision.  

The article does not consider what has been published in the journal regarding the same topic.




Abiding the Law of Intellectual Property in regards to actions and procedures against whom infringes rights of intellectual property, any published work that attempts to these rights will be responsibility of the authors and authoress. The most relevant conflicts may be result of committing plagiarism and scientific fraud. Plagiarism is understood as: presenting a work as of own when belonging to another; adopting words or ideas of other authors without the proper admission; not using quotation marks in a literal citation; giving wrong information about the true source of a quote; or giving abusive paraphrasing (even if the source is provided).   

Practices considered as scientific fraud are the following: building, forgering or omitting data and plagiarism; such as double publishing or also known as selfplagiarism, authorship conflicts.