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ISSN 0716-1530 print version


Scope and editorial policy

The Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (the Boletín), a biannual magazine founded in March 1985, publishes research articles, essays and reports, in Spanish and English, covering indigenous -especially pre-Columbian- American art.

It accepts contributions in areas such as architecture, cognition, cosmology, cultural history, ecology, economy, ethnicity, ideology, musicology, symbolism, technology, visual arts and other related subjects with content and/or graphic material having a clear and justifiable link with the publication's central theme. Articles combining two or more of these topic areas are especially welcome.

Evaluation process

Receipt of a manuscript will be acknowledged by email. This acknowledgment, however, does not imply acceptance of the material for publication. All manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor, the Boletín's Editorial Committee, and anonymously by at least three qualified external peer reviewers. The evaluation system is "double blind"; in other words, the authors of the manuscripts are not revealed to the reviewers and vice versa, up until the final articles are published.

The suggestions of the evaluators, together with the observations of the Editorial Committee and the Editors, are remitted to the authors, who must acknowledge receipt of this material and respond within the stipulated time period, indicating which recommendations were accepted, as well as which were not, including all justifications. Once the corrected manuscripts have been received, the magazine makes its final decision to accept or reject them.

Responsibility of editors

While the review process can take up to several weeks, the Co­editor will notify the author(s) as soon as possible regarding manuscript acceptance or rejection.

Responsibility of authors

The authors are exclusively responsible for their manuscript content, including the accuracy of quotations and citations, and bibliographic references, and must have the legal right to publish their material, including advance written permission to reproduce any figures and

data protected by Chilean or international copyright laws. The articles must be original and unpublished during the periodical's publishing process, and submitted solely to the Boletín. All material published in the Boletín may not be reproduced or published in another periodical, unless in a different language.

Manuscript form and preparation

Both printed and digital documents must have a Word version, with correctly organized pages, letter size (216 x 279 mm), size font 11, single spaced, with margins of 3 cm right/left and top/bottom.

The entire manuscript, including all of its sections (summary and abstract, main text, references, notes, figure captions, appendices, etc.) must not exceed 9,000 words.

Cover page

Includes only the author name(s), institutional affiliation (if appropriate), mailing address and electronic address of the author(s), as well as acknowledgments (if any). This sheet facilitates author anonymity for the review process.

Second page (prior to the main text)

Includes Spanish and English versions of the title of the article, a summary not exceeding 150 words, and a list of 3 to 7 key words. The English translations will be reviewed by a professional and modified if deemed necessary, under the Editor's supervision.


The article's title and section headings must be concise, especially the latter, due to the periodical's 2-column format. The Editor reserves the right to modify these as necessary. The primary, secondary and tertiary headings must be clearly differentiated in their hierarchy, whether by font size, numbering, or other type of notation.

Numbering and bullet points

Strive to avoid excessive numbering (e.g., listing and itemization, and telegraphic descriptions), and instead, for a more fluid, literary development of the subject material.

Explanatory notes

They are attached under the heading "Notes" in the main document and their calls in the text are indicated consecutively with Arabic numerals. Use superscript Arabic numerals in the text and on the "Notes" page. These numbers must always immediately follow a comma or period, or the final quotation marks of cited material, and never be placed in the middle of a sentence. Avoid the excessive use of notes and limit their length. Those that are too long may be reduced by the Editor.

Reference citations in text

Cited text must be set off by quotation marks and followed by a parenthetical author-year-page reference -for example, (Cruzat 1898: 174-178)- keyed to an alphabetized Bibliography.

If the author is mentioned in the text, his/her last name should appear, followed in parentheses by the year his/her work was published, and the citation page number (s) if applicable: Cruzat (1898: 174-178) affirms that...

Up to two authors can be cited. Should there be more than two, the first author is to be named, followed by et al.: (Betancourt et al. 2000: 1542).

The authors of different publications referenced in the same parentheses or commentary should be ordered chronologically, not alphabetically.

Quotations exceeding 40 words, up to a maximum allowable of 80 words, should be indented from the left margin, set off from the main text by an extra blank line before and after the quote, and set two points smaller than the general text (e.g., 10-point font, since the principal text should be 12); no opening and closing quotation marks are used. The parenthetical citation information (author, year and page) is placed after the final period. Do not use an explanatory note reference unless the quotation requires an explanation or comment, in which case the note's superscript number should be placed immediately after the parenthetical reference.


Under the heading "References", present a bibliography listing only those works cited in the text, in the notes to the text, and in the illustration, table and graph captions. The list should be organized alphabetically by author, and chronologically in the case of two or more publications by the same author(s).

Each reference entry must be complete and arranged as follows: author(s), year of publication, title, place of publication, and printing or editing and other information that varies according to whether the work cited is a book, article, magazine, etc. Some sample references are presented below:

MURRA, J., 1978. La organización económica del Estado Inca. Mexico, D.F.: Siglo XXI Editores.

When applicable, put the year of the first edition or of the original manuscript in brackets (such as a colonial source):

BERTONIO, L., 1956 [1612]. Vocabulario de la lengua aymara. Cochabamba: Ediciones Ceres.

Chapters or articles inserted in books
With all magazine articles or other articles appearing in books, include the page numbers. The name of the publication must be italicized.

KUBLER, G., 1981. Period, style and meaning in ancient American art. In Ancient Mesoamerica, J. Graham, Ed., pp. 11-23. Palo Alto: A Peek Publication.

Articles in magazines
CONKLIN, W. J., 1983. Pukara and Tiahuanaco tapestry: time and style in a Sierra weaving tradition. Ñawpa Pacha 21: 1-44. Berkeley: Institute of Andean Studies.

LLAGOSTERA, A.; C. M. TORRES & M. A. COSTA, 1988. El complejo psicotrópico en Solcor-3 (San Pedro de Atacama). Estudios Atacameños 9: 61-98, San Pedro de Atacama.

Articles in conference papers or annals
IRRIBARREN, J. & H. BERGHOLZ, 1972. El camino del Inca en un sector del Norte Chico. In Actas del VI Congreso de Arqueología Chilena, H. Niemeyer, Ed., pp. 229¬≠266, Santiago: Universidad de Chile/Sociedad Chilena de Arqueología.

SINCLAIRE, C., 2004 Ms. Ocupaciones prehispánicas e históricas en las rutas del despoblado de Atacama: primera sistematización. Preliminary archaeological report, FONDECYT Project Nº 10400290.

Dissertations, degree seminars, and theses
VILCHES, F., 1996. Espacio y significación en el arte rupestre de Taira, río Loa, II Región de Chile: Un estudio arqueoastronómico. Thesis to obtain a degree in Archaeology, Anthropology Department, Universidad de Chile.

Electronic Resources
MERCADO, C., 1996. Música y estados de conciencia en fiestas rituales de Chile central. Inmenso puente al universo. Revista Chilena de Antropología 13, 1995-1996 [online] pp. 106-125. < 13.pdf> ISSN 0716-2790 [Quoted 21-07-06].

MENESES, M., 1994. Wichan: El juicio. 25 mins. Kien Producciones, Chile.


Each article can contain up to 30 illustrations, including photographs, diagrams, charts, maps and drawings. All illustrations are called "figures," and in the text are to be referred to in the abbreviated form: (fig. 1), (figs. 3-7). In addition, they must be numbered sequentially, in the same order that they are cited in the text. In a separate document, include all of the captions and legends in numerical order. The texts must be concise (not more than 30 words) and contain the related credits.

The manuscript sent for evaluation must contain all figures ordered consecutively with their respective footnotes (which should not exceed 30 words).

All illustrations must present any size indications in the metric system, with a graphic scale in the case of maps and drawings, and measurements (width, length and height), in the case of photographs. Legends appearing in an illustration box must be generated digitally or through another standardized procedure (a handwritten version is unacceptable).

Figures must be delivered in digital format in high resolution (minimum 300 DPI or PPI). The Editor reserves the right to determine each figure's size, and whether the illustration should be published in color or black and white, unless the author expressly states a need for one or the other. The acceptance of an article depends in part on the technical and artistic quality of the illustrations.

After considering the conditions of digital submission, authors may deliver the images via email, Wetransfer, Dropbox, Drive, or other similar storage system.

Maps do not have to conform to a specific resolution setting or to an amount of digital file space, since they are redesigned according to a predetermined style. Nevertheless, the authors must furnish the exact geographical coordinates of the area to be shown, and on a photograph or digital version of this same area, indicate the main toponyms and/or geographical features cited in the text.

Tables and charts

All tables and charts must be submitted in Microsoft Word (word processing software system, version 6.0 or newer) files. Each must be accompanied by a brief descriptive title, be arranged sequentially and correlatively with an Arabic numeral, and be presented on a separate sheet under the heading "Tables," "Charts," or "Graphs". This material must be cited in the text.

Boletín publishing guidelines (PDF version)

A PDF version of these same Boletín publishing guidelines can be downloaded at:

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts can be submitted at any time and will be published in the order of their acceptance. Please send a complete electronic version to:

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