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Scope and policy

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Editorial Policy and scope of Revista Izquierdas

Izquierdas promotes and spreads unpublished research about the history of the facts and ideas of the broad Latin-American socialist culture, as well as its links and experiences with other regional and extra regional political cultures.

Izquierdas receives, validates and spreads scientific-academic works produced by universities and other specialized organisms in Chile and abroad. Its main spreading formats are: Scientific articles resulting from research with public or private sponsorship; Academic presentations: works presented in public events such as Congresses, Seminars, Symposia, etc.; Review of Source and documentary archivesBibliographic reviews and commentaries.

Considering the broad field of historiography, its new fields, objectives and approaches, Izquierdas receives every relevant work regarding its basic topic: social, political, and cultural history; international relations; gender, queer, cultural, sociological, philosophical, and source studies.

Scientific articles, Academic presentations, and Documents and Source Studies, are assessed by form and content. The latter assessment, called peer review is double-blind.

Once the manuscripts are received, the Editorial Council shall determine if they are eligible according to the journal′s editorial line. If so, the article shall be sent for assessment by experts on the subject. This process shall not take more than 5 days after receiving the article.

Each article will be assessed by two external experts, who don′t know the name of the text′s author. The assessment process of a manuscript shall identify if there were conflicts of interest (i.e. economic, institutional, politics, labor, others) between the involved parties (authors, reviewers, journal). When submitting original manuscripts, authors will be able to object reviewers. This information will be kept under strict confidentiality by the board of the journal. The reviewer will have a four week period to communicate the decision to the Editorial Committee. Reviewers′ names will be considered as confidential information. After the review, the decisions may be:

Approved for publication / Academic presentation.

Approved for publication considering and re-editing aspects identified by the reviewers.

Rejected for publication.

If the reviewers′ decision considers any corrections, the author will have a period of twenty days to apply them. In the case the author exceeds the deadline, the publication will be subjected to space and time availability, determined by the Editorial Committee.

The assessment of a manuscript does not imply its immediate publication. The final decision of a manuscript being approved or rejected for publication is made by the Journal′s Editorial Council (it is recommended to those authors interested in participating in this journal to read both Izquierdas and IDEA′s documents about ethical parameters and editorial good practices, hostedin the home page of this publication).

Once the decision for publication or rejection is made, the author will receive a written notification (via e-mail) informing the final decision. In case of publication, the authors will be provided with the edition number and the semester the article is to be published.

The target audience of Izquierdas is the specialized audience (historians, social scientists, academics, students) as well as the general audience.

Izquierdas does not pay nor finance the production and publication of the articles that spreads.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Defines the type of documents published by the journal, specifies sections or parts that form this type of documents, determines the extension and other instructions for abstract presentation, determines format, extension and other instructions related to illustrations, figures, pictures, charts, etc., establishes journal’s guidelines for presentation and bibliography reference of the manuscripts, etc.

Izquierdas publishes four types of basic contents:

Scientific articles: unpublished works resulting from research with public or private sponsorship, or self-financed (independent researchers). In the case of public or private sponsorship, Project name, institution, registration or code, and duration should be indicated.

Academic presentations: speeches or conferences made in scientific events of recognized quality with no more than one year of presentation. These should be manuscripts resulting from research with public or private sponsorship, or self-financed (independent researchers). In the case of public or private sponsorship, Project name, institution, registration or code, and duration should be indicated.

Documents and sources studies: unpublished manuscripts focused on the information and critical comment about different documentary archives that might be useful to new historiographical researches. These should be manuscripts resulting from research with public or private sponsorship, or self-financed (independent researchers) In the case of public or private sponsorship, project name, institution, registration or code, and duration should be indicated.

Bibliographic reviews and commentaries: critical approach to monographs and hemerographs news with a maximum age of one year old.

Format requirements to prepare original manuscripts.

Scientific articles. Articles should be written in letter sized format, single space, 12-sized Times New Roman font, 3 cm margins on all sides and numbered pages. Articles should have a maximum extension of 25 pages and a minimum of 10, including graphics, text boxes, quotes and bibliography. However, if appropriate, the Editorial Committee also is able to consider manuscripts with less or more pages.

Articles should come in the publication’s official language (Spanish). Manuscript title should have 16-sized font and subtitles 14-sized font. Smaller subtitles: 12-sized font, in bold.

The author or authors’ names should be located after the title, right-aligned. With asterisks and footnote should be included:

Nationality of author(s)

Authorship: if there is more than one author, it has to be specified, after their nationality, who is the main author and who is the secondary. In case of both having the same condition, they have to be indicated as Co-authors. Research assistants or other contributors are NOT considered as authors.

Professional and/or academic profile

Institution(s) they represent

In the case of public or private sponsorship, project name, institution, registration or code, and duration should be indicated.

Author(s) e-mail - co-authors

Before the article, in no more than six lines, the abstract in Spanish and English should be placed, also, in a separate line (Spanish and English) a list of four to six keywords of content identification should be included.

The Editor will acknowledge receipt of the texts within a period of 5 days after receiving them, and will inform the authors about the decision made by the Editorial Council.

Academic presentations and Documents and Sources studies are subjected to the same format requirements of Articles except of their extension that has to be less than 10 pages.

Bibliographic reviews and commentaries:

  • Extension: maximum of 4 pages in letter size
  • 12-sized Times New Roman font
  • Single line spacing
  • Margins: 3 cm all sides

Submission of charts, word boxes and images: graphics (Excel) and figures (only in jpg format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi) have to be sent in separate files. Charts and figures should be new; otherwise, the author should obtain permission to reproduce them and quote the source in the strips.

Contents organization: except for books and journals reviews, every format of contribution to Izquierdas should organize their arguments based on the classic standard of presentation, namely: Introduction, Development, Conclusions. If necessary, interested authors should e-mail the Editor to, for more information about this topic.

Italic shall only be used for not naturalized foreign words. Bold is only for third category subtitles. Don’t split words at the end of the line. Quotes up to four lines length, should be enclosed in quotation marks in the same text. Quotes of more than four lines, should be placed out of the text, in a separate paragraph, indented 2 cm from both left and right margins, without quotation marks, and in 11-sized Times New Roman font.

Citation style guidelines

Notes must be placed at the end of the page, following these rules:

a) When a work is cited for the first time, it has to contains the names and last names of all authors, title (cursive style), city, press, year of publication and number of pages. Each item must be separated using commas.

b) Any subsequent reference to the original work must contain the last name of the first author followed by op. cit. (in italics) and page.


  • Kathryn Burns, Into the Archive. Writing and Power in Colonial Peru, Durham and London, Duke University Press, 2010.
  • Burns, op. cit., 38-41.

For articles or collective works (journals, books, etc.) are written in italics only the title of the book or journal in which the text cited, going this quotation marks included. In this case, next to the name of the journal or book, number, volume, city, year and page will be added.


  • William Skuban, “La apertura y el cierre de la frontera chileno-peruana: el plebiscito de Tacna y Arica, 1880-1929, Fernando Purcell y Alfredo Riquelme (eds.), Ampliando miradas. Chile y su historia en un tiempo global, Santiago, RIL Editores / Instituto de Historia PUC, 2009, 129-158.
  • √Āngela Vergara, “The Recognition of Silicosis: Labor Unions and Physicians in the Chilean Copper Industry, 1930s-1960s”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 79:4, Santiago, invierno 2005, 723-748.

c) Idem or Ibid used to reproduce the inmediately preceding appointment (unstressed and italics). Idem when exactly and Ibid., if contains some variation, as number of pages, chapters, etc.

Citation relevance and applicability:

Based on the evaluation guidelines defined by the editorial board of the journal in April, 2015, not only the citation style is taken into consideration when evaluating a new contribution, but also the quality and quantity of the citation. In this sense, it is expected that authors perform a relevance analysis of each citation. Therefore, Izquierdas will not ask or the final list of citations at the end of the documents.


Each submission must include the letters of originality, non simultaneous submission and author copyrights.

Sending of manuscripts

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Submission of contributions in Word format to Izquierdas Editor:,

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