ISSN 0718-1337 online version
ISSN 0717-1072 print version

Scope and policy

People interested in publishing papers in "Revista de la Facultad de Ingenieria - Universidad de Tarapacá" must send articles which comply with the publication norms detailed below. The topics must relate to the following areas of engineering: Electronics, Electricity, Computing, Mechanics, Industry, Acoustic and Engineering Education. The author's rights may not be granted to third parties. If necessary, the editor reserves the right to carry out minor modifications for editing, in order to achieve a better presentation of the work. Papers may be presented in English (if possible), Portuguese and in Spanish.

Four types of contributions are regularly considered:

Papers. Presentation of significant research, development, or application. Brief Papers. Concise descriptions of a contribution to a specific aspect of design, realization, or operation. Letters. Significant remarks of interest to engineers, and comments on previously published papers. In addition, special papers (tutorials, surveys, and perspectives on the current trends) are solicited. Authors are encouraged to contact the Editor or Co-Editor before submitting such papers.

Papers and Brief Papers go through the same review process. Letters go through a shorter review process to facilitate rapid publication.


1. Preliminary Selection and Peer Evaluation

The editor will first verify that the content of the article is appropriate for the magazine and the manuscript is set in accordance with the journal's standards. The editor may reject, at his discretion, submissions that do not comply with the general directions, are poorly written or do not posses sufficient scientific or technological merit.

Articles that pass the preliminary selection are sent for peer review by specialists and scientists of renown research in areas related to the article. Upon assessing the article, peer reviewers write a report including comments and suggestions recommending its acceptance or rejection.

2. About the Evaluation by Peers Reviewers

As part of the evaluation of the article, reviewers will consider the soundness of the experimental design, verifying that the conclusions coincide with the statistical and experimental data. Reviewers will also make sure and that the author(s) consulted all literature pertinent to the topic discussed. Wording and writing quality will also be assessed.

During this process the identity of the reviewers will not be known by the author(s), but the latter's will be available to the reviewers.

3. The Editor's Decision

After assessing the reviewers' recommendations, the editor will make a decision based on the following options:

Accepting the article, subject to minor revisions: The editor will return the article to the author(s) with a list of suggestions for minor corrections, including his own as well as those made by the reviewers. Once the modified manuscript is received by the editor, this will confirm the acceptance of the article, indicating the publication date.

Minor revisions in an article include: typographical errors, page numbering, articles cited in the text that are not in the bibliography and vice versa, slight discrepancies between the summaries and the abstract, moderate corrections to the text.

Returning the article for major changes: The editor will return the article to the author(s) with a list suggestions for major corrections that must be made before the article is accepted for publication.

Major revisions include: analyzing data using other statistical tests, adding or redoing figures and tables, repetition of experiments, rewriting the discussion of the problem using additional literature and substantial changes to the text.

Rejection: The editor will return the article with the peer evaluation, reporting the reason(s) for the rejection. This decision will be final (in most cases).

Reasons for rejection of an article include: inappropriate content, manuscripts not complying with the norms for publication and works lacking scientific or technological merit.

Form and preparation of manuscrips


The Advisory Editor Committee will recommend the publication of papers whose content will be the author's full responsibility. Originals accepted for publication will not be returned. Editing or rejections will be notified in due time. The Advisory Editor Committee may consider papers presented in national and intemational conferences and scientific meetings.

The main title of the article should be in English and Spanish. It must be short and it must clearly state the topic of the work. Abstracts must be brief, containing elear and precise ideas. It must contain keywords which define the content of the paper (minimum of five and maximum of ten).

The text should begin with a summary of not more than 250 words. It must briefly state: 1) what has been done in this work, 2) how it was done (only if it is important to be detailed), 3) main results obtained, 4) relevance of the results. A summary is an abbreviated but comprehensive presentation of the article and it must inform about the objective, methodology and the results of the work described in the paper. A translation of the summary into English, headed by the word abstract, must be included immediately after Spanish resumen. The introduction must be presented in about a page and a half and it must guide the reader towards an understanding of the problem presented. It should also include information about the nature of the problem, references to previous works, purpose and meaning of the paper.

The body of the paper will contain fundamental information about the work. Information must be clearly presented. Language must be objective and impersonal. The author must see to it that the article complies with the norms of publication, language register and specific terms accepted by the scientific community. The introduction and the body of the article must be written in two 8 cm. columns, with a 1.05 cm. space between columns.

Conclusions must be clear, stating what is shown in the work as well as its relevance. They must also state advantages, limitations and application results.

References will be written with numbers in parenthesis and they will be listed at the end of the paper as follows:

Books: [N°] Author's First Initial Name, Last Name. "Title". Editorial name. Number of Edition. City, Country. Volume. Number, pp. Pages number. Date.

Articles of magazines: [N°] Author's First Initial Name, Last Name. "Title". Magazine name. Volume. Number, pp. Pages number. Date.

Electronics references: [N°] Author's Name. "Title". Site Update, pp. Pages number. Date of visit. URLs.

Individualization: Footnotes, written with arabic numbers, will state: 1) date of reception of the original, people involved in the intellectual work, materialy or financially. If necessary the mention whether the paper is part of a study, a thesis, a project, etc., 2) name of the author, profession, institution, author and institution's electronic and mail address.

Aknowledgements: Will be included before the bibliograpy, identifying individuals and institutions that gave intellectual or financial support to the research.

All equations, pictures and photographs must bear a number that will be used for identification purposes throughout the text. Pictures and photographs must also include an explonatory caption.

Periodicity: "Revista de la Facultad de Ingeniería - Universidad de Tarapacá" is published periodically, is printed in three issues per volume annually.

Reception of papers: Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word format and submitted in electronic form, via e-mail or in optical or magnetic media, according to given instructions. Address: Editor Committee, "Revista de la Facultad de Ingeniería - Universidad de Tarapacá", Casilla 6-D, Chile-Arica, Sud América. e-mail:

Papers should not be longer than 15 pages and must comply with the following format: Paper: letter size 21,59 cm x 27,94 cm; Margins: top 2 cm, bottom 2 cm, left 2,54 cm and right 2 cm; Title of the article, centered in bold type, Times New Roman 10 pt.; two blank spaces before the initial paragraph; Subtitles should be at the left margin in black letters with Times New Roman 10 pt.; The body of the text must be written with Times New Roman 10pt., one blank space between paragraphs.

Sending of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word format and submitted in electronic form, via e-mail or in optical or magnetic media, according to given instructions. Address:

  • Editor Committee
    Revista de la Facultad de Ingeniería
    Universidad de Tarapacá
    Casilla 6-D

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