ISSN 0718-2376 online version
ISSN 0716-498X print version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Scope and policy

Universum. Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales is a publication of the Institute of Humanistic Studies "Juan Ignacio Molina" of the University of Talca. Its aim is to stimulate reflection and debate on original research, carried out both nationally and internationally, focused on the different fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences, with special emphasis on literature, philosophy, history, arts and cultural and social studies, as well as promoting the dissemination of the results of such research.

Universum admits for its publication articles and bibliographic reviews in Spanish, English and Portuguese. Authors should send their collaborations to universum@utalca.cl. The necessary information that must be consigned in a separate document is the following: first and last names, higher academic degree, institutional affiliation (city and country), ORCID, professional networks: ResearchGate, Scholar.google and Academia.edu, postal address and email. In the case of works with several authors, all of them must indicate this information. On the other hand, the eventual funding of the manuscript, the corresponding acknowledgments, as well as possible conflicts of interest should be mentioned.

The journal will not receive articles, due to editing the next issue, during the months of July and December. Neither will articles be received during the month of February because is a legal holiday.

Universum has a strict policy against academic endogamy. In consequence, papers of researchers affiliated to University of Talca will be not be published, except with the exceptional authorization from the Editorial Board to submit a manuscript.

The Editorial Board assumes that all the contributions received are original and that they are not simultaneously in the process of being revised in order to be published by other means. Therefore, any inconvenience that arises if this is not the case will be the exclusive responsibility of the authors. In this sense, any type of plagiarism that occurs in the texts, or of situation contrary to the ethics that has taken place in its preparation process, will not be attributable to Universum or any of the people who make up its team, but exclusively to the authors of the works. It is important to note in this regard that authors must ensure that they have the necessary authorizations for the reproduction and publication of tables, maps, photographs, diagrams, graphs, etc. that are not self-made. Otherwise, the Editorial Board may proceed with its elimination. In the same way, it is understood that, by submitting their collaborations, the authors cede the necessary patrimonial rights so that, if they are accepted for publication, they are reproduced, distributed and disseminated, both in electronic format and on paper.

The contributions sent by the authors must also adapt to the editorial standards of the journal. Those manuscripts that do not fit with the formal guidelines of the journal will be automatically rejected. The originals received, at first, will be examined by the Editorial Board to verify if they comply to the editorial guidelines and if they correspond to the format of the journal. Only after being accepted in its form and by the Editorial Board will the manuscripts be sent for anonymous review by experts in the subject areas, which will issue reports that will be evaluated for the final decision. The Editorial Board will respond to the authors as soon as possible and may require clarifications or modifications of the originals. In these situations, the authors must send a new version of their text within ten business days from the moment the notification is sent. In the case of not receiving a response from the authors within the indicated period, the Editorial Board may definitively reject the work.

Once the contribution is accepted, it will be published in one of the following issues of the journal, without the Editorial Board being able to commit to publish it in a specific number. However, during the editing process, the authors may be consulted if difficulties arise and it is necessary. In any case, if it is considered pertinent, the text may be corrected in its style. Finally, the publication of the accepted manuscript is subject to the subscription, by the author, of the respective copyright license agreement proposed by the University of Talca.

The judgments expressed in the writings are the exclusive responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the institution that publishes this journal.

The published texts may be reproduced in whole or in part, provided that their origin and authorship is properly cited.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

  1. The manuscript must be sent in Word format. You are requested to use the following template as a guide for its preparation, which includes most of the style indications listed below: [TEMPLATE].

  2. The manuscript will have 2.5-centimeter margins on each of the four sides, letter-size sheets, and pages numbered correlatively with Arabic numerals located in the upper right corner, 11-point Times New Roman font.

  3. The manuscript must include a short title (maximum 20 words), an abstract (150 to 200 words) and 5 keywords, all of the above in English and Spanish. The order of these elements will be as follows: title in English, title in Spanish, abstract, keywords, abstract in Spanish (resumen) and keywords in Spanish (palabras claves).

  4. For the title, 12-point Times New Roman font, lowercase, bold, centered alignment, 1.5 line spacing, no indentation, no leading or trailing, no end point will be used. The title in Spanish is not bold.

  5. For the abstract in English and Spanish, 11-point Times New Roman font, lowercase, justified alignment, 1.5 line spacing, no indentation, no leading or trailing, with an end point will be used. They will be preceded by the words “Abstract” and "Resumen”, respectively, in Times New Roman 11-point typeface, lowercase, bold, followed by period.

  6. For keywords in English and Spanish, 11-point Times New Roman font, lowercase, justified alignment, 1.5 line spacing, no indentation, no leading or trailing, with an end point will be used. Between each keyword and the next, a semicolon will be used. They will be preceded by the terms “Keywords” and “Palabras claves”, respectively, in Times New Roman 11-point typeface, lowercase, bold, followed by a colon.

  7. The different sections of the text (including the bibliography) will be preceded by section headings, for which 12-point Times New Roman font, bold, justified alignment, 1.5 line spacing, without indentation, with “after” spacing, but without “before” spacing will be used. They will be numbered sequentially with Arabic numerals, without an end point.

  8. The use of sub-headings (headings subordinate to section headings) is not recommended. However, if it is necessary to include them, the same style will be used for them as in the section headings and they will be numbered sequentially until reaching a maximum of 3 (for example, in heading 1, only subheadings from 1.1 up to 1.3 would be allowed).

  9. For the body of the text, 12-point Times New Roman font, lowercase, justified alignment, 1.5 line spacing, 1.25-centimeter indentation from the left margin in the first line, without leading or trailing spacing, with an end point will be used.

  10. Quotations of more than four lines must go in a separate paragraph. Times New Roman 11-point, lowercase, 2.5-centimeter indentation from the left margin, 1.15 line spacing, justified, without quotation marks, with “after” spacing and “before” spacing and with an end point will be used.

  11. The manuscript must strictly comply with international MLA citation standards and must not exceed 8.000 words including footnotes, bibliography and annexes (graphics, figures, tables, illustrations and/or photographs).

  12. The use of footnotes must be limited. In no case they will be used to indicate bibliographic references. They should be placed at the end of the page (not at the end of the manuscript) in Times New Roman 10-point font, 1.0 line spacing and justified alignment. In the body of the text, the number of the note must be always inserted before the punctuation mark.

  13. For the bibliography, 12-point lowercase Times New Roman font, justified alignment, 1.5 line spacing, 1.25-centimeter French indentation, without leading or trailing spacing, with an end point will be used. The format of each reference will conform to the MLA standards and only the works actually quoted in the text must be included in this section.

  14. The authors must ensure that they have the authorizations for the reproduction and publication of graphs, figures, tables, illustrations and/or photographs that are not of their own elaboration, and in all cases must include the source of the same.

  15. Reviews should be sent in Word format, 12-point Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing, 2.5-centimeter margins on each of the four sides, letter size sheets and pages numbered correlatively with Arabic numerals located in the upper right corner. They should not exceed 2.000 words. They will not include abstract or keywords. The title must include the name of the author of the reviewed book, title of the book and publication data.

Sending manuscripts

Those interested in publishing in the journal should send their works to: universum@utalca.cl.

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