Revista Latina


Guidelines for Authors


1 Revista Latina de Comunicación Social (RLCS) accepts scholarly articles for publication (about 10,000 words) on topics of Social Communication. They must be of outstanding interest and achieve a high score in the reviewing process. The items to be published: a) must be novel, b) provide significant contributions to knowledge in the field of Social Communication and c) involve the study of an issue of social and academic interest. Articles should be sent to

2 Papers will only be considered if there is a green light on our traffic light (

3 Proposals should be sent from a university email account - undergraduate work will not be accepted. Articles from authors who are not teachers or researchers should be submitted with the support of an academic.

4 State of the art articles or essays will only be published if they provide new scientific evidence. We welcome book reviews (about 500 words) and reviews of RLCS articles or any other university journal. Given the large number of items we receive, priority will be given to proposals that score an “A”. Before an article is sent to the editors, authors should complete the following documents found on our website under “indicaciones a los autores” [“Indications to the authors”]: a) aviso de envío [Notice of sending – Form 100 -] and b) hoja de comprobación de la presentación del artículo [Leaf of checking of the presentation of the paper- Form 200 -].

5 The file will be saved with the name of the first author, separated by underscores, without accents. Eg Jose-Luis Perez-Hernandez. A second version without the name of the author will be saved with two xx, the year, a keyword for the article and followed by the word REVIEWER. Eg xx_12_REVIEWER_infografia. The dual x is the number for your article, which will be communicated to the author. These two files will incorporate a few lines about the publication. The first file will also contain your CV. The second file should not contain names; instead you should include the number of authors and countries where they are from. If more than three authors sign the article, a detailed explanation of the work done by each of them should be provided.

6 Articles should at least include: Introduction, Method, Results and References.

7 The peer review will be carried out by a minimum of two reviewers, and double-blinded. For the editing process to go ahead authors should have two positive reviews. If no reviewers were found for an article, we will send it back without considering it for our journal.

8 All articles should be submitted in MS Word or RTF format, Arial 12, single-spaced.

8.1 The first line of the article should be bold and contain the following: PAPER_xx_year

8.2 The article should include the funding body at the end.

8.3 The second line should include the title (no longer than two sentences). Please, copy the title twice for translation purposes. No interrogation marks should be included.

8.4 Any subtitles should follow the title.

8.5 The following line should be the author’s name and title followed by the institutional email address and a blank line.

8.6 Then, a one-paragraph summary in Spanish with the following structure: justification of the topic, objectives, methodology, results and conclusions. It will have between 120 to 150 words, which will highlight the contributions of the article.

8.7 Followed by a maximum of 6 keywords.

8.8 Both the summary and the keywords should be copied and pasted twice, for translation matters. Please, write the word Abstract before the second summary.

8.9 Provide a contents index with Arabic numerals, copy and paste it and add the word ‘Summary’ before the second index.

8.10 Translations will be provided.

8.11 Please, number all sections with Arabic numerals and in bold. They should not be longer than one sentence and should not include full stops.

8.12 Paragraphs should not be longer than 10 lines and justified to the left.

8.13 Authors should check their grammar and spelling before submitting the final draft.

8.14 Text in tables will be justified to the left and the title will be bold.

8.15 Quotes longer than 3 lines will be indented to the left and if necessary, double-quotation marks provided.

8.16 Only book and journal titles will be in italics, only section names will be bold and just the links will be underlined.

8.17 Quotes within the text will be followed by author, year between parenthesis, colon, blank space and page number.

8.18 Quotes should be referenced - no plagiarism will be allowed.

8.19 For quotes longer than 10 lines, authors should provide permission. Translations will be included between parentheses or as endnotes.

8.20 Endnotes will be included at the end, after the references.

8.21 References:

8.21.1 Book author: Casals Carro, M. J. (2005): Periodismo y sentido de la realidad. Teoría y análisis de la narrativa periodística. Madrid: Fragua.

8.21.2 Two book authors: Chomsky, N. y Herman, E. S. (1990): Los guardianes de la libertad. Propaganda, desinformación y consenso en los medios de comunicación de masas. Barcelona: Crítica.

8.21.3 An author mentioned twice in the text: Wolf, M. (1994): Los efectos sociales de los media. Barcelona: Paidós.

----- (1996): La investigación de la comunicación de masas. Crítica y perspectivas. Barcelona: Paidós. 3ª reimpresión; 1ª edición, 1987.

8.21.4 An author mentioned twice with two books from the same year: De Pablos Coello, J. M. (2001a): La red es nuestra. El "periódico" telemático, la revista enlínea, la radio digital y el "libroweb" cambiarán las formas de comunicación social. Barcelona: Paidós.

----- (2001b): El periodismo herido. Estudios que delatan divorcio entre prensa y sociedad: "El País", como referente. Madrid: Foca Investigación.

8.21.5 An author mentioned twice, the second time with another author:

McQuail, D. (1991): Introducción a la teoría de la comunicación de masas. Barcelona: Paidós. 2ª edición.

----- y Windahl, Sven (1984): Modelos para el estudio de la comunicación colectiva. Pamplona: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra.

8.21.6 A chapter author of an edited book: Chimeno Rabanillo, S. (1997): "Las fuentes, en el proceso de la información periodística especializada", en VV AA, Estudios sobre Información Periodística Especializada (Coord., F. Esteve Ramírez). Valencia: Fundación Universitaria CEU San Pablo.

8.21.7 Edited book: VV AA (2003): El periodismo de fuente (Eds., Á. Losada Vázquez y F. Esteve Ramírez). Salamanca: Publicaciones Universidad Pontificia.

8.21.8 Journal paper: Fogel, J.-F. (2005): "¿Dónde está el contrapoder?". Etcétera 56, México, junio, pp. 67-70.

8.21.9 Author of a piece published on the web: Ordóñez A., Ó. (2005): "Hábitos profesionales de los periodistas latinoamericanos", en Sala de Prensa 80, México, junio: (con el enlace hecho) (en la entrada bibliográfica al final del texto referida a este artículo se pone la fecha de la consulta o visita a la web).

8.21.10 Author of two pieces published on the same year on the web: De Pablos Coello, J. M. (2003a): "Cavallo en calzoncillos nos informa de la impunidad en que anda el Periodismo de estos tiempos", en Razón y Palabra 34, México: TEC de Monterrey, agosto:

----- (2003b): "La CIA hace periodismo. El sistema informativo escrito en condicional
y especula no es periodístico", en Razón y Palabra, 36, México: TEC de Monterrey, diciembre:

8.21.11 Author of a printed article and reprinted online: Ramonet, I. (2002): "Los periodistas están en vías de extinción", en Semana 35, Bogotá, diciembre, y en Sala de Prensa 46, México: (10-05-2011 = fecha de la consulta)

8.21.12 Author of an article published in more than a website: Ramonet, I. (2003): "El quinto poder", en Le Monde diplomatique en español, de agosto: y en (enlazado) (8-enero-2012 = fecha de la consulta)

8.21.13 References should not exceed two A4s.

8.22 Authors can express their gratitude at the end of the article.

8.23 At the end of the paper, authors should provide a CV with the following information: a) name of the department; b) faculty; c) university name; d) work address; e) postcode; f) city; g) work telephone number with the area code; h) fax; i) institutional email address.

8.24 After the CV, each article should include a proposal for a potential piece of news as follows: Title; text explaining the relevance of the article including the following sentence at the end "según publica Revista Latina de Comunicación Social"; Authors. Maximum 12 lines.

8.25 If possible, words in other languages should be avoided. If included, these should be in italics. Quotations in different languages should be between inverted commas.

8.26 Articles should have a minimum of 10 pages and a maximum of 30.

8.27 Our aim is that 100% of our papers should have received external funding.

8.28 Authors will have a week to make changes to the edited paper.

8.29 Images, figures and tables will be included in the article and they should not be from other authors. In case they are from other authors, permission should be sought from the editors.

8.30 If the article is part of a PhD thesis, the directors will not be authors or co-authors.

8.31 Authors should wait a year to publish again in RLCS.

8.32 From January 2010, papers that do not comply with these norms will not be considered for publication.

The editor – coordinator of Revista Latina de Comunicación Social

* Some of the 2007 norms follow La edición de revistas científicas: directrices, criterios y modelos de evaluación [The edition of scientific magazines: directives, criteria and models of evaluation] (ISBN: 978-84-8198-696-9).

* Please, contact us ( if you need further information.