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.
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
Responsibility of authors
Manuscript form and preparation
The digital text and printout must be in Microsoft Word (word processing software system, version 6.0 or newer), in 12-point font, with text lines double-spaced on letter-size paper (216 x 279 mm; 8.5 x 11 in.), pages correctly numbered, and 3-cm (1-in.) margins on all sides. 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.
Second page (prior to the main text)
Numbering and bullet points
Reference citations in text
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.
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:
When applicable, put the year of the first edition or of the original manuscript in brackets (such as a colonial source):
BERTONIO, L., 1956 . Vocabulario de la lengua aymara. Cochabamba: Ediciones Ceres.
Chapters or articles inserted in books
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
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
Dissertations, degree seminars, and theses
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).
The figures must be submitted in a digital format (in a file separate from the text), and printed together with the manuscript on paper. Digital or scanned photographs must have a resolution of not less than 300 dpi or 120 pixels/centimeter. If the text is also sent electronically, a file can be attached with the figures scanned in low resolution (for the sole purpose of facilitating their re-sending by e-mail to the respective evaluators). Conventional photographs on paper, as well as printed drawings, diagrams, maps and charts, are acceptable, but only if their quality meets professional standards. With printed matter that would have to be scanned, submit the originals.
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.
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
Boletín publishing guidelines
Manuscripts can be submitted at any time and will be published in the order of their acceptance. Please send a complete electronic version on one new CD, plus two printout copies to:
In addition, submit an electronic version of the manuscript (and the figures only in a low-resolution version) to the Editor, as well as a copy to the Co-editor, Andrea Torres, using the following email addresses:
It is assumed that the authors will retain a printout
and an electronic copy of their articles.
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