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Scope and policy

Polis. Magazine of the Universidad Bolivariana, is published every four months on April, August and December each year. It is arbitrated and index-linked at national and international level. Its name springs from a tradition of classical thought for which the city, and in this case, society, is the horizon of our action as university.

is divided into sections:

The first section of the magazine, "Lens of approximation", as its name suggests, will have a monographic character, seeking to deepen a determined issue in each number.

The second section is called "Cartography for the future" and its name intends to indicate the presentation of exploratory texts that seek to generate new forms to knowledge or new approximations to old as well as new social problems.

A third section of the magazine is dedicated to the presentation of "Proposals and advancements of investigation" which are being performed in our university as well as in others in the field of social sciences in general.

The fourth section of the magazine "Sketch of a new one episteme" reproduces brief texts, already published, justified by their quality, their controversial and innovative character, and the fact that they be of difficult access for unspecialized readers. Their publication wishes to contribute to discuss the idea of science in our university, and hopefully in other universities.

The last part of the magazine is dedicated to "Comments and outlines of books".

Eventually the magazine publishes a section called "Dossier" that contains documents whose circulation in the academic world is particularly interesting to us.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Arbitration: All the articles received, which comply with the formal requirements of presentation, are submitted to a system of blind evaluation by some of the members of our body of referees. In doubtful cases they are submitted to a new arbitration.

Bibliography: It is necessary and is located at the end of each article. It is ordered alphabetically considering the author’s surname, and the modified APA system is used. For example: Ibáñez, J. (1991) The return of the subject, Amerindia, Santiago of Chile. Only the city is mentioned, unless there were several of them with the same name and, if so, we indicate the country. If chapters or articles are cited, their name goes on quotation marks, and only the title of the book or magazine goes with italics. For example: Piñeyro, Nidia (2006), "Water and semiotic", in Polis Nº15, Magazine of the University Bolivariana, Santiago. (We only make use of ","). If a name is repeated in the bibliography it is recommendable to use "Idem".

For example:
Vergara, Jorge Iván (1993), The processes of occupation of the huilliche territory, 1750-1930, Magister Thesis in Sociology, Institute of Sociology, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, 1993.

Idem (1998), The ethnic border of the Leviathan. Doctoral Thesis in Sociology, Free University of Berlin.

Quotation marks: are always double. We do not use simple quotation marks.

Italics: we use them only for titles of books and for words in foreign languages. To emphasize words or phrases use boldfaces.

Quotations: in the text and notes they go in parenthesis, where only the first surname of the author appears, the year of the book or article that appears in the bibliography. If it is textual it should also appear the number of the page with two points. For example: "(Smith 1998: 143)". If an author and text’s appointment is repeated in a same paragraph, it is preferably to use "(Ibid)" if it is the same page, if it is not it can be used thus “(Ibid: 46)".

Length: the articles should be kept between 15 and 20 pages (between 4,500 and 10,000 words), including complete bibliography, in letter paper size, in "Times New Roman" 11 characters, space 1.5, and without page numbering.

Graphics: the article can contain them only in black. It is suggested that letters go also in Times New Roman, and only the first one in capital letter.

Capital letter: we ask to avoid their excessive use, according to the habitual norms: proper nouns, after a point, with question marks, etc.

Notes: the automatic system is employed, small numbers are used and not parenthesis, its content is located on the footpage. We advise to limit its extension and number, since this is not a technical magazine or specialized, but is directed to an extensive university public. In the text and the notes, the bibliography should only be mentioned with the first surname of the author, the date of the edition that has been used and the page number, preceded by two points. For example: “(Ferrater-Mora 2001: 246)".

Reference to the article: it is done with an asterisk (*), and indicates the reader if it forms part of an investigation or was presented to a congress. It can contain institutional or personal aknowledgments.

Reference to the author(s): In the begining of the article, next to the name and under the title they are indicated with a simple asterisk (*) if there was no reference about the article, and if there was, then a double one is used (**). Its contents are placed at the bottom of the first page with simple and double asterisk, in the same letter and size 10. This reference should only contain: the institution of reference (one only), city, country and e-mail and/or full address.

Underline and enumerations: to underline and special signs are excluded, as well as the use of procedures us framing paragraphs with colour. The enumerations should go incorporated to paragraphs.

Subtitles: in letter size 12. If there were smaller subtitles the letter 11 is used. Numbers are not used. Only the first word goes in capital letter. They are centred and with boldface. It is suggested they shouldn’t exceed one line.

Resúmenes: no deben tener más de 150 palabras y cuatro o cinco palabras claves, y un abstract en inglés con las mismas características.

Titles: We suggest that the titles do not exceed 15 words, and should include translation to English. Only the first word goes with capital letter and its preferably to avoid subtitles. In the article, they should go centred, have size 14 and boldface; in the same size and to the right side, goes the name of the author or authors, but without boldface.

Abstracts: should not have more than 150 words and four or five keywords, and be translated to English.

Sending of manuscripts

The articles should be sent by e-mail to: with copy to:

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