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Editorial Policy and Reach
Form and Preparation of Manuscripts
Sending manuscripts

Editorial Policy and Reach

Alpha accepts contributions in all modalities, studies, essays, notes or reviews, written in Spanish. Works in other languages will be accepted on an exceptional basis when their quality justifies their inclusion. Topics should be appropriate for a journal in human sciences (literatures, linguistics, philosophy, arts, cultural studies, critical theory) or themes that, without belonging exclusively to one of these areas of knowledge, have some relation to them or to points in which they might intersect. The manuscipt should not be previously published nor should it be under evaluation for another journal, in which case rational should be provided.

Alpha is open to anyone who wishes to contribute their works, whatever their character might be, as long as they are relative to the journal´s themes and that the author be responsible for their content. Author´s rights are their own responsibility, who is the only person legally capacitated for this.

Form and Preparation of Manuscripts

ALPHA Journal accepts articles, notes, documents and reviews.

1. The topics must be unpublished and useful for a humanities journal: literature, linguistics, philosophy, or topics that do not belong to these areas of knowledge, might be considered previously by the Editorial Board.

2. The manuscripts can be in the form of article, document, note or review, written in Spanish. All quotations from texts written in a language other than Spanish, must be translated to Spanish. The author may decide whether to keep the citation in the original language in the body of the document, or include the translation in a footnote.

In the bibliography, the name of the corresponding translator should be indicated. If the author (s) of the manuscript constructs the translation, it must be indicated with the expression "Trad. The author" or "My translation" between parentheses, at the end of the citation.

3. Recommended length of the articles: 12 to 20 pages written in a double-spaced text processor including bibliography. For notes and documents it is recommended not to exceed 10 pages.

4. All papers, except the reviews and notes, will be sent with a summary in English and in Spanish, of an extension between 5 and 10 lines. It includes the translation of the title of the article between four and six key words, in Spanish and English. The summaries will appear after the title of the article. Likewise, at the end of the article, the postal address and the author's electronic address will be written, indicating the institution to which s/he belongs (if applicable).

5. The works are published only if they are approved unanimously by the Editorial Committee of the Journal, after evaluation of External Consultants, whose opinion is decisive and unappealable. For purposes of the edition, the Editorial Board reserves the right to make the adjustments that are required to maintain the ALPHA´s style.

6. The works should be sent to the Editorial Office ( by email in the attached file. The computational copy must be recorded in Word (.doc or .docx). If the manuscript contains tables, graphs, symbols, images or diagrams, it is recommended to send a back-up copy of the manuscript in PDF format and each table, graphic or photograph in image format. In the case of phonetic symbols, the Ipaphon font should be used.

7. Since Issue #45, ALPHA Journal has stopped using the MLA standard and adopted the APA (American Psychological Association) standard for the use of citations and references, so that all manuscripts must adhere to the norms according to the following specifications:

7.1. Citations of printed academic books or journals. Brief direct quotations should be enclosed in quotation marks in the body of the text. A textual quote must be faithful and transcribe the text; when doing so, the text is put in quotation marks accompanied by the author's data, year and number of the page from which it was extracted. If they are extensive (four lines or more), in a separate line, making a double return at the beginning and end of the appointment, with an indented margin and without quotation marks. In both cases, at the end of the quotation, in parentheses, the last name of the author, the year of publication and the page(s) from which the quote was taken is indicated. For example: (Benjamin, 1990, p. 159).

Examples (exemplified by brief quotations):

a) According to Cortázar, "Do not renounce anything, do not betray anything, but place your vision on a plane from where your original values are inserted in an infinitely broader and richer plot and for that reason" (1994, p. ).

b) It has also been said that "one of the most exciting problems in contemporary literature"… (Cortázar, 1997, p 215).

c) "Our vision considers the revision of the internal sociolinguistic dynamics of each community, where the historical relationship established between mapuzugun and Castilian makes sense" (Antimil, 2016).

7.2. Quotations from internet resources. Basically, we proceed in the same way as with sources taken from printed publications. The difference is that, instead of indicating page, the expression "online" is written. Example: "The need to preserve biodiversity is becoming more urgent every day, especially due to severe climatic changes and, also, due to the deep existential saturation to which a modernity contrary to the natural order of the world is taking us" (Poland, on-line).

7.3. Quotations taken from electronic communications (e-mails). At the end of the quotation, in parentheses, the author is indicated and "email" and the corresponding date are written.

7.4. Quotations taken from an unpublished interview carried out by the author of the article. At the end of the quotation, in parentheses, the last name of the author is indicated, and then "personal interview" is written.

7.5. Quotations taken from a television program. At the end of the quotation, in parentheses, the surname of the author (if applicable), the title of the program and the station that issued it are indicated.

7.6. Quotation taken from a film. At the end of the quotation, in parentheses indicate the surname of the director and title of the film.

8. List of works cited. At the end of the article, the list of the works actually cited is made, whose basic references have been given in the text of the article. It is organized alphabetically on the basis of the surname of the authors (except in institutional authors) and incorporating the name, with the purpose of visualizing the genre of the corresponding author. If you have cited more than one work by a same author, order your works from the most recent to the oldest. When using works with the same edition year, individualize them with a letter following the year. For example: 2016a, 2016b. French sangria is used.

Arellano, Ignacio (2016). "The characters of Quixote in their spaces (some coves)". ALPHA Magazine 43, 117-189. (This case corresponds to an article published in a periodical publication).

Bolaño, Roberto (2011). The troubles of the real policeman. Madrid: Anagram.

—— (2004). 2666. Madrid: Anagram.

Barrera, Andrés (2000). "Re: Modernist literature." Email sent to author. 15 Nov. 2000. (In this case it is an electronic communication.) The author, title of the message, if applicable, is indicated, indicating that it is an email sent to: may be the author or another person, indicate the name if it is to another person, date of the mail).

Cragnolini, Mónica B. (2007). "Nancy's community: between the impossibility of representation and silence". In the community faced. Buenos Aires: The Zebra, 59-69. (In this case, it is an independent article that is part of the mentioned book).

Matus, Alberto (2004). Personal interview. October 13, 2004 (In this case it is an unpublished interview made by the author of the article to Alberto Matus).

Paulsen, Fernando (2004). "Zero tolerance". Chilevisión Channel Sunday October 17, 2004. (The source in this case is a television program).

Poland, Dave (1998). "Defense of biodiversity". Roughcut. Oct. 26, 1998. Turner Network Television. Oct. 28, 1998. (Indicates the name of the article, the date of publication given that it is a news article, the means by which the article was published, date on which the internet source was consulted, URL).

Wood, Andrés (Dir.). (2004). Machuca. Andres Wood Productions / Tornasol Film, (The abbreviation "Dir." Corresponds to the director of the cited film).

To learn more about the APA style you can consult the corresponding manual, edited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

9. It is recommended to use the footnotes exclusively to add information or make comments whose text is not convenient to place in the body of the article. The bibliographical references are included in Cited Works.

For more information, contact the Editor of ALPHA, Mr. Eduardo Risco. University of Los Lagos, Casilla 933, Osorno, Chile. Telephone: + (56-64) 2333313. E-mail:

All manuscripts must be sent to this electronic address in the name of Eduardo Risco del Valle, Editorial Secretary, and Diana Kiss of Alejandro, Director of ALPHA Journal.

You can also check the edition rules of ALPHA Journal on the website:

And on the SciELO website:

In order to facilitate the process of evaluation and editing of manuscripts, the authors are asked to strictly follow the instructions indicated.

Sending manuscripts

If the text meets the conditions expressed in the INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS send to:

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Casilla 933
Osorno - Chile
Tel.: (56-64) 2333172/2333012/2333313