ISSN 0718-6894 online version
ISSN 0716-1530 print version


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.

Evaluation process

You will receive an email advising you that we have received your manuscript. This email is not an acceptance for publication. All manuscripts are vetted by our Editorial Board then undergo a double-blind review. The evaluation process may take several months, but our editors make every effort to inform all authors as soon as possible whether their manuscript has been accepted or rejected.

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

While the review process can take up to several weeks, the Co-editor will notify the author(s) as soon as possible regarding manuscript acceptance or rejection.

Responsibility of authors

The authors are exclusively responsible for their manuscript content, including the accuracy of quotations and citations, and bibliographic references, and must have the legal right to publish their material, including advance written permission to reproduce any figures and data protected by Chilean or international copyright laws. The articles must be original and unpublished during the periodical's publishing process, and submitted solely to the Boletín.

Manuscript form and preparation

Both printed and digital documents must have a Word version, with correctly organized pages, letter size (216 x 279 mm), size font 11, single spaced, with margins of 3 cm right/left and top/bottom. 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. Authors must send a separate Word file containing all images used in the manuscript, in low-resolution format, in order to allow us to properly prepare the manuscript to be sent to the evaluators.

Cover page

Includes only the author name(s), institutional affiliation (if appropriate), mailing address and electronic address of the author(s), as well as acknowledgments (if any). This sheet facilitates author anonymity for the review process.

Second page (prior to the main text)

Includes Spanish and English versions of the title of the article, a summary not exceeding 150 words, and a list of 3 to 7 key words. The English translations will be reviewed by a professional and modified if deemed necessary, under the Editor's supervision.


The article's title and section headings must be concise, especially the latter, due to the periodical's 2-column format. The Editor reserves the right to modify these as necessary. The primary, secondary and tertiary headings must be clearly differentiated in their hierarchy, whether by font size, numbering, or other type of notation.

Numbering and bullet points

Strive to avoid excessive numbering (e.g., listing and itemization, and telegraphic descriptions), and instead, for a more fluid, literary development of the subject material.

Explanatory notes

They are attached under the heading "Notes" in the main document and their calls in the text are indicated consecutively with Arabic numerals. Use superscript Arabic numerals in the text and on the "Notes" page. These numbers must always immediately follow a comma or period, or the final quotation marks of cited material, and never be placed in the middle of a sentence. Avoid the excessive use of notes and limit their length. Those that are too long may be reduced by the Editor.

Reference citations in text

Cited text must be set off by quotation marks and followed by a parenthetical author-year-page reference -for example, (Cruzat 1898: 174-178)- keyed to an alphabetized Bibliography.

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.


Under the heading "References", present a bibliography listing only those works cited in the text, in the notes to the text, and in the illustration, table and graph captions. The list should be organized alphabetically by author, and chronologically in the case of two or more publications by the same author(s).

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:

Murra, J. 1978. La organización económica del Estado Inca. Mexico, D.F.: Siglo XXI.

When applicable, put the year of the first edition or of the original manuscript in brackets (such as a colonial source):

Bertonio, L. 1956 [1612]. Vocabulario de la lengua aymara. Cochabamba: Ceres.

Chapters or articles inserted in books
With all magazine articles or other articles appearing in books, include the page numbers. The name of the publication must be italicized.

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
Conklin, W. J. 1983. Pukara and Tiahuanaco tapestry: time and style in a Sierra weaving tradition. Ñawpa Pacha 21: 1-44.

Llagostera, A., Torres, C. & Costa, M. A. 1988. El complejo psicotrópico en Solcor-3 (San Pedro de Atacama). Estudios Atacameños 9: 61-98.

Articles in conference papers or annals
Irribarren, J. & Bergholz, H. 1972. El camino del Inca en un sector del Norte Chico. In Actas del VI Congreso de Arqueología Chilena, H. Niemeyer, Ed., pp. 229-266, Santiago: Universidad de Chile-Sociedad Chilena de Arqueología.

Sinclaire, C. 2004 Ms. Ocupaciones prehisp├ínicas e históricas en las rutas del despoblado de Atacama: primera sistematización. Preliminary archaeological report, Fondecyt Project N° 10400290.

Dissertations, degree seminars, and theses
Vilches, F. 1996. Espacio y significación en el arte rupestre de Taira, río Loa, II Región de Chile: Un estudio arqueoastronómico. Thesis to obtain a degree in Archaeology, Anthropology Department, Universidad de Chile.

Electronic Resources
Mercado, C. 1996. Música y estados de conciencia en fiestas rituales de Chile central. Inmenso puente al universo. Revista Chilena de Antropología 13: 106-125.
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Meneses, M. 1994. Wichan: El juicio. 25 mins. Kien Producciones, Chile.


Each work may contain up to 15 illustrations, including photos, diagrams, plans, maps, and drawings. All illustrations must be called "Figures" and referred to in the text in abbreviated form, as follows: (fig. 1), (figs. 3-7). Figures must be numbered sequentially in the same order they are cited in the text. All figure captions and credits must be submitted together in a separate document and numbered accordingly. Captions must be brief, no more than 30 words, excluding accompanying credits.

All measurements associated with illustrations must be in Metric, including scales for maps and drawings and measurements for photographs (width, length, height). The Boletin will finalize all maps in each article, so authors must provide a draft map that includes the points and/or localities to be highlighted.

The technical and artistic quality of illustrations is an important criterion in determining whether an article will be accepted. Photographs must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

Considering the limits of some digital transfer media, authors may submit images via email, Wetransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or similar storage system.

There is no specified resolution or file size for maps, as all maps are redesigned in the pre-defined Boletin style. Authors must therefore submit a copy of each map indicating the main place names cited in the text.

Tables and charts

All tables and charts must be submitted in Microsoft Word (word processing software system, version 6.0 or newer) files. Each must be accompanied by a brief descriptive title, be arranged sequentially and correlatively with an Arabic numeral, and be presented on a separate sheet under the heading "Tables," "Charts," or "Graphs". This material must be cited in the text.

Boletín publishing guidelines (PDF version)

A PDF version of these same Boletín publishing guidelines can be downloaded at:

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts can be submitted at any time and will be published in the order of their acceptance. Please send a complete electronic version to:

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