ISSN 0718-6568 online version
ISSN 0717-6554 print version


Scope and editorial line

POLIS, Revista Latinoamericana, is an international scientific publication of a Latin American nature, aimed at academics, researchers and professionals in the social sciences and in general to a broad public interested in those issues that concern them as citizens. The thematic areas that define the POLIS profile are all those from the social sciences, mainly: Social Anthropology, Political Science, Political Economy, History of the Present and Sociology, including works with interdisciplinary approaches.

Sections and periodicity: POLIS, is a four-monthly publication that appears in the months of January, May and September of each year. Each number is made up of three sections: Approach Lens (monographic and thematic section that operates by calls and gives the name to each number); Research Results (section of articles on various topics, especially research results received during the year) and Reviews (section of critical reviews of recently published books, instructions at On average, 14 articles are published, plus 2 reviews, by number.

Reception of articles: Within the framework of the social sciences, we publish articles (original and unpublished) based on the results of empirical and theoretical research, as well as bibliographic reviews (critical analysis of the state of the art of knowledge through the evaluation of studies and research already published), and Reflections (reflection articles oriented to new methodologies or discussions about approaches and analysis) that contribute to a better knowledge of our Latin American reality (we do not publish theoretical essays). We receive articles in Spanish and Portuguese. The rights of publication of the articles that are received and published will be the property of the journal and for their eventual publication in other journals or other media it will be necessary to request the respective permits and duly reference them.

Arbitration: All articles received that comply with the formal presentation requirements (format, scientific and thematic relevance) are subject to peer evaluation. The articles in the Approach Lens section are evaluated through a semi-open system by the co-editors responsible for the section (safeguarding the anonymity of the authors). In case of disagreement between the co-publishers, the drafting committee is used. The articles in the Research Results section are subjected to double blind evaluation by two members of our arbitrator body. In case of disagreement between the evaluations, a third arbitration is used.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Extension Article: Between 7,000 and 9,000 words including complete bibliography (APA 6 format).

Document Format: We suggest that the original articles come in IMRAD format (introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion) .The articles must come in Word format, letter size, normal margin, general 1.5 line spacing, except for excerpts from speeches inserted in the text (textual citation of the sources) or bibliographic citations of more than 40 words, these are in a block with simple line spacing, applying "increase indentation to the right".

Typography: Times New Roman, size 11 (see specifications title, subtitle, textual citation of the fonts, footnote).

Italics: Only for book titles (bibliography) and for words in foreign languages.

Bold: To highlight words or phrases we use non-italic bold.

Shift: Only at the beginning of the title once. Avoid excessive use, according to the usual rules: proper names, after a period, with question marks, etc. Only the first of the 4 keywords is capitalized.

Quotation marks: Double quotes are used as a rule, we use single quotes only to enclose one expression inside another with double quotes.

Underlines and enumerations: Underlines, special signs (*), and the use of procedures to color frame the paragraphs are excluded. NO enumerations are incorporated into the titles or subtitles (the distinctions between the latter are made by size: 12 or 11 as appropriate).

Titles: The title of the article should not exceed 15 words or 130 characters, size 14, in bold, centered and simple. Only the first word is capitalized and it is preferable to avoid subtitles. The translation of the title into English located below the abstract and keywords in Spanish (size 12, in bold and centered) and Portuguese, located below the abstract and keywords in English (size 12, in bold and centered) should be included. When the article is in Portuguese, first there is the title, summary and keywords in this language, secondly the same information in Spanish and thirdly the same in English.

Subtitles: They are in font size 12 (for example to distinguish the sections of the article; introduction, methodology, etc). If there are minor subtitles, the letter size 11 is used. They do not have a number. Only the first word is capitalized. They are centered and bold. It is suggested that they do not exceed one line. IMPORTANT: When the case of a new minor subtitle occurs, it is ordered without number and in decreasing size 12, 11, 10 in bold and centered.

Tables and Figures: Only those strictly necessary should be included; indicate title, complete sources of information (if appropriate, must indicate own elaboration), units of 2 measurement (without abbreviations) The title must begin with the expression Table, Table, Graph or Figure (includes diagrams, maps and photographs) as appropriate, also indicating the number (Arabic) consecutively (Table 1; Graph 1; Figure 1, etc.) Immediately on the second line write the title. Times New Roman 10 format, simple and bold line spacing. Only the first capital letter. IMPORTANT: Both the title and the source must be located outside the main box, the text should refer to the Table, graph, Table or Figure (as appropriate), highlighted in bold.

For example: "As shown in Table 1, the indicators of ..."

FORMAT Figures: The title must begin with the word "Figure". The source of the information must be indicated (at the end), in case the photograph is proper, it must be indicated. The format of the figure must be JPG, in grayscale, with a minimum size of 400 pixels x 298 pixels.

Reference on the author (s): Immediately below the title, centered, will be the authors (s) each with its corresponding reference ONLY: Name and surname, University, City, Country. The structure is as follows: Name and surname, size 12. Under this line size 10: Institutional affiliation (institution only), City, Country. Email: preferred institutional email. All in the second line of the reference, as well as for each of the authors.

Acknowledgments: Any reference to the article is related to the source of funding, acknowledgments or some other information related to the article, it cannot go as a footnote in the title, but must be located in the body of the article, before the Bibliography below of the title "Acknowledgments" size 12, centered, simple and bold line spacing. Under the title enter the text without bold, size 11, line spacing 1.5.

Abstracts (in three languages): They should not have more than 150 words, according to the following structure in three paragraphs: 1) Review of the main theoretical aspects 2) research objectives, and methodological procedures used and 3) most relevant results and conclusions of the research process. The Summary (Spanish). It is located below the references to the authors, justified format on the left. Abstract (summary in English) according to the same characteristics of format in Spanish, is located under the title in English. I summarize: (summary in Portuguese) according to the same formatting characteristics stated, it is located under the Portuguese Title.

Keywords (in three languages): Four or five keywords, representative of the content of the article, which should not be repeated in the title or in the abstract. Only the first one is capitalized. The Keywords (Spanish): they are located below the summary (Spanish); Keywords: English translation of the keywords according to the same characteristics stated, is located below the Abstract. Keywords: Portuguese translation of the keywords according to the same characteristics stated, is located below the Summary (Portuguese).

Footnotes: Its use is exclusively explanatory. They must come according to the automatic Word system, "footnotes", in Arabic numerals, Times New Roman, size 9, single line spacing. Any reference to the article (source of funding, thanks or other information) should be included at the end of the body of the article and before the Bibliography It is recommended that the articles contain no more than 15 footnotes.

Bibliographic Appointments

The magazine uses the APA 6 standard ( The use of reference manager programs such as: Mendeley (, Zotero and End Note web among others is suggested. All references should include the doi whenever possible.

References in the body of the article. When citing a source in the body of the article, indicate in parentheses (author's last name, year and specific page of the citation that appears in the bibliography). For example, (Smith, 1998, p. 143). If the quotation of the same author and text is repeated, in the same paragraph, it is preferable to use (Ibid) if it is the same page, if it is not it can be used like this (Ibid, p.46).

Format of citations in the text:

When the textual quotation comprises less than 40 words, it is incorporated into the text in quotes (check that the source immediately comes in parentheses according to APA 6 for example: (Smith, 1998, p. 143).

When the quotation includes 40 or more words, they are displayed in an independent block of the text, in double quotes, size 11 single spaced, applying "increase indentation to the right" and duly cited for example: (Smith, 1998, p. 143).

This same format operates when it comes to other sources (oral, key informants, etc.) include credit detail.

Reference or paraphrase

Not textual in the body of the article, When the reference is not textual but rather an interpretation of one or more authors, the page number is not required. For example, (Smith, 1998), according to APA 6 format.


The list of references should go to the end of the article, under the title "Bibliography" in size 10, single line spacing, using French indentation and must be separated by a line between each author.


Bibliographic references that have the same author, must have a hyphen under ______ (6) and not the word idem.


When it comes to two or more authors, "y" is used in Spanish (NOT in English &).

Surname [comma] initial (s) of the author's name [period] year in parentheses [period] title of the work in italics [period] city of publication [comma] country of publication [two points] Editorial [period].

For example: Ibáñez, J. (1991). The return of the subject. Santiago, Chile: Amerindia.

BOOK CHAPTER: Reference is made when the book is composed of chapters of different authors. When it comes to two or more editors, "y" is used in Spanish (NOT in English &).

Surname [comma] initial (s) of the author's name [period] year in brackets [period] title of the article [period] [followed by the word "In"] initial of the name [period] surname of the coordinator or editor (en / as) in parentheses Ed. or Coord as appropriate [comma] title of the work in italics (in brackets the reference to the pages followed by a period = pp.54-67) [period] city of publication [comma] country of publication [two points] Editorial [point].

For examples:

Polanyi, K. (1976). The economic system as an institutionalized process. In M. Godelier (comp.), Anthropology and economics (pp. 155 - 178). Barcelona, Spain: Anagrama.

Bosch, A., Amoroso, M.I. and Fernández, H. (2003). Rooted in the Earth. In Myself. Amoroso et al. (Ed.), Jugglers of life. Women, times and jobs (pp. 71-97). Barcelona, Spain: Icaria.


It is necessary to distinguish whether or not the article has DOI and if it is an online or printed version. Consider that in this type of citation (APA 6) the city or country specification is no longer required.

Article with DOI- Online Magazine

The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique code that some items have.

Surname [comma] initial (s) of the author's name [period] year in brackets [period] title of the article [period] title of the Journal in italics [comma] volume (number in brackets) [comma] the reference to the pages [point] .doi [colon] copy

Caamaño, E. (2010). Women and work: origin and decline of the model of the provider father and the caretaker mother. Law Review (Valparaíso), (34), 179-209. doi: 10.4067 / S0718-68512010000100005.

Article without DOI - Online Magazine

Surname [comma] initial (s) of the author's name [period] year in brackets [period] title of the article [period] title of the Journal in italics [comma] volume (number in brackets) [comma] the reference to the pages [point]. Recovered from [insert http: and link].

For example: Elizalde, R. (2010). Resignification of leisure: contributions for transformational learning. Polis Latin American Magazine, 9 (25), 437-460. Retrieved from

Article without DOI - Print Magazine

Surname [comma] initial (s) of the author's name [period] year in brackets [period] title of the article [period] title of the Journal in italics [comma] volume (number in brackets) [comma] the reference to the pages [point].

For example: Pavéz, I. (2013). The meanings of 'being a migrant girl and boy': conceptualizations from Peruvian childhood in Chile". Polis Revista Latinoamericana 12 (35), 183-210.

Congress and seminars

Surname of the author [comma] initial (s) of the name [period] date in parentheses [period] Title of the paper. In initial (s) of the name [point] Surname of the president of the congress (Presidency), Title of the congress or seminar. Congress or seminar held in Name of the organization, city [comma] country [point].

For example: Manrique, D., and Aponte, L. (June 2011). Evolution in the study and conceptualization of consciousness. In H. Castillo (Presidency), Psychoanalysis in Latin America. Seminar held at the XXXIII Iberoamerican Congress of Psychology, Medellín, Colombia.


Last name of the author [comma] initial (s) of the name [period] year in brackets [period] Title of the thesis (Undergraduate, master's or doctoral thesis) [period] Name of the institution [comma] city [comma] country [ point]

For example: Vergara, J.I. (1993). The processes of occupation of the Huilliche territory, 1750-1930 (Master's thesis). Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Submission of manuscripts

Items must be entered by the system OPEN JOURNAL SYSTEMS, it is necessary to register (username and password) on the POLIS platform at The article must be entered without a name or any identifying information in order to comply with the blind arbitration requirement.

All authors of articles must be indicated on the article registration form.

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