ISSN 0718-3402 online version
ISSN 0379-8682 print version


Scope and policy

The articles proposed for publication in the Revista de Geografia Norte Grande must be originals and not published or proposed in any other magazine. The articles must come from empiric or teorical investigations, which give faith of concrete advances in the fields of geography.

The articles must be proposed directly through the journal's web site ( Each article will be submitted to an anonymous censor, through double blind system, and published only after its approval and the Editorial Council's approval.

As a result of the evaluation process there are three possible judgments for each article: accepted (without any change), accepted with corrections (which are obligatory), rejected (because of the reviewers or because the article does not correspond to the editorial line of the journal).

In the second case, the authors must consider the observations made by the evaluators and the journal's Editor before the articles are accepted for publication. This considers the realization of corrections, both formal and content. In the case that the authors omit the observations made by the evaluators and do not justify the action, the article will be rejected, for that reason, the authors must send in addition to the article, a letter directed to the evaluators, justifying each correction incorporated or omitted.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

The text must start with a brief introduction without title, in which the topic is presented and the general structure of the article is announced.

It must content explicitly the problem/question of the investigation, objectives and a bibliographic review. The problem/question will express in clearly, precise and concise way, the relation between two or more territorial variables; it will also explain or predict such relation as expected results and the objectives must be appropriate to the question of investigation.

The bibliographic review must reflect background information of the problem, needed in order to support the justification of the study; and present a series of experiences, theories and opinions with different point of views and complementary of the problem. The references used must be current and be well documented.

A clear and correct use of language must be used, avoiding unnecessary neologism, as well as constructions which do not apply to the language structure. Likewise, it is recommended to carefully review the spelling and punctuation and avoid if possible typographical errata's.

There will be two levels of hierarchical structuring of subtitles: one in bold in small letters and the other in cursive (not bold); it is suggested not to number them.

Extent and article presentation

The maximum extent of each article must not surpass 20 pages, written with single spacing, letter format (all sides must have a 2,5 centimeter border) and Times New Roman nº 12 lettering.

Summary, key words and title

The summary will be an extract of the contents of the article, emphasizing on the original contributions. The following formula should be avoided "This article focuses on..." and similar.

The articles will be preceded by a summary in the language of publication and one in English, with the title of the article as a header. The abstract should have a maximum extension of 150 words and a minimum of 100. This will be an excerpt of the article's content with an emphasis on original contributions. It must be self-explanatory and help identify the basic content of the article quickly and accurate; in addition with a clear description of the hypothesis, methodology, main results and the conclusions of the study. It will be necessary avoid starting with the words "this article is about..." and other similar ones.

Three or five key words separated by a coma (,) should be included, in the official language of the article and in English. The title of the article has to be translated to English as well.


Aside from the text there will only be tables and figures.

The tables include information that cannot go into the text or information that extents what is said in the text: statistical tables and short summaries, amongst others.

The tables will be numbered correlatively with Arabic numerals and will be situated in the text. They should always be referred to explicitly in the text (Table Nº 7).

Each table should have as a header Table Nº and, in the next line, the title in capital letters. At the bottom the source of the information should be indicated, if it is appropriate one can write: Own elaboration. The title and the source will be placed out of the main box.

Each table should be inside the text and should be imported from an Excel or any other text processor. In addition, it is necessary to accompany a file of each table in some form of electronic record.


Figures include graphs, maps and pictures.

These will be incorporated only if when absolutely necessary. The numeration will be correlatively and they will be located within the text, wherever they correspond. Figures must be mentioned explicitly in the text (Figure nº 5). In addition, an independent file must be sent, either as a TIFF file; one black and white or in gray scale and one in color, with a minimum resolution of 300 PDI and a maximum width of 650 pixels.

Each figure must have a header with the expression "Figure Nº", with its title in the next line. The source of information will be indicated at the end; if the picture is personally owned it must be stated. The title and the source will be located outside the main box.

If the figure contains a text (legend for example) the type of characters must be Arial, with a legible size that fits the figure on display.

If maps, plans or cartography are incorporated, these must have a legend explaining the contents expressed in them, a symbol that points to the north, and a graphic scale. The title should not be a part of the figure; both the sources and the title should be located outside the main box.

Citations and bibliographic references in the text

Textual citations and their bibliographic references must be detailed In the text, specifying the author, year of publication and page number (González, 1999: 21).


Only the essential notes must be placed at the end of each page.

In the notes, one can allude to the bibliography in an abbreviated form: author, year and page number.

Ways of detailing the bibliography

The complete bibliography must appear at the end of the article, sorted alphabetically and, for each author, in chronological order, from the oldest to the most recent.

Bibliographic references will be completed according to the ISO 690 standards, which can be abbreviated in:

1.- Books and Monographs

DONOSO, C. Forests in Chile and Argentina. Santiago de Chile: Universitaria Editorial, 1993.

2.- Book and Monograph chapters

ANDRADE, B. Coastal spaces: definitions, actors, challenges and perspectives. In: ARENAS, F. & CÁCERES, G. (editors). Territorial planning in Chile. Challenges and Emergencies for the Third Millennium. Santiago de Chile: Ediciones UC, 2001, p.21-30.

3.- Magazine articles and series publications

TESSER, C. Some thoughts on the meaning of landscape for Geography. Landscape, 2000, Nº 27, p. 19-26.

Text instructions (Reviews)

The Norte Grande Geography Journal, in its review section, publishes book comments as well as international and national scientific activities related to geography and other sciences (congresses, seminars).

Preferably the books must be recent, where concepts are discussed and procedures in the advanced actual use of geographical knowledge are exposed.

Bibliographic reviews must contain a general contextualization of the main central theme exposed in the book, the author's position and a summary of the essential ideas.

In the event that the comment refers to other articles or works, the bibliographic references of these must be included, using the standards detailed for the articles. The review must be accompanied by a colored image of the book cover in digital backup, JPG format. The following information should also be precisely indicated: title of the book, the author's full name, city, editorial, year of publication, page numbers, and name of the review author (profession, country, institution and brief CV).

The comments on scientific activities must contain at least a general description of the event and the main ideas that will be discussed in it, making reference to the participants and the disciplinary and geographic coverage of it.

The maximum extent of the reviews must not surpass five pages, written with single spacing, letter format (all sides must have a 2,5 centimeter border) and Times New Roman nº12 lettering.

Sending of manuscripts

A digital original will de send through the web site of the journal (, indicating authors and the complete contact address (postal and electronic) in the first page of the document, in Microsoft Word system, without tabs, spacing or changes in the sources of the text.

A complete reference list of the last five articles published by the author(s); the declaration of originality of the written work, and the transfer of patrimonial rights of the author must be also attached (the format is available in the web site of the journal).

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