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Scope and policy


Revista Signos. Estudios de Lingüística receives submissions of scientific articles for blind revision. All articles should conform to the formal requirements and should address the fields of psycholinguistics, text and discourse linguistics, or applied linguistics.

Submissions should be unpublished works and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The Editor reserves the right not to send for review those manuscripts that do not comply with the Guidelines for Publication and to edit the format of the original accepted.

Manuscripts should be sent as an electronic copy in Word for Windows or equivalent to Once the manuscript has been received, the author(s) will receive an acknowledgment of receipt where the status of the article is reported or where it is informed that the manuscript will not be sent for review because of incompliance with the guidelines for publication and / or with the fields of specialty.

Review of manuscripts is done by at least two pairs of anonymous reviewers and is followed by their report within four months. The Editor will e-mail the author(s) about the possibility of publishing the manuscript, along with an acknowledgment of acceptance, a report with observations or, if necessary, a report containing the inappropriateness of the manuscript.

To review the manuscript, each of the anonymous pairs receives it as an e-mail attachment, a request for review, a review form, and a copy of the Guidelines for Publication. Once the review has been done, the reviewers will e-mail the reviewing form and will, in turn, receive an online thank-you note.

If the manuscript is accepted with observations, authors should submit the new version within 45 days. In re-submitting your revised version, please say clearly (in a forwarding letter as a separate WORD document) how you have addressed the referees' comments. This should also include what you have chosen to leave out from your revision. The manuscript will be sent for a new review done by the same anonymous pairs, who will report acceptance, with or without observations, or who will deem it inappropriate.

The editorial process will not continue if authors have been notified of the first review and have not re-submitted the manuscript within 45 days.

If the manuscript is finally accepted by the reviewers, authors must send a digital version of the manuscript. Authors will receive acknowledgment of acceptance, where the issue number of the journal and the tentative date of publication will be found.

The Editor reserves the right to include articles accepted for publication in the issue he deems most appropriate.

Authors are responsible for both the scientific content of their manuscript and the opinions expressed which are not necessarily endorsed by the Editor.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Guidelines for publication


Articles submitted to Revista Signos. Estudios de Lingüística should conform to the following requirements, if these are not met, the review process will not take place:




Manuscripts should be written in Spanish or English and reviewed/edited by native speakers of those languages in case the author is not.




A PDF document containing the Copyright signed by all the authors should be attached to the article.




Use letter-sized paper, font Times New Roman, size 12, 1,5 interlinear space, and 3-cm margins. The length of the articles should not exceed 25 pages, including Referentes, Notes, and Annexes.




Author should not be identified in the article. Manuscript should be accompanied by a cover sheet that include name of the author(s), their institutional address(es), and e-mail address.




The manuscript should have title, Abstract, and Key Words in Spanish and English. The Abstract should contain a maximum of 250 words on a single paragraph, i.e. no separate item. Should specify the goals of the research, the main theoretical and methodological aspects, and the most relevant findings and conclusions. It is advisable to include only the essential references. Five Key Words must be included after the Abstract.




The article may be divided into sections (and subsections, if necessary), appropriately entitled. The Introduction, Conclusion, References and Notes should not be numbered. Foreign words or phrases should be italicized and technical terms should be enclosed in single quotation marks.




The Introduction section should include a brief account of the state-of-the-art topics relevant to the article along with the focus of the research and a description of the theory underpinning the contribution. Explicitness of objective and a description of the way the article will account for it should also find a place in this section. This section should include neither the theoretical nor the bibliographical support in detail.




Empirical papers should include, right after the Introduction, a section containing the theoretical framework and another containing the method employed, appropriately numbered and sub-numbered, if necessary.




A section where findings are presented and discussed should follow the method section. This can be done in two separate sections, if necessary, appropriately entitled and numbered.




Tables, figures, and graphs should be appropriately numbered. In-text mention of these resources should be capitalized, accompanied with the corresponding number. For example, […] as can be seen in Graph 1 […]. Examples should be identified by numbers in parentheses and the word “example” should be written in lower-cased letters.




Notes should be placed at the end of manuscript, after the References. Notes should be added to provide information that cannot be included in the body of the article, in case it is absolutely necessary.




In-text citations should be enclosed in double quotation marks, and extensive citations (more than three lines) should form a new, separate paragraph. These citations should be placed in a margin greater than that of the text (2 cm from left margin).




Direct in-text citations should enclose the following: (author’s last name, year, colon, and number of the cited pages). For three or more authors, use all the authors’ last names in the first reference. In all subsequent references, use only the first author’s last name, followed by ‘et al’.




In-text reference to an author should enclose the following: (author’s last name, year). If the work of two authors is mentioned, place the word ‘and’ between the last names when the references has not been made within parenthesis; when the references is in parenthesis, however, use ‘&’. For three or more authors, all the authors’ last names should be mentioned in the first reference. In all subsequent references, only the first author’s last name followed by ‘et al’ should be used.




All works cited should be included in the Reference section, and all the cited works in this section should appear in the body of the text.






Journal article:



Peronard, M., Velásquez, M., Crespo, N. & Viramonte, M. (2002). Un instrumento para medir la metacomprensión lectora. Revista Infancia y Aprendizaje, 25(2), 131-145.






Coulon, A. (1995). Etnometodología y educación. Buenos Aires: Paidós.

Edited book (Ed.)

González Ruiz, R. & Llamas Saíz, C. (Eds.) (2011). Gramática y discurso. Nuevas aportaciones sobre partículas discursivas del español. Pamplona: EUNSA.

Loureda, O. & Acín, E. (Coords.) (2010). Los estudios sobre marcadores del discurso en español hoy. Madrid: Arco Libros.

Shiro, M., Bentivoglio, P. & Erlich, F. (Comps.) (2009). Haciendo discurso. Homenaje a Adriana Bolívar. Caracas: Comisión de Estudios de Postgrado y Facultad de Humanidades y Educación de la Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Bosque, I. & Demonte, V. (Dirs.) (1999). Gramática descriptiva de la lengua española. Madrid: Espasa.


Section or Chapter of a book:



Anderson, R. (1984). Role of the reader’s schema in comprehension, learning, and memory. In R. C. Anderson, J. Osborn & R. J. Tierney (Eds.), Learning to read in American schools: Basal readers andcontent text (pp. 469- 495). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.



On line document:



The reference should indicate either the date of publication or its most recent updating; if neither of these can be ascertained, then the search date should be indicated. The URL address should provide enough information to retrieve the document.



Gamba, A. & Gómez, M. (2003). Sobre el discurso científico y las relaciones de género: Una revisiónhistórica [on line]. Retrieved from:



Article or Contribution on CD-ROM:



McConnell, W. H. (1993). Constitutional History. In The Canadian Encyclopedia [CD-ROM]. Version 1.1. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.



Published Proceedings of a Conference:



Rosas, M. (2001). Estructura de las clases de comprensión lectora en 5º y 8º año de Enseñanza General Básica. Proceedings of the XIV Congreso de la Sociedad Chilena de Lingüística, Universidad de Los Lagos, Osorno.



Unpublished Dissertation or Essay:



Soussi, L. (2004). Módulos didácticos para el desarrollo de estrategias inferenciales correferenciales anafóricas en alumnos de 6º y 8º año básicos de escuelas rurales de Chiloé. Unpublished master’s thesis, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile.



Sabaj, O. (2004). Comportamiento de los verbos abstractos en el corpus PUCV-2003. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile.







The review should be headed with the work’s full data, including page numbers and ISBN.




The review’s complete text should be a critique and should therefore express the author’s opinion on the work reviewed.




The topic and central issue should be presented at the beginning of the introduction.




Audience or potential readers should be specified.




The work’s structure (chapters and sections) should be presented along with a complete synthesis of its content.




Glossaries, appendices, or annotated bibliography should be mentioned.




The work under review should be associated with the author’s other works and with other works on the same subject.




The work should be contextualized, considering the moment and the place in which it has been published.




The author’s full name, e-mail address, and institution for which s/he works should be stated, regardless of whether the author is a student, professor or researcher.




The work must always correspond to the formal aspects and References listed in the Guidelines for Publication.

Cession of rights

The following document must be completed by all the authors of the manuscripts. Should more space for all the authors signatures, can add pages.

Title of the Manuscript:

Statement: By virtue of present document, I(we) state that I(we) give the publishers of Revista Signos. Estudios de Lingüística, edited by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, edits through its Institute of Literature and Language Sciences, exclusive license, with no time limit, to publish the article of my(our) own authorship mentioned above. Being aware that the distribution of this journal has but academic purposes, I(we) give the appopriate authorization so that its dissemination can be carried out through hard copy and electronic media, both on local webs and via the internet.



Sending of manuscripts

Articles for publication must be submitted to:

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