Call for papers Letras Históricas, núm. 20

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Call for Papers
April 8, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Economic History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Local History, Mexican History / Studies

The address publishing of Letras Históricas announces that additional articles to integrate the number 20, corresponding to March-September 2019. The date limit for reception is April 8th 2018.

Letras Históricas is an open access arbitrated journal, edited by the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) with publication each semester.  It invites members of the national and international academic community who are interested in the study of history and the social sciences to present for publication in this magazine unedited works resulting from an original investigation and that constitutes an input relevant for this area of knowledge.

At the moment of proposing an article, the author should annex a signed document that expresses that the work is original and unedited and that it has not been submitted simultaneously to another magazine for possible publication.  The editorial team of Letras Históricas will immediately reject the article if it is detected that a substantial part of the text has been already published in whatever type of production, whether it be print, electronic, digital or on the web.  If, during the process of determination, some of the evaluators identify and demonstrate that the proposed article has incurred partial or total plagiarism, the adjudication process will be terminated and the author or authors will be notified.


Every proposal will have to include on the first page the following specifications:

  • Title of the work, in Spanish and English, no more than 25 words that refers clearly to the content; as well as the place and the approximate time frame as appropriate.
  • A summary in Spanish and English of no more than 120 words.  This will highlight the contributions and the relevant aspects of the work:  the main results, the methodology and the conclusions.
  • Include no more than five key words in Spanish and in English for purposes of bibliographic indexing.
  • Include the name of the author(s), the academic institution, the most recent academic grade, a home address, an institutional address, a telephone number, and an e-mail address.   The acknowledgements in no case should exceed 30 words.


Structure of the Text:

  • The articles and reviews must be delivered in an electronic format of double spacing with the font Times New Roman 12 (footnotes at 10 immediately afterwards) in a version of Word.
  • The length of the articles can vary between 18 and 30 letter size sheets (no more than 12,000 words) including references, bibliography, charts, graphics and illustrations.
  • The length of the reviews will be between 5 and 7 letter sized sheets (a maximum of 2,000 words).
  • The reviews will include in the upper part of the first page the complete reference of the book commented on, as much as the name, address, e-mail address and institutional employer of the author.
  • All the pictures, tables, images and graphics, independently of that which is in the text should be delivered in a separate archive indicating clearly its title, source, and place of insertion in the text. They must be prepared for their reproduction and in consecutive Arabic numbers.
  • For the images the format will have to be JPG or TIFF, the size no larger than half a letter sized page, in 300 dpi, or in slides.  Preferably original images are to be sent.  According to each case, it will be the responsibility of the author to also send the necessary permissions necessary for the publication of images protected by whatever type of copyright.  The tables or graphics worked in Excel will have to be delivered in said program, in a separate archive and indicating its location inside the text.



  • The format for citing sources is adapted to the style of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • The references of the authors will be inserted in the text, in parenthesis, indicating the surname(s) of the author or authors, year and page.


Example: (Barragán y Martínez, 1991, pp. 108-111)


In cases where the name of the author is mentioned to refer to some idea of the same, the year will be indicated in parenthesis:



In agreement with Daniel Barragán and José Rafael Martinez (1991) the interregional relations in the occident of México…


In the case of three, four or five authors, all will be cited the first time that reference is made to their work.  From then on, the surname of the first author will be written, followed by the abbreviation et al and the year of publication. 


The text quotes will go in between quotation marks and, when exceeding three lines, separate from the principal body of the text.  In this last case, they will go tab flush by the left and quotation marks will not be used.  Whatever change introduced in the original quote must be indicated contained in brackets [ ].  At the end of the quote the page number or numbers should be indicated in parenthesis.



Sierra (1986) notes that there prevailed:


a legal structure defined by the state of which were found incorporated the indigenous communities.  Such a structure crystalized all of a history of domination and exclusion of that which has seen as subjects the indigenous villages before which they have due to negotiate and proportion its judicial practices and its law (p. 18).



  • The page footnotes will be indicated with Arabic numerals, in consecutive order and single spaced.  The superscript will be included always at the end of a paragraph or phrase, immediately after the period.
  • The notes that include bibliographic references also will be presented under the APA system.
  • It is important that the principal text is written up in a form that clearly identifies the statements of the author or authors cited.  The footnotes of a page are utilized in order to clarify distinct aspects of the principal text and to facilitate its comprehension. 
  • The notes must always utilize that the text makes reference to official sources and or archives.  In the case of an archive source, it will be identified by its acronym, as the complete name of the archive will be established at the end of the article in the Acronyms and References section. All reference of an archive must appear with its acronym and the corresponding classification of the cited document. 
  • When it is desired to introduce notes in a picture, these will figure as a continuation of the source, below the same, with a line of separation in between, and below the heading “Notes,” followed by a colon. In continuation, these will be listed, reserving at least a line for each one of them.  When the number of notes is reduced, the asterisk will be utilized as a sign for the corresponding reference marks----single, double, triple or quadruple---.  The asterisk must also be utilized when the reference mark has necessarily to follow a formula. When the notes are numerous, it is recommended to employ small italicized letters for the corresponding reference marks.  In any case, the reference marks will always be in superscript format.  The paragraph reserved for notes will be aligned with the vertical margins of the picture, indented in the notes themselves. When in the text or notes reference is made to a picture or specific graphic, it will be numbered as Picture X---with the number written in a Arabic numbers---or Graphic X, without reproducing its heading.


Sources and Bibliography

  • In the list of bibliographic references of the books and or articles, there must appear only those cited in the text, ordered alphabetically by surnames.  If the same author has two or more published references in the same year, letters will be added in each case (i.e. 1997a, 1997b, etc.), so to avoid whatever confusion. Also, if several publications by the same author are used, it is repeated in each reference. This should not include scripts.
  • In the case of more than three authors, one can write only the surname of the first, followed by the Latin expression, et al., written in italics.  To the names of coordinators, directors, compilers or editors the expressions (coord.), (dir.), (comp.), (ed.) will be added, as appropriate and followed by a comma.  
  • When an article includes a list of sources, whenever the archives consulted have an official name, this name will be used.  Following the name, its acronym is written in parenthesis, and finally the city where they are found.
  • References are recorded according to the examples presented below, taking into account the following general characteristics:  Surname, followed by initials of the name, year of publication (in parenthesis); title of the book or magazine (in italics); city and publisher.
  • When there are joint publications, the mention of each Publisher should be separated by commas, and acronyms of the same should be omitted (i.e., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México instead of UNAM.) 



The punctuation that will be used in the bibliography is indicated in the following examples:



Barragán Trejo, D. y Martínez Gómez, J. F., coords. (2009). Relaciones intra e interregionales en el occidente de México. Memorias VI Coloquio Internacional de Occidentalistas. Guadalajara: Universidad de Guadalajara.


Chapters in a Book:

The title of the chapter is written in plain script with a period at the end, followed by the word “In” followed by the name of the editor, coordinator, compiler or the director, followed by the abbreviation Ed., Coord., Comp., or Dir. in parenthesis.  The range of pages is shown at the end. 



Campos Moreno, A. (2009). Leyendas jacobeas de Jalisco y otros lugares de México. En D. Barragán Trejo y J. R. Martínez Gómez (coords.), Relaciones intra e interregionales en el occidente de México. Memorias VI Coloquio Internacional de Occidentalistas. Guadalajara: Universidad de Guadalajara, pp.183-195.


Periodical Publications

Articles in scientific journals:

The article title is written in plain script with a period at the end, followed by the title of the journal in italics, with capital letters and small letters, followed by the number of the volume, the number of the edition in parenthesis and the pages.  



López Aymes, J. F. (2009). Nacionalismo económico e internacionalización de la economía coreana. Estudios de Asia y África, XLIV/1, 138, pp. 59-94.



The order for articles of a periodical publication is:  surname of the author, if there is one; initials of the author, date of publication in parenthesis, title of the article in plain script ending in a period, name of the periodical in italics, and pages.



Escalante, F. (15 de septiembre de 1865 o 15/09/1865). Actualidades. La Sociedad, p. 2.



In the references of a thesis, the title is written in italics, and then in parenthesis whether it is a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or a Doctoral thesis and the legend unpublished, the name of the institution and country.



Nalda, E. (1975). UA San Juan del Río. Trabajos arqueológicos preliminares. (Tesis de licenciatura inédita). Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México.


On-line Consult:

The citing of a web page in the text is is indicated only by the name of the author and the year in parenthesis.  The URL or the web address of the page will be included in the list of references. To have an article with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) will replace the URL.



In the text: (Paz, 2012)


In the list of references:

Paz Trueba, Y. de (2012). Niños y niñas en el espacio urbano. La provincia de Buenos Aires entre finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX. Revista Nuevo Mundo. Mundos Nuevos. Recuperado de (Recovered from)


Acronyms and References

Acronym, complete name of the archive (including background in case it is abbreviated) and place.  It is recommended to collaborators to be the most specific possible in the mention of the consulted archives so they can be accessed easily.


Example.: AGI, Archivo General de Indias, Sevilla, España.


Procedure and Arbitration:

  • Each new collaborator should enter the domain:, where he/she will have to fill out a form and register as author. After generating a user name and a password, it will be necessary to enter the Personal Area of the journal, in which each collaborator will have the option of sending his proposal under a new submission. In the Open Journal Systems (OJS) of Letras Histórica they will be able to follow with transparency the adjudication process to which the collaborators will be subjected.
  • Only the articles that are registered by this means and that satisfy all the requirements here indicated will be accepted.
  • Once a collaboration is submitted, the authors promise not submit the article simultaneously for its consideration by other publications.
  • If the article is accepted for publication, the author promises not to publish it in any other medium, nor in the same form, without the consent of the Editorial Committee.
  • The acceptance of the works will depend on the confidential evaluation of two anonymous specialists who may or may not be external to the institution that publishes this journal. The results of the evaluation will indicate if the work: A) can be published with modifications, B) will be able to be published once indicated modifications are incorporated or C) so many modifications are required that its publication is not recommended. 
  • In the case of a discrepancy between both results, the text will be submitted to a third arbitrator, whose decision will define whether it is published or rejected.
  • This information will be sent to the autor in a formal letter of adjudication in a time frame of less than six months, though this can vary.
  • The adjudication process is determined by the number of articles on the waiting list.   
  • Letras Históricas reserves the right to speed up or postpone the publication of accepted articles.
  • For works that receive a favorable evaluation, the Editor of the journal will be able to solicit changes that are considered pertinent from the respective opinions of the evaluators.  After realizing said changes, the text will be revised by the Editor, and, in his case, he will be able to send out a definitive letter of acceptance. Once formally accepted, the text cannot be modified.
  • If the result of arbitration is favorable, the author will deliver the corrected version of the text, conforming to the solicitation of the evaluators within a time period of no more than 30 days from the date communication is received from the editorial board.  
  • Together with the text, a document will be annexed which indicates the realized changes.
  • The editorial board of the journal reserves the right to make corrections of style and editorial changes that are considered necessary in order to improve the work.
  • The content of the collaborations is the responsibility of the authors.  Letras Históricas requires, nonetheless, that the collaborators cede copyright to this journal using the format that will be sent them as part of the editorial process, so that their work can be published, reproduced, edited, and transmitted publicly.
  • In the case that more information is required about editorial norms or examples of references of sources, please contact:



  • In the case that the work is approved for publication, the author will cede all property and exploitation rights and will award a License corresponding so that his article can be disseminated in print and electronic formats.
  • The board of Letras Históricas will send the author(s) the License form for his/their signature.
  • The author(s) reserves (reserve) his/their moral rights conforming to that established by law.  In this sense, the author(s) will be able to use the material of his/their article in other works or books published by himself/themselves, with the condition of citing Letras Históricas as the original source of the texts.
  • It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain in writing the authorization corresponding to all the material that is part of his/their article and is protected by the Law on copyright.  
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