Editorial policies, style guide and other information

Review and editing guideline (August 2021)

Review type: The double blind peer review system - the reviewer does not know the identity of the author of the text and vice versa. The author sends the text in a Word file, having previously removed the hidden identification data (personal data can be deleted in Word: File / Info / Check for issues / Inspect document / Remove all).

Minimum number of reviewers of original academic papers: 2

Exceptions: So-called “short papers” (up to 3,000 words), articles for special sections and brief reports (essays and articles that relate to celebratory issues or short articles meaning technical notes, field notes, book reviews) may be accepted for publication after passing the double-blind review process by one external reviewer and a special evaluation by the editor and editor-in-chief.

Once the review is complete, it is verified by the editorial team, who forward the reviewer's comments to the author. If any changes are made, the reviewer receives the modified text again for verification. In case of minor corrections, the text may be evaluated by the responsible editor (follow up review by handling editor).

The procedure of sharing data on the peer-review process

The publisher collects and keeps certain data from those involved in the review process (country, academic title of the reviewer, evaluation, comments, etc.). The said data, once anonymized, may be transferred to third parties for control purposes. Likewise, the information regarding the rejected materials and the rejection rate is kept. Information on the number of rejections may also be disclosed.


Reviewer selection criteria. Functions of members of the scientific committee

Reviewers are assigned based on the following criteria:

1. the subject of the article and references cited in the text; preference is given to reviewers outside the journal, the editorial team or the scientific committee,

2. recommendations of members of the scientific committee,

3. the obligation to avoid conflict of interest,

4. the deadline for delivery of the review.

The role of the scientific committee is mainly to evaluate the journal's policy and principles and to support the article evaluation process (assistance in selecting expert reviewers).

Submission Ethics, Editorial calendar

The selection of texts for each issue of the journal concludes at the end of August. The journal is published on December 31.

The publication of articles is free of charge (no processing fees). As of 2021, consent to publication is required in accordance with the corresponding Creative Commons license model (CC BY-SA 4.0 is suggested). The submission of the article is equivalent to signing an editorial contract (the submission itself constitutes a kind of editorial contract).

Articles that passed the evaluation process, but are not included in the already published issues are published on the website in the "Articles in press" section. The in-press articles are assigned a DOI identifier, which allows them to be cited, commented, displayed by academic search engines and used in bibliometric studies or anti-plagiarism procedures.

As of 2021, articles are submitted through the registration and submission system on the Estudios Latinoamericanos web page (PKP / OJS system). In particular cases, the materials may be sent by email to the editor-in-chief or the editorial secretary.

Submitting the article (or review) implies consent for the processing of personal data of the author / reviewer. All submissions are assigned an identification number.

The articles sent must follow the rules described below. In case of doubt, please contact the editorial team or follow the recommendations of the previous Editorial Code of 2013 (Spanish only, see attached pdf).

Authors are allowed to self-archive manuscripts of versions before or after the review and the final version (layout text) in various academic repositories (i.E. researchgate.com, academia.edu).

Authors, and not the Journal are responsible for the content of their articles or reports, for the accuracy or correct attribution of citations, for the legal right to publish any submitted material, for the proper the correct distribution of authorship among co-authors, and for the preparation of manuscripts in the appropriate manuscripts in the appropriate format for publication according to these guidelines. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission, if necessary, to use figures, tables, or any other material subject to the laws of the or any other material subject to international copyright laws. An author must contribute substantially to the submited work and agree to be accountable for this contribution. The journal reserve right to not publish submission which will be evaluated as redundnant publication by members of the scientific board.

In case of detecting a case of plagiarism or fraud, the editorial team follows the rules and procedures established by COPE.

(see https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Guidelines)

The structure of contributions

1. Title

2. Abstract and key words in English and Spanish

3. The body (text)

4. Acknowledgments (optional)

5. Notes (only if they were referred to in previous sections)

6. References cited

7. Appendices (optional)

The Estudios Latinoamericanos journal allows for online publication of electronic materials through the OJS system, and files that do not exceed 100 MB can be attached to the article.

Estudios Latinoamericanos: citation system

Texts should be sent in formats compatible with MS Word. The Polish Society for Latin American Studies (or PTSL) belongs to the international publishers’ organization CrossRef. Following CrossRef guidelines, we advise the use of DOI identifiers in bibliographies whenever possible.

Estudios Latinoamericanos follows the style guidelines based on SAA Style Guide (see also the previous Editorial Code 2013, Spanish only, attached in pdf format). The table below contains examples of bibliographic citations written in accordance with the SAA style guide. For more examples and explanations, consult the Editorial Code.

Please order the “References Cited” section alphabetically by the authors' last names, and use the full names and middle initials of the authors and publishers, as they appear on the cover of the work. Please also order parts of each reference in the general order: author(s), date, title, publisher, publisher’s location.

It is recommended to use a bibliography management program. Below we provide the link to download the SAA style in CSL, for Zotero or other programs.




Single Author

 Elster, Jon
     1989 Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press, New York.

 Morales Padrón, Fransisco
     1971 Historia del descubrimiento y conquista de América. 2nd ed. Editora Nacional,

Multiple Authors

 Hampton, David R., Charles E. Summer, and Ross A. Weber
     1978 Organizational Behavior and the Practice of Management. 3rd ed. Scott, Foresman,
          Glenview, Illinois. 

Edited Book

 Dibble, Charles E. (editor)
     1980 [sixteenth century] Codice Xolotl. Universidad Autónoma de México, México, D.F.

 McHugh, William P. (editor)
     1977 The Teaching of Archaeology. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale.

Translated Book

 Bonavia, Duccio
     1985 Mural Painting in Ancient Peru. Translated by P. J. Lyon. Indiana University Press,

Journal Article

Ashmore, Wendy
     1991 Site-Planning Principles and Concepts of Directionality among the Ancient Maya.
         Latin American Antiquity 2:199–226.


Guernsey, Julia

      2016 Water, Maize, Salt, and Canoes: An Iconography of Economics at Late   

           Preclassic Izapa, Chiapas, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 27(3):340–356.               


 Seifert, Donna J.
     1991 Within Sight of the White House: The Archaeology of Working Women. Historical

Article in an
Edited Book or Monograph

Manzanilla, Linda
     1999 The Emergence of Complex Urban Societies in Central Mexico: The case of
         Teotihuacan. In Archaeology in Latin America, edited by Gustavo G. Politis and
         Benjamin Alberti, pp. 93–129. Routledge, London.

Geurds, Alexander

      2018 Prehistory of Southern Central America. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, pp.                          

          1–20. Springer International Publishing, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_3336-1

or Thesis

 Fritz, Gayle J.
     1986 Prehistoric Ozark Agriculture: The University of Arkansas Rockshelter Collections.
         Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of North
         Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Web Pages and
Electronic Documents


Glascock, Michael D.
     2001 Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR. Electronic document,
         http://missouri.edu/~glascock/archlab.html, accessed April 12, 2002.

 Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Laboratory
     2001 XRF Information. Electronic document, http://www.obsidianlab.com, accessed
         April 12, 2002.


Código editorial 2013

Código editorial, información para autores y guía estilística de publicaciones de la Sociedad Polaca de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Centro de Estudios Precolombinos de la Universidad de Varsovia