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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Hand in Structure

Please hand in two files and one folder with figures:

  1. Cover
  2. Manuscript
  3.  Figures folder


1. Cover:

  • Title of the article (concise but informative) with 20 words maximum. Please include as much as significant terms as possible. Editors and reviewers might suggest changes in the title if it does not correctly reflect the content of the work.


  • Full name and surname of each author in order of priority. In the case of more than three authors, it is necessary to justify the original contribution of the team. For manuscripts with more than three authors, we encourage authors to use the CRediT author statement in their acknowledgment section (


  • Next to the name of each author please state, the institutional affiliation, country, email, and ORCID number. We encourage authors to register in the International Registry of Researchers (ORCID) ( but it is not compulsory.


  • Abstract of 300 words maximum. The abstract should make clear the reason and objective of the research, the methodology used and the most outstanding results and main conclusions of the research.


  • 6 keywords


2. Manuscript

Manuscripts should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words long including references, endnotes and headings. Manuscripts can follow the structure presented below. We understand that depending on the subject and type of the research this structure may vary. The inclusion of references in all works is mandatory, while headings, notes and supporting material is optional.


  • Introduction and justification: This part states the foundations and purpose of the study and reviews the most significant literature on the subject.


  • Material and methods: It makes explicit how the research was conducted. It specifies and explains the type of methodology used (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed) and describes the methods and/or sampling strategies. If it is an original methodology, the reasons that have led to its use and its possible limitations should be explained.


  • Discussion and analysis: This section discusses the meaning of the findings. It highlights the most relevant observations and findings of the research. The discussion avoids data redundancy.


  • Findings and conclusions: It will summarize the findings and relate the observations with other studies of interest, pointing out contributions and limitations. The findings and their limitations are linked with the objectives of the study, avoiding statements that are not supported by the data.


  • Footnotes: Explanatory notes that appear at the footnote on each page. Note numbers are placed in superscript both in running text and in footnotes, Numbers are placed in the text before the closing period or comma.


  • Funding: We recommend that authors specify the source of funding for the research. Research with national and/or international endorsement will be considered a priority. For review purposes the funding should be anonymized with XXXX, to not identify authors and research teams.


  • References: Bibliographical citations should be noted in the form of references to the text. Bibliography not cited in the text should not be included. The number of references must be sufficient and necessary to contextualize the theoretical framework, the methodology used and the research results in an international research context. They will be presented alphabetically by the first name of the author. The citations must be taken from the original documents – preferably magazines and books. We ask our authors to use the Chicago Author-Date referencing style:


General editing rules



The first time they appear in the text their full name must be written, then the acronym. For example: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).



Textual citations that exceed four lines should be placed in long citation format: single-spaced, font size 11 and reduced margin on both sides.


Images, charts, graphs, tables:

  • Each must have a title and a sequence number.
  • The images must be placed along the article where they correspond in relation to the text. In addition, they must be sent separately in a size of 15 cm wide, at 300 dpi resolution.
  • Graphics, charts or tables must be included in the text and also sent in Excel format.
  • Each image, table, chart or graph must contain complete reference sources. It is the author's responsibility to manage the corresponding permissions for the publication of the images that require approval from other parties.



  • The headings of the body of the article will be numbered in Arabic. They will go up and down, without underlining or bold. The numbering must have a maximum of two levels: 1. / 1.1. At the end of each numbered section there will be a line break.
  • No text should be underlined, nor are capital letters used except for acronyms. Words in another language will be in italics and the titles of books and articles in quotation marks.



  • Only universally accepted abbreviations should be used (See: Units Symbols and Abbreviations). If a term used frequently in the text need to be shortened, the first time it appears it should be spelled out followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.



  • Please spell out roman numbers from zero to one hundred. Use numeral figures to represent numbers above one hundred. For decimals use a point to the right of the cero and not the comma. 

3. Figures folder

Please upload or send to the journal's e-mail ( a folder containing all the images you are using in your manuscript. The images have to be ipg and png and in a high-quality resolution (300 dpi).

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