Author’s Guide

Author’s Guide


The Latin American Social Sciences Journal for Childhood and Youth is a biannual publication that gathers research and inter and trans-disciplinary meta-analysis results in order to introduce unpublished papers. The Journal also accumulates and debates knowledge and know-how on childhood and youth of Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean and contributes to the research of very complex subject matter from diverse disciplinary perspectives such as neuroscience, psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, linguistics, history and philosophy.



Its basis is the Doctorate program in Social Sciences, Childhood and Youth of the Center of Advanced Studies in Childhood and Youth. This is the result of a partnership between the University of Manizales and CINDE in Manizales, Colombia. It is directed at people interested in theory, studies practices, research, analysis and gaining deeper insight into children and young people as well as designing, evaluating and comparing programs and policies on childhood and youth. The Journal accepts articles in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English, preferably derived directly from research formally endorsed by universities, research centers and public and private financing entities.


General Information


The Latin American Social Sciences Journal for Childhood and Youth is a biannual publication, indexed by the National Bibliographic index Publindex and honors Scientific Quality criteria established by Colciencias. For that reason, it receives articles that correspond to the following typology:

  1. Scientific and technological research. Document that presents the original results of completed research projects in a detailed manner. The structure should follow the style outlined in the APA Style Manual (6th Edition), which includes four main sections: Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion.
  2. Reflective article.Document that presents the results of completed research from an analytical, interpretative or critical perspective developed by the author on a specific topic using original sources.
  3. Literature Review.Document that is the result of a completed study that analyses, systematizes and integrates the results of published or unpublished research from a scientific or technological field with the goal of identifying progress and trends. This is characterized by a careful literature review consisting of at least 50 references.
  4. Short article.Brief document that presents original or preliminary results from a scientific or technological study that requires a prompt dissemination.
  5. Case study.Document that presents the results of a study on a particular situation with the goal of identifying technical and methodological experiences from a specific case. This includes a systematic review of the literature regarding analogous cases.
  6. Topic review.Document that is the result of a critical literature review on a particular topic.
  7. Letters to the Editor. Critical, analytical or interpretative positions towards the documents published in the Journal, that the Editorial Committee consider constitute an important contribution to the discussion of the topic from the related scientific community.


Additionally, the Journal accepts brief analytical articles dealing with events, local processes and ongoing projects of interest to social science scholars and other intellectuals that study children and young people. The Journal also receives systematizations of work related to children and young people as well as publishing interviews with thinkers in these fields.


The authors should clarify what type of article they are presenting so that the editorial process can be tailored to their specific category.



The opinions and statements appearing in the articles are the exclusive responsibility of the author(s).


Submitting an article to this Journal implies a commitment by the author that they will submit neither partially, completely, simultaneously nor successively to other magazines or publishers without withdrawing the text from the Journal´s consideration by written communication.


The articles have to be uploaded by the author(s) to the Journal´s Open Journal System (OJS). The articles published in the Journal are freely available and have to be cited as the reference appears in each article.


Once the article has been placed on the OJS platform, it will be submitted to a review of similarities with texts available on the internet through the TurnitinTM program to prove its originality.


Editorial Parameters


  • Title: All of the articles have to come with a first page that includes the work title (no more than 12 words) followed by an asterisk that refers to a footnote that specifies the characteristics of the research. This note has to indicate the exact date (hopefully the day or at least the month and year) the research began and ended or if it is still ongoing. This is with the aim of providing the author the drafting of this first note and then the author indicates four examples of articles that have already been published in the Journal:
    • This article is based on research carried out by the author with financing from the Office of the Secretary of Government of Bogotá D.C. (Contract # 116/2002). Carried out between February 2000 and September 2002.
    • This article is a summary of the research called “Hermeneutic cultural health” presented by the author for her Doctoral Degree in Socio-Sanitary Sciences and Medical Humanities, Complutense University of Madrid, 2003. Financing approved in a session of the High Council of the University of Manizales, Minute 019 of September 23rd, 1999. Carried out between February 1999 and September 2002.
    • This article is part of the project called “Towards an understanding of the construction of meaning on upbringing in the growth and development program”, financed by the University of Antioquia and registered in the Research Center of the National Faculty of Public Health of the University of Antioquia, under the code: INV-168-05. Carried out between February 1999 and September 2002.
    • This article stems from a large-scale study called “Analysis of the Practices of Games of Luck and Chance, of Skill, Luck and Ability in children and young people of Bogotá” Code 1203-04-12643. This was done with co-financing from Colciencias and was carried out between January 2002 and December 2004.


  • Author´s name: After the title, the author´s complete name has to be centered, followed by two asterisks, in the case of it being a single author, or if there are two, three, four, etc., each complete name has to be followed by the corresponding number of asterisks that refer to footnotes, all of them have to contain the following information: the author´s educational level (his/her degree or most advanced degrees along with the providing institutions) and their email address. Below the author´s name and centered and indicate the institutional affiliation (the institution where the author is working). When there is no institutional affiliation, the author´s city of residence has to be written down. Finally, the ORCID code should be presented ( along with the authors’ H5.

For the international standardization of the name and surname of each of the authors, it is important to include the name or names and surname or surnames that were used in their most recently published article. In case of having used two surnames, these should be connected with a hyphen in line with international standards (those interested can consult the information about the standardization of the presentation of surnames in the following website: If a reference of an author is cited within the article, this should follow the Journal’s chosen international standards, as well as with the final list of references. Any citations of the authors in other publications should also be done in the same way as this facilitates searching for the authors at an international level and their appearance in bibliometric indexes.

The following is an example of the author´s name with institutional affiliation

Jorge Iván González** Position in the institution

National University of Colombia

**Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy from the Javeriana University of Bogotá, Master’s degree in Economics from Los Andes University, Doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Louvain (Belgium), professor of the National University of Colombia. Invited professor of the Doctorate program in Social Sciences, Childhood and Youth of the CINDE Center of Advanced Studies in Childhood and Youth and the University of Manizales. Email:

  • Abstract: An abstract of the article in Spanish is required, maximum 130 words for articles that are the result of completed research and innovation, for articles that are not the result of completed research and theoretical articles. The articles that are a result of completed research and innovation are type 1, 2 or 3 that appear in the general information of this Guide for Authors. This abstract is a complete summary that is used in the service of synthesizing information and in helping indicate and recover the article.

In the case of the article being a result of completed research and innovation, the following aspects of the summary have to be also taken into account,

It has to be analytical

It has to mention the problem addressed by the research

It has to mention the participants and their characteristics.

It has to mention the scope of the research.

It has to mention the methodology used in the research.

 It has to mention the main results and conclusions of the research. It mustn’t have bibliographic references. In the case of articles not being the result of completed research or theoretical investigations, the author(s) should use a descriptive summary in which they clearly and precisely express the content of the article. It should contain less than 130 words and should state at the beginning what type of abstract it is: 1) Analytical, or; 2) Descriptive.

  • Key words: Continuing on, the abstract indicates some key words in Spanish (from 3 to 10) that quickly help the reader identify the article´s topic. The key words, without exception, have to be taken from a Thesaurus, indicating its name.
  • The article´s title, the abstract and keys words have to be translated to Portuguese (abstract, key words) and English (abstract, keywords) by a translator with an expertise in the social field.
  • Text: After the abstracts and keys words, an abbreviated table of contents has to be written which has to be in bold, with Arabic numerals and have a horizontal layout. Example:

-1.    Introduction. -2.           The economic method: the difference between pure economy and applied economy. -3.           The Samuelson paradigm. -4. Alternatives to the Samuelson vision. -5.         Public policies, childhood and youth. -6.  Conclusions - List of references

  • Length: the articles can have a maximum of 7,500 words (including the list of references). The notes have to be at the bottom of the page in Word´s automatic for notes.
  • Tables and graphs: the statistical or graphical information has to be grouped in tables or graphs. The tables (or graphs) are listed consecutively according to when they are mentioned in the text. Their presentation should follow the standard contained in the APA Style Manual (6th Ed.). The tables and graphs have to be accompanied by their sources, clearly presented within the text so that the data´s origin can be easily verified. Additionally, the author has to expressly state which tables or graphs the author(s) has created. Within the article´s text, all of the tables and graphs have to be referenced by their number and not by phrases such as the “following table” or “the previous graph” as the layout process could require placing the table or graph in a place that isn´t close to the line it references.
  • Figures: when the article includes graphics, photographs or illustrations, it is enough to have the respective digital file that has to be sent within the text in its respective place. The diagrams, drawings, figures, photographs or illustrations have to have consecutive numbering and come with a subtitle that begins with “Figure:” and then very briefly indicate the figure´s content. The figures have to be accompanied by their sources, clearly presented within the text or in footnotes so that its authorship or origin can be easily verified. Additionally, it has to expressly state which figures were created by the author(s). It mustn’t include artwork that is subject to “copyright” or other copyrights without having previously obtained the respective written permission. Within the article´s text all of the figures have to be referenced by number and not by phrases such as “the following figure” or “the previous figure” as the layout may require placing the figure in a place that isn´t close to the line it references. All of the tables and other graphic elements should contain an explanatory note that allows the reader to understand all of the information or components of the graphic.

Annexes: Annexes mustn’t be included at the end of the article, all of them have to be incorporated analytically within the body of the article as previously indicated (tables, graphs, photos, etc.). However, the author can include digital annexes (through links) if and only when these files are stored in services that allow the downloading of this information in an indefinite manner Digital Object Identifier (DOI) codes are provided (for example, o

  • Final list of references: A list of bibliographical references has to be included at the end of the article´s text that contains all of the references and only the citations within the text, in the tables, graphs, photographs, etc., and in the notes.

References should be current, preferably from the last three years, and relevant (sufficient, necessary and with all of the data required according to the APA style). It is important to cite the authors that are considered classic within the field of knowledge.

Reference System: The latest version (6th version) of the APA reference system will be followed. This is the “surname system (date)”, which has to consistently be used within the text and footnotes. It is enough to put the surname(s) of the author(s) in the general references followed by the date in parenthesis. If the precise reference from a textual citation is available, it is added after the date on the respective page, following by a comma, a space, a “p” (if there are several pages, “pp.”), a period and a space. For example:


….as explained in Rogoff (1993).

….as she sustained (Rogoff, 1993).

… as Rogoff expressly states

(1993, p. 31).

… stated in her words (Rogoff, 1993, pp. 31-32).

Under no circumstances are notes to be inserted at the bottom of the page where the complete reference appears which must only appear in the final list of references.

The final list of bibliographical references has to be created following the APA style.

The treatment of gender should be taken into account in your article, so please use gender inclusive language at all times.


In references to articles in journals, you should include the DOI code if the article has one. The DOI (digital object identifier) is a universal code that identifies each article from a scientific journal and allows a user to easily locate the article on the internet. This code is published in a visible place on each article.

Hedegaard, M. (2005). Strategies for dealing with conflicts in value positions between home and school: Influences on ethnic minority students’ development of motives and identity. Culture Psychology, 11(2), 187-205. doi:10.1177/1354067X05052351


Protected Material: If material protected by copyright is used, the author(s) are responsible for obtaining written permission from the copyright holders. In principle, citing more than one table or graph or 500 words or more from the same book or article requires the prior written permission of the copyright holder (even in the case that the material is the intellectual property of the author(s) of the article but the copyright has been granted to another publication).


Evaluation and Review


  • The Journal, with the consent of the author(s), will carry out the necessary editorial changes in order to give the article the greatest possible clarity, accuracy and coherence. As a result, it is recommended to the authors to write with greater stringency, using good spelling, writing in homogenous and clear paragraphs and aiming to accurately use punctuation marks. The author(s) have to avoid redundancies and the reiterative use of acronyms as these don´t replace the word(s) in question and make the readers become tired and lose initiative to read their text.
  • The articles are submitted to a double-blind review by at least two consultants that have a month to deliver their evaluative study. Once the proposed document has been evaluated, the author(s) will receive the evaluation for their review and adjustment. They will have a time limit determined by the Journal´s editor to upload. Based on the decision of the first evaluators or the editing team, the corrected article can be sent for a new evaluation by the first evaluators or by different evaluators.
  • Once the article has been uploaded to the Journal´s Open Journal System, all of the authors are in agreement for the granting of copyright to the Journal if the article is approved for publication. This assignment agreement allows the editing team to protect the material on behalf of the author(s) without them giving up authorship. The copyright assignment includes the exclusive rights to the article´s reproduction and distribution, including the supplements, the photocopied reproductions, electronic formats, translations or of any other type.
  • The article´s gallery proofs will be sent to the author(s) before printing the Journal. The corrections have to be limited to typing mistakes. New lines, phrases or paragraphs are not accepted. The line and page to be modified in the page proofs have to be indicated.
  • The Journal´s Open Journal System allows for online communication so that the Journal´s authors are aware of their work´s status.
  • The web address of the Journal´s Open Journal System is: Journal´s email contact:  


Specific guide for creating the final list of references.


Due to the Journal´s emphasis being on scientific and academic issues, the list of references is used in the articles (documents effectively used to support the research) and not the bibliography (documents that have served as foundation of the author(s), but haven´t necessarily been used in the research). In this regard, all of the quotes have to appear in the list of references and all of the references have to be cited in the text. It is important to cite the directly consulted source in the references, for example, if what was consulted was an abstract, report this and not the complete article, as it would have read.


Books with one author:

The author´s surname(s), a comma, a space, the initial(s) of the name followed by a period, space, year in parenthesis, period, space, book title (in italics and only capitalizing the first letters of the most important words in accordance with the grammar and spelling standards of the original language),), period, space, city (in the case of the United States, state abbreviation; ex. Boston, Ma), two periods, space, publisher and period. If it is a corporate author, the institution´s complete name is written. Neither acronyms nor abbreviations may be used.


Author, A. A. (Year). Title of the Book. City: Publisher.



Books with two or more authors: The names of the authors are separated by &, in lower-case. In situations with more than two or less than six authors, the names are separated with a comma and between the second-to-last and last names a & is written. When there are six or more authors, the seventh and subsequent names are abbreviated in lower-case, without italics and with a period at the end. This is for the list of references in order to be able to cite the work in the text (when there are more than six authors), only the first author is mentioned and the following are abbreviated as mentioned.


Chapter in published book: The author´s surname(s) and initials are written exactly the same as in the previous case. Afterwards, the year in parenthesis, period, space and the chapter´s title in normal font, without quotation marks, period, space, “In”, space, initial(s) of the name(s) of the editors or compilers, space, surname, comma, in parenthesis if they are editors or compilers (abbreviated “Ed.” if it is an editor or “Eds.” if there are more than one, “Comp.” or “Comps.” if it is one or more compilers), comma, space, book title (in italics), space and in parenthesis the first and last chapter pages are written (abbreviated “pp.” for “pages”, and the numbers are separated with a slash). Afterwards, a period, space, city (in the case of the United States: city, abbreviated state; example: Boston, Ma) two periods, space, publisher, period.


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of the chapter. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of the Book (pp. xxx-xxx). City: Publisher.



Journal Article:

The author´s surnames and initials are written the same as in the first case. Afterwards, the year in parenthesis, period, space and the article´s title in normal font, without quotation marks, period, space, Journal´s name in italics, coma in italics, Journal´s volume number in italics and with Arabic numerals (without writing “vol.”), comma in italics, first and last pages separated by a slash in normal font, period. The first letter of the key words (except articles, prepositions, conjunctions) of the Journal´s title is capitalized. If the Journal has a title that is very similar to another or is not well known, in italics the institution or city and if convenient the country is added in parenthesis. If the numbering of the volume´s fascicles is consecutive, the fascicle´s number is not written. If all of the volume´s fascicles begin with a new numbering, the fascicles number is written in parenthesis, in Arabic numerals and in normal font. If there aren´t any volumes but numbers, “n.” is written and the number in Arabic numeral and in normal font size. The page numbers should be preceded by the abbreviation ‘p.’.



Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of the article. Title of the Journal, v.(n.), xx-xx. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx



Book or report from an institution:

The institution is neither abbreviated nor the acronym used unless the name of the institution usually appears as an acronym, for example: UNESCO, Colciencias, ICFES, etc. After the institution´s name goes a period. If it is a ministry, secretariat, administrative department etc., as all these names are similar, first write the country, comma, space, name of the ministry, secretariat, etc.


Dictionaries or Encyclopedias:

Firstly, the name of the author or editor is written (“Ed.” in parenthesis when it is an editor). After the title of the dictionary or encyclopedia and after a space, the edition is written in parenthesis, if it is not the first, comma and the consulted volume. Neither the term nor the page is written.


Presentations or conferences in symposiums, congresses, meetings, etc.:

If the submission is published in a book with a publisher, the publication has to be indicated and cited as a chapter of a published book. The title of the symposium, congress or meeting has to be in normal font with the first letters of the key words capitalized. If the submission is not published, the month the event took place is written, separated by a comma after the year. After the title of the presentation or conference (which is in normal font) a period is written and space, “Presentation presented in”, the complete name of the congress with the keys words capitalized, comma, space, city, comma, space, country, period.


Undergraduate or Post-Graduate Thesis:

After the author´s surname and initials, the year the thesis was defended is written in parenthesis. The title of the thesis should be written in italics, with only the first letter of the title in capitals: this should be followed by a period, space and the type of degree the thesis comes from should be in parenthesis. After this, you should include the details of its publication. When it is a doctoral thesis that hasn’t been published, this should be stated in parenthesis: “Unpublished doctoral thesis”, with a period following the final parenthesis. This is followed by the name of the university, comma, and the city.

Structure: published thesis.

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of the thesis (Doctoral thesis/Master’s thesis). Details of the publication.

Structure: unpublished thesis.

Author, A. A. (Year of dissertation). Title of the thesis (Unpublished Doctoral thesis/Master’s thesis). Name of the university, city.



Electronic Media on the Internet:

If it is an article that is copied from a print version in a Journal, the same format for Journal articles is used, putting in brackets “[Electronic version]”after the article´s title. If the Journal is only published online and not in print, the same format is used putting in brackets after the Journal´s title “[Online Journal]”. If it is a document that doesn´t belong to a Journal but appears in the webpage of another person or institution, the rest of the data available is written after the title. In these three cases written at the end is “Consulted the”, the last date the webpage was consulted (in the format“[day] of [month] of [year]”), space, “in the URL”, space and the complete URL beginning with “http//” so that the reader can copy the URL to their browser and view the same document. A final period is not written after the URL. All of the URLs that appear in the final list of references have to be directly verified before sending the article to the Journal (the URL is selected; hold down Control+C to copy and Control+P to paste it into the browser and the document should appear on the screen. If this doesn´t happen there is a problem with the URL).