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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

General Guidelines

•Topics: The Journal of Latin American Communication Research (JLACR) publishes only scholarly articles related to communication research in Latin America or about Latin American communication processes. Topics may come from any field dealing with communications, or from an interdisciplinary perspective.

• Structure: Empirical studies should include a literature review, research questions or hypotheses, methodology, findings, and conclusion in this particular order. Please, include subtitles. Theoretical articles require an introduction, clear thesis, supporting arguments based on facts, in-depth analysis, and research developed by various sources (please, avoid opinion pieces). Include creative subtitles. Use APA style.

•When to submit: Papers may be sent all year long, taking into account that each issue could have a special Call-for-Papers, in order to receive articles for specific topics.

•Languages: Manuscripts will be accepted in English, Spanish and Portuguese. However, papers accepted in Portuguese or Spanish will need to be translated to English by the authors before scheduled for publication.

•Copyright: The proposals submitted to JLACR must be original and shouldn’t be consider for publication in any other journal, book or conference proceedings. In case of partial previous publishing, author must consult Editors. 

Manuscript Preparation

•Length: Submissions about 7,000-10,000 words.

•Citation Style: JLACR follows the Manual of Style of the American Psychological Association (APA), and authors must adapt their texts to its most recent edition.

•Formats: JLACR receives proposals in MS-Word format. Other additional information, like graphs and tables, must be delivered in most common graphic formats like JPG and GIF. If other special formats (sound, video) want to be include, please contact Editors. 

Manuscript Submission

Submissions to JLACR should be submitted only through our platform ( Authors must deliver the next in each manuscript:


•Abstract (200-250 words)

•Data about the authors (email, institution and a brief bio for each)

•Full text of the article

•Authors must send an anonymous version of the manuscript. Remove author’s name or other identifying information on running heads, and on pages throughout the document to ensure a blind review. If an author’s work must be cited, use “author citation” both in the text and references (example: Author citation, 2014). Include a separate title page, with author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s). Articles that do not meet the guidelines will not be reviewed.


Instructions for Submitting

  1. Go to the journal platform ( and access with your account. If you don’t have one, you have to register in the site and choose the roles you desire (author, reader, reviewer, etc.). To send a manuscript you have to log in as an “Author”.
  2. Click on “New Submit” and follow the instructions on the screen, filling all the fields required.

Note: Figures and tables must be sent separately. The platform allows to upload text files, as well as other formats.


Scholarly articles must focus on communication research or communication processes in or about Latin America per se or in connection to social, political, economic, cultural, historical or technological variables. The journal welcomes quantitative, qualitative and theoretical articles . Please, read the author’s guidelines.


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