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Editorial criteria

Convergencia Revista de Ciencias Sociales is a four-month publication of the Center of Research and Advanced Studies on Political Sciences and Public Administration, of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, it has scientific purposes and adheres to the philosophy of open access. Its main objective is to promote, enhance and disseminate scientific research on social sciences.

General Guidelines

1. All of the submissions for possible publication should have an eminently academic focus. Due to the nature of the journal, journalistic articles or general comments on a defined theme will not be accepted.

2. Articles must be original and have never been published before, as well as not being subject to ruling elsewhere at the same time.

3. Works are accepted in Spanish and English languages.

4. The reception of an article does not imply acceptance to be published.

5. All submissions will be analyzed with specialized software in order to detect plagiarism.

6. All submissions will be reviewed by means of a first editorial assessment, so that they agree with the topics of the journal and comply with all the established guidelines.

7. Only when such assessment is verified, will the declaration of originality be signed, this is required for formal registration, thus beginning, in second instance, the academic ruling.

8. All the submissions will undergo a peer-review process through the double-blind system carried out by two members from the journal's board of arbitrators, which comprises highly qualified specialists of national and international universities. The ruling will be carried out by external arbitrators, from a different institution than that of the authors.

9. The decisions of the process are: approved for publication without changes; approved for publication when minor corrections have been met; conditioned to compulsory modifications subject to resubmission; reject.

10. In case of discrepant results, the articles will be sent to a third ruling, which is final. 11. The results of the ruling are unappealable.

12. The arbitrators are the only ones responsible for reviewing the changes made to the articles, in the event of articles subject to resubmission.

13. Only three resubmissions are allowed for each article; the article will be rejected if it exceeds this limit.

14. The author has a 30-calendar-day deadline to make corrections.

15. Owing to the fact that Convergencia has articles waiting to be reviewed, the processes of ruling will be carried out following an order according to the date of reception. The editorial coordination of the journal will inform the authors about the progress of their work in the process of ruling and editing, and will deal with any doubt that may arise. The authors may also learn about such progress by consulting the platform OJS.

16. Each issue of the journal will comprise nine articles that at the time of the closure of edition have the approval of at least two arbitrators. Notwithstanding, in order to provide every issue with a better thematic composition, Convergencia reserves the right to advance or postpone accepted articles.

17. The editorial coordination of the journal also reserves the right to perform the proofreading and editorial amendments as it deems necessary to improve the articles.

18. Any unforeseen cases will be resolved by the Editorial Committee of the journal.

19. Submissions should be submitted at the OJS platform (

20. The first page of the work should include author(s)'s full name or the way in which the author(s) want to display their name and their institution, once the article is approved.

21. Epigraphs are not allowed at the beginning of the work.

22. The author may mention the sources of financing and acknowledgments, as considered by the author, as a footnote in the introductory section.

23. Acronyms should be fully written the first time they appear in the text, bibliography, figures, tables and graphs. For example, the first time it appears in the text shall be written: World Health Organization, later: WHO.

24. At the end of the article, the authors should include a brief curricular record, including the following items: the highest academic degree, institution and department where the author works, country, research lines, full reference of three recent publications, e-mail, postal address and a telephone number.

25. Once the article has been approved for publication, the researcher(s) will waive for the first edition the ownership of the copyright to Convergencia Revista de Ciencias Sociales, so that the article is reproduced, edited and transmitted publicly in any form or media for scientific, cultural, dissemination and nonprofit purposes, exclusively. Similarly, the author grants that the printed version of their article is distributed and made available to the public by means of the number of copies the journal requires. For these purposes, the author(s) should send to the editorial coordination of the journal the format of letter of assignment of the copyright ownership (found in the web page of Convergencia) duly filled out and signed by the author(s).This format can be sent via email as a PDF file.

26. Authors can use the material of their article in other works published by them on condition that Convergencia Revista de Ciencias Sociales is quoted as the original source of the texts.

For articles:

1. The minimum structure must include: introduction (which clearly reflects the background of the article and purpose of the research), discussion (indicating the methodology, results and limitations) and conclusions.

2. Articles will be accepted only if submitted by a maximum of four authors, ranging from 15 to 25 pages, including graphs, tables, footnotes and bibliography –only those referred to in the text– letter size, with a line spacing of 1.5, Times New Roman font, 12 points.

3. It must have a descriptive title both in Spanish and English, preferably brief (no more than 12 words), that clearly relates to the content.

4. It is compulsory to include an abstract, using between 100 and 150 words, as well as five key words from the text, in the original language and in English. The abstract must include the following elements: objective, methodology, results and advancement of conclusions.

5. Titles and subtitles must be differentiated between them; the use of decimal system is suggested.

6. Illustrations for the printed version, (maps, charts, tables and graphs) will be the strictly necessary and should be self-explanatory, without referring to the text for understanding. They must be placed at the end of the article, providing the source. The reader should be informed that the illustrations are found in the final part of the text. It is important that each one of these is sent in a separate file.

7. The format for images (maps, figures) must be jpg, grayscale, without any kind of highlighting or texture. The diagrams and schemas should not be copied from the internet. In the case of images with data, figures and/or text, they should be sent in the original format in which they were created, in Microsoft Word or Excel. In the case of charts and tables it is recommended that the statistical information included is as concise as possible.

8. Due to editorial policy, no photographs whatsoever will be accepted for the printed version and the journal reserves the right to publish excessively large illustrations.

9. There are no restrictions to attach artwork that includes color, as well as audiovisual material for the digital version.

10. Once the article is approved for publication, the authors will have to send a high-quality unpublished photograph that illustrates the content of the article, in a JPG format, RBG and minimal dimensions of 1024 X 768 pixels.

11. Footnotes should be clarifying or explanatory only, this is to say, they must serve to amplify or clarify what was stated in the discussion of the text and not to indicate the bibliographic sources, since that is the section of bibliography for.

12. The Harvard system must be used in citations, according to the following examples:

• When a general reference to a work is made, the author's surname, the year of publication and the page number within a parenthesis must be written: (Alberti, 2002: 39); in the case of two authors it will be indicated as follows: (Rodriguez and Garcia, 1998: 56); if there are more than two authors (Sánchez et al., 2003) will be written.

• In the case using works written by the same author, published the same year, they must be sorted alphabetically and distinguished with a lower case letter following the year of publication.

"Poetry cannot take advantage of repentance, because it raises the latter, the scenario is internal" (Kierkegaard, 1992a: 79).

"A moment like this requires tranquility, should not be disturbed by reflection, nor can the storms of passion interrupt it" (Kierkegaard, 1992b: 100).

13. The section of references must contain the complete data of the authors' works that are quoted in the discussion part, without adding others not mentioned, and self-quoting must not exceed 30 percent of the total.

14. Data in the section of bibliography should be sorted alphabetically and chronologically. The use of continuous capital letters must be avoided. The author's name and surname must be written in full, which means abbreviations are not permitted here. Consider the following examples:

• For books:

Grize, Jean (1990), Logique et langage, Paris: Ophrys. Dogan, Matei and Robert Pahre (1993), the new social sciences: the creative marginality, Mexico: Grijalbo.

• For magazines or chapters of books:

Giménez, Gilberto (2003), "The debate on the future of social sciences in the threshold of the new millennium", in Revista Mexicana de Sociología, year 65, No. 2, Mexico: UNAM. Morley, David (1998), "Media Debate: interpreting the interpretations' interpretations" in Curran James et al. [comps.], Estudios culturales y comunicación, Spain: Paidós Communication.

• For references to websites the full reference of the work will be written, indicating the date of retrieval:

Romero, Ernesto (2005), "Contemporary sociological studies", in Sociología General, No. 35, Mexico: UNAM. Available at: [January 22nd, 2006[.

• In the event that sources (journal articles, books, conference proceedings, software, videos, et cetera) have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), it must be included:

Mascheroni, Giovanna and Alice Matoni (2012), "Electoral campaigning 2.0 - The case of 2010 Italian Regional Elections", in the Journal of Information Technolog and & Politics. Available at: [December 19th, 2012[.


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