Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published three times a year in January, May, and September. It is sponsored by the School of Languages at Universidad de Antioquia, covering topics such as language, culture, linguistics, literature, translation, and second/foreign language teaching and learning. Íkala’s mission is to offer an international forum for sophisticated, yet grounded academic debates on issues related to languages and cultures through empirical, conceptual and exploratory research, and creative scholarship; a forum that enriches the discipline, as well as the individual members of a worldwide academic community. Íkala’s main sections include Empirical Studies, Literature Reviews, Theoretical and Methodological Articles, Case Studies, and Book Reviews. Íkala accepts original and unpublished articles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French languages. It offers print and online versions available on the Internet through open access.

From its inception in 1996, Íkala has welcomed a diversity of voices and languages, as evidenced by its name, meaning "a topic of great importance" in the indigenous language of Tule. Íkala upholds the highest commitment to meeting international standards in scientific journals as indicated by its inclusion in reputed international bibliographic databases.



Section Policies


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Empirical Studies

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Theoretical Articles

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Methodological Articles

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Case Studies

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Literature Reviews

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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

All of the manuscripts that are received, which comply with the requirements of the journal are sent, withholding the author's information, to at least two specialists in the specific area, who, anonymously and following an identical format (click here), review a manuscript and suggest possible ways of improving it. A reviewer should conduct his/her review within three weeks. Failing to get a response within the first week, an invitation to review will be sent to other peers. 

When two coincident recommendations are received, the Editor will make a decision on the manuscript and will convey it to the submitting author. 

The authors then will be given a period of 2-3 weeks to perform any adjustments needed and send their manuscript back for a second review, so that peer reviewers, always anonymously, can submit their final recommendation (publishable or unpublishable).


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Indexed In:

Íkala is indexed in Publindex Category B and in the following bibliographic bases:

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Publishing ethics and malpractice statement

When you submit a manuscript for publication in Íkala, you agree you have not submitted it, as a whole or in part, previously or simultaneously, for consideration in another journal. Also, you agree your work is original, any significant third-party contribution is properly acknowledged, and all the authors have their corresponding authorship attribution. Thus, no more than 6 authors will be accepted in the case of collective works.

In the spirit of honest advance in knowledge, Íkala strives to ensure that any material published strictly follows the ethical guidelines widely accepted in the field of scientific publications. Therefore, redundant or partial publication practices are deemed non-acceptable. Editors shall reserve the right to reject any manuscript submitted for peer-reviewing by authors or institutions that have been detected to have incurred in such malpractice before. The same applies to any work that uses data from the same database without justified reason and fails to include transparent cross-references to those previous publications. When such an event is detected, prompt notice will be issued to the affected publications and/or editors.

In the same line, plagiarism and self-plagiarism are not tolerated at Íkala. Therefore, authors are urged to treat references and citations with extreme care, so that proper attribution is given to any work that has served as a reference for the authors' own work. There are well-defined procedures to cope with this malpractice in the publishing sector. (See http://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/plagiarism%20A.pdf). On the other hand, since recurring self-citation reflects a lack of objectivity, authors are encouraged to limit self-citations to up to 8-10 percent of the references in a manuscript.


Licensing Agreement

Ikala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura, abides by the terms stated by Creative Commons in their CC by-nc-sa license. Therefore, materials published by Ikala can be reproduced provided proper authorship attribution is done, and they are intended for non-commercial uses.


No Article Processing Charges

In line with the Budapest Open Access Initiative, Íkala believes scientific and academic knowledge must be of public domain. To ensure this, we adhere to Open Access policies, providing free access to all readers, and accepting articles strictly on the basis of their academic quality, not charging any fees for article processing (receipt, review, editorial preparation).


Rate of acceptance

Based on the average of submissions received and articles published in 2019, our rate of acceptance was 13.5 percent.

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