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Author Guidelines

To abide by international standards for scientific journals, to make room for diverse voices and languages, to make the processes of uploading and getting a manuscript review easier, and to ensure a transparent editorial process for authors, editors, and reviewers, Íkala uses the Open Journal System (OJS) publishing platform and levies no article processing charges (APCs) on authors who want to get their manuscripts reviewed and published.

To make this possible, the journal asks that all authors follow certain guidelines to register and submit their manuscripts for review. These guidelines are provided below:

1. Register as an author here. Please fill in the requested metadata as completely as possible, including a physical address and one institutional e-mail, if possible.

2. Make sure that your submission is original and has not been published before. Submissions having been completely or partially published, or which are in the process of being published somewhere else, will be declined regardless of the publication channel used.

3. In the case of Empirical Studies, provide informed consents wholly and legibly. In the case of minors, informed consent must be signed by parents or legal guardians, as well as by the participants. All informed consents must comply with the standards of this instrument (Refer to the Ethics section for more details on this). 

4. When submitting a paper for peer-review, please keep in mind that receiving a submission does not imply its acceptance and that accepted papers are not necessarily published in the upcoming issue. Íkala publishes papers in order of acceptance for publication.

5. Ensure that your submission is between 8,000-8,500 words and follows APA (2012, 6th ed.) guidelines. For literature reviews, a word count of about 11,000 words, with no less than 50 reference entries, is deemed acceptable. Book Reviews should be 2,500-3,000 words, and be about scientific publications that fall within the scope of Íkala and that are no more than two years old.

6. Submit the abstract and five keywords in English, Spanish, and French. Abstracts must be accurate, coherent and concise, and reflect the paper’s content. They should not exceed 200 words. For how to structure abstracts and manuscripts, depending on the type of article, please refer to the APA Manual. For help with the selection of keywords, refer to Unesco's Thesaurus.

7. Insert abstracts, keywords, and references in the metadata of the submission.

8. Check that your manuscript does not contain proper names of individuals or institutions which may reveal the identity of the authors.  

9. Remember that the Director/Editor is responsible not only for verifying that all abstracts follow the norms but also for judging the pertinence of all submissions, including Empirical Studies, Literature Reviews, Theoretical Articles, Methodological Articles, Case Studies, and Book Reviews.

10. Be aware that after a first preliminary reading, submissions which are deemed unsuitable (beyond the scope of the journal, with serious methodological flaws, etc.) will be declined. Submissions which conform to the submission guidelines stated by Íkala will undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

 

 

 

 

Editorial process

In the reviewing and publishing process, Íkala will follow the steps below:

1. Íkala will conduct a preliminary reading of any new submission to check compliance with Author guidelines and editorial standards. This may take up to 2 weeks, depending on the volume of new submissions to check. If your paper is not deemed acceptable for review, you will receive an email stating so. If your paper is deemed acceptable for review, you will be notified the peer-review process has started. Íkala will take up to four weeks to find two reviewers. In case reviewers cannot be found, the submission will be declined and notice will be sent to the author(s).

2. Reviewers who accept the request will be given three weeks to complete their review.

3. If and when both reviewers do not commit to conducting the review, the submission will be declined and notice will be sent to the author.

4. When one of the reviewers fails to complete the review or when there are conflicting reviews, the manuscript will be sent to a third reviewer. Nonetheless, the final decision could also be made by the Director-Editor based on the available review and her objective criteria.

5. Reviewers will provide comments to help authors strengthen their submission. Authors are expected to follow reviewers’ suggestions and resubmit a revised version of their manuscript along with a letter explaining the modifications made within three weeks so that their manuscript undergoes a second review.

6. Once a submission is accepted in its second revision, it will be sent for copyediting, after which authors may be asked to make some further revisions, including grammar, syntax, lexical, APA norms, or to complete/clarify any given passage, etc. No substantial amendments should be introduced after your manuscript has been accepted for publication, other than those suggested or deemed necessary by the editors.

7. Should the submission be an outcome of a research project, authors must specify the name and code of the project, the institution where the project was carried out and the funding sources. Should it be the result of a thesis, seminar or conference presentation, the name of the institution or the title, venue and date of the event must be specified.

8. The Editorial Board is responsible for the journal’s policies and serves as a consultant to the Director/Editor, who also reserves the right to decline submissions, which do not conform to the aforementioned author guidelines.

9. All submissions published in Íkala have free online access, under Creative Commons’ license CC BY-NC-ND.

 

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published partially or completely, nor has it been submitted for consideration to another journal (otherwise an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in an editable format, such as OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect.
  3. References must be accompanied by their corresponding DOI, where available.
  4. The manuscript is submitted in its optimal condition, to the best of the author(s)'s knowledge, so that no substantial amendments will need to be done after the manuscript has been accepted for publication, other than those suggested by reviewers or deemed necessary by the editors.
  5. The participants in my study were duly informed of all the details of the study and the possible risks, and voluntarily provided me with duly signed informed consent to participate in the study, when applicable. 
  6. When applicable, there is a note in my Method section stating that to collect these data authors complied with all the applicable legal obligations for their countries, including the gathering of approval from institutional review boards (IRB), informing participants of the details and risks of the study and securing participants' consent.
  7. 12-point font is used; italics are used rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are duly labeled within the text at the appropriate place.
  8. The text adheres to the style-related and referencing requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, to be found in About the Journal.
  9. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  10. The abstract does not exceed 200 words and follows the structure proposed by the APA for that type of article.
 

Copyright Notice

The authors that publish in this journal accept the following conditions:

  1. AttributionYou must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

  2. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

       3. Share alike — Means to provide material to the public by any means or process that requires permission under the Licensed Rights, such as reproduction, public display, public performance, distribution, dissemination, communication, or importation, and to make material available to the public including in ways that members of the public may access the material from a place and at a time individually chosen by them.

 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any third party.

 


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