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Author Guidelines

Scope and editorial policy

Lecturas de Economía is committed to publishing articles that are relevant to the economics discipline. Therefore, the Editorial Committee grants priority to research papers.  All manuscripts go through a rigorous double-blind peer review process as a general rule.

Lecturas de Economía is published twice a year, in January (issue January-June) and July (issue July-December), yet the editorial team receives manuscripts on a permanent basis.

Form and manuscript preparation

Submission of a manuscript entails the commitment, on the part of the author, that it has not been simultaneously submitted –whether in part or as a whole– to other publication outlets. Were the manuscript previously released as a working paper has to be clearly stated upfront.
Submitted manuscripts must follow the journal’s editorial rules, which appear below and on the webpage Failure to do so will result in non-consideration of the manuscript by the Editorial Committee.

A.   Manuscripts must be submitted via e-mail to, or by application through the OJS editorial management system using the link When the paper has been written by several authors, it has to be pointed out who the corresponding author will be.

B.   The manuscript is by no means to exceed 8000 words, including footnotes, appendices and bibliographical references. Only papers in Spanish and English are accepted.

C.   The manuscript must be submitted as a Word file, LaTeX or in Rich Text Format, 12pt-sized Garamond font and single-line spacing. Also, tables and figures are to be sent in an independent Excel file. When the figures are produced using software other than Excel, an independent 300-dpi jpg file is requested. Figures are black and white, without plots.
D.   With the aim to facilitate its anonymous review, the body of the manuscript must contain neither the authors’ names nor references to the origin of the paper (e.g., Master’s thesis, PhD dissertation) whatsoever. Likewise, the body of the text must not feature acknowledgements, as these should be included in the cover page that is separately sent (see guideline E below).

E.   All contributions have to be preceded by a cover page clearly including the title of the paper, the author name(s), institutional affiliation (with the corresponding postal address), e-mail address, analytical abstract (maximum 150 words) in Spanish and English, keywords (maximum five), and the JEL codes (see Also, this page must include the names of the persons to whom the authors acknowledge contributions of any sort.
F.   The abstract must clearly indicate the purpose of the study or research, basic procedures (selection of the study subjects, methods of observation and analysis), main findings (outlining specific information or data and their statistical significance, if possible) and conclusions. The most novel and relevant observations and aspects of the study must be highlighted.

G.   The article begins in the ensuing page, headed by the title and unfolding according to the following structure:

• Table of contents:


–Introduction, –I. Literature review. –II. The model. –III. Discussion of results. –Conclusions. –Appendices. –References.

• Introduction
• Conceptual framework and methods
• Results
• Conclusions
• Appendices
• References

H.   Each section’s headings are to be written in bold letters, centered and Roman numbered. Second-level titles must be written in script, bold letters, aligned to the left and numbered with capital letters. Third-level titles are in script letters, left aligned and preceded by Arabic numbers.

I.   Statistical or graphical information is to be labeled as “Table” or “Figure”. It must be numbered and referenced within the body of the manuscript, preferably in the precedent paragraph. Also, the corresponding sources of information must be cited at the bottom.

J.   Statistical information contained in tables and figures is the sole responsibility of the author(s). When information is derived from the application of quantitative methods, the primary data must be attached so that it can be checked by the referees. In the case of mathematical proofs, the complete proof must be attached.

K.   Equations are to be consecutively numbered within right-aligned parenthesis. Variables must be indicated in script letters, while vectors and matrices in bold letters.

L.   Footnotes must be of clarifying character and should not include bibliographical references.

M.   Bibliographical references within the body of the manuscript are to indicate only the author’s last name, the publication year, and the page in the case of quotations (existing APA rules).

N.   The bibliographical references must list only the sources cited within the manuscript. They should appear according to the following format:

- Books:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), year of edition (within parenthesis). Title and subtitle (in italics), city of publication, publishing company. Example:

LORA, Eduardo y OCAMPO, José Antonio (coord.) (1991). Introducción a la macroeconomía colombiana, Bogotá, Tercer Mundo Editores.

- Book chapters:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), year (within parenthesis). Title and subtitle (within inverted commas). In: Last name, Name (within parenthesis if editors or compilers; an editor abbreviated by Ed., Eds. if more than one editor, Comp. if one or more than one compilers, Trad. if translators), Title of the book (in italics), pagination of the whole chapter (within parenthesis). City of publication, publishing company. Example:

BONILLA, Manuel Guillermo (1992). “Tendencias de la productividad en la industria manufacturera colombiana (1974-1989)”. En: Garay, Jorge Luis (Ed.), Estrategia industrial e inserción internacional (pp. 279-370). Bogotá, Fescol.

- Journal articles:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), year of edition (within parenthesis). “Title and subtitle" (within inverted commas), Title of the journal (in italics), volume and number (use abbreviation), period and year, pagination of the complete article. Example:
ARANGO, Luis Eduardo; MELO, Luis Fernando y VÁSQUEZ, Diego Mauricio (2003). “Estimación de la estructura a plazo de las tasas de interés en Colombia”, Coyuntura Económica, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, marzo-septiembre 2003, pp. 51-76.

- Online documents or electronic articles:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), year (within parenthesis). "Title and subtitle" (within inverted commas), name of the institution or e-journal (in italics), volume and number (use abbreviation), date of publication or update, article’s access route, date of access (within parenthesis). Example:
MONCAYO JIMÉNEZ, Edgar (2003). “Nuevas teorías y enfoques conceptuales sobre el desarrollo regional: ¿hacia un nuevo paradigma?”, Revista de Economía Institucional, No. 8, enero-junio 2003, disponible en: (noviembre 12 de 2003).

- Website information:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), year (within parenthesis). Title of the document or website (in italics). Retrieved from: electronic address, date of access (within parenthesis). Example:

THE WORLD BANK (2013). International Community Urged to Fulfill Commitments to Yemen. Recuperado de: (Junio 18 de 2013).

- Working Papers:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), year (within parenthesis). “Title of the paper” (within inverted commas), name of the series or collection (in italics) number of the paper. Name of the institution. In case it was retrieved from the internet, the following information is added: Retrieved from: route of access of the paper, date of access (within parenthesis). Example:

ARAYA, Rigoberto y MUÑOZ, Juan (1996). “Regresiones que aparentemente no están relacionadas (SUR)”. Working paper NT-06-96. Departamento de Investigaciones Económicas del Banco Central de Costa Rica.

- Theses:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), year of edition (within parenthesis). Title and subtitle (in italics), Thesis for the degree of …, School or Department, University, city, country. Example:
BOTERO GIRALDO, José Ignacio y JIMÉNEZ LÓPEZ, Salustiano (1995). Economía ambiental: simulación del efecto de instrumentos de política económica. Tesis para optar al título de Especialista en Política Económica, Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.

- Newspaper articles:

Last name (s) (in small caps), complete Name (s), date of edition (year, month day). Title of the article. Title of the newspaper (in italics). Pagination of the complete article (pp. #-#). Example:

MEDINA, Carlos. (2002, 8 de febrero). Montoya cambiará de canal. El Tiempo, 4A.

Editorial process
It is important that the author(s) take the following guidelines into account:

- Author(s) will receive notification of reception of the manuscript once it is received. However, reception of a manuscript does not imply its publication.

- Manuscripts will be initially reviewed by the Editor and, if considered for publication, they will be sent to anonymous referees.

- Comments from the anonymous referees will be sent to authors. The latter ones will have at least three calendar weeks to revise and resubmit the manuscript to the editorial board. In this case, the resubmission must be accompanied by a letter addressed to the Editor indicating which comments were considered in the revision and explaining why the remaining ones were not.

- The editorial team is committed to keeping authors informed about the editorial process of the manuscript throughout its different stages.

For approved articles

- Authors authorize the journal to use their publication rights for the article and its abstract to be placed in bibliographical databases or in electronic publication marketing services.

- There are no article processing charges for publication at the journal.

- The journal uses the plagiarism detection software CrossCheck (powered by iThenticate) to verify the originality of the articles.

- The journal will suggest authors the necessary editorial changes in order for the article to exhibit greater clarity, precision, coherence and uniformity with our editorial style.

- All authors will receive a pre-print version of the article as a pdf file, which should be returned to the journal with all the layout corrections not later than one week after reception. At this stage, no alterations in the content of the article are allowed.

- Every author will receive a courtesy copy of the issue in which his article is published.

Submission of manuscripts

Those authors who would like to get their papers published in Lecturas de Economía can submit their manuscripts to the e-mail address, or register at the journal’s website through the link


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 manuscript has not been published previously, nor has it been simultaneously submitted to another journal.

  2. The manuscript should be submitted in the following formats: Microsoft Word, RTF or PDF/LaTeX.

  3. Website addresses should be added to the references where possible.
  4.        The manuscript must be single-line spaced, 12pt-sized font. Italics should be used for highlights (except when URL addresses). All the illustrations, figures and tables are to be at their corresponding location within the body of the text, and not at the end.

  5. The manuscript complies with the bibliographical and style requirements indicated in the Instructions for authors.

  6. Authors must follow the instructions to ensure the manuscript is fit for blind review.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License allowing others to share it as long as they acknowledge its authorship and original publication in this journal.

Authors can enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), provided that these arrangements be not for profit and the journal be acknowledged as the original source of publication.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their websites) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to valuable exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of the published work.


Privacy Statement

The names and e-mail addresses introduced in this journal management system will be exclusively used for the purposes stated by Lecturas de Economía and will not be available for any other purpose or person.


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