Editorial Guidelines

The Process

Upon submission, an author will receive notification that the manuscript was received by email. The manuscript then will be reviewed to see if it conforms to the editorial guidelines and mission of the JLAUS.

Once internally accepted, manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two outside referees. Reviewers will provide comments on the contribution, recommending (1) acceptance, (2) acceptance with specified revisions, (3) revision and resubmission, or (4) rejection. Decisions to accept or reject an article will be based on the quality of the article and its relevance to Latin American urban studies.

The review process may take up to four months.

The Guidelines

1. Manuscript length must be between 2,500 and 4,500 words.

2. The manuscript must have an abstract (in English) that does not exceed 150 words.

3. Type or print on one side of 8.5 by 11 inch paper leaving ample margins all around, especially on the left hand side (1 inch) DOUBLE -SPACE EVERYTHING, INCLUDING QUOTATIONS AND ENDNOTES. Avoid dividing words at the end of a line.

4. Use a title page with all contact information

5. All identifiers in the text or endnotes must be masked. These include acknowledgements.

6. Use endnotes

7. Number the pages serially throughout.

8. Avoid the passive tense

9. Spell out acronyms and abbreviations the first time used.

10. Submit three copies of the manuscript with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and keep at least one copy for your files. Also please submit an additional copy on a 3 ½ floppy disk or CD in Microsoft Word for Windows word processing format.

11. Tables and images must be saved in a separate file.

12. Short quotations should be enclosed in quotation marks and included in the text. Long ones should be set off by extra space and indented on both margins, but NOT single spaced; use no quotation marks. Use square brackets for any material interpolated by the author or editor that does not appear in the original text quoted.

13. Italicize (or underline) foreign words only the first time they appear, and when necessary define them. Do not italicize words considered Anglicized by Webster's New International Dictionary 3rd edition. For Spanish and Portuguese words in English text, italicize the first use, then use regular font.

14. First use of an acronym, use the full name whether in English, Spanish, or Portuguese with a translation and the acronym in parentheses. After first use, reference the acronym.

15. Numbers less than one hundred should be spelled out except when used with percentages.

16. English spelling will generally follow Webster's New International Dictionary 3rd edition.

17. Articles will be edited to conform to standard U.S. English.

18. Manuscript and abstract translations are the responsibility of the author.

19. The Journal of Latin American Urban Studies follows the grammatical, punctuation, and stylistic guidelines set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style 14th edition with only slight variations.