Instructions for authors

COVID-19 impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that many authors and peer reviewers will be making adjustments to their professional and personal activities. As a result, they may have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with the peer-review process. Please let the journal editorial office know if you need additional time. We will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be flexible.

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. These instructions will ensure you have everything required to move your paper through peer review, production, and publication. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements.


About the Journal            

The Journal of Latin American Sciences and Culture (JLASC) is an Open Access international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research. Please see the journal’s Aims and Scope for information about its focus and peer-review policy.

Open Access means you can publish your research so it is free to access online as soon as it is published, meaning anyone can read (and cite) your work. Many funders mandate publishing your research open access.

Please note that this journal publishes manuscripts in English and Spanish. Yet the journal welcomes Chinese translations of the English and Spanish Version or Record (VoR) and vice-versa. 

The Journal of Latin American Sciences and Culture accepts the following types of articles: Original Articles, Literature Reviews, Review Articles, Book Reviews, News, Comments, Opinions, Podcasts, Letters.

Article Publishing Charge

The standard article publishing charge (APC) for this journal is: US$600/£460/€530. Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes.

Those submissions deemed by the Editor-in-Chief and the Senior Editorial Team to be of the world class-quality will be published regardless of the authors’ ability to pay the Article Publication Charges (APCs). Waivers for APCs can be requested by all authors regardless of background and will be appraised by the Publisher and the Editors based on individual circumstances and the ability to pay. Those who are truly unable to afford the APCs will receive full waivers. This includes many Latin Americans, as well as graduate students, independent researchers, and researchers from around the globe who do not have grants or other funds for publication costs.

Peer Review and Ethics

The Universidad Privada del Valle is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double-blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Preparing Your Paper


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).

Word Limits

A typical Original Article for this journal should be no more than 7000 words, inclusive of the abstracts, tables, references, figure captions, endnotes.

A Literature Review article is an original research manuscript that traces the history of a particular issue, in the context of several recent (and older) books on the topic. It can be up to 7000 words, or considerably shorter. It will be peer-reviewed. The books and articles mentioned in the Review may be in any language. 

A typical Review Article for this journal should be no more than 7000 words, inclusive of the abstracts, tables, references, figure captions, endnotes.

A typical Book Review for this journal should cover 2 to 4 books at 350 words per book; this limit includes references, endnotes.

Format-Free Submission

Manuscripts may be supplied as single or multiple files. These can be Word, rich text format (rtf), open document format (odt), or PDF files. Figures and tables can be placed within the text or submitted as separate documents. Figures should be of sufficient resolution to enable refereeing.

Checklist: What to Include

  1. 1. Author details. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Authors are invited to hyphenate their last names to ensure appropriate alphabetical listings in citations of the article. Authors are also invited to hyphenate the last names of all authors in notes and references to maximize their future accurate citation. Where available, please also include ORCiDs. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal) and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted.
  1. 2. An unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words, in English, Spanish or Chinese. 
  1. 3. You can opt to include a video abstract with your article. More details in
  1. 4. Between 3 and 5 keywords. 
  1. 5. Funding details. Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:

For single agency grants

This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].

For multiple agency grants

This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].

  1. 6.Disclosure statement. This is to acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research. 
  1. 7.Biographical note. Please supply a short biographical note for each author. This could be adapted from your departmental website or academic networking profile and should be relatively brief (e.g. no more than 200 words).
  1. 8.Data availability statement. If there is a data set associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s).
  1. 9.Data deposition. If you choose to share or make the data underlying the study open, please deposit your data in a recognized data repository prior to or at the time of submission. You will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-reserved DOI, or other persistent identifier for the data set.
  1. 10.Supplemental online material. Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, sound file, Spanish and Portuguese translations, or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper. We publish supplemental material online via Figshare. Find out more about here.
  1. 11.Figures. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PS, JPEG, TIFF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) files are acceptable for figures that have been drawn in Word. For information relating to other file types, please consult our Submission of electronic artwork document.
  1. 12.Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.
  1. 13.Equations. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable. More information about mathematical symbols and equations.
  1. 14.Units. Please use SI units (non-italicized). (more information in

Using Third-Party Material in your Paper

You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission. 

Submitting Your Paper

This journal uses Editorial Manager to manage the peer-review process. If you haven’t submitted a paper to this journal before, you will need to create an account in XXXXXX. 

Please note that the Journal of Latin American Sciences and Culture uses Crossref™ to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to the Journal of Latin American Sciences and Culture you are agreeing to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.

On acceptance, we recommend that you keep a copy of your Accepted Manuscript. 

Whilst there are APCs, there are no submission fees or page charges for this journal.

Color figures will be reproduced in color in your online article free of charge.

Data Sharing Policy

Authors are encouraged to share or make open the data supporting the results or analyses presented in their paper where this does not violate the protection of human subjects or other valid privacy or security concerns.

Authors are encouraged to deposit the dataset(s) in a recognized data repository that can mint a persistent digital identifier, preferably a digital object identifier (DOI), and recognizes a long-term preservation plan. 

At the point of submission, you will be asked if there is a data set associated with the paper. If you reply yes, you will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-registered DOI, hyperlink, or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). If you have selected to provide a pre-registered DOI, please be prepared to share the reviewer URL associated with your data deposit, upon request by reviewers.

Where one or multiple data sets are associated with a manuscript, these are not formally peer-reviewed as a part of the journal submission process. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the soundness of data. Any errors in the data rest solely with the producers of the data set(s).

Copyright Options

Copyright allows you to protect your original material, and stop others from using your work without your permission. Universidad del Valle offers a number of different license and reuse options, including Creative Commons licenses when publishing open access. All the translation versions are protected by the copyright of either of your VoRs.  

Complying with Funding Agencies

We will deposit all papers into Universidad Privada del Valle Data Center on behalf of authors, meeting the requirements of their respective open access policies. If this applies to you, please tell our production team when you receive your article proofs, so we can do this for you. 

My Authored Works

On publication, you will be able to view, download and check your article’s metrics (downloads, citations and Altmetric data). This is where you can access every article you have published with us, so you can quickly and easily share your work with friends and colleagues. We are committed to promoting and increasing the visibility of your article. 

Article Reprints

You will be sent a link to order article reprints via your account in our production system. For enquiries about reprints, please contact the Universidad del Valle Author Services team at


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Updated 27 May 2021