RULES AND PROCEDURE FOR ARTICLE SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION
1.Topics and nature of articles.
The Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
is a refereed journal of scientific research, publishing interdisciplinary studies (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Geography, Law, etc.), that focus primarily on the study and analysis of migration phenomena and ethnic and intercultural relations.
As a technical journal, its target audience is experts and researchers, without excluding the possible publication of useful, interesting articles for less specialized or less academic audiences. The primary objective is to publish original, previously unpublished work that contributes new ideas and information on a given topic, with content that increases our knowledge in the relevant areas.
The official languages of the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
are Spanish and English, but articles in French and Portuguese will also be admitted.
2.Frequency and types of issues published.
The Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
is published twice yearly (as of 2013, Volume 3). Two multi-topic issues are produced. The articles are processed and published progressively, as approval is received by referees. At the end of each semester (June and December), the final structure and presentation of each issue is established.
These bi-yearly issues will also include a section for book reviews in addition to articles.
In addition, extra monographic issues may also be published.
3.Sending the original manuscript
Authors must submit their articles through the OJS platform on its website http://ojs.ual.es/ojs/index.php/RIEM/index
, and must comply fully, strictly and in detail with the manuscript guidelines established there.
Authors that submit articles for publication in the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
affirm thereby that they meet the requirement of original, unpublished work that is not being submitted simultaneously to other publications for review. Noncompliance with any of these conditions will result in automatic exclusion of the article.
In the case that any article is discovered to be fraudulent, plagiarized, previously published or subject to any other unethical professional practice, it will be immediately discarded, and if it has already been published in the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
, it will be immediately removed.
4.Formal requirements for presentation, composition and style.
Articles should be presented in any common word-processing format (e.g. MS Word), as clearly and neatly as possible. Authors should follow the pattern
or template file providing the journal
Maximum length is 10,000 words, including tables, footnotes and bibliography. Research notes must not exceed 5000 words. Manuscripts must use 1.5 line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, with upper and lower margins of 2.5 cm and left and right margins of 3 cm. The same font and size must be used throughout: title, abstracts, text, literal quotations, and bibliography, with the exception of notes, which shall be shown in 10-point type. In order to emphasize any text, italic type is to be used, not boldface. Hyphenation should not be used.
Articles must be presented in the following order: Heading, text body (with notes as footers), conclusions, acknowledgments (when given) and bibliography references.
Formal requirements for presentation and style can be viewed in the example file included below.
Must contain the following elements:
•Title of the article in English and its correct translation to Spanish. When the length of the title exceeds one line when shown in page headers throughout the article, it has be truncated to one line only, followed by ellipsis.
•Complete author information. The following author data is required for all authors and co-authors: full name, professional position, institution where currently employed (university, department, institution, company, etc.), city where employed (if not stated in the name of the institution), country, and e-mail address.
•Must include an abstract in Spanish and in English, 300-word maximum, highlighting the objective or purpose of the research; basic procedures; main findings and discussion or conclusions.
•Key words (maximum 5) are required to identify article content, in Spanish and in English, and separated by commas.
•Articles submitted in a language other than English or Spanish must include a translation of the original title, abstract and keywords into both Spanish and English.
4.2.Body of article
Sections of text
Preference will be given to articles structured in the IMRD format (Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion), presenting in order: a description of the topic, matter or problem under study, why it is being study, how it is studied and with what methods, the results of the study and conclusions that are drawn.
The text will be divided into the appropriate sections, each beginning with a section title in bold type and lower case (except for first letter and other required uses of capitalization). Sections must be numbered: 1. 2., etc. Subsection titles are to be shown in italic type (lower case) and be numbered 1.1. 1.2. 2.1. 2.2.
Tables, charts, figures, images, maps and illustrations
See Section 4.6.
When brief (up to four lines), these will be included in the text. If they exceed four lines, they will be set apart in a separate paragraph.
Cited text should always be shown within quotation marks (“…”), never presented entirely in italic type. If the cited text also includes quoted words, these should be shown using single quotation marks (‘…’); any omissions within the text should be marked with ellipsis (…).
All literal quotations shall be immediately followed (after the closing quotation marks) by the reference to their source, between parentheses, also to be included in the bibliography. This reference, between parentheses, must use the following structure: author’s last name – comma and space – year of publication – colon and space – page or page numbers. Examples:
(Geertz, 2001), (Lévi-Strauss, 1973: 87-88), (Bourdieu, 1984 and 1990), (Morin, 1977: 35 and 1980: 56), (Barth, 1969; Douglass, 1976 and Fraser, 1992)..
Bibliography shall be limited to the materials (books, articles, websites, etc.) that are referred to or cited within the text; therefore, no materials should be mentioned that are not referred to in the preceding text.
Citations should follow APA rules (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 2005, 6th edition): In-text references are to show the author’s surname and year of publication (between parentheses and separated by a comma). If the author’s name is part of a sentence, only the year of publication is placed between parentheses. If there are two authors only, both surnames are given at all times, separated by the ampersand symbol (&), except when their names are part of a sentence, in which case they are separated by the word “and”. In case of references with three or more authors, first author´s name will be followed by “et al.” (not in italics) and the year of publication, except when there are morethan one reference from the same first author in the same year, in that case,the complete cite will be used. When more than one author is cited within the same parentheses, they are ordered alphabetically. When citing studies by the same author(s) in the same year, the letters a, b, c, etc., are added to the year.
4.4.List of references
The list of bibliographic references must also follow APA rules (6th edition), in alphabetical order at the end of the text, with hanging indentation, as indicated below:
a) For books: Author (surname, comma, and initials of given name followed by a period; in the case of several authors, separated by a comma, with “&” before the last author); year (between parentheses), followed by a period; complete title in italics followed by a period; city name followed by a colon and the publisher. Example:
Portes, A. (2010). América inmigrante
. Barcelona: Anthropos.
b) For chapters of books or proceedings: Author(s); year; title of the text cited followed by a period; “In”, followed by the directors, editors or compilers (first initial and surname), followed by parentheses indicating Dir., Ed. or Comp., adding “s” when plural; the title of the book in italics followed by parentheses showing the page numbers for the chapter cited; the city name and publisher. Example:
Aguilera, J. (1986). Las migraciones y sus repercusiones. In A. García (Ed.), Las migraciones y sus desafíos
(pp. 134-156). Almería: Trillo.
c) For journal articles: Author(s); year; title of the article; full name of the journal in italics; volume number in italics; issue number between parentheses with no separation from the volume when the page numbering is by issue, and the first and last page numbers. Example:
Mendoza Cota, J.E. (2014). The impact of return migration on the Mexican labor market. Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios, Vol 4
Notes are to be used sparingly, numbered consecutively, and shown as page footers. The text included should be kept to a minimum. Footnotes that are simply bibliographic references are to be avoided. The reference format must be numeric (Arabic numerals), not letters, and the typeface should be 10 points.
If acknowledgments are included, these will be noted with an asterisk (*) and located at the end of the article, just prior to the bibliographic references, and likewise presented in 10-point typeface.
4.6. Tables, charts, figures, images, maps and illustrations
If tables, charts or figures are included, they should be limited to the essential, and be prepared with clarity and accuracy.
If images, maps or photographs are included, they should not be excessive in number and their size must be proportionate, in general not to exceed a width of 400 pixels. They may include footer text. They are to be sent in their original format in the program they were prepared in, preferably Microsoft Office compatible. They should be numbered in order of appearance and placed in a proper position within the text.
They should be presented in a format that can be edited by the webmaster. In other words, it must be possible to adjust them to properly fit pages, line length, etc.
Style must correspond to APA regulations, as illustrated in the Sample File which can be downloaded from the website.
Other types of Tables or Figures will not be accepted.
5.Reception and initial assessment of article
Articles are evaluated under supervision of the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. They are sent out anonymously to two competent peer judges, who must present their evaluation on the established form. In this way anonymity is ensured.
Upon initial receipt of the manuscript, a preliminary review and assessment takes place, after which the author receives a confirmation of receipt and initial notification of one of the following three responses:
1. Article accepted for external peer review.
2. Article not accepted due to one of the following:
a.Its topic, methodological approach or theoretical treatment does not fit within the topical, methodological or theoretical lines of the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios, or its ideological position is contrary to the democratic ideology of the journal.
b.It is not an original article.
c.It does not meet minimum requirements for quality, in the estimation of the editorial board.
3. Article returned for corrections as indicated, after which it is to be resubmitted. There may be two reasons for this:
a.The article has grammatical, spelling or syntactic deficiencies.
b.It does not comply with the rules presented here for manuscript submission.
In the third case, the author may make the necessary corrections and re-submit the article, but only once. Therefore, if the second (supposedly corrected) version of the article continues to show deficiencies of the same type, it will be finally rejected.
Accordingly, the editorial team of the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios insists on the need for authors to fully and carefully follow the rules for presenting their manuscripts; this is vital in order to facilitate the layout and publication process.
6.Double blind peer review system
Once the article passes initial review and assessment, it proceeds to external peer review (by experts in the topic being addressed). A double blind system is used (reviewers do not know the names of the authors, and authors do not know the names of their reviewers).
Peer reviewers have a maximum of 40 days for their evaluation, which must be completed using the form offered by the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios. Three types of judgments may be given: 1) positive, 2) negative, 3) positive with the condition that the author makes certain modifications as indicated.
In order to reach a positive assessment, reviewers take into account the following criteria, in addition to the originality and quality of the content: social interest and importance, as well as present relevance and novelty of the topic; methodological rigor, argumentative cohesiveness and conceptual precision; an interdisciplinary and critical approach to the topic; expository clarity and correctness.
Articles that receive a positive decision will be sent for layout and publication.
If the positive decision is dependent on certain modifications to be made, the author must complete the modifications indicated by the peer reviewers and return the article to the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios within a period of 15 days. If not, it shall be understood that the author does not wish to publish the article in RIEM.
The modified article will be reviewed again by the editorial team of the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios, in order to confirm that the suggested modifications are properly reflected. If so, the article will proceed to layout for publication. If there is any doubt, the article will be resubmitted to the reviewers. If the suggested modifications have not been properly addressed, the article will be rejected definitively.
7.Procedure for proposing, evaluating and publishing special monographic issues
RIEM members or other interested parties may publish monographs ad hoc
publications or may present the results from seminars, lectures or conferences. A minimum of six manuscripts is required, and the normal rules for evaluation and publication of RIEM articles will be applied.
The monograph coordinator or coordinators will present their initial proposal via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
The proposal must include:
-Coordinator(s)’ full name(s), professional position, place of employment (university, department, etc.)
-Title of the monograph
-Authors who are to participate in the monograph (full names, professional position, place of employment), a rough title for each contribution, and brief abstract (no more than 300 words).
-Deadline by which all monographic texts are to be submitted.
The Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
will review the proposal and examine a possible publication date. The coordinator will be notified with a decision. If accepted, a deadline for article submission will be set. Articles must be presented by the established date. Noncompliance with this requirement may result in canceling publication of the monograph.
The monograph texts will be reviewed to ensure that they fulfill the proposal that was agreed to. If this requirement is not met, the monograph may still be rejected.
At this point, monograph texts will be scrupulously subjected to the same presentation requirements, quality standards and review process as any other article in the general issues. This means that they will be reviewed internally to ensure they meet general manuscript requirements, and reviewed externally through the same double blind peer review system used for any other article.
Articles that are given a negative assessment will be automatically excluded. Monographs with less than six articles will not published. Thus, for example, if a monograph has eight proposed articles and three of them receive a negative evaluation, the monograph review and publication process would be discontinued.
8.Submission, assessment and publication of book reviews
Book reviews must be submitted by e-mail (email@example.com
) to the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios. Before submitting a review, authors should verify (in the News section of the RIEM website) that a review of the same book is not already under way.
Reviews must be original (may not have been previously published in any media) and meet the rules of the Journal; submissions that do not comply will be rejected. Reviews should deal with significant books that have been published in the last three years. The Editorial Board will select book reviews for publication based on their quality and current relevance.
Book reviews must comply with the same formal requirements for presentation, composition and style as do articles, with the exception that bibliography and notes are not to be included.
A book review should be presented according to the following structure:
-Bibliographic reference of the book under review: author, title (original title and translation to Spanish), city, publishing house, date published, number of pages.
-Information on the author of the book review: full name, professional position, place of employment, e-mail address.
-Abstract in English and Spanish (it is sufficient to identify the book that is being reviewed)
-Key words in English and Spanish
In the case that a set of books are being reviewed as a whole, the complete bibliographic reference must be given for each book included in the review
The editorial team of the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios will evaluate the book review and communicate its acceptance or non-acceptance to the author.
The right to reproduce articles (copyright) is shared by the Journal and the author. Author rights are ceded to the Journal, while at the same time they are retained for other uses of the text (for example, in order to include it in a book). Both parties authorize third parties to reproduce their articles under the condition that express mention is given to its original publication in the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios.
Copy, distribution and public communication of the journal articles falls under a Creative Commons license, stipulated at the following address:
10. Article submission and processing charges:
All articles published in the International Journal of Migration Studies are open access and freely available online, immediately upon publication. There is no charge to submit paper for review, and publishing a paper in this journal doesn’t require Paper Processing Charges.
Editor-in-Chief of the Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios
The Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios is not responsible for the ideas, opinions and information expressed by the authors of articles or other published collaborations, any such responsibility falls solely to the authors.