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Guidelines for authors


Anyone who submits a manuscript for publication in Papers. Revista de Sociologia must previously verify that the text to be sent conforms strictly to the following norms:

1. Manuscripts should be written in Catalan, Spanish or English.

2. The journal accepts four types of work:

  • Articles: they are original and developed theoretical or empirical research works.
  • Research notes: they are brief empirical or methodological reports which add some concrete knowledge or information to those already existing and published in a given field.
  • Literature reviews: they are brief essays or reviews on the ‘state of the art’ in a given research field, or commentaries on a set of relevant contributions which deal with the same topic.
  • Book reviews: they are brief texts which critically comment a book or monography recently published in the field of social sciences.

3. Manuscripts should be sent by Open Journal Systems web (OJS - http://ojs.uab.cat/index.php/papers/login ). It is necessary a previous registration as author and reader. The journal will not accept manuscripts sent by any other method or in any other format, and will not maintain correspondence about them.

4. Manuscripts cannot have been previously published and should not be under consideration in any other journal while they are being considered for publication in Papers. Revista de Sociologia. As an exception, and for reasons of scientific interest or diffusion of outstanding contributions, the Editorial Team may decide to publish and/or translate an already published text.

5. Articles, research notes, and literature reviews will be preceded by a cover sheet in which authors will specify the following information:

  • Title, in Catalan or Spanish, and in English.
  • Complete name of the author/s. Spanish and Latin American authors are strongly invited to consult the document “Propuesta de manual de ayuda a los investigadores españoles para la normalización del nombre de autores e instituciones en las publicaciones científicas”, available through the link “Contenidos de interés” at the website http://ec3.ugr.es/ .
  • Institutional affiliation: university or centre, department or unit, city and country.
  • E-mail address. All correspondence will be sent to this address. If the manuscript is co-authored, a contact address should be specified in order to maintain correspondence with the journal.
  • Brief biographical note (up to 60 words) which should specify the highest academic degree achieved (and for which university), the current position, and the main research interests of the author/s. Papers. Revista de Sociologia may publish this note as a complement to the manuscripts’ information.
  • Finally, it will be specified whether the manuscript is submitted as an article, a research note, or a literature review.

6. The text of articles, research notes, and literature reviews will be preceded by an abstract of no more than 250 words, which should explain, in a concise and clear way, the aims, methodology, main results, and conclusions of the work. It is also necessary to include some keywords (up to 10), which should not be repeated in the title, and should be internationally accepted terms in social sciences and/or usual terms for bibliometric classification. If the text is written in Catalan or Spanish it will necessary to include an English version of the abstract and keywords. If the text is originally written in English, the Editorial Team may translate to Spanish the title, abstract, and keywords, provided the author/s have not delivered such translation. 

7. The text of articles, research notes, and literature reviews should be sent in an anonymized version: the author/s will suppress (under the label of *anonymized*) any quotes, acknowledgements, references and allusions that may allow to identify them directly or indirectly. The Editorial Team will ensure that the manuscripts conform to this condition before sending them to peer-review. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author/s will then send a non-anonymized version, in case it differs from the one already sent.

8. Articles will have a maximum lenght of 9000 words, including footnotes and excluding title, abstract, keywords, graphs, tables, and bibliography. This word limit might only be exceded when the Editorial Team considers that the special scientific interest of the work justifies it. 

9. Research notes and literature reviews will have a maximum lenght of 4500 words, including footnotes and excluding title, abstract, keywords, graphs, tables, and bibliography. 

10. Book reviews will have a maximum lenght of 2500 words, and they will begin by specifying the following information about the reviewed book: author/s, title, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, and number of pages. They will also include the complete name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address of the author/s of the review. 

11. The text format should conform to the following rules:

Font type and size: Times New Roman 12.

  • Text should be justified and 1,5 spaced, except footnotes.
  • Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and situated at the bottom of the corresponding page, not at the end of the manuscript. It is strongly recommended to reduce their number as much as possible and to use them for clarifying and explanatory purposes, not for bibliographical reference.
  • Pages should be numbered at the bottom starting from number 1, and beginning with the page where the abstract is (the cover sheet with the information about the author/s should not be numbered).
  • Sections of the manuscript should be numbered and entitled in small letters and bold.

12. In-text citations should respect the following rules:

  • Citations should appear in the main text; the use of footnotes only for bibliographic reference should be avoided.
  • Citations should be bracketed, including author’s surname, year of publication, and the page or pages quoted; for example, (Boudon, 2004:73).
  • When an author has two different works published the same year, they will be distinguished with small letters after the year; for example, (Boudon, 2004a:73).
  • When the authors are two, the citation will include their surnames joint by “and”: (Bowles and Gintis, 2005); when the authors are more than two, it will be enough to cite the first author’s surname followed by “et al.” (Bowles et al., 2005), though the complete reference in the bibliographical list may include all the authors’ names.
  • Literal quotations should be in inverted commas and followed by the corresponding citation within brackets; this citation must include necessarily the pages quoted. When literal quotations excede from four lines, they will be separated from the main text, without inverted commas, with bigger indentation and smaller font size.

13. The complete list of bibliographical references will be placed at the end of the manuscript, under the heading “Bibliographical references”. The reference list will respect the following rules:

  • All the works quoted in the text should be referenced in the list, and the list will only include those works quoted in the text.
  • The order should be alphabetical by the authors’ surname. When several references have the same author, they should be ordered chronologically by year. The references of an author alone should be listed in the first place, then the works compilated or edited by that author, and, finally, co-authored works.
  • The format of the references should respect the following norms:
  • Books: author’s surname in capital letters, author’s name, year of publication between brackets, title in italics, city of publication, and publisher; for example

BOUDON, Raymond (2004). The Poverty of Relativism. Oxford: The Bardwell Press.
RYAN, Alan (ed.) (1973). The Philosophy of Social Explanation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
KING, Gary; KEOHANE, Robert O., i VERBA, Sidney (1994). Designing Social Inquiry. Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press.

  • Book chapters: author’s surname in capital letters, author’s name, year of publication between brackets, title of the chapter in inverted commas, “In:”, name of the author of the book, title of the book in italics, city of publication, and publisher; for example:

OSTROM, Elinor (2005). “Policies That Crowd out Reciprocity and Collective Action”. En: GINTIS, Herbert; BOWLES, Samuel; BOYD, Richard, i FEHR, Ernst (eds.). Moral Sentiments and Material Interests. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.

  • Journal's articles: author’s surname in capital letters, author’s name, year of publication between brackets, title of the article in inverted commas, journal’s name in italics, volume, issue or number between brackets, and pages (initial and final); for example:

GRANOVETTER, Mark (1973). “The Strenght of Weak Ties”. American Journal of Sociology, 78 (6), 1360-1380.

  • Original editions: when the year of the original edition is different from that of the quoted one, the in-text citation will reference the original edition year, and the year of the quoted edition will be included at the end of the complete reference. For example:

WEBER, Max (1922). Economía y sociedad. Mèxic: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1964.

  • All references should be French indented.

14. All non-textual elements (tables, figures, maps, graphs, ilustrations, etc.) should appear in the corresponding place in the text; they should also be delivered separately in word, rtf, pdf, jpeg or tiff format. They will be numbered and entitled; its source should be specified below them, and there should be an explicit mention of each one in the main text. 

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