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Focus and Scope

The Latin American Research Review publishes original research in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/Latino studies that engages these fields critically and redefines them. LARR seeks research that advances innovative theories and approaches, has broad substantive implications for the region, engages with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship, and is accessible to a general academic readership. 

LARR publishes articles in the humanities and social sciences, including the following fields:

  • Anthropology: race, social movements, development, social projects, migration, education, economy, labor, state reforms, public policy, poverty, cultural politics, cultural criticism. We value research articles with innovative applications of ethnography and conceptual breadth.
  • Economics: development, international trade and finance, public finance, labor, institutions, human and social capital, natural resources, biodiversity, measures of well-being, poverty, inequality, productivity, mobility, discrimination, and cooperation. We value innovative theoretical and empirical analyses with clear policy implications.
  • History: all topics on colonial and modern Latin America, including its diaspora. We value deeply researched articles accessible to our wide readership as well as essays based on secondary sources that rethink key historical processes, events, or issues.
  • Literature and cultural studies: literary analysis and theory; cultural criticism; formal and discursive analysis of texts from all periods; visual and sonic representations; artistic, popular and media representation; studies of class, race, gender, sexuality, trans studies; subaltern, colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial approaches.
  • Politics and international relations: institutions, political behavior, democratization, social and public policy, political economy, domestic and international security, regional integration, and foreign policy. We value experimental, statistical, and small-N research designs. 
  • Sociology: social institutions and processes, social movements and collective action, social inequalities and social stratification, globalization, historical sociology, sociology of gender.
Other sections:
  • Debates: The new debates section of LARR is a space for theoretical and epistemological reflections on the field of Latin American studies. The section publishes essays in any social science or humanities discipline that redefine and advance the field of Latin American studies, contrast perspectives originating in Latin America with those arising from the global North or elsewhere, discuss the conditions of production of Latin Americanist knowledge, and beyond. Essays must be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience and accessible to a general academic readership. Debates essays must not exceed 10,000 words including notes and references, are reviewed by a member of the editorial team and, if deemed suitable, are sent for external peer review. Submissions are open and, occasionally, by invitation.
  • Research notes: Research notes are brief reports (of 7,000 words or less) introducing primary sources or materials of relevance to the broader academic community. Research notes may introduce historical archives, new data sets in the social sciences, field reports in anthropology, or novel sources in the digital humanities. Resources discussed in research notes should be available to other researchers in Latin American studies.

Publication Frequency

LARR is published four times a year in March, June, September, and December.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

LARR is indexed by more than 100 catalog services, including the Social Sciences Citation Index (ISI - Thomson Reuters), Scopus (Elsevier), MLA International Bibliography, Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost), Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale), ArticleFirst (OCLC), the International Political Science Abstracts Database (Ovid), and the Arts & Humanities Database (ProQuest).

LARR’s 2018 Scopus CiteScore is 0.74. The journal is at the 97% (#18/736) of Literature and Literary Theory journals.

The journal’s publisher, LASA/LARC, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

LARC journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal Statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2020 volume:

Submissions received1341
Reviews requested21118
Reviews received3391
Total Rejections4300
...of which, Desk rejects51
Acceptance rate716%
Time from submission to publication8703 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership. The editor, publisher and the Association have the right to decline advertisements.

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