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Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus of the journal. Please follow the guidelines below, and contact the managing editor if you have any questions. Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Manuscripts eligible for submission must be unpublished in any language and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. LARR does not publish translations of previously published material. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material (including illustrations) for which they do not hold copyright.
Research articles report original research relating to Latin America which will be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience and accessible to a general academic readership. Articles must not exceed 10,000 words including notes and references. LARR publishes research articles in the humanities and social sciences, including the following fields: anthropology, economics, history, literature and cultural studies, politics and international relations, and sociology.
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.
Book and documentary film review essays
Book and documentary film review essays, a signature feature of the journal, are analytic essays discussing several works. Reviews are commissioned by the editors. Authors may indicate interest or suggest topics or groups of books or films for review by contacting Fabrice Lehoucq (books) or Héctor Amaya (documentary films).
Dossiers are collections of three to five articles dealing with a common subject. The total extension of a dossier (including the introduction) is about 40,000 words. Dossiers are initiated by LARR’s editorial team and coordinated by associate editors. Authors interested in proposing a dossier topic should contact the associate editor in the relevant field. All papers in a dossier are subject to the external review process. Given the large number of manuscripts received, LARR is not considering new dossiers at this time.
Latin American Research Review’s policy is to perform double-blind reviews, in which the names of the author(s) and reviewers are not known to one another. In preparing your electronic submission for external review, we ask you to delete any inadvertent self-identification, e.g., “as this author has described elsewhere [cite]”; avoid multiple self-citations or citation of your unpublished materials (dissertations, etc.); delete acknowledgments of colleagues, institutional affiliations, or funding sources that could make identification of authorship likely; delete any reference to previous presentations of the paper in earlier draft form (at conferences or public seminars, etc.).
Submit your article in document format, such as Microsoft Word, RTF, or OpenOffice. Articles must not exceed 10,000 words including notes and references.
The title should be in the same language as the manuscript text.
Preface the text of research articles and notes with an abstract of about 150 words describing the main arguments and conclusion of the article.
List up to six keywords below the abstract.
The abstract and keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.
Up to three level headings may be used and must be clearly identifiable using different font sizes, bold or italics. Please do not number headings or subheadings. We suggest using Headings 1, 2, and 3 in Microsoft Word.
Omit acknowledgments from the initial submission for the purpose of blind review. Any acknowledgments may be added to the final version if the article is accepted for publication.
If any of the authors have competing interests then these must be declared. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here.
Ethics and consent (if applicable)
Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, the studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement within the article text detailing this approval, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number of the approval. The identity of the research subject should be anonymized whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their legal guardian).
All references cited within the submission must be listed at the end of the main text file.
Use the automatic endnote function in your word processing program. Notes should be used only where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed. Notes may contain parenthetical citations if needed. Citations of interviews, archival sources such as manuscript collections, and personal communications such as emails and social media posts are usually placed in notes. Citations of blog posts and newspaper articles are also often placed in notes rather than in the reference list. Note reference numbers follow closing sentence punctuation.
LARR accepts manuscripts in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. LARR does not translate manuscripts for publication and publishes the version that passed through peer review. Therefore, authors should make their original submission in the language in which they wish to publish.
For titles in English:
Use headline-style capitalization: capitalize the first and last word and all nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and some conjunctions. Use lowercase for all articles, prepositions, and conjunctions and, but, for, or, and nor.
For titles in other languages:
Use sentence-style capitalization: Capitalize the first word in a title, the first word in a subtitle, and any proper names.
Headings within the main text:
First-level headings in the text should follow headline style. For lower-level subheadings, use sentence style.
For spellings and hyphenation in English, refer to Merriam Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary. When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used, e.g. World Health Organization, not World Health Organisation.
Double-space all text and use a 12-point font, preferably Times Roman.
In English submissions, italicize first instances of individual foreign words that do not appear in Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary.
Phrases, sentences, and proper names or names of institutions or organizations in any language should appear in roman font, not italic.
Use bullet points to denote a list without hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence then a numbered list should be used.
Lists should be used sparingly to maximize their impact.
Use double quotation marks for quotations except for quotes within quotes, in which case single quotation marks are used.
Place quotations that are longer than 80 words in length in an indented paragraph separate from the main text.
Roman, not italic font must be used for all quotations.
The source of the quotation must be clearly cited, including page number where applicable.
Acronyms and abbreviations
Spell out the first instance of all acronyms, e.g., Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Commonly used Latin abbreviations, such as e.g. and i.e., are usually restricted to parenthetical text and notes and are set in roman type, not italics. Commonly used abbreviations include cf., ed. (eds.), e.g., esp., et al., etc., fig. (figs.), fol. (fols.), i.e., l. (ll.), n. (nn.), no. (nos.), p. (pp.), pt. (pts.), ser., trans., vol. (vols.).
Numbers and dates
Spell out cardinal and ordinal whole numbers from one to ninety‐nine (and such numbers followed by hundred and thousand), any number at the beginning of a sentence, and common fractions. Whole numbers used in combination with million, billion, and so forth usually follow the general rule.
Numbers that express decimal quantities, dollar amounts, and percentages are written as figures. Use zero before the decimal point for numbers less than zero. For example:
Dates appear in the following form: August 11, 2014; August 2014. Centuries are spelled out: e.g., the twenty-first century.
Inclusive page numbers are given in full: 3–11, 74–75, 100–103, 104–109, 112–115, 414–532, 505–516, 600–612, 1499–1500.
Symbols are permitted within the main text and data sets as long as they are commonly in use or are defined or explained at first use.
Formulas must be proofed carefully by the author. Editors will not edit formulas. If special software has been used to create formulas, they will be published as they appear in the manuscript.
Authors presenting quantitative results are encouraged to upload replication data sets and replication code as supplementary files. Replication data sets must allow readers to reproduce all results presented in the article. Please upload your replication data set in a standard format (Excel, SAS, SPSS, Stata, R). Ancillary replication files must provide codebook information and estimation procedures to conduct the analysis.
Tables and figures should be referenced in the manuscript and may be placed either following the paragraph in which they are mentioned for the first time or together at the end of the manuscript. We prefer the first arrangement to facilitate the work of reviewers. Figures, including graphs and diagrams, must be professionally and clearly presented. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, the editor may ask the author to revise or omit it.
All figures must be cited within the main text, in consecutive order using Arabic numerals (e.g., figure 1, figure 2, etc.).
Each figure must have an accompanying descriptive main title. This should clearly and concisely summarize the content and/or use of the figure image. A short additional figure legend is optional to offer a further description.
Figure titles and legends should be placed within the text document, either after the paragraph of their first citation, or as a list after the references. The source of the image should be included, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of authorization (if needed).
If your figure file includes text then please present the font as Ariel, Helvetica, or Verdana. This will mean that it matches the typeset text.
NOTE: If the manuscript is accepted for publication, figures must then be uploaded separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in color and at a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Each file should not be more than 20 MB. Standard formats accepted are JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS. For line drawings, please provide the original vector file (e.g., .ai or .eps).
Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text.
Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible.
All tables must be cited within the main text, numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g., table 1, table 2, etc.).
Each table must have an accompanying descriptive title. Titles should be as succinct as possible and should not suggest any interpretation of the data.
Tables should not include:
NOTE: If there are more columns than can fit on a single page, then the table will be placed horizontally on the page. If it still can't fit horizontally on a page, the table will be broken into two.
Use in‐text citations keyed to a reference list. Each textual reference should correspond to a complete reference in the reference list. In-text citations include the author’s last name (with first initial if ambiguous), year of publication, and pages referred to. For works by more than three authors, only the surname of the first author is used, followed by “et al.” “Cf.” is used when a comparison of sources is intended. Op. cit., loc. cit., infra, supra, and the like are not used.
If the author is already mentioned in the main text then the year should follow the name within parentheses.
If the author's name is not mentioned in the main text then the surname and year should be inserted in parentheses after the relevant text. Multiple citations by different authors should be separated by semicolon.
If specific pages are being cited then the page number should follow the year, after a comma.
Please do not include URLs in parenthetical citations, but rather cite the author or page title and include all details, including the URL, in the reference list (or notes).
Each textual reference should correspond to a complete reference in the reference list.
Entries in the reference list are arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically from earliest to most recent. Arrange multiple works by the same author in the same year alphabetically by title and distinguish them by a, b, c, etc. placed after the year. For online sources, an access date is not required unless no publication date is provided.
Citations of unpublished sources, such as interviews, and archival sources, such as manuscript collections, are usually placed in notes.
NOTE: DOIs should be included for all reference entries, where possible.
This journal follows the style guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. See below for examples of formatted references.
Degregori, Carlos Iván, ed. 1996. Las rondas campesinas y la derrota de Sendero Luminoso. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
Power, Margaret. 2002. Right-Wing Women in Chile: Feminine Power and the Struggle against Allende, 1964–1973. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Rappaport, Joanne, and Thom Cummins. 2012. Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
NOTE: If multiple works by the same author are being listed, please repeat the author’s name for each entry, rather than using a long dash.
Guerra, Lillian. 2010a. “Beyond Paradox: Counterrevolution and the Origins of Political Culture in the Cuban Revolution, 1959–2009.” In A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War, edited by Greg Grandin and Gilbert M. Joseph, 199–235. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Villa Rivera, William. 2004. “El territorio de comunidades negras, la guerra en el Pacífico y los problemas de desarrollo.” In Panorámica afrocolombiana: Estudios sociales en el Pacífico, edited by Mauricio Pardo Rojas, Claudia Mosquera, and María Clemencia Ramírez, 331–342. Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia.
Drinot, Paulo. 2012. “Creole Anti-Communism: Labor, the Peruvian Communist Party and APRA, 1930–1934.” Hispanic American Historical Review 92 (4): 703–736. DOI: 10.1215/00182168-1727981.
Duquette-Rury, Lauren, and Xochitl Bada. 2013. “Continuity and Change in Mexican Migrant Hometown Associations: Evidence from New Survey Research.” Migraciones Internacionales 7 (1): 65–99.
Durand, Jorge, William Kandel, Emilio A. Parrado, and Douglas S. Massey. 1996. “International Migration and Development in Mexican Communities.” Demography 33 (2): 249–264.
Guerra, Lillian. 2010b. “Gender Policing, Homosexuality, and the New Patriarchy of the Cuban Revolution, 1965–70.” Social History 35 (3): 268–289. DOI: 10.1080/03071022.2010.487378.
Seidman, Sarah. 2012. “Tricontinental Routes of Solidarity: Stokely Carmichael in Cuba.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 4 (2). http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0wp587sj.
NOTE: Please include DOIs for all journal articles where possible.
Malkin, Elisabeth, and Victoria Burnett. 2015. “Cuba Frees 53 Prisoners, U.S. Says.” New York Times, January 15.
Bacab Chulim, Jesús. 2012. “Constatan obras del ‘3x1’: Mejorarán la casa ejidal y harán casetas policiacas.” El Diario de Yucatán, May 4. http://yucatan.com.mx/yucatan/constatan-obras-del-3-por-1.
Gooren, Henri. 2010. “The Pentecostalization of Religion and Society in Latin America: First Findings from Paraguay.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore, MD, October 29.
World Health Organization. 2010. The World Health Report: Health Systems Financing; The Path to Universal Coverage. Geneva: World Health Organization.
Vergara Figueroa, Aurora. 2013. “Race, Gender, Class, and Land Property Rights in Colombia: A Historical Ethnography of the Afro-Colombians’ Struggles over Land, 1851–2011.” PhD dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
For website content include as much of the following as can be determined: the title or description of the page, the author of the content (if any), the owner or sponsor of the site, and a URL. Also include a publication date or date of revision or modification; if no such date can be determined, include an access date. Website content may be cited in notes rather than reference lists.
When the review editor commissions or accepts an essay for publication, the author should follow the following guidelines.
Provide a title describing the general topic of your essay and place your name and affiliation below. Offer complete bibliographic information for the books under review at the start of the article, including the title, authors/editors, place of publication and publisher’s name, date of publication, number of pages, price, and ISBN. The books should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author or editor.
Example book list:
Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy. By Richard E. Feinberg. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2016. Pp. vii + 264. $22.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780815727675.
Making Up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador. By Erynn Masi de Casanova. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011. Pp. xix + 239. $55.00 cloth: ISBN: 9780292723863.
Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape. By Archibald R. M. Ritter and Ted A. Henken. Boulder, CO: First Forum Press, 2015. Pp. xiv + 374. $79.95 cloth. ISBN: 9781626371637.
Retos para la equidad social en el proceso de actualización del modelo económico cubano. Edited by María del Carmen Zavala et al. Havana: Editorial Ciencias Sociales, 2015. Pp. vi + 362. $20 paper. ISBN: 9789590616105.
Notes and references:
Use parenthetical references when citing the books under review. The titles of individual essays in a collective volume can be given, if necessary, in parentheses directly after the first mention of the author’s name.
Use footnotes (not parenthetical references) when referring to works other than those under review. Book review essays do not include a reference list, so place full bibliographic information in the first note citation, using the citation style given in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Thereafter, use short references including author, short title, and page reference if needed. Include DOIs for online resources where available.
Style and formatting:
For general style guidelines please refer to “Language and Text” under “Author Guidelines” above. Please contact the managing editor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about manuscript preparation.
When the review editor commissions or accepts an essay for publication, the author should follow the following guidelines.
Submit the review through the submissions link at larrlasa.org, selecting the submission category “documentary film review essay.”
Provide a title describing the general topic of your essay and place your name and affiliation below. Offer complete information for the documentary films under review at the start of the article. List the title, director, producer, country, date of release, length, distributor (if available), screening format (e.g., DVD), and webpage (if available). The films should be arranged in alphabetical order according to their title.
Example film list:
Chacal: Proibido fazer poesia / Chacal: Forbidden to Write Poetry. Dir. Rodrigo Lopes de Barros. Prod. Guilherme Trielli Ribeiro and Rodrigo Lopes de Barros. Perf. Ricardo Chacal. Brazil, 2015, 25’. Blu-ray. Film is available by contacting the filmmaker directly at email@example.com.
El trotskismo bárbaro / Barbaric Trotskyism. Dir. Marcel Gonnet Wainmayer. Prod. Cinema do Polvo. Argentina, Peru, Brazil, 2015, 104’. Blu-ray. Film is available by contacting the filmmaker directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piedra libre / Women Dance Memories. Dir. Alejandra Vassallo and Pía Sicardi. Argentina, 2015, 72’. Blu-ray. Film is available at http://piedralibrepelicula.com.ar.
Which Way Home. Dir. Rebecca Cammisa. Prod. Mr. Mudd Production in association with Documentress Films. USA, 2009, 90'. Film is available at WhichWayHome.net, Netflix, and Amazon.
For additional information about citing documentary films, see these guidelines from the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley Library. For other matters of style, documentary film essays follow the format of book review essays (see Book Review Essay Style Guide above).
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
The publication of papers in LARR has no cost for authors. The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) covers in full the Article Processing Charges (APC) at a cost of 429 USD payable to the service provider, Ubiquity Press, for every article accepted for publication in LARR. The APC covers publisher processing costs at Ubiquity Press (editorial processes; platform development and maintenance; indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration etc.). This also ensures that all of the content is fully open access.