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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Politics in Latin America (JPLA) only accepts English-language articles. However, you can also find the guidelines on the Spanish-language page.

The editorial staff of the GIGA Journal Family strive to review submitted articles quickly and to work with authors to produce high-quality manuscripts. This requires the cooperation of the authors, both in drafting the manuscripts and in the reviewing process. The editors reserve the right to return articles that do not satisfy the following standards.

1. Length
The length of the refereed Research Articles is not to exceed 10,000 words (including notes and references). Further reading can be placed on the journal’s homepage as a supplement to the print version. For Review Articles 8,000 words should be the rule. Research Notes should be 3,000 to 6,000 words.

2. Biographical note and summary
All authors are asked to provide a biographical note, which should state the following: current occupation, scientific discipline, research fields and projects (maximum 100 words), followed by their e-mail address. Please keep in mind that all contributions are to be headed by an abstract of at most 150 words. Research Notes should also include a summary which briefly describes the content. Please add three to four keywords. If possible, please translate the abstract and keywords into Spanish.

3. Format
Please refrain from formatting! Eliminate all editing, formatting, and automatic numbering. Send the text as a plain Word file. Please use a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman, 12 pt.). Bold or underlined text is not necessary. Do not use justification or syllabication in your text. Organize titles and subtitles using a clear hierarchy; please do not use more than three levels of headlines. Refer only to sections, not to specific pages. Include footnotes for digression or further argumentation sparingly. Use US English consistently throughout the text, and please be sure to write clearly and use correct punctuation; we recommend that non-native authors have their contributions proofread. Use double quotation marks, inside the end punctuation (British) / outside the end punctuation (US).

4. Suggestions for Consistency
Abbreviations such as e.g. and i.e. without space; no space before ff. and f.; spell out numbers up to and including ten; spell out numbers at the beginning of sentences; use four digits for years, e.g., 1973; when referring to a decade write 1970s; percentages are always given as numerals; spell out the word percent in text (use % only in tables, without space between number and symbol); million and billion spelled out; for currencies use bank abbreviations (USD, EUR) behind the figures); no URLs in text; state long names of institutions or organizations only the first time with their acronym in brackets, afterwards use acronym; do not italicize organization, party, agreement, or treaty names only foreign words or phrases and transcribed words from non-European languages.

5. References follow the Harvard Citation Style

    • References in the text:
      Author/s publication date (and if needed): pp. For example: (Maihold 1996: 62-91; Johnson and Smith 2008; Cusack, Fitzgerald, and Hu 2001: 356) If the source has more than three authors, name only the first: (Dombois et al. 1997); if different sources published in the same year by the same author are quoted, distinguish them with an additional minuscule (2000a, 2000b). Do not use ibidem or ibid.

    • References at the end of the text:
      All authors and sources quoted are to be listed in an alphabetical bibliography at the end of the text. Please check for completeness! For titles in non-European languages please provide a translation in brackets.

    • Books:
      Last name, First name, First name Last name, and First name Last name (eds.) (publication date), Title, second or further edition, Place of publication: Publisher.

    • Articles in anthologies:
      Last name, First name (publication date), Title, in: First name Last name (ed.), Title of anthology, second or further edition, Place of publication: Publisher, pp. xx-xx.

    • Journal articles:
      Last name, First name, and First name Last Name (publication date), Title, in: Title of journal, Vol., No., pp. xx-xx.

  • Internet documents:
    Last name, First name (publication date): Title, online: (accessed: d.m.yyyy).

    Title of document, in: Name of Online Journal or Publisher, online: (accessed: d.m.yyyy).
6. Tables, graphs, and images
Tables and images are to be numbered separately and continuously. They are to be provided with an individual title and an exact reference. Attention: Tables and images need to fit our text format, DIN A5 paper size; we do not print in landscape format. Explanatory notes in tables are to be marked with a superscripted minuscule. Specifications are made in the headlines of tables, not in the table itself. With graphs and figures please make sure that they are formatted in such a way that we are able to edit them (size, text). We print in black and white and therefore use shading rather than colors. Supplementary diagrams can be made available on the journal’s website. Photos and other images can only be used after consultation with our printer. Please make sure you are in possession of copyrights. Also, when using images from the Internet, a full reference and a written reprint authorization are necessary. Photos from news agencies are protected by copyright as well and are only to be reprinted with written authorization (and in some cases payment of a licensing fee). Authors are solely responsible for obtaining reprint authorization.

7. Author’s copy
Every contributor to the GIGA Journal Family receives an author’s copy. Please send us your mailing address for this purpose.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently under consideration by another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions for Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors' Certification

In submitting the manuscript, the authors certify that:

1. They are authorised by their co-authors to enter into these arrangements.

2. The submitted manuscript is original and has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, thesis or working paper), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication has been approved by all the authors and that the authors have full authority to enter into this agreement.

3. They warrant and represent that they have the full power and authority to enter into and execute this agreement and to convey the rights granted herein, and that such rights are not now subject to prior assignment, transfer or other encumbrance. This also applies to the text and photo originals attained from other sources (for which the authors have secured the right to reproduce any material that has already been published or copyrighted elsewhere).

4. Their manuscript contains nothing that is unlawful, libellous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy.

5. In the event that the parties to this agreement, either individually or collectively, are held responsible for damages or the costs of a legal process undertaken by a third party as a result of the authors’ actions under points 1, 2, 3, and 4, the authors agree to release the publisher from the claims of the third party and to compensate the publisher for any resulting legal costs.

6. They agree to the following license and copyright agreement:Copyright Agreement

      Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

      1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication in print and online. The work is distributed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works License
      , which allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. However, the work may not be altered or transformed. The license is valid for both electronic and paper copies.

      2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

      3. Authors grant GIGA commercial rights to produce hardcopy volumes of the journal for sale to libraries and individuals, as well as to integrate the work, its title, and its abstract in databases, abstracting and indexing services, and other similar information sources.

      4. Court of jurisdiction is Hamburg, Germany.

The full legal code of this license
    (in German)


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