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Editorial policy

El Norte. Finnish Journal of Latin American Studies, publishes articles, reviews and notes in English, Finnish, Portuguese and Spanish. All papers are the result of recent research on Latin America within the fields of politics, economics, history, international relations, sociology and cultural studies. Inter-disciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. The time frame of the Journal are the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. 



Articles, book reviews and notes must be original manuscripts and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All articles are submitted to at least two external referees. We use a double-masked review process. Therefore, contributors should remove any reference that may point to them as authors of the manuscript. Notes and reviews are revised by members of the Editorial Board and the Editorial Team.

All submissions must be sent by e-mail to info@elnorte.fi using a word processor compatible with Windows or MacOS (e.g. Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, etc.).

Articles should not exceed 10,000 words (including abstract, notes and references).  All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words and a keyword list (3-5 words).

Notes are research reports or free structured essays. They can not exceed 5,000 words.

Reviews should include full references on the reviewed material(s) and should have no more than 2,500 words.

Information on the author will appear always on the last page of the manuscript and should include: name, institutional affiliation, a short biographical sketch and full contact information. 

Notification on manuscripts' receipt is made within ten business days. Notification on acceptance for publication is made within ten weeks, unless otherwise stated.

All submissions must meet the format and style guidelines provided below. Authors are free to choose the language conventions of their preference as long as uniformity prevails.


Style guidelines  

The content of articles should be presented as follows: title, abstract, content, references, author information. 

Notes can be freely structured. 

Reviews must include: An original title, full reference, content and author information. 


The list of sources or references should not be excessively long and must only relate to the content of the article. 


Left and right 2 cm, top and bottom 2,5 cm. Justify the text.


1.5 lines


Times New Roman 12p and 10p for footnotes.

Titles and subtitles.

They should not be excessively long.


Articles published in El Norte should always use footnotes instead of endnotes. It is recommended that footnotes be kept to a minimum. It is advisable footnotes are not used to cite sources. Such citations should preferably be incorporated into the text using a short format (e.g. Guerra, 2002). If citing sources within the footnotes is absolutely necessary, the short format for footnotes should be used (e.g. Guerra, Las revoluciones hisp√°nicas, 1995).

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively using superscript Arabic numerals.

Tables and figures

It is recommended that tables and figures be kept to a minimum, avoiding any redundancy with the text.

Tables, figures and other elements should be inserted at the end of the text in the format in which they were designed; they should not be inserted as "pictures". Figures in Excel should include the corresponding worksheets.

The location of tables and figures in the body of the article should be indicated in the appropriate place as follows:  

  •   Insert figure 1
  •   Insert table 1 

Tables and figures should include an explicit and complete reference to their sources.

Tables should indicate the period covered at the end of the title, and should indicate the units in which the data are expressed in a subtitle (in italics and between brackets).

The symbols referred to in the "Explanatory notes" which appear on the page preceding the table of contents should be taken into account in the preparation of tables and figures.

Footnotes to tables and figures should be ordered consecutively using superscript lower-case letters.

Acronyms and abbreviations

Acronyms and abbreviations should not be used unless absolutely necessary, in which case the full name should be written out the first time it occurs in the article.



Citation of sources must follow the guidelines contained in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. 

When citing works in a language different than the one of submission, the references should not be translated but kept in the original language.   

In the case of online references, hyperlinks must be provided. If the cited webpages are constantly updated, the URL should be provided along with the date of retrieval. We suggest authors to keep a copy of such materials.



The copyright to all articles published in the journal shall be owned by the Latin America Research Group at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki.





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