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Author Guidelines

Nova Scientia does not charge any fee for Article Processing Charge

1. Nova Scientia publishes articles in the main languages of the region (English, Spanish, Portuguese and French). The title and abstract of the papers must be in the two referred languages, one of which shall be English.

The first page of each article must include: the title of the paper in English and the original language, preferably brief, without sacrificing clarity; an abstract in English and in the original language, with a maximum length of 450 words each; the name of the author or authors and their institutional affiliation. The e-mail address of one of the authors should be written down for correspondence purposes.

2. The articles will present at least four or at most five keywords. The keywords must be written both in Spanish and in English.

3. The articles will not have a specific length, they must have margins of 2.5 cm, indents of 1.25 cm, spacing of 1.5 lines, 12 point font size, and fonts in italics will be used instead of underlined text (except for URL addresses).

 Obtain Format File

  1. Attach an electronic file (Word) and the tables from Excel for Windows or in Word using the tab key. In unique cases, if the authors work on other processors different to Word, they must submit the article in PDF format before their ruling and after they have been approved, as the case may be.
  2. Illustrations, tables, maps and graphs must be presented in clear and precise originals and must include the source; similarly, they must be placed in the appropriate places in the text, instead of attaching them at the end of the document.
  3. The notes will be presented in footnotes and must be written with single spaces, must be numbered consecutively, and must be included at the foot of the corresponding page.
  4. Citations must be inserted in the text by opening a parenthesis with the last name of the author, the year of publication and the page number, example: (Villegas 1989, 63).
  5. The bibliographical references must be alphabetically organized at the end of the text, according to the last name of the authors. See the following examples:

 One author:

Santos Ramírez, Leopoldo. (2004). Matrimonios de anglos y mexicanos en la frontera. Hermosillo: El Colegio de Sonora.

Two authors:

Brooks, Daniel R. and Deborah A. McLennan. (2002). The Nature of diversity: An Evolutionary Voyage of Discovery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book chapter:

Rozo, Carlos. (1999). Las cuatro paradojas de la globalización. En Globalización, industria e integración productiva en Sonora, compiled by Blanca Lara, Cristina Taddei and Jorge Taddei, 25-37. Hermosillo: El Colegio de Sonora, Universidad de Sonora, CIAD, A. C.

Journal article:

Arzaluz Solano, Socorro. (2005). La utilización del estudio de caso en el análisis local. Región y sociedad XVII (32): 107-144.

Newspaper article:

Reforma. (2001). El precio oculto de la impresión: los consumibles. Costos que impresionan. 2 de abril.


Hernández, Silvestre. (2004). La trayectoria social de un productor cultural. Tesis de maestría en Ciencias Sociales, El Colegio de Sonora.


Castro, José Esteban. (2005). Agua urbana y lucha social en América Latina. Ponencia presentada en el XXV Congreso de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología, Porto Alegre.

Material from the Internet:

Comisión Nacional del Agua. (2006). Programa playas limpias. (31 de enero de 2006).


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. Exclusivity: the papers submitted must be unpublished and their authors agree not to simultaneously submit them for the consideration of other journals. Any conflicts of a legal, moral, or ethical character etc., that derives from the analysis of this aspect shall be the sole responsibility of the authors.

    Originality of the papers: they must be the result or the progress of original and high level researches within the scientific disciplines. Before sending the paper to the evaluators, it will be subjected to a program that detects probable plagiarism; if something is found in this regard the paper will be immediately rejected.

    Ethics: it will be the responsibility of the authors that both, during the research process and for the submission of their work to Nova Scientia, the ethical codes of their institutions are complied with, as well as the legal and ethical norms universally accepted for the work with other people, animals and the environment.

    Nova Scientia subscribes to the Declaration on international ethical standards for authors and editors adopted in the Second World conference on the integrity of research carried out in Singapore in 2010 by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). When submitting the article, the author is expressing their consent and agreement with the ethical guidelines indicated on the documents of the conference.

    Nova Scientia reserves the right to take any measures that it considers necessary when detecting any inappropriate conduct in the work of authors and arbitrators, among those: the removal of articles, the elimination of the portfolio of authors and arbitrators, as well as blacklisting the names to other journals.

    The author of the correspondence is responsible for making sure that all authors have contributed in the paper and have accepted the contents and forms of the article, and must provide the e-mail of all the participants.

  2. When sending the manuscript to the section of Human and Social Sciences, the instructions included in Ensure an anonymous evaluation must be followed.
  3. The authors transfer the rights of the contents of the article for its publication and diffusion according to the policies, norms and agreements of the journal and of the indexation instances.

Copyright Notice

Conditions for the freedom of publication: the journal, due to its scientific nature, must not have political or institutional undertones to groups that are foreign to the original objective of the same, or its mission, so that there is no censorship derived from the rigorous ruling process.

Due to this, the contents of the articles will be the responsibility of the authors, and once published, the considerations made to the same will be sent to the authors so that they resolve any possible controversies regarding their work.

The complete or partial reproduction of the work is authorized as long as the source is cited.


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