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Guidelines for contributors to the CEPAL Review

In order to facilitate the submission, consideration and  publication of articles, the editorial board of the CEPAL Review has prepared the following information and suggestions to serve as a guide for future contributors.

The submission of an article implies an undertaking by the author not to submit it simultaneously to other publications. 

The copyright to all articles published in the Review shall be owned by the United Nations.

All articles will be submitted to external referees.

Papers should be submitted in the original language (English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). They will be translated into the appropriate language by the relevant eclac services. Each article must be accompanied by a summary, no more than 150 words in length, giving a brief description of its subject matter and main conclusions. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words, including the summary, notes and bibliography. Shorter papers will also be considered.

Articles should be sent either by e-mail (to revista or by regular mail, on cd or diskette, to:CEPAL Review, Casilla 179-D, Santiago, Chile. They should not be submitted in pdf format.

Style Guide:

  • Titles should not be excessively long.


  • It is recommended that footnotes be kept to a minimum.
    It is recommended that footnotes not be used to cite bibliographical references; such references should preferably be incorporated into the text.
    Footnotes should be numbered consecutively using superscript Arabic numerals.

Tables & Figures:

  • It is recommended that tables and fi gures 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.
  • Figures should be prepared bearing in mind that they will be printed in black and white.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

No se deberá usar siglas o abreviaturas a menos que sea indispensable, en cuyo caso se deberá escribir la denominación completa la primera vez que se las mencione en el artículo.


  • Bibliographical references should be directly related to the content of the article and should not be excessively long. 
  • At the end of the article, under the title "Bibliography", all the necessary information should be included accurately and in alphabetical order by author: name of author(s), year of publication, full name of article (if any) and publication (including any subtitle), city of publication, publisher and, in the case of a periodical, month of publication.

The editorial board of the Review reserves the right to make any necessary editorial changes in the articles, including their titles.

Authors will receive a one-year courtesy subscription to the Review, plus 30 offprints of their article in Spanish and 30 in English, at the time of publication in each language.