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The Journal of Science Communication - América Latina is an open access journal focused on science communication in Latin América and publishing contributions in Spanish and Portuguese. The Journal has been set up following the success of JCOM and does not apply any article processing or submission charge.

The field of public communication of science and technology has grown rapidly over the past 20 years with increasing professionalisation amongst practitioners and a growth in academic interest in the field. JCOM América Latina seeks to provide a space which brings together scholars and practitioners, enabling discussion of issue of interest to both communities.

Why "science communication"? Because we want to challenge and enter into dialogue with the social studies of science and science and technology studies communities, as well as reach practitioners involved in a wide range of communication activities related to science and technology. The Journal publishes work that explores the importance of communicative processes to the development of science as well as studies exploring the dynamics of contemporary knowledge societies. We chose this privileged point of view even though we know that we are still looking for deep theoretical reflection, strong methodological tools and a clear identity. JCOM América Latina seeks to contribute to the development of the field and creation of its identity by adopting a model that promotes the free circulation of information, Latin-American-centric perspectives, encompassing heterogeneous visions such as gender studies, social history, action-research. Furthermore, JCOM América Latina is a platform where distant communities can meet: academic scholars, journalists, museum operators, and scientists who live and work in fields where theoretical reflection and concrete action are strongly intertwined.

So JCOM América Latina investigates the needs for communication between science and citizens and within the scientific community itself; the problems that are to be faced when models for theoretical analysis or practical means to popularize science are used; the changing relation between science and social institutions; and the informative, pedagogical, interpretative and political dimensions of science communication.



JCOM América Latina, Journal of Science Communication - América Latina, welcomes contributions for publication at any time. We invite submissions on topics related to science communication, including original research, theoretical reflections, case studies of best practice and evaluations. The Journal is aimed at Latin American researchers, educators, trainers and professional and occasional practitioners in science communication. Contributors should bear in mind the breadth of this target audience in writing contributions intended for publication in JCOM América Latina.

We take a broad view of science communication, encompassing, for example, popular science publishing, science in information and entertainment forms of media, public demonstrations and discussions of science, mediations between scientific and other social institutions, science museums and centres, science journalism and science information services.

JCOM América Latina seeks to encourage new scholarship and new perspectives; we welcome submissions from prospective contributors who are at early stages in their careers and seeking to build up a portfolio of published work.


Editorial policy

Original research and theoretical contributions should be substantial and significant in content and we welcome papers that challenge existing theory or practice or seek to move the field forward. All contributions must address one or more of the subject areas covered by JCOM América Latina. The criteria for acceptance are originality and contribution to the field and length should be appropriate to the information presented. Research and theoretical contributions judged to fall within the remit of the Journal and reaching an appropriate standard will be subject to peer review by at least two referees.

JCOM América Latina also encourages submission of essays that provide a thought provoking exploration of a topic relevant to the subject areas covered by the Journal. Essays should discuss issues faced by the communities served by the Journal and may be directed at either scholarly debate or science communication practice. Essays will be reviewed by at least one Editorial Board member.

Contributions submitted to JCOM América Latina must not have been published in other journals, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The peer review is handled anonymously (double-blind peer review).


Organisation chart

JCOM América Latina is organised as follows: Editor-in-chief, Editorial Board, Editorial Office and Publishing Office at SISSA Medialab

The Editor-in-chief is in charge of supervising JCOM América Latina's activity, of coordinating the peer review process, the Editorial Board's activity and of monitoring the quality of the Journal.
The Editor-in-chief is first instance for an appeal.

The Editorial Board is called upon to facilitate the peer review process by securing appropriate peer feedback on contributions submitted to JCOM América Latina. In addition to this vital role it acts as an ambassador for JCOM América Latina, by helping to promote the Journal and encourage researchers and practitioners to write for the Journal.

The Editorial Office is in charge of supervising the functioning of the Journal. It monitors the Journal daily and provides assistance to authors, editors and referees.

The Publishing Office is responsible for the marketing and distribution of the Journal, including the publication of accepted contributions (



A web-based software system has been developed at SISSA Medialab to process JCOM América Latina submissions and to run the entire editorial procedure.

The software system relies on a powerful database that stores the files of the contributions, their metadata and, most importantly, all the correspondence between the Journal users (director, authors, editors, referees, editorial office and typesetters). Users therefore have direct access to all the information, files and correspondence items appropriate for their role on their personal web pages. All users have a single username and password to access their home page on the JCOM América Latina website for all of their different roles.

Published contributions are available online on open access terms on


Editorial Board

Ana Claudia Nepote Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Morelia (Mexico)
Carina Cortassa Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (UNER) / Centro Redes (Argentina)
Ildeu de Castro Moreira Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Martha Marandino Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
Sigrid Falla Maloka (Colombia)
Susana Herrera ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Yurij Castelfranchi Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)

JCOM América Latina Staff

Luisa MassaraniInstituto Nacional de Comunicação Pública da Ciência e Tecnologia e Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brasil
Editorial Office
 Cristiana PreverSupervisor
 Beatrice Biggio
 Giulia Cassano
 Maria Teresa Leo
 Gabriella Furlan
 Caterina Massa
 Federica Princi
Software and system development and maintenance
 Mick McElroy Supervisor
 Giorgia Del Bianco
 Matteo Gamboz
 Marco Mizzaro
 Alessandro Sebastianutti
 Cristian Zoicas

Contact details

The JCOMAL Editorial Office can be contacted via email at

Sissa Medialab srl
Via Bonomea, 265
34136 Trieste - Italy
Tel. +39-040-3787 620
Fax. +39-040-3787 640

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