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The editorial procedure for manuscripts - from submission to publication - is carried out electronically.

Authors, editors and referees run their specific stages of the editorial procedure through personal web pages, which are automatically updated in real time as soon as new events occur.

Authors can access their personal page where they can check the status of their preprints throughout the editorial procedure and communicate with the Editorial Office and with the Editor-in-charge of the preprint.

Referees also operate from a personal page where they can read and download the preprints, upload their reports and communicate with the Editorial Office and the Editor-in-charge.

On every preprint page there are buttons for internal communication that should always be used instead of normal e-mail. All messages sent this way will be available in the tab "correspondence" for the relevant contribution.



Authors submit their manuscripts through the JCOM América Latina website.

At the time of the submission the preprint receives a preprint number which identifies it throughout the editorial procedure (Figure 1).

The preprint number

Figure 1. Preprint number

Different letters characterize preprint numbers indicating whether the submitted contribution is a research article, a review article, an essay, a practice insight, a review, a commentary, a letter or a special issue contribution.

To submit preprints, authors must carefully follow the instructions given in the section For authors



The JCOM América Latina refereeing procedure is based on the traditional peer review system in which an editor receives the submitted preprint, examines it, asks at least 2 referees for an opinion, and then makes a decision accordingly.



Decisions are made according to the JCOM América Latina editorial policy. Preprints are processed as quickly as possible, though the necessary time is given to evaluate their scientific quality.

The criteria for acceptance of a preprint in JCOM América Latina, are robust scientific research, originality and relevance to the field of science communication research or practice. The confidentiality on the identity of both the authors and the referees are guaranteed.


After acceptance

Accepted contributions are typeset according to the JCOM América Latina style. Authors can then proofread them. Only one round of proofreading is possible. After correction, contributions are published by the journal's production team. At the time of publication contributions are assigned an ID (Figure 1) and a DOI which can be used for bibliographic reference.

Definitive paper number
Figure 2. Publication ID

Different letters characterize publication IDs indicating whether the published contribution is a research article, a review article, an essay, a practice insight, a review, a commentary, a letter or a special issue contribution.

Published contributions are made available to all interested readers on the JCOM América Latina website in pdf, e-pub and html formats.

Published contributions can be updated by publishing errata or addenda.


After a request for revision

If a revision is required, authors must tend to the modifications requested and provide a new version of their preprint and a cover letter within the specified deadline, according to the type of contribution. Authors may ask for deadline extensions, if strictly necessary. Revised versions are submitted by the authors from their preprint page. They are then reviewed again before a final decision or a further round of revision.


After rejection

Contributions are considered, processed and reviewed as fairly as possible. Authors of contributions that have been rejected can ask for reconsideration by submitting an appeal and replying to the referee(s)'s comments. Appeals must be scientifically justified and not polemic. Please send your rebuttal letters by connecting to the preprint page and using the "write to Editorial Office" button.


Author inquiries

Authors can communicate at all times with the Editor-in-chief through the "write to editor" button on their pages.

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