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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.
  • If you are submitting a book review: All book review contributions MUST be submitted to the appropriate journal section (Prof. María Rosa Olivera-Williams (molivera@nd.edu) Reviews of Literature and Culture or Prof. Heather McCrea (hmccrea@ksu.edu) Reviews of History and Social Sciences). Please, do NOT submit your book review to any other journal section.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration at another journal.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 11-point Garamond font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all callouts for illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in “About the Journal.”
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions for "Ensuring a Blind Review" have been followed.
  • When submitting, verify the following items:
    o Full name is correct.
    o Title is correct and it is not enclosed between unnecessary quotatiom marks/parenthesis (unless intended).
    o No periods at the end of the title.
    o Affilliation and Country are included.
    o A brief biographical synopsis of the author/s is included (but not in the text of the article, which may not have any identification of author or affiliation).
    o An abstract has been provided.
    o Indexing information is complete and each item is separated from others by semi-colons (do not use commas/periods).

Author Guidelines

Instructions for authors

Contributions: A Contracorriente accepts submissions all year long. Our average response time is two to three months. Once a submission is accepted, the journal will notify the author with more details, including the issue in which the submission will be published.


Please also recall that we publish articles in Spanish and English, with a maximum length of 4,500 to 12,000 words, debate pieces or notes with a maximum of 3,000 to 8,000 words, interviews with a maximum of 5,000 words, and book reviews of no more than 4,000 words.  

Editorial guidelines for publishing with A Contracorriente

Contributions sent to our journal (articles, notes, reviews, or other) should follow these editorial guidelines in order to receive consideration for publication: 

1) All texts should be unpublished.

2) The only acceptable format is Microsoft Word.

3) A brief biography of the author (5-10 lines) should be included in the online submission form, as well as the author’s affiliation and contact information. This information should not appear anywhere in the text of the article.

4) All references that appear in footnotes should follow these models:

Works Cited (at the end of the article):

a) Books by a single author:

Gilman. Claudia. 2003. Entre la pluma y el fusil. Debates y dilemas del escritor revolucionario en América Latina. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI Editores.

b) Edited volumes:

Florescano, Enrique, ed. 1975. Haciendas, latifundios y plantaciones en América Latina. México: Siglo Veintiuno Editores. [Sometimes “Coord.” might be more appropriate than “Ed.” depending on the nature of the volume].

c) Journal articles:

Tutino, John. 2009. “Soberanía quebrada, insurgencias populares y la independencia de México: la guerra de independencias, 1808-1821”, Historia Mexicana (LIX):  11-75.

d) Chapters in edited volumes:

Carr, Barry. 2007. “Hacia una historia de los comunismos mexicanos: desafíos y sugerencias”. En Elvira Concheiro, Massimo Modonesi y Horacio Crespo, coords. El comunismo: otras miradas desde América Latina. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 521-526.

e) Citing books and articles in English [all words in the title in capital letters]:

Said, Edward. 1994. Representations of the Intellectual. New York: Vintage Books.

Matthews, Wade. 2008. “Class, Nation, and Capitalist Globalization: Eric Hobsbawm and the National Question”, International Review of Social History (53, 1): 63-99.

In-text citations:

a)  The author’s last name, year of publication, and page numbers in parenthesis (followed by a period).

(Franco 2002, 57).

(Rama 1985, 23).

b)  Periods and commas go before quotation marks for in-text citations.

“En efecto, es en el período romántico—y bajo la presión de la influencia europea—cuando principian a marcarse límites definidos para los géneros, antes indiferenciados, del relato” (Lastra 1999, 13).

“In a continent where people tend to be much preoccupied with the question, ‘Who’s in power?,’ García Márquez’s fiction puts together and brings vividly to life the experiences that make this obsession a concrete everyday reality” (Bell-Villada 2010, 13).

5) In-text citations of more than five lines should be handled as block quotes, indented, with no quotation marks:

Indeed, Chile made the turn to an urban majority faster than most Latin American countries.  Some 60 percent lived in urban locales of over 20,000 inhabitants, about 40 percent in cities over 100,000, and some 30 percent in metropolitan Santiago.  The population of greater Santiago doubled to nearly 2 million between 1940 and 1960, approaching 3 million by 1970 (Stern 2006, 10).

Fue el eurocentrismo, más que cualquier otra tendencia, el que devastó el marxismo latinoamericano.  Con ese término nos queremos referir a una teoría que se limita transplantar mecánicamente hacia América Latina los modelos de desarrollo socioeconómico que explican la evolución histórica de la Europa a lo largo del siglo XIX (Löwy 1999, 10-11).

6) The list of works cited should appear at the end of the article.

7) If the article is divided into sections, the title of each section should be in italics.

8) Book reviews must include a title (different from the book being reviewed).

9) If the article contains graphics or tables, they must be sent as separate files (uploaded during step four of the submission process), with callouts in the article text to show the approximate location of the image or table.

10) All images must be high-resolution (300 ppi minimum). If the image contains text, we recommend 400 ppi.

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