CJLACS Article Submission Guidelines


The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies accepts manuscripts written in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

Submissions must be in electronic format, using Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe (.pdf).

In order to avoid delays in publication, authors are urged to follow these guidelines in the preparation of their manuscripts:

  • Articles must be no longer than 10,000 words, excluding the Works Cited section, tables, and notes
  • To facilitate anonymous review, authors should submit a copy of their manuscript without author identification.
  • Authors should include two abstracts of 150 words each. One abstract should be written in the same language as the article; the other should be written in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  • All tables, figures, and maps must be titled and numbered consecutively. They must appear on separate pages with placement clearly indicated in the text.
  • Subheadings must be in lower case, bold, and flush with the left-hand margin. Do not give letter or numbers to subheadings.
  • Names of organizations or institutions in a foreign language should be given in the original language followed by an English translation and abbreviation (if one exists) in parentheses. Thereafter, you may use the foreign language term, abbreviation, or English name as long as you are consistent throughout.

General copyediting rules:

When in doubt, refer to The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing & Editing (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1997), or to the Gage Canadian Dictionary.

Personal Initials: Two or more initials should be separated by a word space.

Numbers: Spell out numbers from one to nine and use digits for 10 and up, unless the number begins a sentence, in which case it must be spelled out. For consecutive numbers, use all the digits (e.g., 411-412) except for dates, in which case only the last two digits are needed as long as the century remains the same (e.g., 1911-15, but 1898-1903).

Percentages: Use digits and the percentage symbol (%) when citing percentages, except where the percentage begins a sentence, in which case it must be spelled out.

Foreign Language Terms: These should be italics the first time they appear, followed by a translation in parentheses.

Quotes: Use double quotes for all cases where quote marks are called for. Use single quotes only within a set of double quotes.

The Em Dash (—) should be typed as two hyphens if your word processor cannot make the dash. There is no space either before or after the em dash.

Punctuation goes inside quote marks.

Use a single space after a period at the end of a sentence.

Spelling: Use “-our” endings (e.g., labour, favour, behaviour). Use “-z” spellings (e.g., analyze, realize).

Abbreviations: PhD, USA, UN, NY, ON

Style for in-text citations and words cited

Examples of in-text citations:

For a single work cited

(Nolan 1983) or “see Nolan (1983)”
(Nolan 1983, 381) or “see Nolan (1983, 381)”
(Nolan 1983, 1984; 2000, 10) or “see Nolan (1983, 1984; 2000, 10)”

For two or more works cited

(Nolan 1983; Solis 1982; Fernández 1999, 12)
(Nolan 1983, 400; 1984, 2000; Solis 1982a, 1982b)

Examples of listings in the Works Cited:

References to journal articles:

Nolan, Peter. 1983. De-collectivization of agriculture in Mexico. Cambridge Journal of Economics 1.1:381-403.

References to books:

Domeyko, Ignacio. 1978. Mis viajes: Memorias de un exilado. Santiago: Ediciones de la Universidad de Chile.

References to a chapter in a book:

Portes, Alejandro. 1995. Economic sociology and the sociology of immigration: A conceptual overview. In The economic sociology of immigration: Essays on networks, ethnicity and entrepreneurship, edited by A. Portes, 22-35. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.