Instruction for authors

General aspects


Cuadernos de Economía Crítica (CEC) is a social sciences journal, specialised on economics´issues. It is published biannually by the Sociedad de Economía Crítica of Argentina and Uruguay (SEC).

The journal is open to a variety of theoretical and methodological issues and accepts manuscript submissions either from economics or other social sciences, which will be submitted to academic arbitration. Submitting a contribution to CEC implies the acceptance of its editorial policy. The lack of compliance with any of its instructions is reason enough for the Editorial Board to consider the contribution to be invalid.

The main objective of the journal is the debate on the economic issues faced by the Latin American countries, approached from a multidisciplinary, critical and rigorous perspective. Research findings of Latin American economies are considered particularly valuable for the journal. However, we also have interest in receiving contributions that address other theoretical, methodological and empirical issues.

The Advisory Committee is composed by recognized academics in the country and abroad.


The journal is composed of the following sections:

  • Papers. Contributions in this section will be submitted to double blind arbitration. They can be framed in special dossiers or within the general interests of the journal. They must have between 25,000 and 55,000 characters with spaces (including text boxes, footnotes, endnotes and bibliography).
  • Interventions. Contributions in this section could be any text including transcriptions of speeches, lectures, interviews, round tables or notes and articles that are of interest and not necessarily exhibit an academic paper format. They must have between 10,000 and 20,000 characters with spaces (including text boxes, footnotes, endnotes and bibliography) and will be refereed according to rule #16.
  • Critical Reviews. Contributions in this section propose critical reviews of books or articles published within the last 3 years. The contributions in this section may use a free style, but must aim to perform a reading of the works considered capturing their objectives, contributions, limitations and mutual dialogues. They must have between 5,000 and 15,000 characters with spaces (including text boxes, footnotes, endnotes and bibliography) and will be refereed according to rule #16.


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Standards for the reception of original


Papers, Interventions and Critical Reviews published in CEC must be unpublished. All papers –without exception- will be submitted to anonymous review by two prominent specialists in the subject. By submitting a contribution, author is declaring that it is not actually published or in process of review in any other national or foreign journal.


The official language of the journal is Spanish, but contributions may also be submitted in English and Portuguese. Nevertheless, the journal will aim to have a majority of articles in the official language. Also, CEC reserves to itself the right to translate to Spanish those contributions that are found particularly valuable.


Authors should submit the contribution in a file format compatible with standard programs for text processing (Word or similar) in A4 page, Times New Roman 12-point font size, justified alignment, with 1.5 line-spacing.


The originals must be sent through the Open Journal Systems (OJS), from this website:

To do so, corresponding author must register by creating a user, and then follow the steps indicated by OJS.


On the first page, the paper should contain the title, a summary of 150 words (or 10 lines), and between 3 and 5 key words that will facilitate its inclusion in bibliographic indexes and databases. Title, abstract and key words must be included in Spanish, English and Portuguese. If the paper’s discipline is Economics, it is recommended to include JEL codes.

The paper must have an introduction that clearly states objectives, central hypothesis or core arguments, theoretical approach, methodology, background of the research and a description of the organizational structure of the article.

Example of first page:

Título en español

Title in English

Título en Português



(150 palabras máximo).

Palabras clave: XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX. (En español)

Códigos JEL: XXX, XXX, XXX, XXX. (En el caso que corresponda)



(150 words).

Key words: XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX. (In English)



(150 palavras).

Palavras-chave: XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX. (Em Português)


The file submitted for review should not contain the name of the authors or authors, or specify authors’ references that make it obvious. Any reference to the authors’ works shall be designated in the third person.


Graphics, tables, figures, maps and pictures (if any) of the submitted contribution will be presented in electronic format in separate files, they shall be numbered consecutively by order of appearance in the text. They must have a title and legend (abbreviations used must be clarified in the legend), as well as reference units, containing all the footnotes and the corresponding complete sources.


Subtitles must be in the form of statement (start with capital letters, without a period at the end), in bold, no underline and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. The introduction and the bibliography should not be numbered.


The notes to the text will be placed at the foot of page, single-spaced, with consecutive numbering in Arabic numerals, placed in superscript characters.


Quotations should be placed in the text if they have less than 40 words. In case of exceeding this extension, they will be placed in separate paragraph, with indentation, single spaced and without quotes marks. If anything is added to the quotation it should be between square brackets. If the author adds own emphasis, these should be properly pointed in the reference.


References must be presented within the text between brackets, indicating the author's name, date of publication (author, date). If the reference corresponds to a quote, pages that apply must be added (author, date: pages). Complete references will be placed at the end of the text. If two or more works by an author were published the same year, they must be differentiated with letters; a, b, c, etc.


The complete references will be placed at the end of the text, presenting only if it has been actually referred in the text. Complete references should follow the standards of the American Psychological Association (APA).


On the process of reception, evaluation and publication


Submitted papers will undergo through a process of review by a system of arbitration by experts. This process has four stages:

(a) First stage: the Editorial Board will determine if the article meets the formal criteria and relevance for the journal. Papers can be rejected for its lack of adaptation to them, without having to send them to external reviewers.

(b) Second stage: the paper will be sent to two anonymous external reviewers, specialized in the subject. The mechanism is known as “double-blind”, staying in reserve both the names of authors and reviewers during the review. In case that there is discrepancy on the decision between the reviewers, the paper will be sent to a third external reviewer. Reviewers will have a maximum period of one month to carry out such task.

(c) Third stage: based on the comments and suggestions of the external reviewers, the Editorial Board will decide if the paper can be: (i) accepted as originally submitted; (ii) accepted with modifications; or (iii) rejected. In all cases, the result of the review, with the comments and suggestions of the reviewers will be sent to authors through the Editorial Board. Where appropriate, the authors have two weeks from the date of shipment of the evaluations to make corrections and modifications of the case, which will be determining factors for its publication, and send them to the editorial board.

(d) Fourth stage: where appropriate, the Editorial Board verifies the incorporation of suggestions and comments of the reviewers, or its satisfactory response from authors. Once this review is completed, the paper will be accepted and will wait for its publication, otherwise rejected. Anyway, process of review is ended.

Authors should expect a final decision on their paper in a maximum period of six months, counting since the date of submission.


The contributions submitted to the Critical Reviews and Intervention section will go through an evaluation process within the Editorial Board, who can accept or reject the contribution, recommending changes to the document in case of its publication. Critical Reviews and Intervention receive an editorial treatment that guarantees the originality and relevance of their contribution.


Compliance with this editorial policy is essential. Contributions that are not adjusted to these standards by the authors will not be published. The journal reserves to itself the right to make minor modifications prior to the publication, which in no case will change the content or main ideas of the text. These modifications refer to aspects of formal type such as spelling corrections, clarification in writing or any other aspects associated with criteria of style.

The accepted papers will be published and sent to the corresponding author to respond to questions or clarify doubts to the editor, to approve corrections and give the compliance. If the author does not respond satisfactorily to the queries raised by the editor in this final stage, the journal reserves the right not to publish the paper.


Cuadernos de Economía Crítica reserves all legal rights of reproduction of the contents. At the time of submitting manuscripts, authors must certify three requirements: one on the inexistence of conflicts of interest, other declaring the originality of the contribution, and a third one transferring of the rights of publication. By submitting papers, authors agree to publish it under the 2.5 Creative Commons Argentina Atributtion-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives License, which allows free distribution with mention of authors, does not allow commercial use or derivative works. The full text of the license can be found at


Any situation not explicitly covered by these rules of publication will be resolved by the Editorial Board.