Acceptance criteria

Check the table on the acceptance criteria of articles for journals and books to find out how to prepare the perfect article.

How to prepare your article

Here are some of the requirements that all the articles we receive must meet. These conditions are essential for the Editorial Board of the various journals to support their submission to the evaluators.

  • Articles should be approximately 5,000 to 12,000 words in length and should be written in a continuous account form in a book-chapter or article style.
  • Only files in editable formats, such as Microsoft Word or Open Office, will be accepted. Manuscripts in PDF format are not accepted.
  • The vocabulary may vary according to the customs of the country, but must be internally consistent.
  • Authors should ensure the accuracy of citations, diagrams, tables, and maps.
  • Graphics and images should be crisp and easy to visualize. We cannot improve any image quality.
  • Refrain from including irrelevant images or graphics in the article. The images or graphics that the evaluators consider irrelevant to the readers’ understanding of the narrative will be deleted. If you wish to incorporate images or graphics that do not directly affect the narrative of the article, but which you consider useful to deepen your understanding of it, you can upload a complementary document (s).
  • Keywords are very important for search engine positioning. To achieve the best visibility for your work, please make sure your keywords are clear and precise.
  • Do not indicate in the manuscript the authors’ name(s), the institution they work for, or their biographies.
  • Graphics and images should be crisp and easy to see. We cannot improve image quality.
  • All images, graphics, and tables must be accompanied by a title and a source.
  • All images, graphics, and tables should be placed where they will appear in the text.
  • Avoid using certain advanced Word functions, such as:

– Coloured fonts or backgrounds.
– Objects of drawings.
– Automatic tables of contents and indexes.
– Auto text or fields.
– Markers.
– Highlights, reliefs, shadows and other complex functions of Word.
– Formulas.

  • Bibliographic references within the text will be in the abbreviated format (Author, Year: pp.), Leaving the complete reference for the final list.
  • Footnotes will be explanatory or expansive. They will be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, letter size 8 p will be used with full justification. Efforts will be made to reduce footnotes to a minimum.
  • Whenever possible, include the DOI in the bibliography and indicate the URL of the cited text if it is open access.
  • The bibliographic style chosen by this journal is that of the APA (American Psychological Association).
  • The list of bibliographic references will be placed at the end, and will have simple line spacing, without blank lines between authors. The second and subsequent works of each author will be headed by a long script and the year of publication. The following appointment formats will be used:
    • Book by one author:

Toulmin, S. E. (1958). The Uses of Argument. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    • Book by several authors:

Blanché, R & Dubucs, J. (1970). La logique et son histoire. París: Armand Colin.

    • Book by several authors:

Meerhoff, K. & Moisan, J. C. (eds.) (1997). Autour de Ramus: texte, théorie, commentaire. Québec: Nuit Blanche éditeur.

    • Journal article:

Benoit, W. L. (1989). Attorney argumentation and Supreme Court opinions. Argumentation and Advocacy26(2), 22-38.

    • Book chapter:

Eemeren, F. H. van & Grootendorst, R. (1993b). The history of the argumentum ad hominem since the seventeenth century. En: E. C. W. Krabbe, R. J. Dalitz & P. A. Smit (eds.), Empirical Logic and Public Debate. Essays in Honour of Else M. Barth (pp. 49-68, Ch. 4). Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi.

    • Several works by one author:

Walton, D. N. (1991). Begging the Question: Circular Reasoning as a Tactic of Argumentation. Nueva York: Greenwood.

—  (1999). One-Sided ArgumentsA Dialectical Analysis of Bias. Albany: State University of New York Press.

—  (2001). Enthymemes, common knowledge, and plausible inference. Philosophy and Rhetoric34(2), 93-112.

  • The author may decide, where appropriate, the division of the REFERENCES section into several sections with different appointment criteria to the general ones: e.g. include a Webography or a list of Primary Sources (ancient, medieval) the order of which does not have to follow those stipulated in these instructions.

These conditions are essential for the Editorial Board of the various journals to support a submission to the evaluators. Out of respect for the evaluators’ work, only articles that meet the minimum required formalities – in addition to the quality of the content – will be sent. Authors are expected to review their texts in accordance with the evaluators’ recommendations. If authors do not make such revisions or fail to submit any claims to defend their position, their manuscript will definitely be rejected. The process of reviewing the manuscript is rigourous in order to ensure the quality of the content published in the journal.

Some articles may have excellent content but be poorly expressed in Spanish. This may be the case, for example, for authors whose mother tongue is not Spanish. When we receive a negative response from Criterion 10, ‘Communicative Quality’ from an evaluator, we can request that the author rewrite the entire article, regardless of the total score obtained. We have an Editorial Service that can be contracted by authors to improve their written expression. You can request a quote by sending an email to

Optional services

Those authors whose articles are accepted for publication in Spanish and Portuguese may publish their article in English journals through the Translation Service for only € 0.10 per word. We also offer a translation service for titles, summaries, and keywords for articles in Spanish and Portuguese. You can request a quote by sending an email to

Understand the publishing process

Consult our guidelines for authors, download the journal template and verify that your article meets all the requirements.

Sign up for the OJS journal computing platform then you can send your article.

After receiving your article, the Editorial Board must validate the content and verify that the publication guidelines have been followed. Remember to send your article in an editable format (pdf will not be accepted).

Once validated in the preliminary selection, your article will be sent to 2 reviewers. In case of discrepancy, the intervention of a third reviewer may be requested. You will receive an email informing you of the evaluation result.

Your article may be accepted, rejected, or an improved resubmission may be requested. You can access the evaluation reports on the computer platform.

The editorial team will check for possible misprints and ask you to amend any affected paragraphs.

From this point on, nothing can be added to the delivered text. Your article will be laid out and the tests will be sent for final approval before publication.

You will be asked to review the pdf to verify that there are no errors following the layout process. Please make a complete and thorough check since this will be the final version that will be published in the journal.

After proofreading, the article is almost ready to be published. You just have to paginate and index it. Once both tasks are completed, the article will be published on the website for the corresponding journal.