ISSN 1851-1740
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ISSN 1514-8327
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Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


Información, Cultura y Sociedad publishes original, unpublished work concerning the production, register, preservation, circulation, divulgation and use of information. The publication aims to offer a meeting space for professionals working in bibliotechnology and information science, and any other discipline concerned with this area, in order to generate an interdisciplinary forum for debate and exchanges. Although the journal is primarily intended as a place for divulging research in the Ibero-American area, it is open to the international community.

The following types of contributions are published:

  • articles: (subject to external evaluation). Theoretical or empirical research; literature reviews; case studies. Up to 25 pages;
  • brief research articles (subject to external evaluation). Up to 10 pages;
  • reviews of books, reference works, electronic resources, etc. Up to 4 pages;
  • information of academic interest (without external evaluation);
  • outstanding work by advanced students (submitted to the system specified in these norms). Up to 15 pages.

The Editorial Committee reserves the following rights:

  • request articles or reviews from specialists when this is considered opportune (these cases will also be submitted to external evaluation);
  • reject collaborations that do not match the journal’s profile or do not follow the journal’s style norms;
  • establish the order in which accepted works will be published.

Preferred languages are Spanish and Portuguese. Manuscripts will be evaluated by anonymous referees, and the author’s identity will be kept confidential during the evaluation process. Authors will be notified of the decision to accept or reject the manuscript. Also, manuscripts may be returned to authors to include modifications suggested by the referee(s) within the deadline set by the Editorial Committee. Authors must accept responsibility for the content of their collaborations, the accuracy of citations made and the right to publish the material. In accordance with the Publication Guidelines of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, authors must also cede publishing rights to the Faculty. Authors are also responsible for presenting the manuscript according to the norms, as the journal will not be responsible for retyping or editing work, but may make style corrections while respecting the content of the original work.
Manuscripts must be sent in electronic or paper form (accompanied by a floppy disk or sent by e-mail) to the Editorial Committee as definitive versions, with the name, address, telephone and e-mail address of the author(s). The Editorial Committee is based at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas at:
Puán 480 4to. piso, oficina 8
C1406CQJ - Buenos Aires - ARGENTINA



Form and preparation of manuscripts


Work should be presented in A4 paper format, in Times New Roman 10 point, with upper and lower margins 2.5cm and right and left margins 3cm.

Articles, essays and research notes:

Order of sections:

1. First page:

    1. Article title in Spanish and English (centred and in font size 12)
    2. Name and surname of author(s) (aligned to the right followed by organization. E.g.: Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas; and postal address and e-mail with which the author can be contacted)
    3. Abstract of up to 200 words in Spanish and English.
    4. Up to key words in Spanish and their equivalents in English.

2. Text: double-spaced, starting each paragraph without an indent, without tab and without leaving a greater space between them. It should be double justified and hyphens should not be used to separate words into syllables.

2.1 Titles: For greater clarity, different sections of the text may be separated by sub-headings in letter size 10, like the rest of the text. Main subheadings should be written in bold, second subheadings in italics and third subheadings in normal letters, two spaces from preceding text and one from the subsequent text.
2.2 Units of measurement: use the metric decimal system, abbreviated in lowercase and without full-stops (5 km, 15 kg), except when using unspecified quantities.
2.3 Numbers: for numbers of over three figures in Spanish use a full-stop (8.000, 152.000) and for decimals use a comma (12,5).
2.4 Abbreviations: only use where necessary. Abbreviations or acronyms of extensive institution names may be used, which should be written in full the first time they appear, followed by clarification in parentheses. E.g.: Asociación de Bibliotecarios Graduados de la República Argentina (ABGRA).
2.5 Foreign words should be written in italics.
2.6 Textual transcriptions: if including textual citations longer than two lines, put these in a separate, single-spaced paragraph, with left and right indent of 1cm, without inverted commas.
2.7 Citations should be made in the text with the author-date system. In parentheses indicate the author’s surname, publication year and page(s) cited where necessary. E.g.: (López, 1985: 93), (González y Rubio, 1990: 110-111), (Rodríguez, 1990; Pérez, 1992). For more than three authors use the first author followed by “et al”. (Johnson et al., 1970: 25-26). For more than one work by the same author and year: (Alonso, 1988a) (Alonso, 1988b).
When citing a specific volume of a work of various volumes, insert the number after the year (Waterman 1990, 2: 3-7). If in the Bibliography only the reference to one volume of the work is included, do not include the number in the citation. Where an ideological rather than textual citation is made, include only the year in parentheses: Smith (1950).

3. Notes: Must not be inserted at the foot of the page and must appear at the end of the text. Must be numbered consecutively. The first note should be used for acknowledgements, where relevant, or any other clarification regarding the nature of the work. Authors are advised not to use unnecessary notes.

4. Bibliography: Must follow these norms:
The bibliography must be cited with the author-date form. All citations in the text should correspond to works in the bibliography. Equally, references should not include works that have not been mentioned in the text. Where possible, use the full first name of the author or editor. Bibliographical references should be ordered alphabetically by author’s surname. Where various works by the same author are cited, order these chronologically by publication year, and where there are various references from the same year, order these alphabetically by the title of the work, adding a lowercase letter, as in the example:

Briones, Carlos. 1987
Briones, Carlos. 1988a
Briones, Carlos. 1988b
Briones, Carlos. 1990

According to the author type, proceed as follows:

a. One author:
Harris, Michael.
b. Two to five authors:
Delacroix, Samuel; Alain Fouquier y Carlos A. Jenda.
c. More than five authors:
Smith, Clarence, et al.
d. Editor or compiler:
Diskin, Martin, ed.
e. Institutional author:
American Library Association
According to the publication, keep in mind:
a. Reprint or Translation: indicate the original publication year in square brackets (this is not the case for new editions): 
Malinowsky, Bronislaw. 1985 [1926]. Crimen y costumbre en la sociedad salvaje. Barcelona: Planeta-Agostini.130 p. (Obras maestras del pensamiento contemporáneo; 52).
If there is material without publication date use “s.f.”, and if the material has been accepted and is in the process of  being published: “In press”. According to the type of document, proceed according to the following examples:
a. Book:
Moya Anegón, Félix de. 1995. Los sistemas integrados de gestión bibliotecaria: estructuras de datos y recuperación de información. Madrid: ANABAD. 227 p. (Colección estudios).
b. Unpublished manuscript:
Spindler, George. s.f. Education and Reproduction among Turkish Families in Sydney. Sydney: Department of Education, University of Sydney. MS. 20 p.
Hammersley, Martyn. 1997. Taking sides against research. MS. 50 p.
c. Chapter of book with editor(s) or compiler(s):
Fillmore, Charles. 1982. Scenes and frames semantics. En Zampolli, A, ed. Linguistic structures processing. Amsterdam: North-Holland. p. 55-81.
d. Journal article:
Lee, James y Diane Musumeci. 1988. On hierarchies of reading skills and text types. En Modern language journal. Vol. 72, no. 2, 173-187.
e. Review:
Horn, David E. 1996. Reseña de Starting an archive. E. Yakel. En Collection Management. Vol. 20, no. 3-4, 173-174.
f. Thesis:
Mostafa, Solange P. 1985. Epistemologia da Biblioteconomia. Sao Paulo: PUC-SP, 1985. 300 p. Tesis de doctorado.
g. Congress paper:
Thomas, Bryan. 1989. El desarrollo de la colección en bibliotecas públicas. 22 p. Trabajo presentado al II Congreso latinoamericano de bibliotecas públicas, realizado en Montevideo del 5 al 10 de julio de 1989.
Published in minutes:
Carsen, Tatiana. 1995. Derecho a la información: una aproximación hacia una ética y conducta profesionales. En Reunión Nacional de Bibliotecarios (29a: 1995: Buenos Aires). Trabajos presentados. Buenos Aires: ABGRA. p. 41-49.h.
Personal correspondence (include e-mail messages, lists and groups):
Cite this in the text but not in the final bibliography .
E.g.: “Juan González sustains (carta del autor, 10 de mayo de 1993) that ...”
i. Documents on Internet:
Use this format (the «URL») for documents obtained from FTP or Telnet sites (ftp://...), sitios Web (http://), and gopher sites (gopher://)
Article from electronic journal:
Hammersley, Martyn y Roger Gomm. 1997. Bias in social research. Sociological Research
Online Vol. 2, nº 1.
<http://www.socresonline.org.uk/socresonline/2/1/2.html> [Consulta: 29 abril 1997].
For other cases, consult: Style Guides and Resources. <http://www.ifla.org/I/
training/citation/citing.htm> [Consulta: agosto 2007]
5. Graphics (figures, tables and illustrations):
Do not include these in the text but at the end of the article. Indicate where they should go in the text. They should be numbered with Arabic numerals and with legends. Graphs (figures, tables and illustrations) should not exceed the journal size, 110mm x 170mm maximum.
Tables should be created with the same word processor as the article.
Graphs should be high quality, presented in black and white or grey-scale and using common graphic formats, such as TIFF, bmp, JPEG.
Grey-scale images should be scanned with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi and saved in TIFF format.
Outstanding work by students:
You may present work by the students on the Bibliotechnology and Information Science course of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad de Buenos Aires who have outstanding grades in the corresponding subjects. Selection will be the responsibility of Editorial Committee members.

In future, the scope may be extended to include work by degree-level students in other university courses in Bibliotechnology/Information Science, subject to agreement between the authorities and the Journal.


Sending of manuscripts


Manuscripts must be sent in electronic or paper form (accompanied by a floppy disk or sent by e-mail) to the Editorial Committee as definitive versions, with the name, address, telephone and e-mail address of the author(s). The Editorial Committee is based at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas at:
Puán 480 4to. piso, oficina 8
C1406CQJ - Buenos Aires - ARGENTINA



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