ISSN 1853-9912
versión on-line
ISSN 1666-2938
versión impresa

Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


Palabra Clave (La Plata) covers all the topics related to LIS, in a broad and interdisciplinary sense, with a scientific, technological, historical or professional approach. It publishes original research articles, brief research notes, case studies, essays, and state of the art articles, in Spanish, Portuguese or English. These contributions are submitted to the evaluation of at least two referees, through a double-blind review procedure, allowing the anonymity of both the authors and the referees. It also publishes critical book reviews and interviews by invitation, as well as news of academic interest.

Palabra Clave (La Plata) has the right to accept or not those contributions according to its scope, and the compliance with its editorial standards. The opinions expressed in the articles are exclusively the authors responsibility.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


1. Manuscript presentation

Palabra Clave (La Plata) accepts unpublished contributions in Spanish, Portuguese and English. All the manuscripts should be prepared with a word processor like Word, Open Word or compatible. The page size should be A4 (29,7 x 21 cm, or 11,6 x 8,2 inches), vertically orientated, with upper, lower, left and right margins of 3 cm (1,2 inches). The bold to be used is Arial, size 10, with double line. Pages should be numbered consecutively in the center of lower part.

The maximum number of pages for a manuscript varies according to the type of contribution, as follows:

• Original research articles, essays, and state of the art articles: 25 pages.
• Brief research notes: 10 pages.
All the text (including title, authorship, affiliation, etc.) should start in the left margin, not centered. Use only regular bold, avoiding uppercase in block, bold or Italic types, underlined text, etc., except for those forms allowed for emphasis (see item 6.k below).

2. Title page

a. Title in the language of the text: it should be representative of the content, and if possible with no more than 10 words. If necessary, a subtitle with similar length may be added.
b. Translated title: if the title mentioned in 2.a is in Spanish or Portuguese, a translation into English should be included. If it is in English, a translation into Spanish should be added.
c. Complete name(s) and surname(s) of author(s).
d. Affiliation of each author, indicating with a subscript the pertaining affiliation of each one.
e. Name of the author to whom correspondence should be sent, as well as the postal and electronic address.

3. Anonymous title page

a. Title and subtitle in the language of text, as indicated in 2.a.
b. Translated title and subtitle, as indicated in 2.b.
The anonymous title page will be the only one sent to referees, therefore the authors’ name, affiliation and address should be omitted.

4. Abstract and keywords

a. In a separate page, a 200 word abstract in the same language of the text should be included. For original research articles, brief research notes, and case study, the abstract must include the aims, methodology, results and conclusions, duly summarized. For essays and state of the art articles the main aspects treated in the text should be summarized.
b. No more than six keywords in the language of the text must be included.

5. Translated abstract and keywords

a. If the abstract mentioned in 4.a is in Spanish or Portuguese, a translation into English should be included. If it is in English, it should be translated into Spanish.
b. If the keywords mentioned in 4.b are in Spanish or Portuguese, a translation into English should be included. If they are in English, they should be translated into Spanish.

6. Text

a. Sections: the original research articles, brief research notes, and case studies will divide the text in four sections: a) introduction, b) methodology, c) results and discussion, and d) conclusions. Essays and state of the art articles will divide the text in sections according to the author convenience.
b. Tables: they will be consecutively numbered with Arabic numbers, referring all of them from the text (Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Each table will have its own title in the upper part. En each column, the proper column title will be indicated.
c. Figures. All the illustrations (photographs, diagrams, graphs, drawings, etc.) will be designated with the term figure, and will be consecutively numbered with Arabic numbers. All of them will be referred from the text (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Figures will be sent in separate image files (JPG, GIFF, etc.), of good quality. It should be taken into account that images in the printed version will appear in black and white. In a separate page the legends to all the figures must be included, duly identified by the pertaining numbers.
d. Acknowledgements: it is not mandatory. In any case, they will be included at the end of the text, before the references, and they should be brief. Authors are responsible for requesting the necessary permission to mention the names of persons or organizations that, in their opinion, deserve the acknowledgement.
e. Abbreviations: they should be clarified the first time they are used in the text, e.g. United Nations Organization (UNO). Then, only the abbreviation will be used. It is recommended not to abuse of them.
f. Units of measurement: only the units of metric system should be used. The units will be indicated with the symbols accepted by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (http://www.bipm.org/en/bipm/), e.g. cm, m, h, g, kg (centimeter, meter, hour, gram, kilogram). Notice that they are symbols, not abbreviations, thus they do not end in a dot.
g. Numbers: a dot will be used for separating sets of three figures (2.284, 13.527). A comma will be used for decimal numbers (17,2 or 3.543,8). It is recommended to use only one decimal fraction (35,7 and not 37,68).
h. Footnotes: it is recommended not to include footnotes. If necessary, they should be integrated to bibliographic references, duly numbered. Please do not use the tool of the word processor.
i. Textual citations: they should be included among quotation marks, and its recommended not to abuse of them. If the citation is longer than two lines, it should be written in a separate paragraph with a left and right indention of approximately 1,25 cm (½ inch).
j. Bibliographic reference citation: in the text, each citation will be indicated within parenthesis with the surname of the author(s) or the acronym or name of an institutional author, followed by a comma and the year of publication, e.g. (Mannino, 2005), (IFLA, 2009). If there are two authors, their surnames will be separated by the conjunction and (González and Campanario, 2007). For three or more authors, only the surname of the first author will be indicated, followed by et. al. (Golubic et al., 2008). When it is necessary to mention two or more references, they will be separated by a semicolon (Kaplan, 2008; Neuberger and Counsell, 2002; Buela Casal et al., 2006). When authors and years of publication are the same, they will be distinguished by a letter (Zeng and Summer, 2009a,b). If author surname is mentioned as part of the text, it will not be repeated within the parenthesis, e.g. “In accordance to Foskett (1996) …”.
k. Emphasis: except for the cases mentioned in this item, emphasis will not be accepted (uppercase in block, bold or Italic types, underlined text, etc.). The only cases accepted are:
• Section titles (Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References, or others): bold type.
• Item title: regular type (no emphasis).
• Terms defined in text, neologisms, or terms in foreign languages: Italic type.

7. Bibliographic references

For references, the journal accepts the guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA), the international standards ISO 690:1987 and ISO 690-2:1997, or their equivalent Argentine IRAM 32053-1:1987 and IRAM 32053-2:2001. They have to be presented as an alphabetical list. If the first author is repeated, the references will be ordered by the second or the third author, and if it is necessary by the year. The following are examples of references:

a. One author:
- Alvite Díez, María Luisa. 2009.
- Ding, Ying. 1998a.
- Ding, Ying. 1998b.
- IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions). 2009.
- México. Secretaría de Educación. 2003.
b. Two or three authors:
- Cetto, Ana María and Alonso, Octavio. 1999.
Serrano Mascaraque, Esmeralda; Moratilla Ocaña, Alberto and Olmeda Martos, Ignacio. 2009.
c. More than three authors:
- Banwell, Linda et al. 2004.
d. Reprint or translation: the year of the original edition will be indicated within brackets:
- Lancaster, Frederick W. 1995 [1986]. El control del vocabulario …
e. In press: an item already accepted for publication, but not published yet, will be indicated as [in press].
f. Book:
- Angelozzi, Silvina M. and Martín, Sandra G. 2010. Metadatos para la descripción de recursos electrónicos en línea: análisis y comparación. Buenos Aires: Alfagrama, 120 p. (Biblioteca Alfagrama).
- Gil Urdiciain, Blanca. 2004. Manual de lenguajes documentales. 2a ed. Gijón: Trea, 272 p.
g. Book chapter or congress communication:
- Seiler, Lauren H. and Surprenant, Thomas T. 1990. The virtual information center: scholars and information in the twenty-first Century. In Lancaster, Frederick W., editor. Libraries and the future. New York: Haworth Press, p. 157-180.
- Izquierdo, José María. 1995. Estructuras conceptuales para la representación documental. In García Marco, Francisco Javier, editor. Actas del I Encuentro de ISKO-España, Madrid, 4 y 5 de noviembre de 1993. Zaragoza: ISKO-España, p. 27-49.
h. Journal article:
- Miller, Uri and Teitelbaum, Ruth. 2002. Pre-coordination and post-coordination: past and future. Knowledge organization, vol. 29, nº 2, p. 87-93.
i. Book review:
- Aleixandre Benavent, Rafael. 2010. Review of Fuentes de información en medio ambiente. A. de la Cueva Martín. Revista española de documentación científica, vol. 33, nº 3, p. 509-512.
j. Thesis or dissertation:
- Garrio Picazo, Piedad. 2008. El procesamiento automatic de documentación textual con información histórica: una aplicación XTM y DITA. Madrid: Universidad Carlos III. Doctoral thesis.
k. Electronic resources: The bibliographic references will maintain the above mentioned formats, indicating in addition the media, and in the case of on-line resources, the date in which the citation is provided, and the electronic address, e.g.
- Pinto, María; Fernández Marcial, Viviana and Gómez Camarero, Carmen. 2007. La herramienta “BiQual” como instrumento para el estudio de la calidad del servicio en bibliotecas universitarias españolas de ciencia y tecnología. Revista española de documentación científica [on-line], vol. 30, nº 4, p. 465-491 [Search 25 Mar 2009]. Available in World Wide Web:http://redc.revistas.csic.es/index.php/redc/article/view/400/412.
- Hodge, Gail. 2000. Systems of knowledge organization for digital libraries: beyond traditional authority files [on-line]. Washington DC: Council on Library and Information Resources [Search 02 Sep 2004]. Available in World Wide Web http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub91/contents.html.
- AENOR (Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación). 2000. Clasificación decimal universal [CD-ROM]. Madrid: AENOR.

8. Sending the manuscript

The files attached will be named according to the format first author_year_content, e.g.
• Pérez_2010_text
• Pérez_2010_tables
• Pérez_2010_figure 1
• Pérez_2010_figure 2



Sending of manuscripts


The acceptance of manuscripts by the journal will mean, in addition to the electronic publication, the open access under Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/), as well as the incorporation and diffusion of the whole text through the institutional repository Memoria Académica of the Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (http://www.memoria.fahce.unlp.edu.ar/), and in all the specialized databases the publishers considered adequated for its indexing, in order to increase the journal visibility.



[Home] [About the journal] [Editorial Board] [Subscription]

2015 Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación

Calle 51 e/ 124 y 125 - of.A 219 - (1925) Ensenada
República Argentina

Tel. +54 221 4230127/4236673 Interno 1268


SciELO Argentina URL: http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&pid=1853-9912&lng=en&nrm=iso