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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission is original: it has not been previously published or sent to another journal.

    (This journal only publishes original articles. The authors guarantee the originality of their work and the absence of plagiarism in their text, including self-plagiarism or duplicate publication)

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work  simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to   share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. See the full copyright notice here.
  • The text does not contain defamatory, unlawful, obscene, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, racially or ethically objectionable, abusive, threatening, harmful, or any statement against the law.
  • The file submitted is in Microsoft Word format, RTF or Open Office.
  • The extension does not exceed the length established by ESIR, which varies according to the section:

    • Research articles, which include: a) we welcome theoretical, empirical and methodological papers; b) case studies (experiences and good practices); and c) provocative notes (controversial and speculative ideas). *Full-length papers of up to 5000 - 6000 words.*
    • Books/articles reviews: we welcome books/articles reviews. *Full-length papers of up to 1000 - 1500 words.*
  • The manuscript includes the following items:

    • Title.
    • Abstract (100-150 words).
    • Between 5 and 8 words.
    • Images and photos of excellent quality, so that the publication of the work will not be delayed for this reason.
  • The text meets the bibliographic, format and style requirements specified in the Author Guidelines, which can be found in "About the Journal".

    There are no references in the References section that are not cited in the text. (This condition is added in order to avoid the unnecessarily inflation of the bibliography)

  • The document is free of data identifying the author and coauthors. (I have checked that the ‘File > Properties’ option of the Word document does not contain any information identifying the author and co-authors.)
  • All authors have been registered in the OJS platform managed by ESIR. Otherwise, the names of the unregistered co-authors will not appear next to the author’s when the paper will be published. I also confirm that the order of the co-authors is correct.

Author Guidelines

General Requirements

  • Only editable files such as Microsoft Word or Open Office will be accepted. PDF files will not be accepted for review.    
  • Authors should ensure the accuracy of the quotes, charts, tables and maps.    
  • Spelling can vary according to national usage, but should be internally consistent.    
  • Keywords are very important for search engine positioning. To achieve a better dissemination of the work, please make sure your keywords are clear and precise.

Format Requirements

  • The manuscript should be written using Times New Roman, size 12p, single space.
  • The manuscript should not include neither the name of the authors, nor the institution for which they work, nor their biographies.   
  • Graphics and images should be clear and easy to see. We can not improve the quality of images.    
  • All images, graphics and tables must be accompanied by a title and a source.    
  • All images, graphs and tables should be placed where they will appear in the text.    
  • Avoid using advanced functions of Word, such as:                      

                     a) Colored fonts and backgrounds.                     

                     b) Drawing objects.                     

                     c) Automatic tables of contents and indexes.                     

                     d) Fields.                     

                     e) Bookmarks.                     

                     f) Highlights, reliefs, shadows, and other complex functions of Word.

                     g) Forms.

Bibliographic References

The references in the text must follow an abbreviated format (Author, Year: pp.), The full reference list shall appear at the end of the article. Footnotes will be used to clarify or expand some explanations. They shall be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, letter of 8p. size, and full justification. Efforts should be made to minimize the number of footnotes. 

Whenever possible, include the DOI for each article in the bibliographic list, and indicate the URL if the cited work is open access. The citation style chosen by this journal is the APA's (American Psychological Association). 

The list of references should appear at the end, letter size 10p., single-space, with no blank lines between authors. References should look as follows:

  • Book by One Author: 

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

  • Book of Several Authors: 

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

  • Collective Book by Editors or Coordinators: 

Meerhoff, K. and 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 Advocacy, 26(2), 22-38.        

  • Book Chapter: 

Eemeren, F. H. van and Grootendorst, R. (1993b). The history of the argumentum ad hominem since the seventeenth century. In: E. C. W. Krabbe, R. J. Dalitz and 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 of an Author: 

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

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

—  (2001). Enthymemes, common knowledge, and plausible inference. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 34(2), 93-112.

The author may divide, where appropriate, the REFERENCES section in smaller sections such as Webography or Primary Sources (ancient, medieval writings).

Editorial Quality

  • The peer review process is rigorous in order to ensure the quality of the content published in the journal. We expect the authors to revise their texts following the suggestions of the evaluators. If the authors do not perform such reviews and do not submit comments back, the manuscript will be definitely rejected.    
  • Some manuscripts may be of excellent quality, but be poorly written in English. This may be the case for authors whose native language is not English. When we receive a negative review on communicative quality, we may ask the author to resubmit a new version of the article. We cannot help the authors to re-write the content.

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