Editorial Standards

Editorial Standards


1.- Articles must be original and unpublished; in addition to not being postulated simultaneously in other journals. Articles will be submitted to refereeing for their selection and publication through the double-blind peer review system, where the referees do not know the identity of the authors of the articles, and the authors do not know the identity of the referees. All evaluators and referees are external to the Journal. Articles written in languages ​​other than English or Spanish will also be accepted.

2.- Articles submitted to the Journal should have a maximum of four (4) collaborators, including the main author. Exceptions to this rule will be submitted to the consideration of the editorial committee, based on the criteria of originality, relevance, contribution, and extension of the research process developed in the article.

3.- The journal is published every four months (ordinary issues).

4.- The journal may publish special issues (special editions), by agreement with groups, networks, institutions, and organizations that carry out research events such as congresses, forums, conferences, lectures, among others, for which it is essential to submit articles in accordance with these editorial guidelines.

Contributors to ordinary and extraordinary issues must register in the Journal's OJS (Open Journal Systems): If they are already registered, it will not be necessary to register again.


6.- The articles will be classified as (see table 1):

a.- Research: Of the highest originality and innovation. They include the results of unpublished research, theoretical or experimental, qualitative or quantitative. The original aspects of the research should be clearly appreciated. It is structured in title in Spanish and English, names and surname(s) of the author(s), e-mail of each author in gmail preference, institution to which he/she belongs (indicating city and country), ORCID identifiers, summary, descriptors, abstract, keywords, introduction (including statement of the topic or problem, objectives or purposes, justification or importance, theoretical reference), methodology, discussion, results, references consulted (only those used in the citation of the article). It must contain no less than 10 references.

b.- Review articles: They describe and/or compile the most recent developments or published works on a given topic, always providing some improvement, complement or original perspective that should also be expressly highlighted. They are a theoretical synthesis and a current view of the topic addressed and, above all, to highlight what may be the novel contribution to it. It must contain no less than 25 references. It is structured in title in Spanish and English, names and surnames of the author or authors, e-mail of each of the authors in gmail preference, institution to which they belong (indicating city and country), ORCID identifier, summary, descriptors, abstract, keywords, introduction (presentation of the topic), development of the review, contributions generated from the review, references consulted (only those used in the citation of the article).

c.- Reflection articles: They describe positive experiences in the application of technologies, methods, and current knowledge with remarkable achievements in any field, with preference in cases that involve contributions of improvement or original details that should also be expressly highlighted. The article will reflect the "positive experiences" that have been obtained with the real application of techniques or knowledge, giving priority to considerations that present a contribution to universal knowledge. It must contain no less than 25 referential quotations. It is structured in title in Spanish and English, names and surnames of the author or authors, e-mail of each of the authors in gmail preference, institution to which they belong (indicating city and country), ORCID identifier, summary, descriptors, abstract, keywords, introduction (presentation of the topic), development of the reflection, contributions generated from the reflection, references consulted (only those used in the citation of the article).

d.- Judgment commentary: Describes theoretical aspects, both doctrinal and legal principles and others of jurisprudential order to scientifically justify the disagreement with the decision issued in a judgment, which may be national or foreign and on any law branch.  The commentary will have a background structure where the author will present a brief review of the facts, the disputed issue, the parties, and the rules adduced by the court. Then, there should be a part of interpretation or analysis, where the author will argue his total or partial opposition to the judicial decision based on principles of law, doctrine and jurisprudence. In this part, which is the supporting part, at least 10 quotations from the last five years or from classic authors in that branch of law must be used. At least five national or foreign sentences dealing with the same object of study must be consulted and presented. Finally, there will be a proposal and justification part, where the author of the paper will explain how the ruling should look like and its justification. As with other types of scientific papers, it will include a summary, an abstract, descriptors and keywords.

e.-Letter to the Editor: Section open to all readers who send contributions that complement or discuss published original articles or brief originals and/or on any thematic area that addresses it. In these cases, up to four authors and a maximum length of 1000 words and no less than 5 referential citations are allowed.

f.- Editorial: Topics of editorial interest are proposed as expository-argumentative. Works commissioned by the Director and/or Editor.


7.- Articles shall be written without indentation and without spaces between paragraphs, only to separate titles and subtitles up to a maximum of 5 levels. The use of bullet points will be reduced to the minimum necessary.

8.- Articles should be written in electronic format, 1.5 spaced, font size 12 (Arial), with right, left, bottom and top margins of 2.5 cm, on letter size paper in DOC format.

The maximum length of research articles will be 25 pages (not including title, authors, and abstracts). Articles with descriptive content (review and reflection) will have a maximum length of 25 pages. The title of the article should not exceed 15 words.

Each article should present an abstract of no more than 150 words, and 5 descriptors, in English and Spanish (including title and descriptors). The descriptors should be separated by semicolons (;) and should not be capitalized and should be structured according to the UNESCO Thesaurus, both in English and Spanish (http://vocabularies.unesco.org/browser/thesaurus/es/).

9.- The abstract of the research article will be structured in an indicative-informative way, which should contain: Objective or main purpose of the research, brief description of the methodology used, discussion of results and the most relevant conclusions.

10.- The summary of the articles under the typology: Review and Reflection; will be developed under the "non-structured indicative - descriptive type", where the typology of the article and the most outstanding contributions will be mentioned; complementing what is exposed in the body of the article but not repeating information found in that part. The summary of the commentary of sentences will be adjusted to a brief review of the background and parts, the questioned sentence and the author's main evaluations.

11.- The Editorial Committee may establish exceptions in papers that, due to their originality or contribution, require a longer length; thus, respecting the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) subscribed by this journal (https://sfdora.org/read/es/).

12.- The APA norms, sixth edition will be used for the citation of bibliographic sources referenced in the body of the article, taking into consideration when they are less or more than 40 words, as well as the number of authors, type of referenced document. (Consult: APA Norms. Centro de Escritura Javeriano https://revista.uniandes.edu.ec/ojs/index.php/DJE/formatos).

References consulted should be placed at the end of the article in alphabetical order. It should be included, next to the title of the reference in Spanish, the title in English in brackets.


Briceño de Osorio, A. (2019). Language learning for cultural diversity. [Language learning for cultural diversity]. EPISTEME KOINONIA, 2(4), 53-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.35381/e.k.v2i4.524.

- For article references, the DOI should be provided. For this purpose, please use the free tool: http://www.crossref.org/simpleTextQuery

- For all references consulted, if available, the URL addresses should be indicated and shortened by: https://n9.cl/es.

14.- Tables, figures or graphs should be numbered according to the order in which they appear in the text, with Arabic numerals, followed by a brief title. The source should be indicated at the end of the tables, figures, or graphs. Tables, charts, and graphs should be presented in Microsoft Word® or Excel® format, provided they are editable, and images (figures, maps or photos) in JPG or PNG format (resolution greater than or equal to 300 dpi).


15.- The collaborators will upload the article to the Journal's OJS (See or download article model. At the beginning of the article, the names and surnames of the contributor or contributors, their (electronic) address, institution, or community (indicating city and country) and their respective ORCID (https://orcid.org/) must be specified. Contributors must fill in all the requested fields when registering and uploading the article.

Write and send an affidavit of responsibility and originality of the article. See number 32 of these rules.

16.- The article will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee, so that within a period not exceeding 7 continuous days, it will issue its decision of approval or non-approval for the beginning of the arbitration process in the journal.

17.- All articles will be submitted to anti-plagiarism programs as a policy of quality and ethics of the publications (URKUND).

18- If the decision of the Editorial Committee is approved, the article will be submitted for evaluation under the double-blind peer review system.

19.- Upon notification of the approval of the article to initiate the refereeing process, the author must upload the article, with the corrections made by the editorial committee, to the Journal's OJS system to initiate the refereeing process.

20.- Articles will be evaluated based on 4 main criteria:

- Originality / Innovation of the research.

- Usefulness / Social and cultural relevance.

- Expository clarity of the text.

- Scientific rigor from the paradigm or research approach assumed / Argumentation / Conclusions or final considerations.

21.- The articles are arbitrated and classified in the following categories: Approved, Approved with modifications and Not Approved. 

22.- Originality, pertinence, style, and contributions to the field will be evaluated.

23.- For the arbitration of articles, double-blind peer review will be carried out; where the evaluators do not know the identity of the authors of the articles, and the authors do not know the identity of the evaluators.

24.- The work of the evaluators is strictly confidential. The journal is not responsible for the performance of the reviewers, who are completely autonomous.

25.- Articles will be submitted to external reviewers for UNIANDES internal articles and to internal reviewers for external papers of the university. Based on the observations and recommendations made by the reviewers, the author(s) may be asked to make modifications to improve the quality of the articles.

26.- In the refereeing process, the reviewers and the authors will remain mutually unaware of each other to guarantee the neatness of the process. In case of discrepancies between the evaluators, the Director and/or Editor; the Editorial Committee will be responsible for the final decision, which will be informed to the interested parts within a maximum period of 30 working days after receiving the evaluation.

27.- The writings published in Debate Jurídico Ecuador Magazine are the exclusive responsibility of the authors, both for their opinions, statements, and methods.

28.- The evaluators will have a period of 30 continuous days, from the reception of the article, the careful analysis of the Director and/or Editor, the evaluation report of it. The Director and/or Editor will send a report to the author(s) within a maximum period of 5 continuous days. The projected period between the reception of the article and its publication is 8 weeks.

29.- The final decision on the evaluation process, publication or non-publication of articles rests exclusively with the Director and/or Editor and the Editorial Committee and it will be made on the basis of the suggestions/observations/recommendations issued by the evaluators. All articles are subjected to an editorial evaluation process, even when they have been reviewed by experts; and if necessary, the authors will receive the necessary recommendations to improve the quality of the articles to be published. 

30.- Conflicts of interest arising from the verdict of an article will be solved by the Editorial Ethics Committee of the journal, which is based on the provisions of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) https://publicationethics.org/. As well as that established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME). These recommendations are available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/

31.- In the case of any breach of ethics in publication at the beginning, during the editorial process or after publication, the protocol established in the Ethics Policies and good editorial practices of UNIANDES scientific journals will be followed.

32.- Authors must write an affidavit of responsibility and originality of the article; and send it to: See model: https://n9.cl/l3e7i

33.- The controversies that could be generated about the published knowledge will be the responsibility of the author or authors of the article, who may be contacted via e-mail, and may be issued judgment or discussion on the topic addressed, as long as this is done in an academic and scientific climate, thus developing a process of feedback that builds science and knowledge.

34.- With the approval of the editorial committee, ordinary issues may be published before the beginning of the declared period. Approved articles will be published in the immediately available issue.

35.- Anything not contemplated in these editorial norms will be submitted by the Editorial Committee of the Journal.