Policies

Aims and scope
Visioni LatinoAmericane (VL) accepts original and unpublished contributions in Italian, English, Portuguese and Spanish, that deal with Latin American social sciences, with particular reference to sociology, anthropology, education, social policies and social work from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective.
It aims to enhance theoretical and empirical contributions to, and be a point of reference in the international dialogue around research and contemporary Latin American culture in its interdependencies with the rest of the world.
The magazine is composed of open and monographic sections and it gives particular relevance to topical issues that affect contemporary scientific debate. It also includes critical reviews of Italian and foreign volumes and conferences in relevant fields of interest.

International peer review
The magazine adopts the double-blind peer-review procedure as a requirement for scientific research practice. The evaluation system proceeds from an initial screening by the scientific director in consultation with the international scientific board and it requires an assessment by two external anonymous referees (Italian or foreign) for the acceptance of the contribution (double-blind international peer review). This process aims to ensure that the content of the article is original, is methodologically appropriate and is impactful for modern scholarship. In the case of a controversial evaluation, the journal can involve a third external reader, and the general editor can take a final decision.
VL does not accept articles proposed to other journals or publications or parts of dissertations.
VL guarantees the right to confidentiality of all parties involved in the publication process. As foreseen by the code of ethics of VL, sharing the values of scientific work is required to all those who contribute to the production of the journal, including the director, scientific board, editorial board, referees, and authors, with particular regard to ensuring originality, methodological appropriateness and deontological correctness.

Publication frequency
VL is a semi-annual, international and interdisciplinary journal. It is publishesd twice a year, in January and July. Special in-depth monographic contributions are periodically edited by experts in relevant fields of interest.

Open access policy
The journal can be consulted free of charge by accessing its website without registration restrictions. It is entirely open access, in compliance with license creative commons attribution-non commercial-noderivatives 4.0 international. By publishing an original and unpublished essay in VL, the authors agree to retain the rights to their work, and they grant the journal the right of first publication in open access under the creative commons attribution-non commercial-noderivatives 4.0 international license. This procedure allows others to download, share, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the work of the authors, by indicating both their intellectual authorship and the first publication of their articles in this magazine.

Ranking
Visioni LatinoAmericane is classified as a Scientific Journal in Sociology by Anvur (National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes), as well as an Academic Journal by Latindex, Sistema regional de información en línea para revistas científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal, in its Catálogo and Directorio section. It is ranked in class B4 by Qualis-Periódicos, Coordenação de aperfeiçoamento de pessoal de nível superior (Capes), Fundação do Ministério da educação brasileiro (Mec) (2015-2016).

Indexing
VL is indexed, among others, by Catalogo italiano dei periodici (Acnp), the European reference index for the humanities and the social sciences (Erih Plus), Google scholar, Latindex, Red europea de información y documentación sobre América Latina (Redial), and The European Union - Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (Eu-Lac Foundation).

Audience and circulation
The circulation of VL is intended to enhance its impact in the academic community, the world of applied research, professional associations and representative institutions, both on a national and international level.

Publication charges
The journal does not charge the author for costs refereeing processes and publication.

Ethical guidelines
Visioni LatinoAmericane is a double-blind international peer reviewed Scientific Journal, inspired by the ethical code of publications developed by Cope, Best practice guidelines for journal editors, and the Rivista Aic-Associazione italiana dei costituzionalisti. The aim of VL is to encourage theoretical and empirical research without any cultural foreclosure.
Visioni LatinoAmericane is a double-blind international peer reviewed Scientific Journal, inspired by the ethical code of publications developed by Cope, Best practice guidelines for journal editors, and the Rivista Aic-Associazione italiana dei costituzionalisti. The aim of VL is to encourage theoretical and empirical research without any cultural foreclosure.
VL uses a double-blind evaluation system of at least two anonymous Italian and/or foreign referees (double-blind international peer review). All parties involved in the drafting of VL – authors, editors and referees – are required to share the ethical code adopted by the review.

The direction

  • The direction of the journal is responsible for deciding whether or not to publish the proposed articles. In doing so, the direction considers the opinion of the referees and, if necessary, the advice of the international scientific board. The guidelines of the review, as well as laws in force on defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism are always observed.
  • The direction evaluates articles solely on the basis of the scientific value, relevance and originality of the content without discrimination of sex, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, age, sexual and political orientation of the author.
  • The direction undertakes not to disclose information on articles proposed for publication to persons other than the author, the reviewers and the publisher. It also agrees not to use the content of unpublished articles for its own research, without the written consent of the author.
  • The direction adopts the double-blind peer review process to ensure that submitted articles remain strictly confidential during the review process. Referees are identified on the basis of competence and trust.

Editors

  • Editors, together with the direction of the journal, are responsible for deciding whether or not to publish the proposed articles. In doing so, they consider the opinion of the referees and, if necessary, the advice of the International Scientific Board.
  • Editors evaluate articles on the basis of their content without discrimination of sex, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, age, sexual and political orientation, etc.
  • Editors undertake not to disclose information on articles proposed for publication to persons other than the author, the referees and the editor.
  • Editors agree not to use the content of the articles for their own research, without the written consent of the author.

Referees

  • Referees help editors to make decisions on articles submitted for publication and they can suggest changes to the author to improve their contribution.
  • Referees promptly notify the editors of any inability to read the materials within the required time.
  • Referees respect the right to confidentiality. Therefore, they do not discuss the content of the articles with other people, without the explicit permission of the editors.
  • Referees carry out the review process in an object and adequate manner, motivating their judgments and avoiding making personal judgments about the author.
  • Referees report to the editors any similarities or overlaps of the text received for reading with other works known to them.
  • Referees consider information obtained during the peer review process confidential, and do not use it for personal purposes.
  • Referees do not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous collaborative or competitive relationships with the author, companies or the institutions to which they belong.

Authors

  • If the editors deem it appropriate, authors must provide sources and references of their work with adequate detail.
  • Authors correctly indicate the sources mentioned in their contribution, declaring to have composed an original work in all its parts and cited all the texts used in it.
  • Authors do not publish articles describing the same research in more than one journal.
  • Authors correctly attribute the authorship of the work and indicate as co-authors all those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, organization, implementation and reworking of the research on which the article is based. If other people have significantly participated in some phases of the study, their contribution will be explicitly recognized.
  • If they identify a significant error or inaccuracy in their essay, authors promptly inform the editors of VL and provide them with all the information required to report the appropriate corrections on the bottom of the article.
  • Authors explicitly declare that there are no conflicts of interest that could have influenced the results achieved or the interpretations proposed in their work, and they indicate any funding bodies that contributed to their research and/or project.