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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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • In Comments for the Editor (below), I have suggested some potentials reviewers

Author Guidelines

I. Introduction

The editorial standards contained in this booklet are intended to provide criteria that standardize the presentation of articles and summaries, which will be published in journals and newsletters that the Institute uses to disseminate to the scientific community, as a product of its academic work. In this sense, the observance of the editorial norms contained in this booklet will make it possible to standardize the structural parameters to improve the expression of your ideas, making your writing more accessible.

II. Background

A. Article Originality

1. The article must be original, which may correspond to synthesis of research, essays, studies and/or works whose contents are related to topics in the area of research to be disseminated.
2. The article must make a contribution in relation to previous publications or to the scientific and technological subject matter that one wishes to highlight.
3. When the article has been presented at a congress or seminar, or is derived from an investigation that has financial support from an Institution, the data of the event and/or support agency should be indicated and provided.
4. All the members of the Institution with higher education, active duty or retired, civil, and military professors, commissioners abroad, and any other person wishing to exchange information and experiences can collaborate as authors.

B. Content

1. The content section should allow any professional specialized in the subject to replicate the research. The scientific method requires that for results to have scientific value they must be reproducible; thus, it is critical to provide detailed information to allow other researchers to repeat the experiments.
2. Those who have made a substantial intellectual contribution and assume responsibility for the content of the article should appear as authors.

III. Style

A. Abstract

1. In this section, the problem must be clearly identified and framed at the present time, briefly expose the most relevant works, and highlight the contributions of other authors to the subject under study, justify the reasons why the research is carried out, methodology used, hypothesis formulated, objectives achieved, results and conclusions. It should not contain bibliographic citations, however it should include a figure, table or graph (one of them) that substantially represents the topic being addressed.
2. The abstract of a report or thesis of degree, acquires additional relevance when the same writing is used in another publication (eg, Boletín Científico Tecnológico). The abstract should demonstrate the main achievements of your work.
3. The abstract must be expressed in no more than 250 words (half page letter size), arial letter in body 10 and single line spacing.
4. The abstract must be written in the third person singular, prepared in Word file for Windows, using arial font in body 10 and simple line spacing.
5. Resumen. Faithful translation of the abstract into Spanish (if the original text is in English, the translation must be in Spanish).
6. Keywords. You must submit a maximum of four to six keywords, in the language of the article, separated by a period, preferably different from those used in the title. They are placed immediately after the abstract.
7. Key words. The same keywords translated into English (if the original text is in English, the translation must be in Spanish).
8. Language in the summary (the abstract in Spanish), uses only words authorized by the Royal Spanish Academy and that appear in the dictionary of the Institution (www.rae.es)..


B. The Article

1. The text should be prepared in a Word file for Windows, using simple arial font and line spacing, on a letter-size page with the upper and lower margins of 3 cm, right margin of 1.7 cm and left margin of 2.7 cm, in double column; no space between paragraphs and justified margins, including:
A. Article title; In the original language of the text and faithful translation into English. It is recommended that this does not exceed 60 characters in arial in body 12, bold with end point. The publisher reserves the right to make adjustments to it.
B. Name of the author (s); The author's name for the military will be preceded by his abbreviated hierarchical degree with a period, continued in parentheses with the abbreviation of the primary specialty he holds, beginning with the first name, followed by his last names. They precede the professional degree, postgraduate and academic degrees. For him or the external investigators who accompany or are part of the authorship of the article (non-military), the procedure is similar, replacing the military degree with that of Dr., Mr. or Mrs., in arial in body 10 (See model in annex No. 1).
In case of declaring the academic degree of the author (s), this must be the one that has been obtained by the professional and not the candidacies to obtain one of them, not considering for the above, for example, the "Candidates for Doctors" or "Candidate for Magister."
C. The maximum length of the articles; Including tables, tables, graphics should not exceed 5,000 words or 20,000 characters (including blank spaces), in arial in body 10 (See model in annex No. 1).
D. Textual citations; They must be enclosed in quotation marks, and neither bold nor italic will be used to highlight them. The use of italics is allowed to highlight words or expressions within the textual quotation, in which case it will be necessary to indicate whether the emphasis is proper or original.
E. Use of italics; It will be reserved to highlight those concepts or ideas-strength that the author wants to highlight. In no case should bold or underlined be used for this purpose. The italics will also apply to any term in a foreign language that the author uses in the text.
F. Abbreviations will be avoided; If necessary, they will be used according to the grammar rules established by the Royal Spanish Academy. In the case of "etcetera", "etc." will be abbreviated as long as it does not appear at the end of a paragraph, in which case the full word will be written.
G. The symbols; They are established through international, national or private agreements, and follow the conventions included in them. The cardinal points, the chemical elements, the units of measurement of the international system, etc. are represented with symbols. They never have a point, unless it is appropriate to use a punctuation mark to mark the end of a sentence.
They cannot be written by changing uppercase to lowercase and vice versa, as doing so would change their meaning. They have no plural, and must remain unchanged regardless of the amount that precedes them. The acronym should appear written in full the first time it is cited in the text and have no plural form. The acronym is written without dots or spaces, and will always be preceded by the article corresponding to the main noun.
Some examples of symbols: m = meter; mm = mm; min = minute; % = percent.

2. Use of uppercase and lowercase letters Initial capitalization will be written in the following cases:

A. After a period followed or a period, or at the beginning of a writing.
B. After the question marks of closing and admiration, as well as behind the ellipsis, when such signs fulfill the function of the point.
C. In proper names.
D. In the case of nouns that designate institutions and that it is necessary to differentiate from the same word but with different meaning, such as: Government / government, Church / church, State / state.

3. The following words will be written with lowercase: titles that designate political positions (minister, president, chief, secretary), military degrees (general, commander), nobility (marquis, duke, count), academics (professor, engineer, graduate, doctor), and ecclesiastics (bishop, archbishop, cardinal), as well as the names of the days of the week and the months of the year.
4. Article title

A. Title [Bold, size 12, arial, no dot] b. Level 1 subtitles [Bold, size 10, arial, no period] Level 2 subtitles [arial 10, with period]

5. Numbers

A. No paragraph should start with a number written with Arabic numbers.
B. Cardinal numbers that record enumerations will be written in letters.
C. Numbers that refer to dates, ages, tables, charts, graphs, volumes, pages, units of measure and percentages will be written with Arabic numbers.
D. The thousands and millions will be written in figures and letters, as follows: 150 thousand, 25 million, and so on. The separation between thousands, regardless of the language used in the text, will be indicated with a period and the decimals will be indicated with a comma: 18,426.32.
E. Numbers with decimals should use a normalization in the text. For example, if only one decimal place is used, this should be used throughout the text in the same graphic or in a table or table.
F. Ordinal numbers will be written with letters.

6. Bibliography and citations

A. The bibliography should only be made up of bibliographic references that are cited in the text. It is essential to verify that there are no references cited in the text that are also not included in the bibliographical references at the end of the text. In addition, the references must be complete.
B. Bibliographic references and citations must be in accordance with the provisions of ISO 690.

7. In the bibliography section

A. Considering ISO 690, the authors are listed in alphabetical order of the first surname.
B. Each work appears in a paragraph with simple line spacing.
C. In the case of citing two or more works by the same author, order them according to the edition date starting with the oldest one.
D. In the event that the author of the aforementioned work is, in turn, the compiler of the same, indicate it in parentheses and in abbreviated form, after the name of the same. If there are two or more editing cities and / or two or more publishers, they will be written separated by a bar without spaces.

8. Graphic elements

A. Any graphic element included in the articles (illustrations, maps, tables, tables, etc.) must have the necessary collections to guarantee its correct interpretation.
B. All illustrations should be explained or referenced in the text to make sense of their inclusion.
C. All objects must contain a title and be clearly identified in the paragraph that refers to them, indicating the source of the data, if applicable.
D. The graphic elements must be inserted below the illustrations, maps, tables, tables, etc., attached to the left margin with simple line spacing.

9. Illustrations and photos

A. Photos and illustrations (identifying numbering, scales, titles and / or headings) must be sent separately (not included in the text).
B. All illustrations should be explained or referenced in the text to make sense of their inclusion.
C. Remember that you must have the rights or authorization to use the material, if it is not your property.
D. If you have the material in digital form, you must ensure that you meet the following requirements:
- A resolution of not less than 260 dpi (information provided by image management programs) in the actual image application size.
- In .tif format without compression (if sent in digital format) or in .jpg or .wmf format as long as the original responds to the previous point.

10. The maps

A. The criteria of illustrations and previous photos, which apply, are also valid for maps.
B. The symbols included must be clear and well differentiated from each other. If possible, use full geometric figures.
C. Present maps that include only the essential elements, preventing them from being overloaded with drawing or text.
D. The maps of neighboring areas must be those authorized by the Instituto GeogrM.

11. Graphs and diagrams

A. Charts and diagrams should have adequate original quality. It is recommended that in all cases a computer graphics program be used.
B. The graphs and diagrams must be presented in an editable manner and in the same way the original object file must be sent in a separate and well identified file.
C. The titles of the X, Y and Z axes, if any, must be clearly identified.
D. Legends must clearly identify data series.
E. The fonts of the graphs and diagrams must be arial with a minimum size of 10 and a maximum of12 points.
F. Flowcharts must be images and must not be inserted as objects.

12. Tables and tables

A. Tables and tables should be included in the text in a table format (not image), which should not exceed the margins of the page.
B. The tables are generally used for non-numerical information or that include a lot of alphanumeric information and tables for numerical information.
C. The pictures have all their sides and closed cells all around the perimeter.
D. The tables do not contain vertical lines, only horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the table.
E. Clearly define, in the case of tables and tables, the columns and rows that lead the income to their internal values. Avoid mistakes resulting from repeated actions - copy and paste.
F. The font of tables should not be less than 10 points in the same font of text (arial).
G. If the table exceeds the margins or the length of the page, it must be divided into more than one. In these cases, the heading must be repeated at each start of the table / table and identify “continues” and “conclusion” as appropriate at the end of the table.

13. Equations

A. The equations must be performed with the text processor equation editor with the 10-point arial font for signs and numerals. Equations such as images or digitized will not be accepted.
B. Numbering: No numbering.

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