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Author Guidelines

Deadline for submissions: December 1 of each year for the annual issue of the following year

1. Introduction

Eikón Imago only accepts original and unpublished works related to one of the areas covered by the journal, which are indicated in the header of its Home page. Each annual issue of the journal deals with a "Monographic Theme", although it also has two other sections: "Miscellaneous Articles" and "Reviews".

Authors must register under the role of "Author" at <>. There they will obtain a Username and a Password that will allow them to start the submission process, after logging in <>.

Contributions, that may be written in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian or Portuguese, will be submitted online, through the email, in editable files (.odt; .doc; .rtf) and conveniently anonymized.

The authors’ personal information by no means will appear in any part of the article, whether be it in the main text or in the footnotes or in the bibliography. Any reference that allows to identify the author shall be removed. Authors’ personal information (name, surname, institution, email address, and other details that are indicated in the following point 2) will be entered in a separate page (See "First page" below).

Eikón Imago will notify the authors of the receipt of their submissions. Submitted articles will be subjected to an external double-blind peer review process. The Editorial Board, upon hearing the reports, can accept the article, reject it or else recommend changes to be made to the article. If necessary, an additional external review will be asked for. Authors will receive notification of this decision no later than three months after their first submission.

Authors must observe the "Good Practices Guide" included in the homonymous file.

Eikón Imago does not charge any fee for submitting an article or for its evaluation.

2. First page

The first page of the submission, sent in a separate file (the article must NOT have this first page), will include the following:

a) Title of the article in the original language, centered. Do not type it in all capital letters.

b) Name of the author (or authors), academic degree, position(s) that he / she occupies, name of the scientific institution to which he / she belongs  or with which he / she collaborates or is (are) related, email address and phone number.

c) Abstract of about 10/12 lines (150 / 200 words), which must synthetically reflect the objectives, methodology and conclusions of the article.

d) Keywords (4 / 6), separated by commas.

e) Translation of the title, abstract and keywords into English. If the article is written in English, the title, abstract and keywords will be translated into Spanish.

f) Contents List  (in Spanish) of the different sections in which the article is subdivided.

g) Explicit declaration of original authorship and unpublished character of the article, that it is not submitted to evaluation in another journal, that the images or illustrations included in it are free of payment of copyright, that the author complies with the code of good practices and assigns the copyrights to Ediciones Complutense.

h) Explicit statement, if applicable, of the support received for the research’s process.

In case that there is more than one author, the journal will respect the order chosen by the authors (ISO, 215: 4.2.1), as well as the number of authors of the work.

3. Length of text

The articles for the Sections “Monographic Theme” and “Miscellaneous Articles” will have a maximum length of 25 pages, equivalent to about 75,000 characters, including spaces, abstract, footnotes and bibliography. The Reviews will have a maximum length of 3 pages, equivalent to about 9,000 characters with spaces.

4. Text Formatting

The contributions will be submitted in DIN A-4, formatted as follows:

a) Margins: those that Word assigns by default, namely 2.5 cm in top and bottom margins; 3 cm on left and right margins.

b) Main text: in Times New Roman 11 points with exact line spacing (12 points). All paragraphs, except the first of each section or subsection headings, will be indented 0.5 cm to the left margin, without line spacing.

c) Footnotes: in Times New Roman 9 points, with simple line spacing, with a 1 cm French indentation, including the first line of each footnote.

Do not use bold or underlining to emphasize words. Italics  will be used to mark the emphasis. Terms or expressions in a foreign language will also be italicized.

The article will be submitted on digital format, preferably in Word for Windows or in some other word processor compatible with the Windows or Macintosh environment. It is essential to use Unicode fonts.

5. Guidelines for the main text

a) The abbreviations used are: cfr., vid., s. v., esp., p. ex. cit., art. cit., infra, supra. For the other abbreviations, the most common ones in each discipline will be used, trying to respect the rules of the RAE (Spanish Royal Academy) regarding the use of uppercase, lowercase and italics, as it appears in the list published on its page (http: //www.rae. es / pan-panic-dictionary-of-doubts / appendices / abbreviations).

Other formulas and abbreviations:

ed./eds (edition / editor / es); coord./coords (coordinator / coordinators); dir./dirs. (director / directors); comp. (compiler); trad. (translation / translator); see / see (instead of: v./vid); p./pp. (page / pages); t./tt. (tome / tomes); vol./vols. (volume / volumes); f./ff. (folio / folios); fig./figs (figure / figures); lam / lams (plate / plates); cap./caps. (chapter / chapters); No. / nos. (number / numbers); leg./legs. (bundle / s); c. (box); book (will not be abbreviated); exp. (dossier); carp. (folder); doc./docs (document / s); ca. (circa instead of "toward" or "h."); a.C. / d.C. (before Christ / after Christ); m. (dead) / r. (reign).

b) When the main text includes terms or phrases in a different language, or words that you want to highlight, or of unusual use, these will be in italics, unless they are cited in the original alphabet (Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, etc.). In the latter case, it is mandatory to indicate the Unicode source.

c) The titles of chapters, sections or epigraphs, and subsections will be written in lowercase (except the initials, which must be capitalized), like the foot of photos or the information of the graphics or tables, and will not carry final point.

d) The sections and subsections will be ordered in a sequential manner, always with Arabic numbers, with the following progressive scheme: 1., 1.1., 1.1.1., without exceeding the third level.

e) The headings of the images, tables and graphs will be written in Times New Roman 10 points, centered and numbered as follows: Fig. 1., Fig. 2; Tab. 1., Tab. 2.

f) The images scheduled to be included will be sent to the journal attached to the text in digital format, as separate files, marking in the text the places where they will be inserted, as well as, where appropriate, the corresponding captions in a separate file. It is the responsibility of the author to provide figures of a sufficient resolution and quality for printing (preferable 300 dpi), to obtain the relevant permits for the reproduction of third-party work and to ensure that the mentions in this regard appear in the form to which the transfer of the right of reproduction has been conditioned. The recommended file formats for photographic reproductions or images with hues are JPG, JPEG or TIFF, with a desirable resolution of 300 dpi.

6. Quotations into the main text and footnotes.

Authors will adjust their articles to the following rules:

a) The footnotes will be at the bottom of the page in 9 points , with simple spacing and with a French indentation of 1 cm including its first line, and will be indicated in the text with a superscript number. If the superscript is next to any punctuation mark, it will always be before the sign. Footnotes with an asterisk are not admitted.

b) The textual quotations incorporated into the text will be placed in normal style font and using high quotation marks ("") when they do not exceed the three lines;  when they exceed them, they will be put in 10 points,without quotation marks, indented 1 cm left margin and separated before and after the text by an interline spacing.

c) To mark quotation marks that go inside a phrase with high quotes (""), simple high quotes ('') will be used. For the definition or translation of a voice in a foreign language, the voice will be written in italics and in single quotation marks ('') and in normal style font the definition or translation. To differentiate the parentheses within other parentheses, brackets ([]) will be used.

d) The books, book chapters, articles and other sources will be cited only in summary form according to the Harvard system: surnames of the year author, page, except for the first time they are cited (in which case they will be cited in their full version), Eg: Pérez Albánez 1945, 49. If a note is cited, the abbreviation "n." will be added followed by the corresponding note number, for example: Panofsky 1962, 49, n. 6. The bibliographical references according to the Harvard system will not be introduced in the text, but in the footnotes.

e) If several authors are cited in the same note, they are separated from each other with a semicolon: Pérez Albánez 1945, 49; Panofsky 1962, 20-49; Gombrich 2006, 44-45.

f) The references of different works by the same author will be separated with a semicolon, without re-indicating the author's surname: Gombrich 1965, 37-79; 1978, 56-98; 2006, 3-45

7. References (Sources and Bibliography) cited.

Only the references actually cited can be included, and these should be adjusted as follows:

a) At the end of the article, the Sources and the Bibliography (including the hemerographic and the cybergraphic elements) will be recorded separately, which will be listed in alphabetical order of authors, according to the following guidelines: Surname and full name of the author, year, Title and subtitle of the book (in italics), city of publication (in its original name), publisher, edition number (if not the first). All these data appear in normal style type (except the title of the book) and separated by commas. Example: Fremantle, Richard, 1975, Florentine Gothic Painters. From Giotto to Masaccio. A guide to painting in and near Florence 1300 to 1450, London, Martin Secker and Warburg. When it is not the first edition, the corresponding figure will be placed in superscript number to the right of the year of the reedition. In case of reprinting, the place and year of the original edition shall be indicated and then, in parentheses, the abbreviation "re." followed by the year. When a modern work composed of several volumes and parts is cited, its divisions and subdivisions will be respected, whether they are Roman or Arabic numerals. If they are translations, it must be indicated after the title and before the city by abbreviation (Spanish trad, English trad, etc., by Name of the translator).

b) The works of the same author will be arranged chronologically, including the name of the author each time.

c) In case this author has several works published the same year, these will be differentiated by adding one of the first letters of the alphabet (a, b, c, d ...) each year. Examples:

Fernández Colino, Alberto, 1983a, Social Policy Design, Barcelona, ​​Gustavo Gili.

Fernández Colino, Alberto, 1983b, "Common places in the Spanish political language", in Pérez Vega, Joaquín (ed.), 1983, Analysis of political discourse, Madrid, Alianza Editorial, Col. Alianza Forma, nº 23.

d) In contributions in collective books, the surnames and the full name of the author, the year, the title of the chapter or contribution in normal font and in quotation marks will be indicated, followed by the preposition "en" and the quotation of the collective book according to the general guidelines, with the indication of the editor followed by the abbreviation "ed.", plural "eds." in parentheses. Examples:

Gutiérrez, Gerardo, 1981, "An Aesthetic for Initiates", in Moreno, Fernando and Santiago Hernández (eds.), 1981, La estética a revisión, Buenos Aires, Editorial Universitaria, p. 135-170.

Pérez, Antonio, 1998, "Iconic Sources of the Blessed of Magio", in Calvero, José Luis (ed.), 1998, Los beatos mozárabes, cat. exp., Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, p. 15-33.

e) In articles of journals or newspapers, the title of the article will be enclosed in normal font, preceded by the name of the author and the year, followed by the data of the journal or newspaper. Examples:

Martínez Rubiales, Juan, 2004, "Iconography of the Childhood of Jesus in the Scrovegni Chapel of Padua", Anales de Historia del Arte, 14. Madrid, Servicio de Publicaciones de la Editorial Complutense, p. 13-25.

García Simancas, José Antonio, 2012, "The outraged of Valencia", El País, Madrid, February 17, p. 3.

f) References to documents and manuscripts will be in accordance with the following form: Typology of the document or manuscript (letter, access, relation, decree ...), authorship or production entity, and recipient (if it appears), data (place, day, month and year developped); and, then, the current signature of the file or library with which the documentation is accessed: full name of the file or library (adding capital letters in the first reference), collection, unit in the corresponding language (file / leg ., manuscript / ms., box / box, folder / fold., file / file ...), and foliation / pagination (if necessary and with the formula fol./fols. or p./pp.). Examples:

27 Consultation of the Council of State on the preparations of the embassy to Persia, Madrid, January 21, 1613, Archivo General de Simancas (AGS), State, leg. 2,643, s. fol.

36 Copy of the “Relaçión de Juan Hervart tusón de oro de lo pasado en la investidura del tusón que se dio a Don Juan Baptista de Capua Príncipe de Caspuli y de Conca, por manos del Conde de Solre en la Iglesia del convento de St. Bernardino de franciscos descalços fuera de los muros de Madrid, en el día de St. Juan a 24 de junio 1633”, Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE), Ms. 11.137, fols. 1r-10v.

If a document has already been mentioned, it will be abbreviated to its signature by means of the abbreviations of file or library included in the note corresponding to the first mention.

g) Quotations from journals or electronic media on the Internet will be made indicating all data according to the preceding rules (author, year, title, publication, city, etc.), all completed in a comma, and after this comma it is necessary to indicate the link to the internet and in brackets the word "access" followed by a colon and the date of the last access. Examples:

Soggin, José Antonio, "Il giubileo e l'anno sabatico", [access: 03/08/2011].

Cuerda, José Luis: "To open your eyes" [online]. The digital country May 9, 1997, No. 371. [access: 09/05/ 1997].

Willet, Pierre: "The Victorian Women Writers Project: the library as a creator and publisher of electronic texts" [online]. The public-access computer systems review. Vol. 7, No. 6 (1996). [access: 27/12/2017].

h) When the paper or article cited has a doi number, it must be included in its bibliographic reference. Ex: Surnames, Name: Title of the article, Journal, volume, year. doi: xxxx;

8. Illustrations

Eikón Imago supports the inclusion of illustrations (images, maps and graphics) up to a maximum of twenty. The source of them must always be identified. The presentation of figures or illustrations and their placement in the manuscript must respect the size and presentation mode recommended by the journal's layout consultants.

The illustrations or images in color or in black and white will conform to the following guidelines:

a) All of them will be presented in digital format in JPG, TIFF or BMP format, with sufficient resolution quality, preferably 300 dpi.

b) They will all be under the name "Fig.", numbered correlatively in Arabic numerals, and identified with all their data in the caption, including the source or origin of the image. A Word file must be sent separately with the list of the captions, with their respective number (Fig. 1. xxxxxx; Fig 2. zzzzz).

c) The original illustrations will be included in a separate folder, which will be sent electronically together with the Word document and the captions of the illustrations. However, the approximate place they should occupy in the text should be clearly indicated.

d) The authors of the articles will guarantee in writing that the illustrations sent are free of payment for copyright, either because they have honored such payment, or because the images are free to use. In any case, they must cite their origin, as well as their authorship, based on the right of quotation included in Article 32 of the Intellectual Property Law.

e) Eikón Imago is not responsible for any litigation arising from the misuse of the illustrations.

9. Submission Preparation Checklist

1. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlines in the Author Guidelines, which is found in ‘About the Journal’ (summissions that do not fit will be rejected).

2. The article is fully anonymized (no names of authors appear in the text, nor in the footnotes or bibliography of the document).

3. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments for the Editor).

4. The submission file is in OpenOffice, MicrosoftWord, RTF or WordPerfect document file format.

5. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

6. Where available, DOIs have been included.

7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in ‘Ensuring a Blind Review’ have been followed.

8. It is required that the Author Declaration be signed by all authors.

9. Submit a signed copy of the Transfer Copyright Agreement to Ediciones Complutense.

10. Make sure you submit your Author ID:  ORCID, Redalyc, Research Gate, Mendeley, Academia, Google Citations, etc.

10. Evaluation of articles

Eikón Imago reserves the right to reject any original by quality criteria, form or edition, before moving on to the evaluation process. The evaluation of the articles goes through three phases:

a) First formal review: The Editorial Board, after acknowledging receipt of the text to the author by means of its electronic address, will make a first analysis of the article to verify if it meets the requirements indicated in the present "Author Guidelines". Each article must be faithfully adapted to these guidelines, otherwise, it will be returned to the author to adapt it to them. This return will be communicated to the author within a period of less than one month.

b) Evaluation by the double blind peer-review process: After this first formal review, the article that has passed it will be submitted to the external opinion of two specialists of recognized prestige in the field, external to the Editorial Board, to evaluate its content through the double blind peer review system, which implies the anonymity of the author and the evaluators.

Important details:

The fundamental criteria that will be taken into account for a positive evaluation of the articles will be: the relevance of the selected sources, the quality of the methodology used, the originality of the topic, the academic relevance, the updating of the bibliography, the fulfillment of the editorial standards, the correct wording in the language of publication, the structure of the work, the validity of the conclusions and the general scientific interest of the text, as well as its most significant contributions for the areas covered by the journal.

The referees' evaluations will be specified in four possibilities: "Accepted", "Accepted with minor corrections", "Accepted with substantial corrections", or "Rejected".

In case of discrepancy between the two referees assigned, the article will be evaluated by a third specialist, whose opinion will solve the tie.

In the cases of "Accepted with minor corrections" and "Accepted with substantial corrections", the article will be returned to the author to introduce the modifications or corrections requested.

If the text is "Rejected", the authors will be notified of the reasons argued by the referees to make such a decision.

Eikón Imago is committed to begin and finish the evaluation process within a period not exceeding three months. The authors will be informed of the results of this review, as well as the appraisals or recommendations of the evaluators.

After knowing the reports, the author will have a term of correction of fifteen working days, time in which he / she must make the corrections and appropriate amendments, and send the text to the Secretary of the Editorial Board of the journal, who will verify that they have made the required changes before proceeding to its publication.

In case the submission is accepted by Eikón Imago, its author, once informed, must communicate his approval or resignation within a maximum period of seven days. The journal undertakes to publish the accepted article within the year following its approval. Otherwise, it must request the agreement of the author to adjust the new publication date or the withdrawal of the accepted paper.

c) Final decision: Once the result of the double arbitration has been achieved, the Editorial Board of the journal will decide whether or not to publish the article, according to the following indications.

Having heard the opinion of its national or international referees, teh Editorial Board will decide the convenience of publishing or not the article, depending on the relevance and originality of its content and its formal structure.

The Editorial Board agrees to notify the author by email of the acceptance or rejection of his submission within a period of no more than one month after receiving the referees' evaluations, also specifying in which issue of the journal it will be included.

Accepted papers will be published in their proposed form, except in case of grammatical or editorial errors. In the latter case, the Editorial Board, without interfering in substantive matters regarding the content of the article, is granted the freedom to make slight modifications in terms of writing, spelling, punctuation and graphic design.

Texts that pass the three phases of the review process will be published in order of reception and acceptance.

During the correction of  proofs the author will only be able to introduce corrections of errata, without proceeding to significant modifications of the texts. The authors must correct the first proofs within a maximum period of fifteen working days, from the delivery of the proofs. Otherwise, it is understood that they accept the correction made by the Editorial Board. The second proof will be in charge of the Editorial Board.

Once the corresponding issue has been published, all authors will be informed that they can download the final text of their contribution in PDF format on the journal's website.

Template of Eikón Imago

Authors must adjust their text to our Template, which includes the essential elements of the present " Author Guidelines".


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

With the purpose of promoting the global exchange of knowledge, Eikón Imago facilitates unrestricted access to its contents from the moment of its publication in this electronic edition, and for that reason it is an open access journal. The originals published in this journal are property of the Complutense University of Madrid and it is mandatory to cite their origin in any total or partial reproduction. All content is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 use and distribution license (CC BY 4.0). This circumstance must be expressly stated in this way when necessary.

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