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Instructions to Authors

Scope and policy

The journal Población y Salud en Mesoamérica is a free, open-access electronic journal. The journal receives articles in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. The primary objective of this publication is to disseminate the results of research in the various disciplines of knowledge based on population studies from a demographic perspective, ie the determinants and consequences of the dynamics of the size and composition of human populations. Based public health research contributions, where health is studied from a population subject to interventions and public policy perspective will also be coming. Those works that are original and have not yet been published will be accepted.
The target audience of this publication are researchers, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate, professional in the subject area of the journal and the general public interested.
Its periodicity is semiannual. The first issue was published on 01 January and covers the months from January to July, and the second number is published on 01 July and covers the months from July to December. Items will be received throughout the year, however there is a number for each submission deadline. For the first issue is October 30 and the second on 30 April each year.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Author Guidelines


The academicians interested in publishing their research’s findings regarding population and health, can send their contributions. Original and unpublished works will be accepted. They must fulfill the following norms:


1. Title and subtitle that represents the content of the work.


2. First name and last names (separated by a hyphen – e.g.: Carlos Lopez-Vargas), the author’s institutional affiliation, email address, and country should be included.


3. Include an abstract (maximum 250 words) in English and Spanish; it will describe the purpose of the article, methodology employed, obtained results, discussion, and conclusions. 


4. Include at least three key words in English and Spanish; they will identify the content of the article. It is recommended to take them from the POPIN's Multilingual Thesaurus. 


5. Themes and sub-themes should be well-defined. The following format sections are suggested: Introduction, Methodology and Data, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References. 


6. It is advisable that all works follow our  publication numbering system for parts and sections, that is: 1., 1.1, 1.1.1, etc.:


1. First part 
1.1 First section of the first part 
1.1.1 First subsection of the first section 
1.1.2 Second subsection of the first section 
1.2 Second section of the first part 
2. Second part 
2.1 First section of the second part


6. References should be arranged in strict alphabetical order. Only references to relevant documents, that were quoted and/or discussed, should be included. The format of American Psychological Association (APA), sixth edition, in French paragraph should be used:



  • last name (s), name. year (in parenthesis). title (in italics). publisher: city.

    Nicol, A. A. M., & Pexman, P. M. (1999). Presenting your findings: A practical guide for creating tables. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


  • last name (s), name. year (in parenthesis). title of the article. title of the Journal (in italics), volume / vol (number), pages.

    Baldwin, C. M., Bevan, C., & Beshalske, A. (2000). At-risk minority populations in a church-based clinic: Communicating basic needs. Journal of Multicultural Nursing & Health, 6(2), 26-28.

    Bonilla, R. (2006). Efecto de la Escolaridad sobre la Fecundidad en Nicaragua. Población y Salud en Mesoamérica, 4(1), artículo 2. Consulta del 18 de setiembre, 2007, de http://ccp.ucr.ac.cr/revista/volumenes/4/4-1/4-1-2/index.htm


7. The acknowledgements are placed in a single paragraph with an unnumbered title and after the bibliography. Names and institutional affiliations of those acknowledged should be included as well as the specific assistance provided.


8. Charts, graphs, tables, pictures, etc. should  be included at the end of the article and be sequentially numbered (table 1, table 2… table n).


9. In-text quotations should also follow the APA format. Short quotes (around 40 words) should be included in the text between quotation marks and written in italics. At the end of the paragraph, in parenthesis, indicate the author’s name, year of publication and the page number. Example: (Coleman, 1990, p. 27). If the citations exceed more than 40 words, they should be placed in a separate paragraph, indented five spaces and without quotation marks. These long quotes should be single-spaced. Specify the author or authors’ name (s), year of the publication and page number. Example: 


  1. La insistencia en la solidaridad en la red social de migrantes, se debe a que esta es el factor de capital social que se mantiene a lo largo y ancho de las relaciones en la red de migrantes. Desde que un individuo decide trasladarse fuera de su país de origen y solicita información mediante diferentes canales, su solicitud es respondida de manera tácita por el conglomerado de la red mediante las posibilidades de acceder a sus diferentes recursos (Borge, 2005, p. 7).


The author’s name might be placed at the end of the quotation or at the beginning as in the example above. For example, the previous quote can begin: Borge (2005, p. 7) points out that: (include the in-text citation).


10. All works should be sent in MS-Word or RTF from any Mac or Pc application and with an average length of 15 pages. All works should come without page number; and written in plain text format, single space and in Times New Roman, font size 12. Paragraphs should not be indented and will be separated by one blank line.


11. Author or authors’ résumé (one page) and their institutional affiliation should be attached.



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 request has not been previously published, has not been submitted to another journal.
  2. The uploaded file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect format.
  3. We have added web addresses for references where it was possible and these addresses are current (no broken links).
  4. The text is single-spaced; the font size is 12 points; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the end of the document.
  5. The text adheres to the style and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines / s, which can be found in About the Journal.
  6. The author or authors are in accordance with the copyright notice requesting that the journal is presented in section copyright notice.
  7. The author or authors are ethical standards for publication set by COPE (Committee On Ethics Publications) served on the Ethics Policy Publication Agreements Possible Bad Practices and Plagiarism Detection.
  8. The author or authors are in accordance with the Open Access Policy magazine.

Sending of manuscripts

Centro Centroamericano de Población
Universidad de Costa Rica
San José 2060
Costa Rica
Teléfono: 2511-1452 / 2511-1450
Fax: 2511-4809 / 2511-4803
Correo electrónico: revista@ccp.ucr.ac.cr

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