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Scope and policy

Journal scope

The Revista Geológica de América Central the object of which is to disseminate basic or applied geological and geo-scientific research carried out in Central America and the Caribbean or is of general interest in this area.

Stringent peer reviewing: Articles will be reviewed by at least one external referee and by the Editorial Board, which shall decide whether to publish it.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Text: Times New Roman 12 must be used. The text should begin with the title in bold, followed by the authors’ names, initials of their middle name and surname, or surnames if they so desire, separated by commas. When belonging to the same institution, how they are affiliated to the institution must appear on the next line followed by the principal author’s email. The email of other authors may also be included. The principal/corresponding author’s name should be marked with an asterisk for contact purposes. If the authors belong to different institutions or departments, numbers in superscript should follow their names and their affiliations should be placed on the following line. An abstract in English and a summary in Spanish of no more than 150 words each must be included and must contain the same information and be single-spaced with five to seven key words separated by commas. The body of the text should be double-spaced on letter-size paper. Chapters must be capitalized in bold and centered; subchapters in bold lower-case aligned to the left, and the sub-subchapters in bold, cursive and aligned to the left. Any acknowledgements must be placed at the end of the article before the references. References should appear after the last chapter unless there are appendices. Instructions for the references may be found separately in this same issue.

Manuscripts must not exceed 40 pages. Technical and scientific notes must not exceed six pages. Pages are to be numbered on the right bottom corner.

Abbreviations, acronyms and initials: must be written out fully when first used, except for those in common usage, for example, e.g.

Charts or Tables: must be cited in the text where they should be located, but must be presented at the end on separate consecutive pages. The same font must be used but it may be reduced, up to 7pt., if the information covers many or full columns. The charts or tables must not contain borders except for the top and bottom border of the first line and the bottom border of the last line. The number of the Table or Chart must be indicated, followed on the next line by its explanation, both centered on the top part of the Chart or Table.

Figures: These include figures in lines, photographs, sketches and maps and must be cited in the text where they should be located, but must be presented at the end on separate consecutive pages. They must be in black and white and numbered consecutively. The maximum sizes are 20 cm high by 14 cm wide for double columns and 20 cm high by 7 cm wide for a single column. The scales should be in graphic format. For the final presentation of the article in digital format, we suggest the use of the AI or CDR format for figures in lines, maps and sketches and the TIFF format for photographs with a minimum resolution of 300dpi in the aforementioned size. Inserted figures in Word or any other data or word processor will not be accepted for the final version of an article that has been accepted. They must have a drawing format.

Units: the Decimal Metric System is compulsory (the site should be used for consultations). In general, periods are not used and most abbreviations are in lower case, e.g. for length: km, m, cm, mm; for time: h, min, s; for weight: kg, g, mg; geological times are ka for thousands of years and Ma for millions of years. Decimals and thousands after five figures must use a comma and spaces should be used to separate every three digits. The decimal point is used in English, but the same rule applies for thousands.

Use of capital letters: the same rules are used as those of Spanish standard spelling (for detailed consultation see:$FILE/ Ortografia.pdf).

For our purposes geographical, geological and stratigraphical proper names are capitalized, but not generic names or adjectives. Thus, capital letters are used for "San Miguel Formation," "Nicoya Complex," "Cretaceous," "Santa Elena," but not for "the San Miguel and Coris formations," "the igneous complexes of the Pacific" or "the cretaceous fossils." Geographical names of rivers, cities, provinces, counties, gulfs, peninsulas, mountains, volcanoes, etc. only use capital letters for proper nouns, such as the Barranca river, the city of San José, the province of Puntarenas, the Talamanca mountain range, Poás volcano or Chira island. Capitals are used if the geographical noun is part of its name, such as in Rio Grande, Puerto Viejo, Ciudad Neilly.

Cardinal points: Abbreviations in capital letters may be used (N, S, E, W, SW, NE) or the entire word in lower-case letters (south, northeast, northwest).

Accepted articles and their publication: After the referees and the Editorial Board have reviewed the articles, the articles will be sent back to their authors to be corrected and to be finally submitted. The final submission must be in digital format and the text must follow the aforementioned standards. Figures/illustrations must be submitted in the following formats: tiff, jpg, cdr, gif, bmp, ai or psd with the correct publication size and with a minimum resolution of 300ppp, as stated above. After the editors receive the final version, they shall decide whether to accept it and shall notify the authors of their decision. The authors must revise the galley proof in digital format within the following five calendar days. After the article is published, the summary will appear in PDF format at http:/ The principal author will receive a free issue of the Journal and 10 reprints of the article.


Sending of manuscripts

The articles may be submitted in English or Spanish by email in Word to the Director or Editor at the following addresses:

Two copies of a printed version should be sent to the following address:

The Central American Journal of Geology
Escuela Centroamericana de Geología
Apartado 214-2060, Universidad de Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica

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