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Latin American Politics and Society publishes original research dealing with contemporary Latin American politics, economics, sociology, and U.S.-Latin American relations. The journal also considers essays addressing political, social, and economic issues in Latin American studies. Manuscripts must be in English and must not be under current consideration by any other publication.

Manuscripts may be submitted via email, preferably in Microsoft Word format, to the Editorial Office at:

Maximum total length is 40 pages (about 10,000 words) with all elements in Times New Roman 12 type, double-spaced. This applies to all elements, including quotations, notes, bibliography, tables, appendixes, and any other materials.  Manuscripts that exceed this length will be returned to the authors to be shortened. Margins should be 1 inch top and bottom, 1.25 inches left and right. Tables should be formatted as text in Microsoft Word table format. All notes and references should be double-spaced and in the same size type as the text. Endnotes are preferred. Please include the following information:

-- An abstract, no longer than 150 words.
-- Author's name, mailing address, phone, fax, and email. Names and institutional affiliations, including country, of all contributing authors are required
-- Author's ORCID number (click to register).
-- A Conflict of interest declaration.

Conflict of Interest declarations

  • Authors should include a Conflict of Interest declaration on the first page of the manuscript. If authors do not include this, their submission will not proceed to peer review.
  • Conflicts of Interest are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on an author’s presentation of their work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships.
  • If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting the manuscript must include a declaration relevant to all contributing authors.
  • Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Conflicts of Interest: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no conflicts of interest exist, the declaration should state “Conflicts of Interest: Author A and Author B declare none”.

Policy Issues essays (opinion pieces) and Book Review essays:  Maximum length is 25 pages in Times New Roman 12 type, double-spaced. Individual book reviews:  6 pages

All submissions considered for publication are peer-reviewed and are subject to revision before final acceptance and copyediting before publication.

Send books for review to the book review editor:

Dr. Alfred Montero
Book Review Editor, LAPS
Department of Political Science
Carleton College
One North College Street
Northfield, MN  55057-4025

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