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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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • All URL addresses in the text are activated and ready to click.
  • Illustrations (figures, maps and photographs) should be submitted as a separate file and numbered according to the sequence in the text. Please convert the illustrations to one of the following formats: EPS (or PDF), or TIFF (or JPEG) with a minimum of 300 pdi. Illustrations will be published in colour at no additional charge. Figure captions should be supplied at the end of the text.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), follows the instructions given in the Ensuring a Blind Peer Review section.

Author Guidelines

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Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica (Geographical Research Letters) publishes unedited, peer-reviewed works including Research articles and Notes and chronicles. Research articles should normally not exceed 7500 words, although articles of major dimension can be published if the Editor approves it. Notes and chronicles should not exceed 2500 words.

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Manuscripts should preferably be written in English. Authors who are not fluent in English should have their manuscript checked by someone proficient in the language. Manuscripts in which the English is difficult to understand may be returned to the author for revision before scientific review.

Manuscripts must necessarily incorporate the following information:

Cover letter. The authors should send the Editor a presentation letter of the manuscript highlighting the most outstanding aspects of the work. Five experts in the subject (name, institution and email), who could act as referees, will be suggested in this letter. These experts will have no direct link with the authors.

Title. This should be concise and informative.

Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation address: institution, mailing address, country and e-mail.

Corresponding author. Indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given.

Abstract. It is necessary to include an abstract (300-400 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. If the article is published in Spanish, an English abstract must be included.

Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Acknowledgements. Include acknowledgements in a separate section, at the end of the article, before the references. If you want to add research funding, you must add the project title (number), funding organization and country.


Article structure

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Sections and Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. In any case, the manuscript must include introduction, study area, methods and materials, results, discussion and conclusions. Subsections may have a short heading.

Number consecutively the equations that are displayed in the text.

In the papers written in English, decimals will be separated by a point (e.g., 27.3). A comma will be used for the thousands separator (e.g., 24,237). In the papers written in Spanish, decimals will be separated by comma (e.g., 27,3). A point will be used for the thousands separator (e.g., 24.237).


Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed inside the text, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place the table heading.


Illustrations (figures, maps and photographs) should be submitted as separate files and numbered according to the sequence in the text. The files should be sent together in one or several compressed files (.zip, .rar) not exceeding 4Mb. Please convert the illustrations to one of the following formats: EPS (or PDF), or TIFF (or JPEG) with a minimum of 300 dpi. Illustrations will be published in colour at no additional charge. Figure captions should be supplied at the end of the text. Each article should include no more than 10 figures.


All the references cited in the text should be given in the reference list, and vice versa. Regular research papers have a reference limit of 50 cites and short communications should not exceed 20 cites.

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets. When more than two authors are referred, the name of the first author should be used, with the addendum et al. At the end of the text references should be listed alphabetically by author´s name, in the following style:

Badding, M.E., Briner, J.P., Kaufman, D.S. 2013. 10 Be ages of late Pleistocene deglaciation and Neoglaciation in the north-central Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. Journal of Quaternary Science 28, 95-102.

French, H.M. 2007. The Periglacial Environment. Third Edition. Wiley, Chichester, 458 pp.

Camuffo, D., Enzi, S. 1995. Reconstructing the climate of northern Italy from archive sources. In: R. Bradley, P.D. Jones P.D. (Eds.), Climate since A.D. 1500. Routledge, London, pp. 143-154.

IDERM 2011. Ortofoto regional del vuelo de 1981. Available at: (last access: 20/06/2011).

The authors will provide, if possible, the DOI number at the end of each cited article.

Once the paper is accepted, a pre-print version will be available at the website of the journal with its corresponding DOI number.

One set of page proofs will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author as a PDF file.

Each author will receive, at no cost, a PDF file of the article and one printed copy of the corresponding issue of the journal.

The publishing policy in Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica makes the evaluation and publication processes free, in agreement with the policy of making accessible the advances in Physical Geography to the scientific community.

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