How to submit a manuscript

1. How to submit manuscripts to Quaestio Facti

All manuscripts should be sent to in .doc or .docx file format.

Extension: It is suggested that the manuscripts not exceed 15,000 words. Within the section Conjectures and refutations, the latter should not exceed 5,000 words.

Review: Once received, all manuscripts will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process.

Languages: Manuscripts in Spanish, English, Italian, and Portuguese will be accepted.

2. Editing rules

2.1 Presentation of the manuscripts

The manuscripts should include:
1. The author’s full name, academic affiliation, and contact e-mail address.
2. The article’s title. If it contains a subtitle, it should appear on a separate line (following the title).
3. The article’s title and subtitle in English.
4. An abstract of no more than 150 words in the article’s original language.
5. An abstract in English, if this was not the article’s original language.
6. Five keywords in the article’s original language.
7. Five keywords in English, if this was not the article’s original language.
8. Blind-review version of the manuscripts: All manuscripts should include an additional version that will be subject to blind peer review. Any information that might identify the author must be removed from this version.

2.2 Presentation of the content

1. Font and size: All manuscripts should be written using 12-point Times New Roman font, applying a 1.5 spacing. Each paragraph should begin with an indentation.
2. Notes: All notes should be typed single-spaced using 10-point Times New Roman font, without any indentation. Notes should be numbered consecutively starting with the number 1.
3. Subtitles: Subtitles should be structured in the following order: 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 2, and so on.
4. References
4. 1 The bibliographical references should follow the Anglo-Saxon model: Last name in small caps font, followed by the edition’s year. If an author has various publications in the same year, a letter should be put next to it as in the following example:

-If the reference contains authors with the same last name, they should be followed by the initial of the author’s first name:
-If the reference contains a journal article that does not have a year to cite, the following is an example on how to proceed:

4.2 The quotes in the main text or in the notes should not appear in italics, and they must be flanked by «guillemets».
4.3 If a quote in the main text exceeds 3 lines, it should not have quotation marks, and it should appear separate from the text, using 10-point centered font.
5. Quotation marks inside quotation marks will be substituted by “guillemets”.
6. Bibliography: It should be ordered alphabetically, and be located at the end of the manuscript according to the following format: The last name using small caps font, the first name’s initial, the year, the title of a journal article or of a book chapter flanked by guillemets, the journal’s or collective book’s title in italics, the journal number followed by the journal volume in parentheses, and lastly, the page numbers preceded by a colon. See the following examples:
7. Authors should also observe the following criteria: the law (always in lower case); State; legal system; judge; court; prosecutor; Supreme Court (institutions in general in upper case); chapter.

3. Ethical commitment and copyright

3.1 Ethical commitment

Quaestio Facti, The International Journal on Legal Evidential Reasoning, adheres to the guidelines established by EASE (European Association of Science Editors)  with respect to the management, edition, revision, and publication of scientific results in journals concerning different areas of expertise. According to these guidelines:
A) The authors pledge to submit only original manuscripts that had not been published earlier and that are not currently subject to any other journal’s review process. Submitting a manuscript requires the removal, within the blind-review copy, of any information or hint that could allow the reviewers to identify the author. Likewise, submitting a manuscript implies the author’s acceptance of this Journal’s rules for publication, revision, and evaluation. These rules (which will also be reproduced in each issue) are the following:
B) Peer reviewers assume the burden of carrying out, within the confines of their skills and knowledge, a critical, honest, and constructive review regarding the scientific quality of the manuscripts entrusted to them. This is the reason why each reviewer will accept to assess a manuscript only if they consider themselves sufficiently competent and if there are no conflicts of interest. Quaestio facti will inform authors of submitted papers in a prompt and timely manner whether their work is accepted; will ensure that any copy-editing is respectful of authors’ style and ideas; and will give authors adequate time to see and correct the final proofs.
C) The Directors, the members of the Redaction Board, of the Editorial Board, and of the Advisory Board, pledge to be impartial and to maintain the confidentiality of the manuscripts submitted to Quaestio Facti, of their authors, and of the designated reviewers. All of these in order to let the principle of anonymity to preserve the integrity of the whole assessment process. To that effect, the selection of the most qualified reviewers and specialists will be guaranteed. The above-mentioned characters also pledge to avoid any kind of conflict of interest and to strictly observe the assessment, edition, and publication deadlines that are consistent with the Journal’s periodicity.

3.2 Copyright

Submitting a manuscript to Quaestio Facti, The International Journal on Legal Evidential Reasoning implies the acceptance of the following terms:
a) The authors pledge to observe the above-mentioned ethical guidelines.
b) The authors grant Quaestio Facti the right to the first publication of their manuscripts, and the license to publish them in all formats and means available to the Journal, either in print or in electronic versions.
c) Quaestio Facti will promptly forward any requests to reprint, abridge, or translate an author’s article to the author, so that he or she can decide whether to agree or not. In the case that an author decides to subsequently publish the content of her/his manuscript elsewhere, either completely or partially, she/he pledges to specify in the subsequent publication that a version of her/his work firstly appeared in Quaestio Facti.
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