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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text of the manuscript has an extension of between 6,000 and 10,000 words, DIN A4 paper size, 1.5 line spacing, 12 point Times New Roman font; and all the graphs, figures, and tables are placed in the right places in the text, instead of at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

1. Languages: The original works must be submitted in Spanish or English.

2. The works submitted for the «Articles» section must be original, unpublished and related to the theme of the journal. They should not have been previously copyrighted or published in any form, including electronically, and must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The editorial staff uses the TURNITIN software to verify the originality of manuscripts submitted to the Journal. Articles must be between 6,000 and 10,000 words, on DIN A4 paper, 12 point Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing, including graphs, tables, notes and references. The title page must include: the title of the article, full name and email address of the author(s), their affiliation and the way in which they wish it to appear. All articles must include the title, an abstract (maximum 150 words), the keywords (5 to 7), in Spanish and English. All graphs must be numbered correlatively, and are to have a title and indicate a source. The same requirements are applicable to tables. A specific reference must be indicated in the text to show where the graphs and/or tables are to be inserted. Acronyms must be shown with the complete name in brackets the first time they are cited in the text.

3. Reception period of articles: Persons interested in publishing works in the Deusto Journal of Human Rights / Revista Deusto de Derechos Humanos may send their manuscripts by email ( or upload their manuscripts onto the platform of the Journal at any time (online submissions).

4. Fees: Currently, no charges for manuscript submission, processing, and publication are applicable.

5. Citation system: Author-date system: bibliographical references plus the reference list at the end of the article. When this system is used, the citations are indicated in the text by showing the author’s name, date of the work and page number between parentheses. This system complies with the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), 16th and later edition, which should be strictly followed for manuscript preparation ( For instance, they would be cited in the references in the following manner:


The surname(s) and forename(s) of the author(s). The date of publication (year). The book title in italics. The place of publication: The name of the publisher.

  • One author

    Sassen, Saskia. 1999. Guest and Aliens. New York: New Press.

    (Sassen 1999, 99–100)
  • Two or more authors

    Dunbar, Robert, and Eduardo Ruiz. 2005. Human rights and Diversity: New Challenges for Plural Societies. Bilbao: University of Deusto.

    (Dunbar and Ruiz 2005, 52)
  • Three or more authors

    For three or more authors, list all of the authors in the reference list; in the text, list only the first author, followed by et al. («and others»):

    Boucher, Gerry, Annette Grindsted, and Trinidad L. Vicente, eds. 2012. Transnationalism in the global city, Bilbao: Deusto Digital.

    (Boucher et al. 2012, 9-11)

Chapters, papers at congresses, prologues, etc.:

The surname(s), forename(s) of the author(s) of the part of the work concerned, etc. The year of publication. «The title of the part of the work concerned between quotation marks.» The title of the work should be italicised, name of the editor(s). Page/s. The place of publication. The name of the publisher.

Kelly, John D. 2010. «Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War.» In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

(Kelly 2010, 77)

Journal articles:

The surname(s), forename(s) of the author(s). The year of publication. «The title of the article in double quotation marks.» The title of the journal is italicised, followed by the journal issue: the first and last page numbers of the article.

Weinstein, Joshua I. 2009. «The Market in Plato’s Republic.» Classical Philology 104: 439–58.

(Weinstein 2009, 440)

Various types of Internet resources may be cited: e‑journals, digital monographs, multimedia portals, databases, digital images…

It is therefore difficult to give a general rule applicable to all types of resources. However, they must indicate a description of the document, access date and the URL address. Please check the different possible examples below or in the following webpage: http://www.

Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. 2009. «Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.» American Journal of Sociology 115: 405–50. Accessed February 28, 2010. doi:10.1086/599247.

McDonald’s Corporation. 2008. «McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts.» Accessed July 19.

Posner, Richard. 2010. «Double Exports in Five Years?» The Becker-Posner Blog, February 21.

Choi, Mihwa. 2008. «Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty.» PhD diss., University of Chicago. ProQuest (AAT 3300426).

6. Research funding: Authors shall indicate, where appropriate, the support or public or private funding received for the development of the research related to their submitted manuscript.

7. Gender policy: This Journal, in line with its commitment to gender equality, recommends to authors to:

a) Include the full name of authors in the bibliography, instead of using only their initials.

b) Use inclusive language, and not sexist, in terms of gender (when preparing their manuscripts); avoiding discrimination, making gender visible when communication so requires and not doing so when it is not necessary for communication.

c) Indicate whether the conclusions have taken into account possible sex differences in those works carried out with research data including the sex variable.

8. Evaluation procedure: The texts submitted will be examined under the double blind review process. The authors must therefore delete their metadata appearing in the text before submitting it. The Editorial Board and Advisory Committee will name the external reviewers to evaluate the works submitted. In the case of conditional acceptance, the final publication of the text will depend on a positive evaluation in the confidential reports and whether the author(s) have included the changes and suggestions indicated by the reviewers. The author(s) shall attach an anonymised letter indicating the changes made.

The author(s) will be notified of the referees’ decision, in which the reasons for accepting or rejecting the text submitted will be clearly stated, in addition to the comments or changes required concerning the following: relevance and originality of the topic, reference to the state of the issue, structure and whether the text is clearly written, the methodology and references.

The Editorial Board may reject articles due to the following aspects, for instance: spelling, lexical inaccuracy, poor punctuation, disjointed syntax, lack of clarity or inconsistencies or because it does not fit into the journal’s aim and scope. Authors are therefore advised to revise the linguistic aspects and ensure that the topic is a good fit with the publication’s criteria before submitting their texts.

9. Book reviews: The content of this section should refer to relevant recently published books in the field of human rights. The reviews must be between 2,000 and 2,500 words, on DIN A4 paper, 12 point Times New Roman font, and use 1.5 line spacing.

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