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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.

  • El envío no ha sido publicado previamente ni se ha sometido a consideración por ninguna otra revista (o se ha proporcionado una explicación al respecto en los Comentarios al editor/a).
  • El archivo de envío está en formato OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF o WordPerfect.
  • Siempre que sea posible, se proporcionan direcciones URL para las referencias.
  • El texto tiene interlineado sencillo; 12 puntos de tamaño de fuente; se utiliza cursiva en lugar de subrayado (excepto en las direcciones URL); y todas las ilustraciones, figuras y tablas se encuentran colocadas en los lugares del texto apropiados, en vez de al final.
  • El texto se adhiere a los requisitos estilísticos y biliográficos resumidos en las Directrices del autor/a, que aparecen en Acerca de la revista.
  • Si se envía a una sección evaluada por pares de la revista, deben seguirse las instrucciones en Asegurar una evaluación anónima.

Espirales. Revista Multidisciplinaria de investigación is a scientific publication about original and unpublished researches that contributes to the advancement of knowledge and academic-scientific discussion.

The author wishing to submit articles for consideration by the Editorial Committee of the Journal shall:

1. Send the article to email: espirales@deming.edu.ec; the article must comply with the standards proposed by the Journal for scientific articles.

2. The Journal seeks to publish results of experimental and theoretical research of great importance in the form of original articles, reviews, short articles or letters to the editor. In case of controversy between the results of a first round of evaluation / arbitration, or by decision of  editor and / or of the editor / editorial coordinator, a second round of evaluation / arbitration may take place.

The omissions to these guidelines, the special cases, the controversies and the exceptions to the editorial intervention process will be judged and resolved by editor, whose decision will be final.


Original articles:Articles that represent an in-depth investigation in diverse scientific disciplines.

Review articles: Normally comprise less than 10,000 words. Meta-analyses are considered as reviews. Special attention will be paid to the references updated in the revision.

Short articles:They must be complete manuscripts of significant importance. The total number of figures and tables must not exceed to 4. The number of words must not exceed to 3000.

Letter to the editor:Comments on recently published articles.

3. The article must be submitted in Word format. Similarly it must include: Title of the article, author or authors and institutional affiliation. Institutional affiliations must be as detailed as possible and must include university, city and country. Also, all authors must have electronic email (institutional), ORCID (http://orcid.org/) and Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/). It is indispensable to indicate the author of correspondence or else it will be assumed that the first author will take over such function. The text must be typed in Arial font, size 12, to space and a half.


4. The submission of the article must be accompanied by the CV resume of each of the authors and the transfer of rights letter signed by all authors.

5. Write the article with a maximum length of 8000 words and up to 50 references. The article must have the following structure: The article must have the following structure: Title, Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion (Results and discussion can be combined in one section), Conclusion and References.


Title:The title must be brief, concise, and descriptive. It must not contain any literature references or compound numbers or non-standardized abbreviations. Spanish and English.

Abstract:The Abstract must be of an analytical type (Objective, Methodology, Results and Conclusions), that does not exceed 200 words. The Abstract must briefly describe the purpose or objective of the study, how the research was conducted, the most important results and the main conclusions drawn from the results, respectively. Avoid references and abbreviations.Spanish and English.

Key words:Authors are asked to provide of 4 to 6 key words to identify the main issues addressed. These key words are used for indexing purposes, for this they must be included in the UNESCO Thesaurus. Spanish and English.

Introduction:The authors must strive to define the significance of the work and the justification for its publication. Any background discussion must be brief and restricted to pertinent material.

Material and methods: Authors must be as concise as possible in theoretical and experimental descriptions. The section must provide all of the information necessary to guarantee reproducibility. Previously published methods must be indicated by their references and only relevant modifications must be described.

Results:The study results must be clear and concise. Restrict the use of tables and figures to depict data which are essential for the interpretation of the study. Do not duplicate data in both figures and tables. The results must be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations.

Discussion:This must explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Include in the discussion the implications of the findings and their limitations, how the findings fit into the context of other relevant work, and directions for future research.

Conclusion(s):They can be independent and be linked with the goals of the study, whit new hypotheses when warranted. Include recommendations when appropriate. Unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the obtained data must be avoided.

References:It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the information in each reference is complete and accurate.The references must have the correct format. All references mentioned in the list of references must be cited in the text and vice versa.It is recommended that bibliographic sources be taken from Scopus and Web of Science.


6. Send the figures, maps and images in minimum 266 dpi resolution in jpg or gif format. All these resources must be numbered consecutively and indicate clearly the corresponding source(s). Only horizontal lines must be used in the tables according to the APA rules, Seventh Edition.

7. Cite bibliographical sources, less than 40 words within the text as follows: (Author, year, and page). Example: (Rodarte, 2011, p. 52). References with more than 40 words are written apart from the text, indented to both sides, unquoted and without italics. At the end of the reference the period is placed before the datum ―Remember that in less than 40 words references the period is placed after the datum―.

8. Footnotes numbered consecutively are used only for clarification, comments, discussions, sending’s by the author and must go in its corresponding page, in order to facilitate the reader tracking of the reading of the text.

9. References are made based on the APA rules, Seventh Edition.. Remember that all references must have hanging indent.