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Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors (Papers):

Guidelines Papers

General: Languages: English or Spanish; Abstracts: English and Spanish (min. 200, max. 300 words); Keywords: English and Spanish (max. 5 keywords).


Empirical and review papers should be compiled in the following order: title; abstract; keywords; introduction; theoretical framework; materials and methods; results; discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages).

Conceptual papers should be compiled in the following order: title; abstract; keywords; introduction; background; main body; discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages).

Word Limits: Please include a word count for your paper. A typical paper for this journal should be between 6000 and 10000 words , inclusive of tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. We do accept longer manuscripts if the length of the article is deemed justified

Style Guidelines: Any spelling style is acceptable so long as it is consistent within the manuscript. Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation”. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks. Section headings should be concise.

One author should be identified as the corresponding author. Please give the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted. Please note that the email address of the corresponding author will normally be displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal style) and the online article. All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors.

Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph, as follows:

For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."
For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]."

Author inquiries: For inquiries relating to the submission of articles, please send an email to cogency.journal@mail.udp.cl, or  visit our web site: www.cogency.udp.cl

Notice: No responsibility is assumed by the Publisher for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein.

Submission: Manuscripts submitted to Cogency should not be under consideration elsewhere. Because the identity of authors is concealed from reviewers (because the process of reviewing is a blind peer review), each manuscript should contain a separate title page containing:

(1) Title

(2) Author name(s),

(3) The author’s full address, including email.                                                                                                                                             

(4) Acknowledgments and/or Conflict of interest

Please submit manuscripts as an email attachment to cogency.journal@mail.udp.cl. (Please attach the document as a .docx file.). A concise abstract is required (maximum length 300 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the methodological approach, the principal results, and major conclusions. An abstract is often referred to separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts.


  • Font: Use Times New Roman in 12 point size.
  • Single-space: the text of your paper.
  • Spacing between sentences: Type one space after the period (or other punctuation at the end of a sentence).
  • Margins: The margins for your paper should be uniform on all sides, set to at least 1" or 2.54 cm on all sides: top, bottom, left and right. Line length for each typed line should be no more than 6.5" (16.51 cm)
  • Use boldthroughout your essay for all the titles.
  • Only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis by using italics.

Reference style: Manuscripts have to reference using APA 6th edition. Figures and tables also have to be formatted under APA guidelines.


Double blind peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and contribution to help editors determine whether the manuscript complies with the quality criteria required to be published in this journal.

Cogency operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous. Only the editorial team knows the full identification and affiliations of the authors before publishing.

The benefit of double-blind peer review is that it allows reviewers to judge the manuscript based on content alone, and they are not unconsciously biased by knowledge of who the authors are. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

The reviewers are asked to judge the manuscripts based on the following criteria:

Content (0-10): clarity of objectives, technical accuracy, breadth of scope and generalizability of results, conclusions drawn as supported by the data presented, proper literature review, impact on argumentation and reasoning, implications for society, education or theory, etc.

Originality (0-10): presence of new ideas or innovative contribution.

Structure (0-10): logical layout, proper use and adequate number of figures, diagrams, tables, etc.

Quality of text (0-10): conciseness, correct grammar and spelling, clarity of expression, consistency, readability, appropriate citations, etc.

Overall recommendation: Reject/Major Changes/Minor Changes/Accept.


In the case of book reviews, the reviewers are asked to judge the reviews based on the following criteria:

* Informative:  Does it introduce the main topic? Does it provide a concise summary of the content? Will readers not acquaintance with the book author(s) learn about the book? Is it specific enough for a specialized audience?

* Compelling: Is it easy to read? Does it convey the content of the book, not chapter by chapter so much as the entire book? 

* Discussion-driven: Does the review evaluate the book as well as describe it? Does the review explain the main strengths and weaknesses of the book? Are the implications of the book discussed?

Recommendation: Reject/Major Changes/Minor Changes/Accept.


Publication Fees

Cogency is committed to ensuring that research published in our issues is available to the community. All articles published by this journal are open access (free to download and read). Additionally, because of the continuous institutional support of the Diego Portales University of Chile, Cogency asks for no Article Processing Fee (APC) to authors. Publication in this journal does not involve any publication charges for researchers that submit manuscripts.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish in this journal agree to all the following terms: 

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) after its publication, as this practice can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work