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Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors (Papers):

Guidelines Papers

General: Languages: English or Spanish; Abstracts: English and Spanish (max. 250 words); Keywords: English and Spanish (max. 5 keywords).

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

Photocopying: Single photocopies of single articles may be made for personal use as allowed by national copyright laws. Permission of the Publisher and payment of a fee is required for all other photocopying, including multiple or systematic copying, copying for advertising or promotional purposes, resale, and all forms of document delivery.

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 telephone number and e-mail. 
The author’s identity should not otherwise be revealed in the manuscript. The title should be repeated on the first page of the text. The manuscript will be evaluated for two reviewers; if the reports are contradictory a third reviewer will be asked to evaluate the manuscript. Once the paper is accepted to be published, all the rights will be reserved to Diego Portales University. Please submit manuscripts as an email attachment to cogency.journal@mail.udp.cl. (Please attach the document as a DOC or RTF file.). A concise abstract is required (maximum length 200 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, 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.


  1. Font: Use Times New Roman in 12 point size.
  1. Single-space: the text of your paper.
  1. Spacing between sentences: Type one space after the period (or other punctuation at the end of a sentence).
  1. 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)
  1. Use bold throughout your essay for all the titles.
  1. Only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis by using italics.
  1. Quotations: 1) For short quotations (less than 40 words): A quotation of less than 40 words should be enclosed in double quotation marks and incorporated into the sentence; 2) For long quotations (more than 40 words): Longer quotations should be set apart from the surrounding text, without quotation marks, in block format, indented 1 inch (or ten spaces) from the left margin. If the quotation is more than one paragraph, indent the first line of the second paragraph about 1/2 inch (5 spaces); 3) Quotations within a quotation: In block quotations, use double quotation marks to indicate that a phrase is a direct quote. For shorter quotations, use single quotation marks; 4) Material removed from a quotation: Sometimes it is necessary, for brevity, to remove a portion of a paragraph. Use an ellipsis to indicate that a portion of the quotation has been omitted: three periods with spaces before and after when the words have been omitted in the middle of a sentence, four periods (with spaces before and after) when the end of a sentence has been left out; 5) Material inserted into the quotation: Sometimes it is necessary, for clarity, to insert a word into a direct quotation. Use square brackets [like this] to highlight words that have been added to the quotation by someone other than the original author. Remember that all quotations, as well as paraphrased text from your research materials must be properly cited.
  1. Sample parenthetical citations with a List of Works Cited: Parenthetical references should include the author(s) last name, year, and the specific page on which the cited material is located, as illustrated in following examples:

    Nothing seemed so certain as the results of the early studies (Smith, 2011, p. 445).

    It was precisely this level of apparent certainty…, however, which led to a number of subsequent challenges to the techniques used to process the data (West and Peters, 2009, pp. 875-879).
  1. The article may be divided into sections (and subsections, if necessary), appropriately entitled. The Introduction, Conclusion and Works cited should be numbered. Foreign words or phrases should be italiced and technical terms should be enclosed in single quotation marks.
  1. The Introduction section should include a brief account of the state-of-the-art topics relevant to the article along with the focus of the research and a description of the theory underpinning the contribution. Explicitness of objective and a description of the way the article will account for it should also find a place in this section.
  1. Tables, figures, and graphs should be appropriately numbered. In text-mention of this resources should be capitalized, accompanied with the corresponding number.
  1. Direct in-text citations should enclose the following: (author’s last name, year, p. (or pp.), and number (s) of the cited pages). For three or more authors, use all the authors’ last names in the first reference. In all subsequent references, use only the first author’s last name, followed by ‘et al’.
  1. Footnotes should be placed in the end of the page; times new roman, font size 9.
  1. All works cited should be included in the Works cited section, and all the cited works in this section should appear in the body of the text.

Examples for Works cited list:
Journal articles:
     Benhabib, Seyla. “Deliberative Rationality and Models of Democratic Legitimacy.” Constellations 1 (1) (1994): 26 - 52.

     Hamblin, Charles L. Fallacies. London: Methuen & Co., 1970.

Section or Chapter of a book:
     Berscheid, Ellen and Letitia Anne Peplau. “The Emerging science of Relationships.” In Kelly, H. et al (eds.), Close Relationships (pp. 1-19). New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1983.

On line document:

Gert, Bernard. “The Definition of Morality”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2008/entries/morality-definition/, 2008.

Published Proceedings of a Conference:
     O’Keefe, Daniel J. “Normatively Responsible Advocacy: Some Provocations from Persuasion Effects Research.” In van Eemeren, F. H., J. Anthony Blair, Charles A. Willard and Bart Garssen (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (pp. 997-1002). Amsterdam: SicSat, 2007.

Unpublished Dissertation or Essay:  

Roberts, Mary B. “Land Use and the Law.” Diss. University of Illinois, 2001.

  1. Once the paper has been accepted for publication, the document containing the Copyright should be signed by all the authors and sent by email to cogency.journal@mail.udp.cl .


Guidelines for Book Reviews

Contributors should feel free to develop their reviews as they think best, within the following broad constraints:

The review should provide an account of the book as a whole, not just of one part or aspect. We also suggest that reviews begin with a brief paragraph giving any overall characterization of the book, so that readers can tell quickly if they are interested in reading the entire review.

The review should offer an evaluation of at least some key aspects of the book and not merely provide a summary. It is also important to give reasons for any evaluations, particularly negative ones.

Reviews should typically fall within the range of 2500-4000 words. Reviewers who think a book requires longer or shorter treatment should check with the editors.

A primary goal of Cogency is to provide reviews of recent books (published up to 24 months ago). The review is due normally three to four months after the reviewer receives the book. Please submit the review as an email attachment to cogency.journal@mail.udp.cl. (Please attach the review as a DOC, RTF or PDF file.)

            Please begin the review with a bibliographical entry for the book that follows the following format: author (or editor), title, publisher, date, number of pages, price (paperback if available, otherwise hardback), ISBN. Example:

            Henry Allison, Kant's Theory of Taste: a Reading of the Critique of Aesthetic Judgment,
           Cambridge University Press, 2001, 440 pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 0521795346.

            Below the bibliographical entry, give your name and institutional affiliation as you want them to appear. To publish a review with Cogency (with or without a title already in mind), please send a brief e-mail to cogency.journal@mail.udp.cl. Cogency gratefully acknowledges the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR, http://ndpr.nd.edu) for permission to adapt these review guidelines.

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