Publishing criteria

Publishing criteria

Economic Debate is a four-month publication of academic character that includes essays and results of investigations with particularly economic content, without considering the school or economic thought the author is subscribed to.

The general aim of the Journal is: to spread the results of original investigations with economic character, providing that these have methodological precision, departing from the premise of not rejecting articles on the basis of theoretical or ideological prejudices from the examiner committee.

General Guidelines

  1. Economic Debate, it´s an economic disseminating organ of the Laboratory of Economic and Social Analysis A.C. (LAES, A.C.), and it has autonomous mechanisms of publication, as well as a Publishing Committee.
  2. The content of the magazine is formed by the following sections:
  • Economic Conjuncture: it is a section that brings back current relevant topics in the economy.
  • Articles: These are the results ensued from researches that contain methodological precision and that contribute to the theoretical – empirical debate of the economy by providing with elements.
  • Young people at the Economics: starting 2016, there is a section for undergraduate and graduate students, so they can publish their research by their own or with company of an academic researcher. Articles will be subject to the same procedure than the rest of articles.
  • Notes: This section will be of eventual character; in it there will be displayed the results of any research that does not incorporate the same methodological precision of an article, but that is able to penetrate into the discussion of some specific phenomenon.
  • The classic or nobel ones: It is a permanent section that brings back the remarkable economists’ contributions to the history of the economic thought, as well as of those that have been awarded with the Nobel Prize of this discipline.
  • Procedure for the submission of documents: This is a permanent section where will be found the criteria for a document to be published.
  1. The articles published in Economic Debate will have to be unpublished, and mainly, the result of researches that provide with new elements to the theoretical – empirical debate of the economy in general.

The published works will undergo a double-blind arbitration process of at least 2 specialists in the related topic. If it makes it a tie in both judgments, the work will be checked by a third arbitrator, whose result will be an unappealable decision.

All the works, at the moment of being sent to the Publishing Board of Economic Debate will have to come with a letter in which the author state that the document has not been published, and it is not even on the way to be so in any other space of national or international diffusion.

  1. Although the language of the official publication is Spanish, documents written in any other language are accepted. The magazine reserves the right for itself to translate them into Spanish when needed.
  2. The result of the arbitration will be of these 3 ways:
  • Accepted
  • Pending with suggested modifications
  • Rejected

A document will be published providing that it has at least two positive commission´ opinions.

  1. The original documents will have to be sent to the manager of the Journal, Dr. En C. Luis Enrique Espinosa Torres, at

Particular Guidelines

  1. The author will have to send the original document using Word format with letter size, 2cm margins, 1.5cm space between the lines, Times New Roman font type of 12 points, due aligned and settled. If there are formulae, equations or some mathematical language included, these will be sent complete. In case of pictures and graphs, these must be included in the document as images, properly ordered and must be sent as an extra document in excel format.
  2. The articles will have to comply with the grammar rules in force and not to have an extension larger than 25 pages (65 to 70 types/characters and 27-29 lines, including footnotes, pictures, tables, graphs and bibliography). The sections and / or subtitles will have to be perfectly outlined, being indicated the place corresponding to the pictures and graphs.
  3. In a separate sheet there must be written the author´s or authors´ data (academic degree, recent publications, etc.), adscription institution, current post, address, telephone and / or fax and email address. In addition, it must include a summary and abstract describing the topic and the aim of the article, with an extension no longer than 10 lines.
  4. All the works will have to present a bibliography section at the end, which will be ordered alphabetically according to the author´s last name, or if it´s the case it is an institution; by the name of it. All of them separated by bullets. The bibliographical references will have to be presented in Harvard format. Some examples are presented:


  • The references inside the text will have to present the following form: author´s last name in brackets, the year of work´s publication and the number(s) of pages, example:

(Keynes, 1936: 45)

  • In the cases in which there are more than two authors, the abbreviation et al. will be included, (from latin, ” and others “), example:

(Krugman, Obstfeld, et al., 2006: 132)

  • In the bibliography, at the end of the work the complete card will have to be included. If two or more works of the same author were edited the same year, they will have to be distinguished with the letters: a, b, c … z, for example:

(López, 2010a: 56)

  • The bibliography of books will be presented as follows:
  1. The author or authors, starting with the last name and then first name
  2. The year of publication in brackets
  3. The year of the original publication in brackets (if it is the case)
  4. Title of the work in italics
  5. The volume (when it´s the case)
  6. Place
  7. Publishing house


Keynes, Jhon Maynard (1999) [1936], General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Mexico, Fondo de Cultura Económica

  • If it is a magazine article, the order will be the following:
  1. a) Author´s last name, first name(s)
  2. b) In brackets, year of publication of the magazine
  3. c) Title of the article in quotation marks
  4. d) Title of the magazine in italics
  5. e) Volume and issue of the magazine,
  6. f) Place
  7. g) Pages


Wallerstein, E., (1995) “The end of what modernity?” In Sociological. Year 10, Issue 27, Actors, classes and social movements I. January – April, 1995, pp. 13-3

  • If it is a web-resource, the information will be mentioned regarding whether it is a book or a magazine. It will include the date of electronic publication and the date in which the quotation was taken; in brackets, as well as the web address <>, preceded by the sentence available at. For example:

INEGI (2010), “Census of Population and Housing “, on January 10, 2010 (consulted on June 12, 2011), available at: http: //

  1. The format of the bibliography must be homogeneous along the whole text
  2. On having used for the first time an acronym or abbreviation, its full equivalent will be displayed, and afterwards, in brackets, the acronym of abbreviation to be used from then on.
  3. The fulfillment of these rules is essential. The works will be submitted to a process of style correction, nevertheless it is suggested that the authors deliver a version with at least one review. The publication of the works will be subject to availability in every issue of the magazine. In no case the original document will be given back to the author(s), and no responsibility will be taken by the magazine.
  4. Any situation not foreseen in these publishing criterion, will be solved by the Publishing Committee.