FOCUS AND SCOPE

The Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública has initiated a new period in which it will center on the publication and diffusion of: 

  • Studies of public opinion that contribute to theory development and hypothesis testing of explanations of political, social and current problems
  • Studies engaged in national, subnational, cross-national, cross-regional, or global research
  • Studies on the role of public opinion polls in political decision making, the development of public policy, electoral behavior, and mass communications; 
  • Evaluations of and improvements in the methodology of public opinion surveys, big data and analyses based on these types of data.

 RLOP is aimed at academic expers and professionals in public opinion in Latin America

This journal is indexed in the following databases:

 

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

All manuscripts will go through an anonymous evaluation process carried out by two reviewers. Manuscripts in Spanish, English, or Portuguese can be reviewed, accepted and published in the language of submission.

Contributions sent to the Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión PúblicaRevista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública for consideration and evaluation should only be sent through our “eUSAL Revistas” (OJS) platform accessible from:

http://revistas.usal.es/index.php/1852-9003/author

Submission for evaluation implies that this manuscript is an original research paper that has not been previously published in any format. Moreover, authors cannot submit manuscripts under review at another comparable journal or publication.

Manuscripts published as Working papers will only be considered if they differ from the published version to a significant degree; unmodified or works with only superficial changes will not be considered. In any case, authors should always inform the editors about the existence of such previous works; failure to do so disqualifies the manuscript from further consideration.

In the case of manuscripts submitted by more than three authors, the responsibility and contribution of each of them in the research that originates from the submission must be specified in the submission. The way authors are listed must also be specified. Authors should be listed in descending order of responsibility and contribution of each one of them

The Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública will acknowledge receipt of all originals sent via email. Upon receipt, the Journal Editors and / or members of the Editorial Board will proceed to review the manuscript in order to determine if the work in question meets current and relevant requirements, as well as aspects related to issues of form established in the norms for the authors.

Once this stage is over, the articles will be submitted for evaluation by external reviewers through the double-blind method. This process will be anonymous, so it will be the task of the Editorial Board to guarantee the anonymization of the work subject to evaluation.

The goal of the Editors is to respond to the authors with the entire result of the evaluation within ten weeks of the notification of submissions, during which time the Board may not have communication with the author.

At the end of the evaluation, the Editorial Board will contact the author to indicate the status of the article. The qualification that a manuscript can receive is:

a) Publishable

b) Requires revision

c) Re-reviewable

d) Not publishable

If the result corresponds to b) or c), the comments of the reviewers will be sent to the author for review and incorporation into the text.

In the event that the recommended decisions of the reviewers are conflicting, the Editorial Board will resort to a third external reviewer who will determine, under the same qualification parameters, whether the article is publishable or not. In the case of a "revise and resubmit" decision, the author should address all the comments of previous reviews to be considered for publication. This means that once the authors make these corrections, the articles are sent back to the two more positive reviewers to be re-evaluated. If these two give the final approval, the author will be informed that his/her article will begin the editing process for final publication. The editors retain the right to intervene in the final decision process in the event that there is not a clear final decision provided by the reviewers. Once edited, the author will receive the article for final review. It is the author's responsibility to give authorization for publication.

The final decision on the manuscripts submitted for review and publication to RLOP corresponds to the Editorial Board.

 

Manuscripts and editorial decisions in 2020

Desk rejection due to format or content

41.4%

Rejected

13.8%

Accepted

34.5%

Without decision yet

10.3%

Total (N)

29

 

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY

The Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública publishes one volume per year. Each volume consists of two issues, published in the months of May and November.

Each issue, generally, consists of five to seven articles, no more than two research notes, and no more than two book reviews.

 

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

RLOP provides open access to its content, based on the principle that making public research available helps to further global knowledge sharing.

 

NO CHARGES FOR LEVIED PROCESSING CONTRIBUTIONS OR FOR PUBLICATION IN OPEN ACCESS

The Journal does not levy charges for processing of articles, nor for editing them or publishing them in open access format [article processing charges (APCs)]

 

SECTIONS OF THE JOURNAL

RLOP, is articulated in several sections:

  1. Articles
  2. Research notes
  3. Book reviews

 

COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH SUBMITTED BY NEW AUTHORS AND AUTHORS FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

RLOP supports the research carried out by authors or research teams from developing countries, especially from Latin America, whose texts are presented in scientific language, preferably in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

We are also committed to new authors from all over the world who wish to send articles written in these languages.

 

PERMISSION TO SELF-ARCHIVE AND DIGITAL PRESERVATION

Authors are authorized to publish on the internet (for example, in institutional repositories or personal web sites) after publication (in no case prior to the review, layout or even in the phase of proof-reading); in the event of embargo, immediately after this has expired. It is also permitted in cases in which the costs of APCs (article processing charges) have been paid to the Editorial Board. These measures are designed to foster the reading and citation of contributions and to achieve greater and faster dissemination of the work published (see The Effect of Open Access)

The Journal can be accessed from the two main repositories of the University of Salamanca:

This Journal uses the LOCKSS system to create an archive distributed among the participating libraries, allowing them to create permanent archives of the Journal with a view to preservation and restoration.

 

DISSEMINATION IN DATABASES

The Journal is committed to the provision of XML metadata or in other specific formats, immediately after publication in «eUSAL Revistas» and before three months have elapsed in order to foster diffusion in databases (Proquest, Ebsco, Elsevier, DOAJ, CrossRef/DOI).

The OAI-PMH protocol is also embattled with the route <https://revistas.usal.es/index.php/1852-9003/oai>

 

DOWNLOAD STATISTICS

The authors whose articles have been published since October 2020, can see the download statistics in the article file. Those prior to that date will have to be requested from the Editorial Office.

GOLDEN ROAD TO OPEN ACCESS

Salamanca University Press, will implement Golden Roads to Open Access as of 2015, and it will be possible to access complete texts in PDF format of RLOP meeting the provisions of Enactment 14/2011, 1st June, concerning Science, Technology and Innovation.

 

THEMATICS

Contributions must be original, unpublished and should not have been submitted to «public opinion in Latin America». 

  • IBIC: Opinión pública y encuestas (JPVK); Latinoamérica (1KL)
  • BIC: Public opinion & polls (JPVK); Latin America (1KL)
  • BISAC: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration (POL017000); Regional / Latin America (RG130)

 

LANGUAGE, IDENTIFICATION OF TEXT AND AUTHORSHIP

Contributions will be published in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

Text Identification

The texts must always be identified with the following data:

  • Spanish: Título, resumen y palabras clave (+Enter).
  • English: Title, Abstract and Key Words (+Enter).
  • Portuguese: Title, Abstract and Key Words (+Enter).

Authority Control 

The authors must specify their affiliation:

  1. Name: Lower case
  2. Second name: Lower case
  3. Surname(s): Lower case
  4. E-mail address: institutional but neither G-mail (generic) nor similar, etc.
  5. ORCID: previously registered in ORCID
  6. The institution: University or Research Institute
  7. Country
  8. Full postal address.

More information: https://indicadores.usal.es/informes/guias/8427-P08_Guias_Buenas_Practicas.pdf

ETHICAL STANDARDS OF THE JOURNAL

Upon submitting their originals to the Journal, authors must commit to accepting the usual procedures in the scientific community; only originals that have not been published previously and that are not undergoing review by other journals can be submitted and accepted. Thus, the originals sent to RLOP cannot be sent to other journals while they are still undergoing review by our Journal.

Authors must respect international norms concerning authors’ rights to the text, graphics and other materials included in their contributions submitted to the Journal for publication. In turn, the editors, the editorial board and the reviewers of the Journal will ensure the integrity of the research is maintained, which in the first instance is the responsibility of the authors, reminding them of the use of software «Turnitin Ephorus» https://moodle2.usal.es/mod/page/view.php?id=260582. Accordingly, authors are requested not to engage in plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

This Journal adheres to the principle of transparency and good practices set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

 

CONCERNING © AND CC BY-NC-ND RIGHTS

Authors publishing in RLOP must agree to accept the following conditions:

The authors conserve the copyright © and cede the publication rights to Salamanca University Press, under the license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), which allows third parties the possibility of distributing and exhibiting the article as long as they cite the authorship, its publication in RLOP, the specific issue, and the pages on which the information appears. Derived works for commercial purposes not authorized by the editorial Board are not permitted.

Authors may engage in other independent and additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive diffusion of the version of their article published in RLOP as long as:

  • It is clearly indicated that the work was published in RLOP, together with the specific issues and the pages on which the information quoted appears

The information of the Journal will be transmitted to Sherpa / Romeo, Dulcinea, etc.

DORA

RLOP seconded the «San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment» - DORA.

Information on the specific contribution of each of the authors to the published articles

The order of signatures/affiliation in the article should reflect the effort and contribution.

 

Registration funder of articles published

The funding agency(ies) external to University must be indicated, indicating the reference(s) of the project(s) in the framework of which the research that has given rise to the publication of the article has been carried out. This information should be referenced by the authors in the acknowledgements in the article. The corresponding author in charge of submitting the article to «eUSAL Revistas» must include this metadata at the time of the submit in the corresponding section.

Good editorial practices in gender equality

Good practice in gender equality requires that:

  • Articles should include, as far as possible, the use of inclusive language;
  • Authors should include full names (not just first initials), at least in the metadata;
  • Being aware of the protection of personal data, the journal would appreciate information on the sex of the signatory(s) in the metadata, in order to enable the identification of possible gender differences;

 

Interoperability protocols

The OAI-PMH protocol is used with the route <https://revistas.usal.es/index.php/1852-9003/oai/>