Irish Migration Studies in Latin America
(IMSLA) is an open-access journal published by the Society
for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS). IMSLA publishes
original research about relations between Ireland and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Iberia, from all academic
disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. The
editors welcome contributions of articles, interdisciplinary
essays, biographies, archival sources, and book, film or
website reviews. Articles may be single- or joint-authored,
and should follow these Contributors' Guidelines.
is currently published two times a year. IMSLA issues are
regularly dedicated to thematic subjects (for example, a
country or region, or a particular activity or discipline),
and are guest edited by invited experts.
journal is published online (http://www.irlandeses.org/imsla.htm).
A printable, paginated version (pdf format) is included in
the online pages. Additionally, a full-colour, hard-copy
version is published for subscriber libraries and other
readership of the journal includes academics, students,
researchers, genealogists and people with interests in
history, literature, cultural studies and other aspects of
relations between Ireland, Latin America, the Caribbean and
What the Contributor Needs to Know
Contributors shall agree that the submission of a
contribution to IMSLA received by the editors or guest
editors means acceptance of the terms included herein.
accepted for publication, the material submitted to the
editors must comply with these Contributors' Guidelines, and
with additional editorial standards that may be communicated
by the editors in each case. The submission of a
contribution means that the contributor agrees that his/her
contribution may be published by IMSLA, subject to
acceptance by refereed readers and according to the criteria
included in these Contributors' Guidelines.
publication, contributors shall agree that the copyright of
the material published by IMSLA is assigned to the Society
for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS), and includes, but
is not limited to, all publication, reproduction, and
commercialisation rights in all media, on the understanding
that internet users will have free access to current and
archived IMSLA contents. A contributor may retain his or her
copyright if this requirement is explicitly communicated to
the editors at the time of submission. International
copyright laws protect third party copyright material
published by IMSLA.
Contributors should secure permission from the
rights-holders of any work extensively cited in their texts
before submitting them to the IMSLA editors. This is
particularly important for "Sources" articles.
Contributors shall agree that their contribution may be
translated, changed, edited or amended in any way that is
appropriate for the publication of said contribution by
IMSLA, according to the editors' criteria. Contributors
shall also agree that their name be included below their
contribution modified in such way. Since IMSLA editors work
on a tight schedule, contributors are not normally able to
read and approve an edited draft-copy of their contributions
before they are published.
Types of Contributions and Language
publishes different types of work: articles, biographies,
reviews, and sources (including transcriptions and
reproductions of primary documents, audiovisual materials,
photographic galleries and others). These Contributors'
Guidelines are primarily for Articles, Biographies, and
Reviews, but the general criteria apply for any type of
submission. Please consult with the editors for the Sources
format, as well as for poems, interviews or other types of
is published in English. Contributions may be submitted in
English, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish (consult for
other languages). Quality translations are commissioned to
render the original texts in English before they are edited.
There is no discrimination against contributions submitted
in languages other than English. Therefore it is highly
recommended that contributors submit their texts in English
only if they are native speakers of this language, or if
they write in English at a professional level.
Citations from English-language texts should be included in
English, regardless of the language used in the rest of the
Authors submitting a manuscript should make sure to include:
an abstract (objectives, methods,
results and conclusion - max. 150 words),
their affiliation and area of
interest (both max. 40 words),
email address and daytime
a list of numbered Endnotes,
a list of references alphabetised
by author's surname.
follows the Oxford Guide to Style (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2002), except in instances where the
Oxford Guide is at odds with the following submission
Articles should not be longer than 5,000 words in English,
including references and notes.
British spelling is
submitting manuscripts, the less formatting the better.
Authors should use the same standard font throughout (eg.
Times New Roman), set at 12-point size. Margins should be
aligned to the left, not justified right, and automatic
hyphenation should be turned off. Margins should be
generous, at least 2.5 cm on each side. Line spacing should
be single. No bold text, except in headings. Use italics
instead of underlining. Paragraphs should not be indented.
Authors should include all accents for words in Spanish,
Portuguese or other languages, including place and personal
names. Other words in
languages other than English should be in italics.
citations are translated into English by the contributor,
the citation in its original language should also be
provided as an endnote.
Opening question and exclamation marks should be included in
English, the territorial division partido should read
names are always in italics: the William Peile, HMS
Manuscripts should be page-numbered. No additional
information should be included in a header or footer.
contractions (ie. I’m, he’ll), except those that appear in
quotations, should be used.
Manuscripts should generally be written in the third person,
but authors may use 'I', 'we', and 'my' when making an
Authors are asked to limit acknowledgements to colleagues
who have offered comments, university and foundation
supporters and previous venues for presentation of the
research. Articles should not carry dedications.
Acknowledgements should be included in the appropriate
Sections of the manuscript (eg., Introduction, Conclusion,
etc.) may be identified with subheads if the contributor
wishes. Such headings should not be numbered.
of organisations abbreviated in the text should be spelled
out at first mention (including those the author believes
'everyone' knows), with the acronym placed in parentheses.
Names of organisations in languages other than English
should be spelled out at first mention in English, with the
acronym in the original language.
Similarly, people mentioned should be given their full names
as commonly known at first mention. IMSLA is intended to
attract a readership among readers worldwide, and material
that seems known to 'everyone' in a contributors' context
may be unfamiliar in other parts of the world. At first
mention, names of cities, towns, or provinces should be
followed by the name of the country in which they are
located. Placenames should correspond to contemporary usage
during the period under consideration, followed by the
placename in current usage in brackets.
Numbers and Others
Dates: 30 April 1973, without abbreviations.
Ordinal numbers should be spelled out (eg., first,
second, thirty-third, not 1st, 2nd, 33rd).
avoid any kind of superscript (19th) or subscript
of dates: 1955-1983 (not 1955-83).
of pages: 321-350.
uses prepositions, the usage must be consistent: 'from 1908
to 1913', 'between 1645 and 1665'. Never: 'from 1500-1800'
or 'between 1815-1855'.
of centuries are always spelled out: the sixteenth century,
numbers: for both books and journals, use Arabic rather than
text, single numbers between one and one hundred inclusive
are spelled out, as are round numbers above one hundred.
However, in a series ('1, 3 and 8') and with units of
measurement ('5 per cent'), numbers are used.
cent' is used rather than '%', except in tables and notes.
Possessives of singular nouns are formed by adding
apostrophe plus s; the possessive of plural nouns ending in
s is formed by adding an apostrophe only. Possessives of
proper names follow the same rules.
matters of capitalisation we follow the headline style in
titles of works (see Oxford Guide, section 4.1).
King, captain, president, etc., are lower-cased except when
used as a title: 'King George III'; 'the president decides'.
The indefinite form of capitalised entities is lower-cased:
'the Empire and Overseas Committee', 'the committee'.
the British style of quotation marks: single marks, double
marks for quotations within quotations. The placing of
quotation marks is dependent on the meaning of the sentence,
but usually the terminal quotation mark precedes end
Quotations marks: ' (not ‘ or ’), and " (not “ or ”).
numbers following a quotation are always outside the
quotation marks, usually following the end punctuation.
References and Notes
follows the author-date (Harvard) system, which
provides the author's name and year of publication within
parentheses in the text, and the full details at the end of
the work in a list of references. Therefore, citations
should be referenced in the text, but not in the notes.
Citations normally include three elements: (a) the author's
last name, (b) the year of publication, and (c) the page.
Between (a) and (b) there is a space. Between (b) and (c)
there is a colon and a space. For example:
Smith et al. maintain, 'the external atmosphere is
free until someone claims for it' (Smith 1999: 104).
Jaramillo declared that 'he [O'Hara] is an Irish
Parliamentarian disguised in Latin American clothes'
(Maguire 2001b: 17).
attitude was best epitomised by 'an appalling sense of
Irish-Brazilian boredom' (Quesada 1978 II: 371).
citations (max. three lines) should be embedded in the text.
Long citations (four or more lines) should be set off in a
are reserved to ad hoc comments only. Notes should be
arranged at the end of the document as endnotes (never
footnotes), and should be kept to a reasonable number (eg.,
two or three notes per page). Notes should be numbered
consecutively in Arabic numerals.
to tables, graphics or figures should be included in the
letters 'p.' and 'pp.' are added to avoid confusion only
when the page numbers are preceded by other numbers, such as
List of References
complete list of references should be included at the end of
the article. As a general rule, every citation in text
should correspond to a parenthetical reference included in
the list of references. However, other references not cited
in the text may be included in the list as suggested further
All entries should be listed
alphabetically by author's last name preceded by a hyphen.
Kathleen, You'll Never Go Back (Maynooth: The
Cardinal Press, 1999).
- Ortiz, Rodolfo (ed.), Mi casa es tu casa: Estilos
arquitectónicos privados en el Brasil colonial (Madrid:
Editora del Sur, 2003). First edition: 1945.
- Quesada, Fernanda, Irish-Ecuadorean Contributions to
International Development (Santiago de Chile: Editorial
de la Casa, 1978). Vol. II.
- Barrell, David, 'The Shamrock
Clashes' in The Irish Literary Supplement (Dublin)
39:3 (June 2001), pp. 301-333.
- Phillis, Sigbert, 'The Pigeon in the Hole' in The
English-Pacific Times (Lima), 30 October 1975, p. 4.
Electronic resource example:
- Murphy, John, 'The Latin
Irish' in Electronic Irish Studies. Available online
(http://www.eis.org/murphy.html), accessed 12 March 2005.
Illustrations and Tables
is an illustrated journal, therefore the quantity and
quality of illustrations is an important part of the
contribution. Please submit quality photographs, graphics,
paintings, maps, etc. in electronic format (gif, jpg). As a
rule, at least one illustration should be included for every
page of text. High-resolution image files are necessary to
be included in the print edition. High-resolution is defined
as at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch). The editors and
production manager will decide if lower resolution files may
be published in the online version.
Detailed captions should accompany the illustrations,
including names of sitters or a description of scene, as
well as artist (photographer), year and copyright
Copyrights for illustrations shall be cleared by the
contributor with the image rights-holders before sending the
files to IMSLA.
should be submitted embedded in the text, as well as
separately in the original file type (eg., Excel).
IMSLA's collection of short biographies are both sections of
the serialised publication and entries in the Irish Latin
American Dictionary of Biography, which is a permanent
feature of the SILAS website.
Biographical contributions should be between 750 and 1,500
words in length (in English).
Biographies should not include citations, footnotes,
endnotes or acknowledgements. Exceptionally, where there
must be a citation, the source should be included
immediately afterwards, between brackets.
Biographical entries should follow the following structure:
Family name/s (including maiden
Christian name/s (including other
names and pseudonyms).
Years of birth and death.
Occupation statement: 1-3 words
defining why the biographee was known.
including names of parents, wife and children and their
years of birth and death.
Date and place of birth. Formative
Description of life, including
factual information only, with emphasis on the biographee's
achievements for which he or she was known. Avoid qualifying
Contributions of the biographee (eg.,
published works) and opinions of the biographer.
Short description of physiognomy
Date, place and circumstances of
death and place of burial.
of references should be provided at the end, including the
major works published about the person (max. ten entries).
Where available, manuscript collections should be added,
including their location.
possible, portraits should be added prominently displaying
the biographee. Portraits may include photographs,
sculptures, paintings or other works of art. Illustrations
should be accompanied by captions and copyright information
as per above (See 1. Articles, Illustrations), particularly
the name of the artist and the year of production.
Reviews are short essays following the same general rules as
Articles and Biographies,
normally about 1,200-1,500 words and with a limit of 3,000
words (under special circumstances).
The review should contain a summary of the main points of
the work under consideration (one quarter of the review).
The main focus should be a critical analysis of the book,
film or other reviewed work, including the evaluation of the
methodology, offering alternative arguments or suggestions
where appropriate. Consideration should be given to the
reviewed work's role and purpose in the context of the
historical thought that most influences the author, and the
assumptions, values, or analytical frameworks the author
employs, as well as his/her use of sources, organisation and
presentation. The review should end with the reviewer's
personal evaluation from his/her own approach to the
subject, values and preferred methodology.
of fact or typographical errors can be pointed out, but
should not be dwelt on unless the reviewer feels that they
compromise the validity of the work as a whole. Reviewers
are discouraged from indulging in personal comments or
Reviews should begin
with the author(s)/editor(s) and title of the work(s) under
review, the publisher, city, year of publication and ISBN of
the work. Other publishing information should be included (eg.,
number of pages, illustrations, maps, tables, etc.). For
films, format (eg., DVD), duration, and the names of the
director, producer, editor, and music composer should be
Citations of the book reviewed should be followed by the
page number/s in parenthetical notation. Citation of other
works and notes should follow the same rules as in Articles
(References and Notes).
If possible, please provide the author's
email and postal addresses. The editors will seek to obtain
the author's reply from the reviewed work's author to be
included with any review.
Except where noted otherwise, these
Guidelines are also applicable for contributions to the
SILAS website pages.
in a 2003 edition under the title The Oxford Style Manual.