Instructions for authors

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Editor's responsibility: The manuscripts are evaluated by the editorial committee with the contributions from at least three external reviewers competent in the subject of the manuscript. The ultimate responsibility for the decisions on the manuscripts rests with the editorial committee.

Evaluation and publication process: The evaluation process takes between 3 to 5 months. Once the manuscript is received, it is registered and sent to the reviewers who act as evaluators according to the guidelines of the journal. Authors may suggest names of possible reviewers. The identity of the reviewers is anonymous, unless they indicate otherwise. A manuscript can be accepted (with major or minor changes) or rejected. In the first case, the manuscript is returned to be corrected and forwarded to the Editor, which should not exceed 60 days. The authors must clearly indicate the changes made and base those aspects suggested by the reviewers who did not consider them. Once the corrections have been received, the editorial committee will deliberate and decide if the modifications render the manuscript suitable for publication. Once the journal receives the manuscript that has already been corrected, it is sent to a second evaluation (optional). Upon this review, its acceptance or rejection is determined. The authors will be notified of both the reception, acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.

Responsibility of the authors: The authors are responsible for the ideas and empirical data of the manuscripts, for the fidelity of the information, for the correction of the citations, for the rights to publish any material included in the text and for the presentation of the manuscript in the format required by the Journal. A manuscript sent to Chungara Revista de Antropología Chilena should not be published or have been submitted in the same way to another publication media.

Copyright: The published articles do not necessarily compromise the point of view of the journal. All rights reserved. Neither all or part of this journal may be reproduced or transmitted by any electronic or mechanical means, without the written permission of the Editor-in-Chief.

Proofs: The second proof will be sent to the authors for correction only of typographical or editing errors. These must be returned to the Editor within three days after they are received, authorizing the publication of the manuscript.

Editorial Guidelines

Types of manuscripts: The following types of original manuscripts[1] are accepted by Chungara:

Original Research Manuscripts which, based on case studies or comparative analyses, promote the debate on relevant topics in anthropology from theoretical and methodological positions. Also accepted are presentations and discussions of fieldwork data and/or laboratory analyses that contribute to deepen the methodological and technical aspects of the discipline, and/or empirical data dealing with regional topics from case studies. Manuscripts should not exceed 8,500 words (inclusive of all the sections of the manuscript with the exception of the References Cited).

Discussion manuscripts (forums) derived from an essay or research article whose approach considers the discussion of current theoretical or methodological issues (and which should not exceed 8,500 words). These types of manuscripts may be invited by the journal editors or selected from the articles sent for consideration. For this, the authors must explicitly request that their work be considered as such. The journal editors will make the final decision. These manuscripts will be commented by a group of colleagues (in texts no longer than 3,000 words) chosen by the Editorial Board of Chungara. The author of the manuscript being discussed will in turn reply to these comments in a text no longer than 2,500 words.

Interviews containing conversations with a researcher and/or people whose contribution to anthropology is relevant. The Editorial Board will decide on the relevance of the interview. Interviews must not exceed 4,500 words.

Book reviews, they are requested by the author of the book, who suggests names to the Editorial board; also a researcher may request to review a book. The book review should not exceed 3,000 words.

Obituaries that recognize the contribution of authors and people related to the discipline. They should not exceed 3,500 words.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Format of the manuscript. Letter paper size, 2.5 cm margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing between lines, numbered pages, and left margin alignment only.

Sections of the manuscript. Manuscripts must contain the following sections: (1) Title, authors and affiliation; (2) Abstract; (3) Key words; (4) Text; (5) Acknowledgements; (6) Cited References; (7) Notes; (8) Figures; (9) Tables.

The title, abstract, key words, and legend in tables and figures, must be written in English and Spanish.

1. Title, authors and affiliation. The title must be written in uppercase letters, bold type and centered.

In the next line, the name(s) of the author(s), separated by commas, centered, with numbers indicating their institutional affiliation.

In a left centered footnote, write the institutional affiliation following the sequence of the letters.

2. Abstract. Begin on a new page. The abstract must clearly express the content of the manuscript and must not exceed 200 words.

3. Key words. They are the descriptors of the content of the manuscript, do not write more than five or six words.

Resumen. The abstract must clearly express the content of the manuscript and must not exceed 200 words.

Palabras claves. They are the descriptors of the content of the manuscript, do not write more than five or six words.

4. Text. Begin on a new page.


Primary titles must be written in title case (with the exception of one syllable words), in bold 12-point Times New Roman font, centered and without period.

Secondary titles must be written in sentence case in bold 12-point Times New Roman font, aligned left, without period.

Tertiary titles must be written in sentence case in 12-point Times New Roman font, aligned left, without period.


In italics: scientific names (e.g.: Zea mays, Ctenomys sp., note that “sp.” is not in italics).

In italics: words in a language different from the language of the manuscript (e.g.: mit’a), except for commonly used Latin expressions such as et al., ca.,, sensu, locus, loci, etc.

NOT in italics: proper names and demonyms, even when they are in a language different from the language of the manuscript (e.g.: Aymara, Mayan).

Abbreviations: The most common abbreviations are written as follows: “for example” e.g., “Before Christ” (BC), “Anno Domini” (AD), “before present” (BP).

Written accents: All words, in lowercase or in uppercase letters, must have written accents.

Numbers: Cardinal numbers must be written in words if the figure is between zero and nine (e.g.: three ceramic fragments, eight sites). Above nine, numbers are written in numeric characters (e.g.: 53 points, 14 sites). Ordinal numbers are always written in words (e.g.: first, tenth, hundreds), except for centuries (e.g.: IV century).

Radiocarbon dates: The dates that are being published for the first time must be written as follows (otherwise, the reference in which the dates are published must be indicated).

Non-calibrated radiocarbon dates are described in the first direct citation, can be expressed in years BP, BC, AD, in the following order and separated with commas: (1) absolute date, (2) sigma = 1σ, (3) number of laboratory, (4) material dated.


3900+100 BP, Beta-115430 (coal)

9510+70 BP, Beta-139632, (bone)

Note the dates without period.

The calibrated radiocarbon dates must be identified as such. They must be expressed as calendar age range(s), using the conventions cal. BC or cal. AD; indicating the calibration used and whether 1 or 2 sigmas were used.

Measurements: the measurements must be expressed in Arabic numeric characters and in the abbreviated metric system without the period, leaving a space between the number and the abbreviation. E.g.: 50 mm; 5 m; 13 km; 8 m2; 2 kg; 400 g; 5 liters (this is the only measure written fully to avoid confusion with the Arabic number 1).

Mention of the figures and tables in the text: figures and tables must be indicated in the text using the words Figure (without abbreviation) and Table, and numbered using Arabic numbers in the strictly sequential order of mention in the text.

Citations within the text:

Include surname(s) of author(s) / year (without comma between the surname and the year). Do not use expressions such as op. cit or Ibid.

One author: (Platt 1997) or Rostworowski (1986).

Two authors: (Durston and Hidalgo 1999) or Bittmann and Munizaga (1984).

Three or more authors: (Rothhammer et al. 1984) or Arriaza et al. (1986).

Two or more references of the same author or authors from the same year must be distinguished with letters: (Jones and Brown 1972a, 1972b; Wilson and Pérez 1973a, 1973b, 1973c).

Author(s) cited in several references, the years must be separated with a comma (Rivera 1973, 1975, 1987).

Two authors with the same surname and year of publication: (L. Núñez 1986; P. Núñez 1986) or L. Núñez (1986) and P. Núñez (1986).

Government agencies, company or similar entity as author: (Ministerio de Obras Públicas [MOP] 1975). In subsequent citations only the abbreviation is used (MOP 1975) or MOP (1975).

Reference with page(s) number(s), tables or figures must be written as follows: surname of the authors / year / colon / page or table or figure. Leave no space between the colon and the page or figure or table: Mulvany (1994:190); Villagrán and Castro (1999:Table 3); Arriaza (1995:Plate 1). When they involve more than one page or figure or table, these are separated with a hyphen when they are consecutive pages (e.g.: Nielsen 1997:343-345) and with commas when they are discontinuous pages (e.g.: Hourani 1990:69, 89-91).

Series of several tomes or volumes: The number of the tome or volume is written in Roman or Arabic numbers according to the original.

(Vargas 1997;I:48;II:65) or Vargas (1997;I:48;II:65)

(Ramírez 1999:2:32) or Ramírez (1999:2:32)

New editions or reprintings:

(Cobo 1954 [1653]) or Cobo (1954 [1653])

(Bowman 1941:190 [1929]) or Bowman (1941:190 [1929])

5. Acknowledgments must be written immediately at the end of the text without beginning a new page. They must be aligned to the left and in italics (only the word acknowledgments). In this section are named all the institutions and people who provided economic, intellectual and technical support for the research and the preparation of the manuscript.

6. Cited References. Begin on a new page.

All the citations (in the text, notes, tables and legend of figures) must be included in the Cited References section. They must be ordered alphabetically and chronologically, according to the authors’ surnames. They are written as follows: author’s surname, first letter in capitals / comma / initials of author’s name in capitals / period / year of publication / period / follows the title and other information which will vary depending on whether it is a journal article, book, book chapter, etc. See the examples below.

General considerations

-All the titles of books, journals, published conference proceedings or annals, degree seminars, theses or dissertations must be written in italics capitalizing every word longer than two syllables, in either Spanish or English.

-All the titles of articles in journals or proceedings, or book chapters, are written in sentence case without italics, in either Spanish or English.

-Page numbers must only be indicated for journal articles, book chapters and articles in annals and in conference proceedings.

Book citation: Title in italics and in title case / period / edition number if applicable[2] / comma / publisher or press / comma / place of publication. The number of pages of the book or any other kind of information must never be indicated.

Moseley, M. 1992. The Incas and their Ancestors. The Archaeology of Perú. Thames and Hudson, London.

Clark, G. 1977. World Prehistory in New Perspective. Third edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Compiled or edited book: Title in italics and in title case / period / publisher or press / comma / place of publication.

Cremonte, M.B. (comp.) 1998. Los Desarrollos Locales y sus Territorios. Universidad   Nacional de Jujuy, Jujuy.

Dillehay, T. and D. Meltzer (eds.) 1991. The First Americans: Search and Research. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Translated book or article:

If it is an article: title of the article in sentence case, without italics / period / Translated by / name of translator (initial, period, surname) / period / name of the journal where the translation appears in italics / number or volume / colon / pages.

If it is a book: title italicized and in title case / period / Translated by / name of translator (initial, period, surname) / period / publisher / comma / place of publication.

If several years have passed between the translation and the original publication, the year of the latter is given in square brackets after the year of the translation.

Troll, C. 1958 [1943]. Las culturas superiores andinas y el medio ambiente geográfico. Translated by C. Nicholson. Revista del Instituto de Geografía 5:3-49.

Bird, J. 1988 [1943]. Excavaciones en el Norte de Chile. Translated by M. Rivera. Ediciones Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica.

Book chapter: Title of the chapter without italics, in sentence case / period / In / title of book italicized and in title case / comma / edited by / names of book authors or editors (initial, period, surname) / comma / pp. / pages of chapter / period / publisher / comma/ place of publication.

Arriaza, B., A. Aufderheide and I. Muñoz 1993. Análisis antropológico físico la inhumación de Acha 2. In Acha 2 y los Orígenes del Poblamiento Humano en Arica, editado por I. Muñoz, B. Arriaza y A. Aufderheide, pp. 47-64. Ediciones Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica.

Journal article: Title of article in sentence case, without italics / period / name of journal in italics / number or volume / colon/ (issue) / colon / pages (without spacing between the colon and the pages). If the journal has a numbering system of volumes with correlative pages it is not necessary to write the number, and the volume will suffice.

Heusser, C.J. 1984. Late glacial-Holocene climate of the lake district of Chile. Quaternary Research 22 (1):77-90.

Olivera, D. 1997. La importancia del recurso Camelidae en la Puna de Atacama entre los 10.000 y 500 años a.p. Estudios Atacameños 14:29-41.

Articles in proceedings, seminars, symposia in periodical publications:

Title of the article in sentence case without italics / period / title of the proceedings without italics and in title case / name of periodical publication in italics / number of volume or tome (written as: Vol.; Tome) / colon / pages / period.

Escola, P.S. 2004. La expeditividad y el registro arqueológico. Actas XV Congreso de Arqueología Chilena. Chungara Revista de Antropología Chilena Tomo 1:49-60.

Articles in proceedings, seminars, symposia: Title of the article in sentence case without italics / period / title of proceedings in title case / number of volume or tome (written as follows: Vol.; Tome) / comma / pp / period / pages / period / publisher (without italics) / comma / place of publication.

Castillo Fuentes, C.P. and M. Sepúlveda Retamal 2015. ¿Movilidad o interacción?: Objetos “no utilitarios” en contextos arcaico tardío del extremo norte de Chile. Actas del XIX Congreso Nacional de Arqueología Chilena, 161-172. Sociedad Chilena de Arqueología, Santiago.

Degree seminars, theses and dissertations: For unpublished degree seminars, theses and dissertations use the following format: title in sentence case and in italics / period / indicate whether it is a thesis, dissertation, etc. / Department or Faculty / comma / University / comma / place.

Cassman, V. 1997. A Reconsideration of Prehistoric Ethnicity and Status in Northern Chile: The Textile Evidence. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Tucson.

Castro, V. 1997. Huacca Muchay. Evangelización y Religión Andina en Charcas, Atacama La Baja. Tesis para optar al grado de Magister en Historia, Mención Etnohistoria, Departamento de Ciencias Históricas, Universidad de Chile, Santiago.

Old editions reprinted and/or edited by someone: Provide the year of the original publication in square brackets. Title in italics and in title case / period / publisher / comma / place. If the book was edited by someone, this is added after the title: Title in italics and in title case / comma / edited by / name(s) of editor(s) (initial and surname).

Bertonio, L. 1984 [1612]. Vocabulario de la Lengua Aymara. Ediciones Ceres, Cochabamba.

Guaman Poma de Ayala, F. 1980 [1613]. El Primer Nueva Crónica y Buen Gobierno, edited by J. Murra and R. Adorno. Editorial Siglo Veintiuno, México.

Childe, V.G. 1980 [1954]. Los Orígenes de la Civilización. Fondo de Cultura Económica, México.

In the latter example, the original year in square brackets corresponds to the first edition of Childe’s book in Spanish, that is to say, the version that is being cited, even though the first edition written in English is from 1936.

Reference to electronic articles:

Surname of author, Name of author. Title of the document or file (day and month of the latest updating). Protocol and address, access route or directory, in italics (date consulted).

WEB sites

Barretto, M. 1998. Paradigmas Actuales de la Museología. (3 junio). (1 abril 1999).

FTP files

Vitry, C. 1998. Sitios arqueológicos de alta montaña, un patrimonio amenazado. 1er Congreso Virtual de Antropología y Arqueología. (Octubre)., (1 abril 1999).

7. Notes. Notes go on a new page after the Cited References section. They must be used exceptionally. They are numbered using Arabic numerals. The text of the footnotes must be set in 10-point Times New Roman type

8. Figures must be original and high-quality (minimum resolution of 300 dpi) in TIF, JPG, GIF files. All the symbols used in the figures must be explained within the same figure and not in its legend.


In a separate word file, provide a list with the title and/or legend of each figure. References and authorship of the figures must be indicated in case they are not the author’s or if they have been taken from another source.

9. Tables. Tables must be attached in a separate word file. Avoid extensive tables. The titles of the tables must be placed above the table body. 

Sending of manuscripts

Soon the journal will use the platform OJS, by the moment all correspondence should be addressed to:

Vivien G. Standen

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[1] Original work refers to a manuscript that has not been published (in printed or digital form) in any other medium or journal

[2] The number of the edition is only written when the reference used does not correspond to the first edition. Reprintings do not follow this format.