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Founded in 2003 / ISSN: 1696-019X / e-ISSN: 2386-3978 / Depósito Legal: M-5852-2003
DOI: 10.31921/doxacom

Sending of documents

Doxa Comunicación manages the reception and review of original manuscripts with the tool known as OJS (Open Journal System) through the RECYT platform of scientific journals accredited by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

LAll manuscripts will be sent exclusively through this platform. Originals sent via email will not be accepted. Registration and login on the RECYT platform is required in order to proceed with the submissions.


Guidelines for authors and submission verification

  • Doxa Comunicación will not charge any fee for the application, processing, publication or reading of articles in the magazine.
  • Papers sent to Doxa Comunicación must be the result of original scientific research, which provides new and significant conclusions within the specific areas of the journal after using a duly justified methodology and updated bibliography.
  • Works that do not conform to the Editorial Standards of the journal will be returned to their authors for modification before initiating the revision process.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt will be issued automatically for all manuscripts received through the OJS platform.
  • The submitted manuscript will be a Microsoft Word format file (.doc/.docx), single-spaced; the font size and type will be Times New Roman font 12; italics will be used instead of underlining (except for URLs); and all illustrations, figures and tables will be inside the text in their corresponding place and not at the end of the text.
  • The manuscript must be sent anonymously, and as such, the author's personal data shall not be included in the manuscript. Any reference that allows for identification of authorship of the text will be omitted. However, the name of the author will not be replaced by the word "author," either in the citations or in the final bibliography, as it is understood that a well-cited reference does not have to be associated with the author of the text. In the document properties (see file-properties), digital fingerprints that might identify the author must be deleted.
  • Bibliographic references contain only the works cited in the manuscript, and they have complied with APA format. Furthermore, they have been included in the corresponding field of the manuscript metadata, separated by a carriage return between each reference. The DOI and web addresses have been added where possible.
  • Authors must fill in all metadata of the submission. They shall upload their complete metadata (institutional affiliation, institutional email, ORCID, CV of about 100-150 words, etc.). The metadata of the manuscript shall also be completed, including the type of research being submitted and the body that is funding the work (when available).
  • Papers shall be submitted to an external blind peer review according to the procedure and criteria made public by the journal.
  • Doxa Comunicación will notify the authors of the editor’s decision, which will include the reasons that have led to the acceptance or rejection of the manuscripts, as well as the opinions issued by the reviewers.

Sending procedure verification

  • The work is original and unpublished. No signature of those responsible for the work have been omitted from the paper, and the criteria for scientific authorship have been fulfilled.
  • The work has not been previously published, nor is it in a review process with another journal, and it has not been, nor will it be sent, to another journal for publication, unless it is rejected. If this is not the case, an explanation should be provided in the "Comments to the Editor" section.
  • The results of this study have been interpreted objectively. Any results contrary to the point of view of the signatories will be stated and discussed in the article.
  • None of the data presented have been plagiarized, invented, manipulated or distorted; also the original data are clearly distinguished from those already published.
  • All of the people who sign the manuscript have avoided making mistakes in their approach, in the presentation of the results, and in their interpretation. If any errors are discovered in the article, before or after its publication, they will alert the Editor of the journal.
  • The consent of those who have contributed unpublished data, which have been obtained through verbal or written communication, has been obtained and their authorship is properly and explicitly identified.
  • In the acknowledgements section, mention is made of those persons who have collaborated in the preparation of the work but do not appear in the authorship section nor are they responsible for the preparation of the manuscript.
  • If parts of the manuscript have been published before, even in other languages, then the relevant information is completed in the comments section, and these texts are provided.
  • The original sources on which the information contained in the manuscript is based are identified and cited.
  • The origin of previously published figures, tables, data, photographs, etc., is adequately and completely cited, and the required permission is provided for their reproduction in any medium.
  • All sources of funding for research grants are acknowledged, briefly indicating the funding body and the identification or reference code.
  • In the comments section, the signatories add information regarding any commercial and/or financial links with persons and institutions that may have interests related to the proposed work.


Sending procedure

Texts sent to Doxa Comunicación can be classified in 5 different categories

Miscellaneous of Research articles and essays [+] Keep Reading

Priority will be given to articles disseminating the results of scientific research. All manuscript may have a minimum of 5,000 and a maximum of 10,000 words. They will be sent in Word format (.doc/.docx), Times New Roman font, body 12, single spacing, and standard margins. They must contain, in Spanish and English, title, abstract (between 150 and 200 words) and 5 key words. For each author, the following must be provided: name and surname, institutional e-mail address, ORCID code, a brief CV of around 100 words and a current passport-size photograph with a white background. The epigraphs shall be listed in Arabic numerals following the standard structure of 1., 1.1, 1.1.1, etc. Tables and/or figures shall be numbered in Arabic numerals as well from one to infinity, indicating the source and authorship. Citations will be entered into the text in Harvard format (e.g. Bauman, 2010: 126), not at the foot of the page. Regarding bibliographical references: the works cited in the text will be listed. It is not a question of drawing up a selected bibliography, but of gathering, only the works cited in the manuscript. The bibliography should be international. It should also include scientific articles and be up to date. As far as possible, the authors will include digital links to referenced works and DOIs.

These manuscripts must be structured according to the IMRD format (Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion) detailed below:

  • Introduction: this includes the state of the issue, the objectives, and hypotheses. In the first part of the article, it is necessary to justify the object of study. The state of the matter must reflect the theoretical foundation and the precedent of the research, as well as the author's position with regard to other works.
  • Methodology: explain the methodology used: qualitative, quantitative or descriptive; as well as the technique used: content analysis, discussion groups, etc.
  • Results: orderly and clear presentation of the research results. If there are any tables and figures representing the results obtained, they should be included.
  • Discussion: clear and precise answers to the questions asked at the beginning of the research. The findings of the study, as well as anomalous or unproven results, are to be highlighted.

Scientific essays are equally welcome. At Doxa, we interpret this type of contribution according to the definition given by José Ortega y Gasset: "An essay is science without definitive proof". It is, therefore, about scientific contributions that approach a problem of study with intellectual, argumentative and wise vocation, enlightening an existing problem, discussing the issue with other authors, or suggesting new dialectics and proposals for interpretation of part of the reality. Essays that lack these features and those with repetitive, sterile or merely speculative proposals will be not accepted. Both articles and essays are subject to the rules indicated in the introductory paragraph.

It is also recommended to check the complete guidelines for publication on the journal's website (http://www.doxacomunicacion.es/es/publicacion/) as well as the latest published issue to view the style and final layout of the articles.

Monographs[+] Keep Reading

This section aims to be a platform for scientific reflection and dissemination that brings together a significant amount of relevant research in the field of Social Sciences.

Each monograph will be led by a group of scientific coordinators specialized in the field. The coordinators, who belong to different research organisations, will establish the thematic lines covered in the monograph, and will propose a list of experts who will carry out a blind peer review of the manuscripts received. They may have a minimum of 5,000 and a maximum of 10,000 words and will follow the same rules as articles and essays.

In order to be published, monographs must have a minimum number of 5 articles evaluated positively. If this number is not reached, articles accepted will be published in the miscellaneous section of the journal.

Research notes [+] Keep Reading

Doxa comunicación accepts originals that do not possess a clear scientific methodology, but may be of interest for publication due to their essayistic and/or descriptive value.Research notes consist of information related to research that is in progress, development of scientific work, or conclusions of a study. They will not be subject to external evaluation, but must have a favourable report from two members of the Editorial Board.

Originals sent to this section shall be governed by the same rules of submission as research articles.

They will have a length of 4 to 8 pages, using Times New Roman size 12 font, single- spaced. The notes should have the heading in the following manner: a descriptive title, a summary of 50 words, and keywords, all of which will be in Spanish and English. These notes will also include bibliographic references used in the text, written with a style in accordance with the standards used for Articles. They must contain the name/s of the author or authors, and professional references, as well as e-mails.

Bibliographic reviews [+] Keep Reading

New bibliographic releases of scientific interest in the area of Communication and Social Sciences will be reviewed. They will be between 1,000 and 2,000 words long, using Times New Roman size 12 font, single-spaced.

Reviews must include:

  • The name and surname of the author of the review, and the university/research centre to which the author belongs.
  • Technical specifications of the reviewed work: title in italics, author, publisher, city, year, total number of pages, and ISBN. 
  • Cover image of the work reviewed, less than 1 mega, and in .jpg format.
  • Review writing: this should include some brief information about the author, a summary of the content, quotations that support the statements made by the author, a reasoned critical assessment with reference to certain paragraphs or parts of the article, and a conclusion in which the reader is informed of the value, interest or benefit of the article reviewed

News from doctoral theses [+] Keep Reading

Doxa comunicación will report the latest doctoral theses presented in the field of communication sciences in order to collaborate in the dissemination of scientific information.

Each author must send information to the journal’s editor regarding the thesis, including the following:

  • Author:
  • ORCID:
  • Title:
  • Director:
  • Place and date of reading:
  • Academic committee::
    • Chairman (name and university name)
    • Ordinary members (with the name of the University to which each member belongs)
    • Secretary (name and university name)
  • Marc:
  • Summary (100-150 words max.)
  • Keywords (5 words)
  • See URL:


Editorial process

The editorial process consists of three sequential phases: revision, editing, and publication, the characteristics of which are detailed as follows:

-Review phase [+] Keep Reading

All submissions will first be reviewed by the Doxa Editorial Board, which will determine the suitability of the proposal to the areas of interest of the journal. In the first reading, the scientific editors will verify whether the manuscript has sufficient scientific and linguistic quality to be published in Doxa. Otherwise, the journal reserves the right to reject the proposal.

Once the initial review has been successfully completed, the external review phase will be launched using the double-blind system, which means that the originals are evaluated by two external reviewers and experts in the field. Both reviewers and authors are guaranteed anonymity during the review process. 

Reviewers will complete a review form with the substantiated recommendation on acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.

Publishing decisions can be as follows:

  • Accepted and/or Accepted with minor changes: In order to publish an article in thejournal, it must have two favourable reports. If the reviewers suggest minor corrections, the author will have a period of one week to return the revised manuscript to the journal with the improvements suggested during the evaluation.
  • Accepted with major corrections: if both reviewers accept the manuscript with major corrections, or if one reviewer accepts and the other suggests major corrections, the journal does not reject the manuscript, but the text must be reworked by the author and re-evaluated by the same reviewers in a second round of revision. The author has one week to notify the journal as to whether the article will be withdrawn or rewritten by him or her.
    In the event that the author undertakes modification of the manuscript in accordance with the indications of the reviewers, the author will have a maximum period of one month to send the new, improved original to the journal. The second round of review will be resolved in the shortest time possible.
  • Rejected: if the result of the evaluation is a double rejection, or one rejection and an acceptance with major corrections, the article will not be published. In the case of differing evaluations, or in other words, if one reviewer accepts and another rejects, the article will be sent to a third reviewer who will issue an arbitration evaluation, and this third opinion will determine the outcome of the manuscript.

-Editing phase [+] Keep Reading

When the manuscript positively completes the revision phase, the editing stage will begin, which includes layout, proofreading and translation into English.

Authors will participate in the correction of galley proofs and will provide an English version of the manuscript. As stated in the guidelines for authors, English translations must be consistent with the original and of high quality, so if the author is unable to translate the article into English, Doxa will provide the contact information of a professional translator with whom Doxa regularly works. The cost of this service will be assumed by the author.

-Publication phase [+] Keep Reading

Once the editing phase has been completed, the publishing stage of the manuscript will begin. The articles and scientific essays that obtain a positive evaluation will be published in a pre-print version during the period of time that the two half-year publication windows remain open: january-june and july-december. Early publication of articles facilitates the dissemination and impact of the research, as they are circulated and made available as soon as they obtain a positive evaluation, without having to wait for the closing of each issue.

Scientific articles and essays in the miscellaneous, monographic and research notes sections will be published in three readable and downloadable formats: PDF, ePub and HTML, and will be assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) code.

Once the issue has been published, the journal will progressively load all the contents into the national and international databases and repositories in which it is indexed.

To heighten the impact of the research work, authors are encouraged to collaborate in its dissemination through their own networks and contacts. They can also suggest to Doxas editorial team the names of institutions, entities and associations related to the content of the articles so they can be cited in the official Twitter account of Doxa Comunicación (@DoxaCom).

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