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Guidelines for Authors

The 2011 edition of GiST will deal with bilingual education in general. Our readership includes academic professionals who are interested in subjects such as: education; learning; bilingualism; national and/or international politics in both bilingual and linguistic education; curricular innovations; curricular and learning theories; the relationship between language, culture and society; literature; linguistic and cultural contacts between different social groups; theoretic as well as applied linguistics; first and second language teaching/learning in both bilingual as well as non-bilingual contexts; strategic learning; educational planning; among other related topics.
Form and Style
Scientific, scholarly and professional research on education in general and on bilingual education in particular. There should be no biases or prejudice reflected in the writing.

At least 10 but no more than 19 pages, please.

Use the Publication Manual of the APA (Sixth Edition, 2009) for both bibliographical notes as well as other writing parameters. Some particularly important aspects of a paper which follows APA editing styles include:
1. Use just one space, not two, between all words and sentences. 
2. Use a ½” (five to seven spaces) indentation on every paragraph. 
3. A bibliographical note is placed within the text (not as a footnote) and is spaced as follows: (Johnson, p. 57). 
4. The punctuation goes inside quotation marks, like this: (… word.”) 
5. For readability, please send the paper in Times New Roman font, 12 points. 
6. Spacing should be at 2.0 lines.
Software Requirements
The article should be submitted in a Microsoft Word program such as Word 93-2007, Vista or Windows 7. The final proofreading will be done in an Adobe PDF, so authors will need to have Adobe Reader 9 software to read the PDF version (this can be downloaded free from the internet).

Write a paragraph in both Spanish and English no greater than seven sentences.

Key Words
Four to six, please, in English as well as in Spanish.

Graphic Aides (optional)
Photographs, illustrations or digital files which are considered to be necessary for comprehension are an excellent help. They should, of course, include the corresponding reference citations. You may include them in the text of the article in the place where you would like them to appear. Graphics may be modified or left out by decision of the editor, according to the needs of each edition. Those changes will be discussed with the author before publication.

Autobiographical Summary
Information on the author or authors which include the degrees earned as well as their current position being held. This should be about five sentences long and should have a human touch.

Letter of Authorization
The article should be submitted with a letter of authorization for its publication, duly approved by each of the authors and acceptable in electronic format.

Corresponding Author
In the case of multiple authors, one person should be designated as the corresponding author. This individual will be responsible for sharing with the others all pertinent information transmitted by the editor including these guidelines, the ethical standards, the deadlines and the textual modifications.

Ethical Guidelines
Writers should comply with certain standards, particularly the ethics of journal writing stated below:
· Submit original work.  · Avoid plagiarism… and even the appearance of plagiarism.  · Do not fragment research to maximize the number of articles.  · Submit the article to just one journal. (Mention to the editor any similar articles that you have submitted to other journals or that are in press in other journals).  · Openly declare any conflict of interests.

Publication Process
Although we make every effort to avoid publication lag, at least 11 steps (listed below) and many individuals are involved in the publication of a journal. We request your patience. Please write to the editor if you have any concerns as to where your paper is in the process. He will be happy to assist you.
1. Call for papers  2. Submission  3. Editor receives articles  4. Editing committee review (pre-selection)  5. Double masked peer review process  6. Acceptation or denial of reviewed articles  7. Copy-editing  8. Author-Editor Style Correction  9. Typesetting  10. Final Proofreading  11. Printing/publication

Types of Articles
GiST uses the following list, adapted from Publindex, as a reference for the categories of articles to be reviewed. Although the first 3 are preferred, the kinds of papers that may be published include the following 11 types:

1.) Scientific and technological research article: A document which presents, in a detailed way, the original results of a research project. The structure generally contains seven important sections: and abstract, an introduction, a review of the literature, the methodology, the outcomes, the conclusions and a reference list.  
2.) Reflective article: A document which presents, in a detailed way, the results of a research project from the analytical, interpretive or critical perspective of the author, on a specific topic, with clear references to the original sources.  
3.) A revision article: A document which is the result of research in which the results of certain research projects which have or have not been published are analyzed, systematized and integrated together with the objective of demonstrating advances and developmental tendencies. This type of manuscript is characterized by its presentation of a careful bibliographic summary of at least 50 references. 
4.) Short article: A brief document which presents original preliminary or partial results of a scientific/technological research project which requires rapid dissemination. 
5.) Case study: A document which presents the outcomes of a particular study with the objective of building an awareness of the technical and methodological experiences. It includes, from the literature available, a systematic summary of similar cases, with commentaries. 
6.) Literature review: A document which contains a critical review of the literature on a particular theme in bilingual education. 
7.) Letter to the editor: The expression of a critical, analytical or interpretive position based on articles previously published in the journal. It must contribute critical insights to the discussions pertinent to the field. 
8.) Editorial: A document written by the editor, a member of the editorial committee or a guest researcher about orientations in the thematic overview of the journal. 
9.) Translation: Personal translations of either classic or current texts which are important for the advancement of the field of bilingual education. 
10.) Transcription: A modern, more readable translation of important historical documents or the transcription of otherwise orally-transmitted information from the field of bilingual education. 
11.) Annotated bibliography: A collection of summarizations and commentaries on works which are particularly important to the history and development of the field of bilingual education.

Additional Information
The author will receive, for his/her personal collection, three copies of the edition in which his/her article shall appear. For that to happen, we will need each writer to send GiST an appropriate mailing address. 

Submission of Articles
All files should be sent digitally to

Communicate with the editor or with the college, please.

Thomas Harold Finken Jr
Cell phone: 320-698-8786 Bello, Antioquia (Colombia)

ÚNICA (Institución Universitaria Colombo Americana) 
International tel. # (57-1) 281-1777 ext. 297 
National tel. # 281-1777 ext. 297

Every article shall be subject to the review of the editorial committee. The editor reserves the right to make formal modifications to articles through the editing process. If an article does not correspond with basic 6th Ed. APA Publication Manual specifications, it will not be considered for publication.

Thank you.