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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The work has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted to another magazine (or an explanation has been provided in "comments to the editor").
  • The envoy file is in format, Microsoft Word.
  • Web addresses have been added for references where it has been possible.
  • The text has double interlining; The size and type of font is Arial 12 points; It is used itself instead of underlining (except URLs); And all the illustrations, figures and tables are within the text on the site that corresponds to them and not at the end of everything.
  • The text complies with the bibliographic and style requirements indicated in the instructions to the authors, which can be found in about the journal.
  • The required documentation is attached.

Author Guidelines

Acceptance of the manuscript by the Revista Colombiana de Investigaciones Agroindustriales implies no simultaneous submission to other journals or editorial bodies, nor participation in publications derived from seminars, congresses and symposia.

The management for each manuscript received is conditioned to the strict order of entry in the Open Journal System - OJS and those pre-selected according to their subject matter, relevance, validity will be sent to the team of experts for the peer review process through the double blind system. The evaluation results will be sent to the authors regardless of the verdict: Accept sent, Publishable with modifications, Reevaluable, Not publishable. If the manuscript is accepted, the manuscript management process will continue.

Submission instructions

To submit manuscripts, authors must enter (register if they have not already done so) in our platform ( It is worth clarifying that there must be one author for the correspondence, who must be responsible for replicating the information in case the manuscript has more than one author. The submission instructions should be taken into account.

Required Documentation

Letter of presentation, originality and author information. Each one of the data of all the authors must be included in a mandatory form and must be signed by the author in charge of the correspondence, to guarantee the originality and the commitment not to send their contribution to other publications during the evaluation period for publication or not.

Format with checklist. It must be filled out to verify the requirements for submission of manuscripts.

Manuscript typology

The Revista Colombiana de Investigaciones Agroindustriales accepts original manuscripts. According to Colciencias guidelines for indexation of serial publications, it selects manuscripts of the following type of contribution as a priority:

Scientific or technological research article.

A document that presents, in detail, the original results of completed research projects. The structure generally used contains four important sections: introduction, methodology, results and conclusions.

Review article

A document resulting from a completed research where the results of published or unpublished research on a field of science or technology are analyzed, systematized and integrated, in order to report on progress and development trends. It is characterized by presenting a careful bibliographic review of at least 50 bibliographic references.

Reflection article

A document that represents research results, from an analytical, interpretative or critical perspective of the author, on a specific topic, using original sources.

Text format and organization


The length of the research article should be between 4000 to 5000 words (including all the information condensed in tables, figures and bibliographical references, 15 to 20 in total are accepted). While the length of the review and reflection article, due to its amount of detailed information may be greater than that of the research article, it should be between 8,000 to 10,000 words (including all the information condensed in tables, figures and bibliographical references, at least 50 bibliographical references are accepted).

Languages, units, abbreviations and style

Language. RCIA accepts manuscripts in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Units. The International System of Units (SI) should be used exclusively throughout the manuscript, unless specific units of greater use by the scientific community are required. The slash (/) is a mathematical operation sign whose strict sense is "divided into"; in science it is used as a substitute for the word "per" and is used to show rats or rates. Use the slash to connect SI units with non-SI units (e.g., 10°C/h or 10 L/m pot). Decimal fractions should be separated by commas (,), not periods (.).

Abbreviations. The meaning of abbreviations should be quoted in full when they are mentioned for the first time in the manuscript.

Style. Regarding verb tenses, the manuscript should use the past tense for the introduction, procedures and results, and the present tense for discussion.

As far as possible, the text should be written in the third person, i.e. active voice, but trying to maintain the impersonal character of the text.

Organization of the text

The manuscript should be organized in the Microsoft office Word word processor, following the indications of the APA Standards Manual Seventh Edition. With a paper size (21.57 cm x 27.94 cm). Margins 2.54 cm on the entire sheet. They should be presented with 2.0 line spacing, Times New Roman font and 12 point font size. Aligned to the left and with indentation of the first line (1.27 cm to the right) except for the title, institutional affiliation, abstract and keywords.

It must have the components of a scientific article, in strict order: title, institutional affiliation, abstract, keywords, introduction, methodology, results, discussion of results, conclusions and references. The indications for each component are specified below:

Title. The title should be concise, representative of the text and should not exceed 15 words, so that the reader can get an idea of the interest of the study and the scientific level. It should be written in lower case and only the first letters or proper names in capital letters. It should not contain terms that need clarification, abbreviations and formulas. If applicable, it must include the scientific name of the species.

If the title is in Spanish or Portuguese, a translation into English should be added. If it is in English, a translation into Spanish or Portuguese should be added.

Institutional affiliation. This section should include the list of authors, with the respective full names and surnames of each researcher; the affiliation in the following order: Name of the Institution, headquarters, faculty or institute, research group or laboratory, address, city, country and e-mail. It should indicate the author who corresponds with the editorial team.

Abstract. The abstract includes the main objective of the article, the general discussion of the methodology, the main results, conclusions and the contribution to the state of the art. It should be condensed as a synthesis in a range of 250 to 300 words. If the manuscript is written in Spanish, the Abstract or summary should also be added in English. If the manuscript is written in English, the summary should be added in Spanish or Portuguese.

Key words. Between five (5) and eight (8) words in Spanish and English (Keywords) should be included, identifying the subject developed in the article without repeating the words of the title. They should refer to the guidelines of the UNESCO Thesauri.

Introduction. This is the letter of presentation of the research article or review; it provides sufficient information for the reader to understand the rational basis of the study, i.e., the context from which the research arises. The fundamental elements of the introduction are: the formulation of the objective (purpose), the scope (statement of the research problem, establishing the question or hypothesis), the importance and impact of the work (key point because it exposes the value of the original research within the framework of current knowledge and conditions the design of the study) and the background, supported by appropriate scientific references in order to establish a discussion of works closely related to the hypothesis proposed.

Methodology. This section describes succinctly how the research, review or reflection was carried out; the design of the work, the population or sample and how it was selected, spatial location and initial and final dates on which the study was carried out, as well as the procedures, variables and statistical methods used for data analysis (avoid detailed description of standard techniques). It can be supported by tables. Incorrect or inadequate use of statistical methods is unacceptable. The reference should be included.

Results and discussion. Here the most relevant findings and observations are stated through the presentation of concrete data, focused on the verification of hypotheses and their confrontation with the state of the art. The most novel results are also highlighted here, as well as their significance contrasted and/or compared with the findings reported in other investigations. Statistical information (number of observations and descriptive data of the sample such as mean, standard deviation, correlations, significance, among others) should be supported if applicable. Tables and figures can be included to expand the results without duplicating or repeating the data and what is stated in the text.

Conclusions. Conclusions should be directly related to the objective of the research and should always be supported by the data obtained. Recommendations should be avoided and finally.

Acknowledgements. Mention should be made of the persons and institutions that advised the research and the sources of financing.

References. Each of the bibliographic references (articles, books, standards, patents, etc.) specified throughout the document should appear in this section in strictly alphabetical order according to the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition. Do not reference internal technical reports or unpublished results. The article must contain at least 10 bibliographical references.

Citation Presentation

RCIA uses the APA Style 7th Edition format. Whenever you use ideas from other authors, you must give credit to these ideas. If you do not make the citations correctly, you may be accused of plagiarism, which may have both academic and legal consequences. In general terms it is necessary to consider the following aspects:

APA style separates citations into two broad classes:

Verbatim quotations

They are considered verbatim quotations, where you reproduce exactly the author's words. And according to the size, the presentation format is changed. Quotations of more than 40 words are shown in one way in the text and quotations of up to 40 words are shown in another way.

Short textual quotation. If the quotation is less than 40 words, incorporate it into the text and enclose the quotation with double quotation marks. In turn, they can be with emphasis on the author who mentions it or with emphasis on the content of the quotation. Depending on the source, the page number must be enclosed in parentheses (p.--).

Short textual quotation with emphasis on the author:

Analyzing the financial crisis of 2008, Lynch (2012) states that "the crisis has been motivated by what is most perverse in the capitalist world" (p. 127), contributing to a general climate of negativity with right-wing parties.

Short textual quotation with emphasis in the text:

Several economists have stated in the 2008 financial crisis that "the crisis has been motivated by what is most perverse in the capitalist world" (Lynch, 2012, p. 127) which has contributed to a malaise with right-wing parties around the world.

Long textual quotation. If the quote comprises 40 words or more, display it in a separate text block and omit quotation marks. Begin a block quote on a new line and indent the block approximately one-half inch from the left margin (in the same position as a new paragraph). If there are additional paragraphs within the quotation itself, indent the first line of with an additional half inch. Use double spacing throughout the quotation. At the end of the block quote, cite the source and page or paragraph number in parentheses after the final punctuation mark.


Other economists have presented other arguments:

The presence of subprime lending in the economy was a real attempt by banks to help people without the status of homeownership.

The problem with the subprime crisis was just the overconfidence of financial institutions to receive payment in the short term. (Gatewell, 2011, p. 503).

In 2011, Gatewell presented another argument:

The presence of subprime lending in the economy was a real attempt by banks to help people without the status of homeownership.

 The problem with the subprime crisis was just the overconfidence of financial institutions in getting paid in the short term. (p. 503)

Paraphrasing quotation

Paraphrasing consists of quoting a consulted author, but instead of including the original text, the author's own words are used, interpreting and appropriating the consulted text.

Example of a quote based on the author

SENA has continually been forced to innovate in its training strategies. According to Restrepo (2007), even instructors have had to adapt their training strategies on the fly, taking into account the characteristics of the rural populations they serve. Thus, it is crucial to think of SENA as an institution that is constantly changing thanks to the needs of the country and its multiculturalism.

Example of a quote based on the text SENA has continually been forced to innovate in its training strategies. Even instructors have had to adapt their training strategies as they go along, taking into account the characteristics of the rural populations they serve (Restrepo, 2007). Thus, it is crucial to think of SENA as an institution that is constantly changing thanks to the needs of the country and its multiculturalism.

Authors in the citation

When citing on several occasions and according to the number of authors in the work, the following citation styles should be taken into account:

Type of quote

First quote

Following quote

First quotation in parentheses

Following quotes in parentheses

One author

Restrepo (2007)

Restrepo (2007)

(Restrepo, 2007)

(Restrepo, 2007)

Two authors

Álvarez y Trujillo (1983)

Álvarez y Trujillo (1983)

(Álvarez & Trujillo, 1983)

(Álvarez & Trujillo, 1983)

Three or more authors

Cortés et al. (1995)

Cortés et al. (1995)

(Cortés et al. 1995)

(Cortés et al. 1995)

Institutions with abbreviations

Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA, 2000)

SENA (2000)

(Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje [SENA], 2000)

(SENA, 2000)

Institutions without abbreviations

Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2008)

Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2008)

(Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2008)

(Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2008)

Tables and Figures


Tables are a resource that should allow the reader to easily understand the data without repeating the information. They are listed in order of appearance in the text, using Arabic numerals. They will be referred to in the text (Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Tables have a defined format. The same font as the document, 12 point size. As a general rule, tables are only accepted in black and white. Exceptionally, color will be included in those cases in which, in the Editor's opinion, it is strictly necessary.

Table number. It begins in capital letters and ends with the number of the table, it appears above the title and the body of the table in bold type. E.g.: "Table.

Name of the table. Appears double-spaced below the table number, it should be short, simple and descriptive. It is written in italics.

Content. It should consist of only 3 horizontal lines, the top, the bottom and one that separates the header from the data. Each column must have in the header a title that describes the data.

Table note. The note goes after the bottom line. If the table is not the product of research, the bibliographic citation should be made in this part.

Consider the following example:

Table 1

 Short descriptive title in italics


Category 1

Category 2

Variable 1



Variable 2



Variable 3



Note: Prepared by the authors.


Images and photos are received in high definition and should be sent in a separate file from the article or uploaded as a complementary file in the Open Journal System (OJS) platform.

Figure number. It begins in capital letters and ends with the figure number, it appears above the figure title in bold. E.g.: Figure 1

Figure name. Appears double-spaced below the figure number, it should be short, simple and descriptive. It is written in italics.

Content. Include bar, line and circle graphs, flowcharts, drawings, maps, charts, graphs, photographs, infographics and other illustrations. The size should not exceed the margins of the document.

Figure Note. The note goes after the bottom line. If the figure is not the product of research, the bibliographic citation of the source should be made in this part.

Consider the following example:

Figure 1

Brief and descriptive title in italics

Note: Own elaboration.

Submission of manuscripts

Submission of documents is the responsibility of the author for correspondence and is done exclusively through the Open Journal System platform. Submissions should be made by registering on the web platform and uploading the article in .doc format, as indicated in the steps to follow in the system.

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