Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Bolivian Studies Journal is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. While interdisciplinary in scope and publication, the journal particularly aims to disseminate research knowledge produced in Bolivia and make it widely accessible. The journal also welcomes original and innovative research that will stimulate critical thought on the current and future role of Bolivia in the new millennium. The journal publishes in English, Spanish, and indigenous languages. 

We welcome research articles, review articles, case studies, discussions and interviews in the areas of Andean Studies, Amazonian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Activism, Cultural Studies, Education, Ethnography, Feminism, History, Indigeneity, Law Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Queer Studies, Sociology, and Visual Arts. The criteria for acceptance and publication of a manuscript will be originality, theoretical rigor, analytical capacity, and interest to a wide audience of readers.



Section Policies


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Coyuntural Analysis

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Review Essay

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Call for Papers

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Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to BSJ will be reviewed by three anonymous reviewers (Editorial Board members, Section Editors, and/or invited reviewers with expertise in the subject matter). Authors will remain anonymous to referees.

The typical time taken to conduct the reviews is four months.

Reviewers and editors are obliged to retain the contents as privileged and confidential until publication. The Editor(s) will have final authority over an article's suitability for publication.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:

“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.



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Statement on Publishing Ethics

 Adherence to ethical standards for the dissemination of research results is critical to the research process. The Bolivian Studies Journal adheres to the Code of conduct and best practice guidelines of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).