CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies is a multidisciplinary, bilingual, refereed publication of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. The journal welcomes scholarly articles in the humanities, and the social and natural sciences, as well as interpretive essays, interviews, fiction, book review essays, and artwork that address the Puerto Rican experience on the island and throughout the Diaspora. We are especially receptive to works that compare Puerto Ricans with other groups. While primarily an academic journal, we encourage submissions in a style accessible to a broad audience.

Information for Authors: Manuscripts submitted to CENTRO: Journal should not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal or have been published elsewhere. CENTRO Journal has the right to first publication of all submitted manuscripts. Submission of a manuscript to CENTRO Journal is taken to indicate the author's commitment to publish in this journal. When submitting work, specify in the cover letter whether the work is an academic essay, an interpretative essay, an interview, or fiction. All manuscripts are reviewed anonymously. Manuscripts may be submitted either electronically (in the form of a Word or Word Perfect document, sent as an attachment) or in two printed copies with an accompanying disk-the hard copy and the electronic copy need to be identical. Authors are encouraged to submit articles electronically. When submitting electronically, indicate the word processing program, and version, used. Submissions are accepted in either English or Spanish. Please allow between three and six months for editorial consideration. Manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Manuscript Form: Manuscripts are accepted in any of the standard styles of the pertinent discipline/genre. Scholarly articles should meet the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style or the Modern Language Association Style Manual. Double-spacing is required for all materials, including quotations, references cited, notes, captions, and headings. The main text should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages. The font used should be standard 12 point. Do not break words at the end of the typed lines, and do not right-justify the text. Use one side only of good quality bond paper. Paper must be 8 1/2 x 11 in. (21.6 x 28 cm), with at least a one-inch margin on all four edges. Authors submitting from countries where other larger sizes of paper are the standard may send the manuscript in them. Isolated words and phrases in a language other than the one the essay is written should be set in Italics if they are unfamiliar to readers. When typing be sure to: distinguish between the digit 1 and the letter l (also 0 and O); use tabs for indents, not spaces; and display titles and headings in a consistent manner.

Title Page: Give title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), current mailing address, and e-mail address. Give acknowledgments at the bottom of this page (these comprise the first unnumbered paragraph of the notes); the Editor will place them with the notes (if the paper is accepted).

Abstract: Each article-length manuscript must begin with an abstract-a 75-to 100-word summary of the essential points and findings of the paper. The abstract should end with a bracketed list of up to seven index words or phrases ("key words").

Text References: These (including references to personal communications) are placed in the body of the text, not as notes. For each quotation or statement specific enough to need a reference, place the citation in parentheses (author's name, year of publication of work quoted or referred to, page(s) cited), thus: (Pérez 2001) or (Pérez 2001:47-57). For more than three authors, use et al. For institutional authorship, supply the minimum identification from the beginning of the complete citation: (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1963:117). With more than one reference to an author in the same year, distinguish them by use of letters (a, b) attached to the year of publication: (Zentella 1990a: 75-92). Enclose a series of references within a single pair of parentheses, separated by semicolons: (Torres 1997; Urciuoli 1998; Zentella 1997).

Notes: All notes follow the text, beginning on a new page, and are to be used only for substantive observations. Notes are numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numerals. Try to limit the use of endnotes as much as possible.

References: The "References" section must begin on a new page, and all entries must be double-spaced, listed alphabetically by last name of senior author, and chronologically for two or more titles by the same author(s). Do not include any publication not cited in the text, and all publications in the "References" section must appear on the text. The typed layout should conform to the printed layout as follows:


  • Alicea, Marixsa. 1997. 'A Chambered Nautilus': The Contradictory Nature of Puerto Rican Women's Roles in the Construction of a Transnational Community. Gender & Society 11(5): 597-626.

  • Lapp, Michael. 1990. Managing Migration: The Migration Division of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1948-1968. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Meléndez, Edgardo. 1998. Partidos, política pública y status en Puerto Rico. San Juan: Editorial Nueva Aurora.

  • Torre, Carlos A., Hugo Rodríguez Vecchini, and William Burgos, eds. 1996. The Commuter Nation: Perspectives on Puerto Rican Migration. Río Piedras: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

  • Whalen, Carmen T. 1998. Labor Migrants or Submissive Wives: Competing Narratives of Puerto Rican Women in Post-World War II Era. In Puerto Rican Women's History: New Perspectives, eds. F.V. Matos Rodríguez and L. Delgado, 206-226. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

  • -- . 2001. From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia: Puerto Rican Workers and Postwar Economies. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.


Tables and Figures: All tabular material should be separate from the text, in a series of tables numbered consecutively with arabic numerals. Each table should be typed on a separate page, double-spaced, and identified by a short descriptive title centered at the top. In the text, indicate the approximate placement of each table by a clear break in the text, inserting TABLE 1 ABOUT HERE (set off by double spacing above and below). Notes for tables appear at the bottom of each table and are marked with lowercase, superscript letters. Tables prepared in word processors should be exported to (saved as) ASCII, comma-delimited files. Tables can also be created in Lotus, Quattro Pro, or Excel and sent on disk. All disks should be either IBM-compatible or high-density Macintosh diskettes or zip disks. Please indicate programs used on disk label.

All illustrative, nontabular material should be separate from the text, in a series of figures numbered consecutively with arabic numerals. They must be submitted in a form suitable for publication without redrawing. Drawings and their lettering should be done in black ink on white illustration board or good quality acetate. Original copies of figures and photographs are acceptable on disk as EPS file (Encapsuled PostScript File) or TIFF file (Tag Image File Format) that have been created in Graphic Programs such as "Adobe Illustrator" or "Aldus Free Hand." They should be scanned at a density of 300 dpi. All captions should be typed on a single sheet, double-spaced; they need not be full sentences. In the text, indicate the approximate placement of each table by a clear break in the text, inserting FIGURE 1 ABOUT HERE (set off by double spacing above and below).

Permission to Reprint: If you are using material from copyrighted work (e.g., tables, figures or an extract from a book exceeding more than 400 words) you will need written permission from the copyright holder (in most cases the publisher) to use this material. It is the author's responsibility to obtain the reprint permission. A copy of the permission letter must accompany the manuscript.

Suggesting Reviewers: Authors may provide a list of up to three individuals (with institutional affiliations and addresses-postal or electronic) who they feel would be appropriate reviewers. The Editor is not bound by these suggestions, but will respect requests for exclusion of specific reviewers.

Book Reviews and Book Review Essays: While suggestions are welcomed, the editor solicits all book reviews and review essays. Book reviews are typically 1600 words in length (4/5 pages). Review essays will compare, contrast, and link with wider trends in the literature at least three relatively recently published books on a related topic. The length of book review essays is typically 13 to 20 pages and must include the authors' names and the full citations of the books being reviewed. Unsolicited book reviews and review essays are considered only with the prior approval of the editor.

Revisions: If the manuscript is accepted with "revisions," authors will be given a reasonable amount of time-generally up- to three months-to revise the essay. If the author(s) feel that more time is needed, they should contact the editor.

Editing: Upon acceptance, the manuscript will be copyedited but otherwise printed as received. If copyediting is extensive, authors will be asked to make the necessary corrections; otherwise, they will be done at the journal.

Biographical Note: Upon acceptance of an article or book review essay, author(s) will asked to provide a short bio of approximately 40 to 60 words for the "Contributors" section.

Copyright Information: Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, CENTRO Journal will secure its copyright. In submitting a manuscript the author grants to CENTRO Journal exclusive world rights in all languages. CENTRO Journal grants to the author personal use of the article and the freedom to reprint the article in any book where he/she is the author or editor. CENTRO Journal shall be responsible for all details of publishing the article, including electronic display of all book reviews, essays, and selected articles on the Center for Puerto Rican Studies web site, and licensing to reprint agencies, databases, abstracting and indexing services. Authorization to reproduce material from this journal, beyond one copy for personal use or that permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of U.S. Copyright Law, is granted for a fee. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. All journal correspondence should be addressed to:

Xavier F. Totti, Editor
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue, Rm. E-1429
New York, NY 10065.

Tel: 212.772.5690; Fax: 212.650.3673; E-mail: centro-journal@hunter.cuny.edu.

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