Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


CROLAR is a multilingual, open-access online-journal published twice per year. Its main objective is to facilitate and connect critical debates on research conducted in or on Latin America.


CROLAR is an interdisciplinary journal that bridges debates and recent publications in disciplines such as Anthropology, Cultural Science, Economics, Gender Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology. By doing so, CROLAR aims to overcome the compartmentalization which is still dominant in knowledge production worldwide.


CROLAR is especially sensitive to the historically established and contemporary dynamics of hierarchies and asymmetries in the production and circulation of knowledge and to the structural obstacles to overcoming them. The journal therefore actively encourages young scholars to publish, and seeks out topics and publications that often remain outside of conventional Northern and Western discourse.


The journal is especially receptive to rethinking the situatedness of knowledge production. It is therefore interested in highlighting innovative accounts and the particularities of (scholarly) debates in their respective contexts and their position in relation to global humanities and social sciences.


In order to connect academic forms of knowledge to producers and products outside of academia, each issue also includes reviews of blogs, homepages, films (fiction and documentary) or interviews. Moreover, CROLAR solicits reviews of works by journalists, artists, and activists.



Section Policies

Book Reviews


The journal section “Book Reviews” unites critical reviews of recent publications which reflect an actual debate within research on Latin American. The section tries to offer the interested reader an overview of a variety of approaches and perspectives that debate the common focus issue. Publications for reviews are selected from different academic backgrounds and disciplines. Moreover as far as possible a broad geographical coverage including a variety of Latin American countries or regions is presented. The topic of the thematic focus is selected by the editorial board one year in advance of the issue’s publication and communicated via a cal for reviews. To receive the call for reviews interested contributors should register to the journal. The reviews are selected by the editorial board based on the review guidelines.


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Review Articles


A review article exposes and deals with a current debate in social sciences or humanities in/on Latin America. It should be based on at least 3 up-to-date contributions and - should go beyond the critical review of monographs and edited volumes by taking into account other academic products (journal articles, individual book chapters, lectures), policy papers, blogs, webpages, etc.

A critical comment on the asymmetries of knowledge production and circulation is crucial for the essay: Who and which perspective and (institutional) point of view dominate (in) the debate? (In how far) can these asymmetries be traced back to regional differences between Latin America and “Northern” academia?


Suggestions for review essays can be made to the members of the editorial team at any time. Please send us an email, outlining your idea (abstracts of maximum 250 words and naming the contributions you’d like to review).


The final review essays should not exceed 15.000 characters (incl. blanks).


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Classics Revisited


The section “Classics Revisited” offers reviews classic and renowned publication which made a unique contribution to the thematic focus of the journal issue. To guarantee the quality of the reviews only senior researchers, who are acknowledged experts in their field are selected by the editorial board to choose and review a relevant publication. Principal aim of this section is to enrich actual debates with classic but still key studies in the research field.


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In the section “Interventions” CROLAR offers reviews of publications that have a scientific aim as well as a clear opinion. As in Latin America, due to the general delay of scientific research and publications various scholars try to enrich the academic debates with contributions which reflect predominantly the opinion of the authors. Such publications are often written by journalists, practitioners, politicians or academics, trying to reach a broader audience outside academic circles. Selected reviews in this section cover only such publications which gained widespread public attention and contributed crucially to an actual debate in or about Latin America. Interested contributors can submit reviews for this section at all time as long as they comply with the review guidelines of CROLAR. Submitted reviews will be selected by the editorial board on the basis of relevance and according to the CROLAR guidelines.


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Current Debates


To include a broader selection of topics in every journal issue the section “Current Debates” presents critical reviews of scientific publications which contribute to latest debates within research on Latin American. Reviews in this section won’t reflect the main topic of the journal although they are nevertheless selected by the editorial board due to their relevance. Reviews for this section can be submitted at all time as long as they comply with the review guidelines of CROLAR.


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The section "Conversations" collects interviews with fictional or academic writers, film makers, and artists of all sorts.

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Research Notes

Research Notes present and discuss exciting and ongoing research projects on Latin America. They can focus on empirical insights, or on theoretical or methodological reflections. Research Notes should question conceptual understandings within (a) particular field(s) of study and make propositions for future interdisciplinary research. They should include a critical inquiry of the state of the art and clearly identify their contribution to current academic debates. We only accept original research notes which have not been submitted elsewhere.

Suggestions for research notes must be related to the issue’s topic focus and can be made to the theme editors at any time. In your email, please specify your Note’s critical contribution to research on or from Latin America in an abstract of max. 150 words.

Research Notes submissions should not exceed 30,000 characters (incl. blanks, excluding list of references).

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Peer Review Process


Every aritcle is subject to a peer review process by at least two anonimous reviewers. Reviewers are selected based on their knowledge and experience in the article's subject. If there is disagreement between the two revisors, the editor may assign the article to a third reviewer. The journal editor(s) together with the CROLAR Editorial Team finally decides on the publication of the review.


For Authors

Reviews will first be screened by the Journal Editors and then, if it is suitable for the journal, will be sent to two impartial reviewers who are specialized in the subject handled (peer review).

The Journal Editor screens the reviewers' comments before sending them to the author. The author should consider the reviewers' comments as constructive criticism when making revisions. A review subject to minor revisions will generally be accepted.

If major revisions are necessary, the review must be re-submitted for a second evaluation, and acceptance is not guaranteed. All revised articles should include short comments by the author in regard to reviewers' points of criticism.

Please see also our Author Guidelines


For Reviewers

The reviewer name will not be passed on to the author, his/her comments will be passed on to the author  anonymously by the Journal Editor.

Please indicate your observations in a short review report. In this report you may give:

A, A general  assessment of the review:

  • Compliance with formal requirements (max. 7500 characters with blanks)
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the review
  • Possible suggestions to improve the quality of the review

B, Remarks on the quality of the review:

  • Does the review mention the content, structure and significance of the publication?
  • Does the reviews indicate a possible audience of the reviewed publication?
  • Does the review make a critical assessment of the publication?

C, The originality of the review:

  • Formal originality; not published, no plagiat

D, Make a clear assesment how to proceed with the review. The review should be:

  • published without changes
  • published if changes are made
  • rejected


Open Access Policy


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.





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