Editorial Policy


Electronic Journal of Applied Research on Human Rights

Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission



Legal framework


Chapter 1. General considerations


Chapter 2. About the journal

First section. Structure

Second section. About the submissions

Third section. Paper submission guidelines

Fourth section. Publishing frequency

Fifth section. Peer review process

Sixth section. Certificate of participation

Seventh section. Copyright


Chapter 3. Editorial board

 First section. Composition of the Editorial Team

Second section. Editorial Board

Third section. Editorial Committee

Fourth section. About peer reviewers


Chapter 4. Call for papers


Chapter 5. Distribution criteria


Transitory provisions


Legal framework

According with article 2 of its law, Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission (CDHDF, for its initials in Spanish) is an autonomous public organism with juridical personality and its own patrimony, which exists for the protection, defense, vigilance, promotion, study, education and spreading of human rights, as they are established in Mexican legislation and international instruments of human rights.

The article 17(7) establishes, as part of the powers of Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission, to enhance the observance of human rights, as well as to promote the study, teaching and dissemination of the same in Mexico City. On the other hand, article 66 establishes that the CDHDF may conduct research and disseminate studies on human rights.

Article 40 of CDHDF’s Internal Regulation states that the Center of Applied Research on Human Rights has the following attributions: planning, developing and promoting of applied research on human rights in order to generate specialized knowledge as well as public policy proposals.

Chapter 1.
General Considerations

Article 1. métodhos is an electronic journal of applied research on human rights, with the following objectives:

  1. To promote research about the respect, guarantee and exercise of human rights in Mexico City;

  2. To promote the study and applied research on human rights through the generation of scientific knowledge, to reinforce the activities of defense and protection of human rights;

  3. To encourage specialized research on human rights, or any other related subject, at local, national and international level;

  4. To provide a useful tool for researching on human rights from theoretical, conceptual and empirical elements which emanate from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Article 2. métodhos is aimed to reach the academic community, specialized institutions, civil society, organizations and any person interested in the study, protection, and defense of human rights.

Article 3. méthodos is a biannual electronic journal that receives, analyzes, evaluates and publishes collaborations from persons engaged in teaching or research; university students, specialists linked with the area of human rights, and any person whose collaboration complies with the requirements established in this Editorial Policy

Article 4. In this Editorial Policy, the following stands for:

CDHDF: Mexico City´s Human Rights Commission.

CIADH: Center of Applied Research on Human Rights.

Editorial Committee: The Editorial Committee of métodhos, Electronic Journal of Applied Research on Human Rights.

CONACyT: National Council of Science and Technology.

Editorial Team: métodhos' Publishing Team.

Editorial Policy. métodhos’ Editorial Policy

métodhos journal or the journal: The Electronic Journal of Applied Research on Human Rights.

Chapter 2
About the Journal 

First section

Article 5. Every issue of the journal will be integrated with unpublished papers, submitted to a peer review process according to scientific publication standards established by CONACyT.

Article 6. Editorial Committee will determine which submissions are to be published, based on the selection of submissions that obtain a favorable opinion from the peer review process. Likewise, the Editorial Committee will decide about the publication of other kinds of documents, for instance, reviews, notes of research, articles or legislation and translation of submissions written in other languages, which relevant elements would contribute to the discussion and study of human rights.

Second section
About the submissions

Article 7. Authors must follow the guidelines below when submitting work for publication:

  1. Manuscripts must contain theoretical, empirical, critical, analytical, and evaluative contributions, to generate academic discussion about human rights. All works lacking arguments, based on anecdotes and personal opinions, as well as those journalistic-type, will be discarded;

  2. Submissions must deal with themes involving applied human rights research; For example, gender issues, public policies, discrimination, vulnerable groups,

  3. All contributions must be original, previously unpublished material. Submissions could not be simultaneously submitted to another publishing process. Once a paper is published in the journal, it is only permitted its reproduction by other publisher, printed or electronic, by giving proper credit to métodhos as main publisher;

  4. Submissions will be submitted individually or in group, and should not exceed three authors;

  5. Authors must completely meet guidelines in this Editorial Policy.

Third section.
Submission Guidelines

Article 8. Submissions must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should include the following attachments:

  1. Digitized personal information form duly fulfilled and signed. Personal information forms can be downloaded from métodhos’ web site. As well, the author must sent a digitized ID, both of them as attached files.

  2. Due to review process, papers must be sent in word format and be signed with a pseudonym, previously chosen and indicated in the personal information form.

Article 9. Submissions must follow the guidelines established in this Editorial Policy and must be presented in compliance with the following requirements:

  1. Be written in Spanish and the length of text must range from 20 to 25 pages at maximum, including abstract, endnotes and references.

  2. Every page must be numbered.

  3. Formatting should use 12-point Arial font, 5line spacing and one-inch (2.5 cm.) margins on all sides.

  4. A 200-word abstract (at most) should be included both in English and Spanish to highlight the central argument, outcomes and conclusions of the investigation.

  5. Below the abstract, five keywords related with the subject must be included, as well in English and Spanish.

  6. Using acronyms is allowed only if the meaning was previously defined in the same paper.

  7. Paper’s title, provided both in English and Spanish, must not exceed 15 words and it has to reflect the purpose of the investigation.

  8. All submissions must follow Chicago-Style Citation (notes and bibliography): for more details you can go to Criterios de citación para colaboradoras y colaboradores de la revista métodhos. Besides, you should take into account the guidelines below:

    1. Citations and transcriptions must refer to a footnote, using superscript format.

    2. Footnote numbers must be placed after punctuation marks (periods and commas). In the cases where there is no punctuation mark, the number is to be placed just after the last word.

    3. References must be listed alphabetically (by author’s last name) at the end of the article.

    4. Please make sure there are no inconsistencies between the references in your quotations and your final list of references.

Fourth section.

Article 10. The permanent call for papers will be published in http://revistametodhos.cdhdf.org.mx/ and will be made available through publicity materials (posters, triptychs, flyers, etc.) and social networks.

Submissions are welcome at any time of the year and could be part of the next issue as long as they get two positive reviews in the peer review process.

Article 11. Manuscripts will be submitted to a peer review process. The Editorial Team will keep authors informed about the progress of the review, taking into consideration the deadlines for publishing.

Article 12. Submissions with two positive reviews will have to meet the times and actions indicated by the Editorial Team in order to accomplish publishing times.

Article 13. In case authors do not meet the dates indicated by the Editorial Team, affecting the publishing process, their submissions will be considered for the next publication, as long as they get two positive reviews.

Fifth section.
Peer review process 

Article 14. The review process is composed of the following steps:

  1. Previous Review. The Editorial Committee will conduct a previous review of every paper. This review will be made according with the guidelines stated in this Editorial Policy and those in the permanent call.

    In case of a positive result from the previous review, the paper will go forward with the peer review process. Otherwise, the Editorial Team will notify the author about the result of the previous review.

  2. Peer Review Process. The Editorial Team will be responsible for safeguarding and updating the list of reviewers, who will conduct the double-blind peer review process. Authors’ personal information will be confidential in order to guarantee impartiality. 

    The Editorial Committee will select the two reviewers to participate in the peer review process, by previous suggestion from the Editorial Team.

    Reviewers must upload the results from the peer review process in an electronic form that the editorial team will provide for them at the proper time. The results could be any of the following possibilities:

    1. The paper is to be published as it was presented;

    2. The paper is to be published, but it would improve by attending the suggestions made;

    3. The paper is to be published only if the suggested modifications are made;

    4. The paper is not to be published.

  3. In case one of the two reviewers determine the paper is not to be published, and there is a discrepancy between the two of them, the Editorial Committee will request a third review, which will be elaborated by an expert designated by the Committee.

Sixth section.
Certificate of participation

Article 15. The authors whose submissions are published in métodhos will receive a certificate of participation, issued by the CDHDF. The certificate will contain their name, the article’s title and the information of the journal it appeared in.

Seventh section.

Article 16. If an article’s peer review process is positive and is considered to be published in métodhos, the author will grant CDHDF non-exclusive license in order to distribute and reproduce the manuscript, and will allow reproduction by a third publisher under the condition of quoting the original source. Thus, the Editorial Directive will get the non-exclusive license form dully signed by authors.

Article 17. The content of the submissions is completely responsibility of the authors. However, authors accept the Editorial Team to make shape adjustments and style corrections, without affecting the essential meaning.

Article 18. The content of the article is responsibility of the authors and should correctly quote graphics, pictures and references.

Article 19. Any controversy derived from copyright infringements will be authors’ responsibility.

Chapter 3
Editorial Team

First section.
Composition of the Editorial Team

Article 20. The Editorial Team is composed of:

  1. métodhos' Editorial Directive;
  2. Editorial Committee;
  3. Reviewers.

Article 21. CIADH's Executive Director will be in charge of the Editorial Directive, and will be supported by the staff of the same Center.

Article 22. The Editorial Committee will be composed of specialists from different institutions of education, whose professionalism and expertise guarantee the quality and relevance of the Journal.

7 persons from academic institutions other than CDHDF, and up to 3 persons from the CDHDF will be members of the Editorial Committee. The Editorial Committee is not permitted to have less than 10 members in the terms established in the present article.

Article 23. The Editorial Directive will be responsible for developing and updating a list of experts, integrated by specialists whose contributions have stood out in the field of human rights.

The Editorial Team will assure that the experts possess at least a postgraduate degree, and experience in the field of research in which they are meant to collaborate.

Second section.
The Editorial Directive

Article 24. The attributions of the Editorial Directive are:

  1. To report to the Editorial Committee all the information related with the submissions received for publishing;

  2. To generate a list of reviewers aimed to participate in the peer review process;

  3. To propose to the Editorial Committee the experts who would participate in the peer review process, according with their specialization area;

  4. To notify the authors about the times and the results of the previous review and the peer review process;

  5. To submit to the consideration of the Committee the amendments or modifications to the present Editorial Policy, as well as the calls for papers, when it is required;

  6. To carry out any required proceeding in order to publish the papers previously review in the journal’s web site.

  7. To design and execute the promotion strategy of the journal and the calls for papers with the Editorial Committee support;

  8. To summon the members of the Editorial Committee to meetings, at least three days in advance.

  9. To issue the certificate of participation, as referred in sixth section of Chapter 2;

  10. To perform all the necessary actions to achieve the purposes of the journal.

Third section.
The attributions of the Editorial Committee

Article 25. The attributions of the Editorial Committee are:

  1. To approve the Editorial Policy and the calls for papers, as needed, in order to contribute to the adequate editorial process of the journal.

  2. To carry out, through the members designated for it, the previous review of the manuscripts submitted to evaluation process, in accordance with this Editorial;

  3. To choose based on the suggestions made by Editorial Team, the reviewers who will participate in the peer review process of those submissions that have obtained a positive result in the previous review;

  4. To request a new opinion in those cases where discrepancy exists between the two of the reviewers, in terms of the present Editorial Policy. The new opinion will be elaborated by a different reviewer that the Editorial Committee designates for such effect;

  5. To modify deadlines in the calls for papers, when necessary;

  6. To participate in meetings convened by the Editorial Directive

  7. To collaborate in the promotion of the journal and the calls for papers;

  8. Others necessary to achieve the journal’s objectives.

Fourth section.
Attributions of reviewers

Article 26. The attributions of reviewers are:

  1. To conduct the peer review process of the submissions that have been assigned to them according with this Editorial Policy and the call for papers;

  2. To send their personal information form, dully fulfill and signed, as well as a digitized ID to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  3. Those that are bestowed on them by the Editorial Team and the Editorial Committee.

Chapter 4.
About the call for papers

Article 27. The call for papers is permanent and will set up the guidelines, requirements and deadlines for the reception of submissions, its evaluation, editorial revision, as well as its later publication.

Article 28. The Editorial Committee will be able to modify the deadlines in the permanent call with the purpose of guaranteeing the appropriate release of the journal. Any modification in the deadlines will be published in the journal’s web site.

The Editorial Committee will be able to modify the terms of the permanent call when deemed appropriate. Every manuscript will be subject to the terms of the call in force at the time they were submitted.

Article 29. Regardless of the permanent call, The Editorial Committee might issue an exceptional call, for the publication of a special number, whenever it deems appropriate, which must be agreed with the Editorial Team.

Chapter 5.
Promotion criteria

Article 30. The Editorial Team will design the strategies to guarantee a suitable promotion of the journal, preferably among the academic community, as well as the civil society organizations interested in the human rights field.

Article 31. The Editorial Team will elaborate a directory of academic institutions, as well as national and international organizations dedicated to research on human rights, with the objective to promote the journal and its calls for papers.

Article 32. The Editorial Team may celebrate any kind of collaboration agreement with national and international entities that it deems pertinent, in order to strengthen the processes of promotion of the journal.

Transitory provisions

Unique. The present Editorial will come into force the following day of its approval by the Editorial Committee.



Mexico City, January 2017.

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