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ISSN-L 1815-0276 (impresa)
ISSN 2224-8838 (on-line)


Scope and Editorial Policies

Punto Cero is the academic and scientific magazine of the Social Communication Sciences Program at "San Pablo" Catholic University of Bolivia. It specifically broaches subjects of communication and culture, and those of social sciences in general.

Punto Cero attempts to contribute to the dissemination of scientific knowledge in communication sciences produced in Bolivia and Latin America, with quality internationally indexed criteria, in order to confirm the presence of the country and the region between the scientific and academic community of the world.

At a time of model and paradigm crises for communications studies, Punto Cero takes on a careful stance to confront the uncertainty generated by both, the crisis itself and a number of tendencies which, clung to apocalyptic structures or to easy tendencies that become fads, such as justifying the receptor’s activities, hold the research development back in social communication.

In this sense, Punto Cero is an warning for preparing all the communication resources both in the message production perspective and scientific research, precisely in order to arise from uncertainty, to work accepting the challenges of continued thought that, even if the crisis of illustrated reason is confirmed, the inexistence of poverty, and the low standards of living of the majority of the population of our nations is not.  The fact, that the communications media are entities inserted in the market rules and that, all the same, people continue to appropriate themselves to the massive offers and, opposing their references, with millennial cultural matrixes, is not unconfirmed either. The Latin-American audience, in spite of so much adversity, continues to resist and allow the appearance of rich and ambitious displays that often escape the dominant elite’s control and are shown as symbolic or material conquests.

Manuscript form and preparation


All interested persons can send papers that present research results, reviews , articles for reflection and / or essays , that address issues of communication in general and / or its relationship with culture, politics, education and development.

Editorial review criteria

Before being published, all articles received will go through two review phases :

- U na publishing         

- O tra by the double blind pairs system         

As a result of these revisions, Punto Cero may request the authors corrections or modifications to their works , as well as reject the publication .

Requirements for the submission of articles:

  • The items (research, reviews, articles reflective ) or trials must have a minimum length of 5,000 words and a maximum of 7000 words. The reviews must have a minimum length of 1,000 words and maximum of 2000 words. This count includes all sections of the document: title, abstract, development, conclusions and references.
  • The font must be 11-point Calibri, double spaced on letter-size sheet.
  • The document must include on the first page:

o Title

    • Name and Surname of the author or authors
    • Brief biographical review of the author or authors considering the following information and score: Nationality, academic degrees achieved. Affiliation or position (s) that they are currently holding and the place (s) in which they do so. ORCID registration code. - It is mandatory to register in the International Registry of Researchers (ORCID). The registry is simple and has no cost ( http://orcid.org ).
    • Summary in Spanish and English, same that must not exceed 10 (ten) lines .
  • The central body of the work must be written without special margins or indentations. The use of capital letters only corresponds to proper names, beginning of titles, paragraphs or sentences after a period followed.
  • The titles and subtitles should be ranked according to the decimal system nomencladores (1., 1.1., 1.1.1, etc.) as appropriate.
  • The consignment of sources in case of textual citations or paraphrases must be done in the same paragraph according to the following format: (Last name, year, page number), for example (Beltrán, 2002, p. 56). In case of having made a paraphrase, neither quotes nor page number should be entered, for example ( Kaplún , 1998).
  • It is recommended to verify that all cited sources are later referenced in the bibliography, noting that there are no changes in the year, place, name, etc.
  • Any explanatory note must be made through a numerical call at the end of the work (and not at the foot of the page), just before the bibliography, under the heading " Notes ".
  • The bibliography with the respective bibliographic references of the texts used must be included at the end of the work, after the title " Notes" , in alphabetical order and considering the following format and punctuation:

Books: Surname, N. (year). Job title . Editorial.

Book on the Internet: Surname, Initial of the name. (year). Title of the book . Editorial. DOI or URL 

Magazines: Surname, Initial of the name. (year). Title of the specific article. Journal Title, Volume (journal number), start page number - end page number.

Electronic Documents : Surname, Initial of the name. (Year). Title of the web page . Name of the page. Retrieved the DAY of the MONTH of the YEAR from URL.

  • If the work includes Tables or Figures (photographs or graphs), they must be sent separately. The numbering of tables and figures is done separately. Its location should be clearly indicated within the text as follows: Table or Figure (As appropriate) No., Title (eg Figure 1 Comparison of notions of communication). At the bottom of the illustration, table or graphic, if it is not of own elaboration, the source must be indicated following the following format: Recovered or Adapted (As appropriate) of "Document Title" (p. Page number), Surname, G., (Year of publication).

E xample : Retrieved from "Introduction to the methodology of scientific research" (p.154), from Piura, J., (2000).

  • Consider that the digitization of photographs or illustrations , to be included in the work, must be done with a resolution of 300 dpi at the time of scanning, in JPG, GIF or TIF graphic file format.
  • Regarding language , the articles published so far in the journal have been written in Spanish, although this is the preference, articles in Portuguese and English are accepted.
  • The use of a bibliography manager is suggested to manage the bibliographic reference (Some recommended are: Mendeley or Zotero ) and make the adjustment to APA 7th edition regulations .
  • The article sent should preferably be unpublished . Otherwise, the name and date of the publication in which it appeared, the publisher's address and a letter from the author or publisher authorizing its reproduction must be included.
  • The format used in the magazine is based on the APA standards in its 7th edition. In case of any particular doubt that cannot be resolved with this brief guide, we suggest reviewing the full version of the regulations at the following link: https://bit.ly/3sogPWH or by scanning the following QR code:



Sending of manuscripts

Collaborations and/or consultations may be sent in electronic format to:
Revista PUNTO CERO: puntocero@ucbcba.edu.bo
(Please indicate in SUBJECT: Punto Cero number )
The author(s) must identify themselves by providing the following information at the time of the sending of the manuscripts:

  • Complete name  
  • E-mail address
  • Regular mail address  
  • Nationality
Institutional affiliation and/or current occupation.


Punto Cero is a free open access on-line magazine since, june 2014.Before, Punto Cero was a printed magazine published at Bolivian Catholic "San Pablo" University, in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Further information: simply write to gomezal@ucbcba.edu.bo.


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