Manuscript Form and Length

Double-space all text and use a 12-point font throughout, including for headings, block quotations, the reference list, and endnotes.  Set all margins at one inch (2.45 cm) and do not right-justify the text.  Use formatting that is essential to the meaning of the text and consistently use the same font throughout the article.  Manuscripts must not exceed the 8,000 word limit, including notes, references, title, and abstract.  Manuscripts exceeding this length will be returned to the author, including manuscripts that have been revised and submitted again.

Title Page

Include the article’s title, your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for publication (postal address and e-mail address).  The contact information should be accurate as of the article’s publication date.  Any acknowledgments, including of financial support, should also be included on the title page.  If an article is accepted, acknowledgements will then be incorporated into the article above the endnotes.

In-text Citations and References Cited

In-Text Citations

Place your in-text citations in parentheses and include the author’s name and the source’s year of publication in this manner: (Smith 2004).

For quotations or extensive paraphrases, include the page numbers preceded by a colon): (Lamas 2004: 146–47).

Do not include the date of original publication or the abbreviations ed. or trans.; save these for the reference list.

For multiple citations in one parenthetical, list them alphabetically, separate them with semicolons, and use commas to separate the years corresponding to multiple citations from a single author, following this example:

(Arsel 2011; Bebbington 2012; Breglia 2009; Colloredo-Mansfeld 2002, 2011).

References Cited

Please review  carefully chapter 15 of the  16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, which sets forth the author-date References Cited system that JLACA uses. What follows is a brief review of the system’s major elements.  Any manuscript whose References Cited section does not conform to author-date CMS style will be returned to the author for correction.  The following AAA link is helpful: is helpful.

On the reference list, include every source cited in the text and no others, listed alphabetically by author. Set multiple entries by the same author in chronological order, from oldest to most recent. The layout is as follows, formatted with hanging indentation and double-spaced.  Do not use tabs or spaces to create the hanging indentation; use the ruler, as explained by the Microsoft Word help page.

Do not use dashes to replace repeated author names. Just repeat the names; dashes will be added during the editing process.

Do not embed the reference list in the endnotes.

Arsel, Murat, and Natalia Avila Angel. 2011. “State, Society and Nature in Ecuador: The Case of the Yasuní-ITT  Initiative.” Nationalization of Extraction in Bolivia and Ecuador NEBE Working Paper 2, International Institute of Social Studies, Rotterdam.

Bebbington, Anthony, ed. 2012. Social Conflict, Economic Development and the Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America. New York: Routledge.

Breglia, Lisa. 2009. Monumental Ambivalence: The Politics of Heritage. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Bretón Solo de Zaldívar, Víctor. 2013. “Etnicidad, desarrollo y ‘Buen Vivir’: Reflexiones críticas en perspectiva histórica.” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 95:71–95.

Cabrera Hanna, Santiago. 2011. “Reflexiones alrededor del inventario del patrimonio cultural inmaterial ecuatoriano: El registro del santuario de El Quinche.” Apuntes 24:106–23.

Churchill, Nancy E. 2008 “Erasing Popular History: State Discourse of Cultural Patrimony in Puebla, Mexico.” Paper presented at the XXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Miami, March 16–18.

Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudi. 2002. “An Ethnography of Neoliberalism: Understanding Competition in Artisan Economies.” Current Anthropology 43:113–37.

Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudi. 2011. “Work, Cultural Resources, and Community Commodities in the Global Economy.” Anthropology of Work Review 32:51–62.

Moore, Jennifer, and Teresa Velásquez. 2012. “Sovereignty Negotiated: Anti-mining Movements, the State and Multinational Mining Companies under Correa’s ‘Twenty-first Century Socialism.’” In Social Conflict, Economic Development and the Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America, edited by Anthony Bebbington, 112–33.  New York: Routledge.


JLACA uses endnotes, not footnotes. They should be brief, directly relevant to the text, and limited.   In the main text, place endnote reference numbers at the end of sentences only, using Arabic numerals.


Book, film, and website reviews should be between 800-1000 words.  Reviews should not include footnotes and should include no more than four citations.  Reviews are typically due within 60 days.

Reviews should follow the following format: Put the title of the book in bold and the author in italic immediately following the title. Then put the city of publication, publisher’s name and date of publication in roman. Finally, put the number of pages in roman. Then on a new line place your name and affiliation in bold. See the sample below:

Banana Wars: Power, Production and History in the Americas. Steve Striffler and Mark Moberg, eds. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. 364 pp.

James Herron

Harvard University

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