Article Preparation. APA Style. Submission, Typography, and Writing


The articles should be submitted via our website in Microsoft Word format. The file name should follow the following format: author's last name, first name, and abbreviated title of the work.

The writing elements should comply with the following APA guidelines: Times New Roman #12 font, double-spaced.

Italicized text: Book titles, publications, and creative works in general (movies, songs, paintings, etc.), foreign terms, and nicknames should be italicized.

Quotation marks: Quotation marks should be used for direct quotations of fewer than 40 words and for ironic or double-meaning words.


Abbreviations: Abbreviations are not used, except for well-known acronyms (e.g., UNPHU, UN, NGO). Plural forms of abbreviations do not take an 's'.


Numbers: Numbers from zero to nine should be written in words. Numbers starting from 10 should be written in numerals.


Bold and underline formatting should not be used.


Cover Page or Title Page

Include the title of the work (left-aligned header), page number (header, top right), the title of the work again in the center of the page (in both Spanish and English, with uppercase and lowercase letters), the institution endorsing the work, and the names of the authors. Then, provide an author's note: author's name, surname, affiliation, correspondence address, and a brief biography. To ensure anonymity during the editorial process, this will be the only page where such information appears. If there are multiple authors, their names should be listed in the desired order.



The title should be related to the presented text and suggest the content of the work in a concise and explanatory manner. It should not exceed 12 words. Capitalize the first letter of the first word and use lowercase letters for the rest. Capitalize proper nouns or follow the rules for capitalization set by the Real Academia Española (Ortografía Real Academia Española, 2016).


Author(s) Biographical Information

Include the main details: current position or role, academic degrees, and key publications. It should not exceed 100 words.


Epigraphs and Dedications

These works do not include epigraphs or dedications.




Place it on a separate page. It is a brief summary or description of the essential content of the source document. It should focus on the primary content of the text, be concise and precise, and range from a minimum of 180 to a maximum of 350 words. Write it in two languages, first in Spanish and then in English. Although the abstract is written in both languages, the work is presented in Spanish. It should provide enough information to be critically evaluated and should include the problem being investigated or addressed, the objectives of the study, the method used to approach it, and the results obtained.



Keywords guide the reader about the vital topics addressed in the work. They are separated by commas and written in italics. They describe the content of the fundamental themes of the text and facilitate its retrieval in digital environments or catalogs. They should be written in both Spanish and English. They should be located two spaces below the abstract, in italics and indented. They assist in the search and discovery of the topics of interest. They are a powerful means for selecting and reading the digital version of your article or essay on the web. Include approximately six keywords.


Text (Article or Essay)


Introduction of the Text

With a length of approximately one to two paragraphs, it should include the thesis, premise, vital question, or reason for the work.



The body should have the length required for the type of work and its content.



It should include, without the need to identify them, the reflections that conclude the work and validate the thesis, premise, or address the main question.



Non-argumentative essays and articles may include charts, photos, graphs, diagrams, or plans. They should be included within the text and attached as separate files in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Adobe Illustrator format. Clear references to these graphics should be made within the text to place them in an organized manner.


It is important to note that tables or diagrams do not duplicate the information developed in the work but complement it. Tables, following the current APA style, do not have vertical margins, and the horizontal margins they have are the top and bottom ones. Additionally, the table title is written in uppercase and bold (e.g., Table 4). Subsequently, without leaving any space, the table name is written in italics, with the first letter in uppercase and without a period at the end.

Regarding photos, attention should be given to the resolution quality. High resolution is sought, and for that, the size of the photograph should be taken into account (generally around 300dpi). The images should display the source or references with the photographer's information. Permission from the copyright holder must be ensured. The captions for these photos should be in Times New Roman, size 8.



Please refer to the APA manual or visit for details. Note that there is a slight difference between using a reference and a bibliography: References are listed in alphabetical order by author and, in the case of multiple works by the same author, by chronological order. Examples of references:


For books (and creative works in general): Author's last name, initial(s) of the first name(s) (publication year). Italicized title and name of the publisher.


For journal articles: Author's last name, initial of the first name (publication year). "Article Title." Italicized Journal Title, journal number, pages.


For writings without an author or where an institution is the corporate author: Entity (publication year). "Article Title" and publishing house.



For internet sources: Author's last name, initial(s) of the first name(s) (publication year). Italicized Title and URL...

If the cited article has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), it should be included after the page number. For other types of sources, consult


Conflict of Interest

According to the conflict of interest section of AULA's Publication Guidelines, it is necessary to provide written notification of any relationships between the authors of the article and any public or private entity that could potentially lead to a conflict of interest.


Article Submission

Contributions should be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) using the website platform. articles should not exceed a total of 9,000 words, including footnotes but excluding references. Articles of greater length may be accepted exceptionally. articles must comply with the editorial guidelines.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to ensure that their submission meets all of the following items. Submissions that do not comply with these guidelines may be returned to the authors.

  1.  The article is original, and the authors commit to not submit it to other publications simultaneously. A Letter of Originality must be attached.
  2.  In a document attached to the letter, indicate the first and last name of each author, identifying their role in the development of the article according to the Contributor Role Taxonomy (CRediT) criteria.
  3.  The article is written in one of the publication languages: Spanish or English.
  4.  The article has been submitted in a format compatible with the latest version of Microsoft Word.
  5.  The article complies with all the requirements established in the journal's publication guidelines. Refer to AULA's Author Guidelines on the portal.
  6.  The article complies with the journal's ethical policies. See Ethical Policies:
  7.  Authors must ensure that their articles comply with the principles of Scientific Research Integrity established in the Singapore Statement.
  8.  The article must have a version of the title, abstract, and keywords in both English and Spanish.
  9.  If the article is derived from a research project, the project's name or code, funding source, and year should be indicated.
  10.  Whenever possible and available, include URLs in the references.
  11.  Whenever possible, include the DOI in the references.
  12.  Whenever possible, the article is linked to the dataset with a complete citation, including the dataset's DOI.
  13.  References should be formatted according to APA style. Use the recommended program for adaptation: