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Centro Journal Submission Guidelines

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) seeks original research manuscripts for their consideration for publication in CENTRO Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, a peer-reviewed publication.

Cover letter:

  • Author name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Submission Title
  • Abstract (maximum of 150-words)
  • List of 6 key words
  • Statement indicating that submission has
    not been previously published, nor is under
    consideration for publication, elsewhere.


  • Send only in Office Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Use Times New Roman 12pt font
  • Double spaced manuscript
  • Consecutive page numbering
  • Manuscript must not exceed 9,000
    words—end notes and references included
  • Endnotes (not footnotes)
    - do not include references in Endnotes
  • References only for works cited in the text

Images, graphs and charts:

  • Must be submitted as individual files, separate
    from the main submission document
  • Indicate in the main submission document the
    approximate location of each
  • For images:
  • resolution must be 300-dpi
  • JPEG or TIFF formats
  • For tables and graphs:
  • Tables and graphs as Excel files
  • All tables and graphs should include source
    data in the Excel file

To send submisions or for more information:

For more information contact:
Xavier F. Totti, Editor
212.772.5690 (phone)
212.650.3673 (fax)

CENTRO Journal Style Guide

We follow the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition in regards to reference citations, which are summarized below:

In-text citations
• Place citations in parentheses and include the author’s name and the source’s year of publication, with no intervening punctuation, at the end of a sentence or before a comma or semicolon, whenever possible: (Whalen 2001).
• Always include page numbers for quotations or extensive paraphrases, using an en dash for page ranges: (Whalen 2001, 146–47).
• Use semicolons to separate two or more references in a single parenthetical citation and list them alphabetically: (Pérez 2004; Rúa 2012; Whalen and Vázquez-Hernández 2015).
• Do not include “ed.” or “trans.” in citations (and in the case of books that have been reprinted or updated, do not include the original publication year), as this information will be included on the reference list.
• Use the first author’s last name and et al. for works with four or more authors.
• You may use the following abbreviations: , e.g., and i.e. Do not use ibid., passim, op. cit., and so on.

Reference list
• Include every source cited in the text and no others, listed alphabetically by author. • When including multiple works by the same author, list them  chronologically, from oldest to most recent.
• For works published by the same author in the same year, add a, b, and so on, and list them alphabetically by title.
• Online references require an access date.

The following examples, which illustrate a number of citation scenarios, may serve as a guide for formatting your entries.

Fernández, Lilia. 2012. Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Padilla, Felix, and Lourdes Santiago. 1993. Outside the Wall: A Puerto Rican Woman’s Struggle. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Book Chapters
Toro-Morn, Maura. 2005. Boricuas en Chicago: Gender and Class in the Migration and Settlement of Puerto Ricans. In The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives, eds. Carmen Teresa Whalen and Víctor Vázquez-Hernández. 128–50. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Edited Volume
Rúa, Mérida M., ed. 2010. Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Translated Work
Rodríguez Juliá, Edgardo. 2003. Cortijo’s Wake / El entierro de Cortijo. Translated by Juan Flores. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Journal Articles
Flores-González, Nilda. 2001. Paseo Boricua: Claiming a Puerto Rican space in Chicago. CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 13(2): 6–22.

Sotomayor, Antonio. 2016. Colonial Olympism: Puerto Rico and Jamaica’s Olympic movement in Pan‐American sport, 1930 to the 1950s. The International Journal of the History of Sport 21: 1–21. doi:10.1080/09523367.2016.1147429.

Online Resources
López, Gustavo, and Renee Stepler. 2016. Latinos in the 2016 Election: Florida. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. Accessed 15 March 2016.

Multimedia Source
Morales, Iris. 1996. ¡Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante! The Young Lords. New York: Third World Newsreel. Videocassette