Information for authors

Journal sections and publishable materials

The Revista de la Educación Superior (RESU) is divided into three sections:

  • Editorial. This section, which is not subject to peer-review, is devoted to presenting each issue of the journal, with reflections on one or several of the articles or on a current topic in higher education. This section is the responsibility of the editor and the editorial committee.
  • Articles. Includes all peer-reviewed articles, scholarly essays and texts related to current debates in higher education.
  • Book reviews. This section includes brief, critical reviews of books and other texts that have been recently published (in the past two years) in Mexico and in other countries, and which are of particular relevance to the field of higher education.

RESU receives materials for publication in the articles and reviews sections.

Reception of originals and peer-review

By sending a manuscript to RESU, the author is confirming that the text is original and unpublished. The author also agrees not to send the manuscript simultaneously for review or publication by another journal (see Code of ethics).

The journal receives texts written in English, French or Portuguese, as long as they conform to the thematic and formal guidelines specified by RESU. The texts will be translated into Spanish upon acceptance for publication.

The journal will only review original texts sent to the following email address:

All documents received by the journal will be submitted for review to the editorial committee, which will determine their pertinence in thematic, methodological and formal terms. Those submissions that fulfill the editorial requirements (first filter) will be sent to the peer-reviewers, who will then decide whether to recommend them for publication. That decision should be based solely on criteria related to the academic quality of the texts and their potential contribution to the field.

The peer-review process (second filter) abides by the principle of anonymity, both with regard to the author and to the reviewers, and will follow academic best practices. The author is instructed to follow the guidelines specified in the Code of ethics, in order to preserve anonymity.

RESU editors will inform authors of reception of their manuscript within eight days, and of the results of the peer-review process in a maximum of four months. The journal does return original manuscripts.

Texts that are accepted for publication will be published in the order in which they were approved, subject to the space available in the various sections. RESU will notify authors when their manuscript has been accepted and again when it has been published.

Authors recognize that if the review process is favorable, the manuscript will be published in RESU and a complete version of the text will appear on the ANUIES website ( ANUIES recognizes the right of authors to publish their texts elsewhere and in any form of their choice, as long as they cite the fact that it has been previously published in RESU and provide the complete journal reference.

Article processing charges (APCs) / Article submission charges

The Revista de la Educación Superior does not charge authors any cost for processing or sending articles.

Open Access Declaration

The Revista de la Educación Superior is immersed in the context of international movement Open Access, that establishes its bases in the Budapest (2002), Bethesda (2003) y Berlín (2003) Declarations, with the purpose of encouraging the author or the owner of an academic work to share information, result of scientific research, without cost or restriction for the public. The Revista de la Educación Superior promotes Open Access of its digital contents through the Internet, product of research activities carried out by academics in the various lines that converge around of higher education.

License terms for Open Access

Articles published by Revista de la Educación Superior appear available online for free under the license CC BY-NC-ND that will regulate the use of the articles, so that the user can read, copy, download and print the article, as well as distribute it in other repositories Open Access under the following terms (

  • You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • If you remix, transform, or build upon the article a derivative work, you may not distribute the modified material.

Requirements for the presentation of original texts

In addition to ensuring the pertinence and quality of its content, RESU expects all original manuscript submissions to fulfill high standards in terms of their stylistic and literary characteristics–in terms of spelling and syntax, and in the clarity of the writing and structure–and to comply with the standard rules of citation. RESU´s editorial members reserve the right to make minor stylistic corrections to texts accepted for publication, without consulting the author, in the understanding that such changes will not alter the meaning of the text.All texts should fulfill the following requirements:

    1. The texts should be sent in digital Word format.
    2. Articles and essays should not exceed 9,000 words, including tables and references. Book and article reviews should not exceed 4,500 words. In rare exceptions, the journal´s editorial team may submit for peer review texts that exceed the maximum length, in cases involving studies or documents of significant or strategic importance.
    3. All manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 100 words, and five key words identifying the content of the article. Both should be presented in Spanish and in English translation (abstract, key words).
    4. All citations should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (APA), that is, references should be inserted within the text, not as footnotes, in the following style:

 Citations incorporated into the text, with a sole author:

      • According to last name (year), games during childhood should have an influence on…
      • In a study on games during childhood… (last name, year).
      • In 2000, last name studied the role of games in childhood and their possible influence…

Citations comprised of various authors:

      • In the case of two authors, cite the last names of both each time the reference occurs within the text.
      • In cases where there are between three and five authors, on first reference list all last names. Example: Hernández, López, Pérez and Ramírez (1999) found that the students…
      • In subsequent cases, only the last name of the first author should be mentioned, followed by et al. and the year of publication. List all of the authors´ last names in the reference section.

Direct quotes:


In alphabetic order by author´s last name and including the complete first name (variation on APA), except in cases where the original text lists only the first initial.

  • Hanging indent.
  • Titles of journals and books should be in italics.
  • Only one space should follow each punctuation mark.
  • APA is still developing its protocol for citing electronic works. For the most recent information available, consult the APA website:

General guidelines for creating graphs, tables, charts, flow-charts, etc.

Tables and graphs should be numbered and included at the end of the manuscript, with instructions for where to insert them in the text. In order to facilitate the editing process, all manuscripts should be sent as separate Excel or Word documents. Preferably, authors should avoid the use of explanatory notes, but when necessary, they should be included as endnotes, with numbered references within the text. All supporting material included in articles sent to the Revista de la Educación Superior—such as graphs, tables and charts—should be self-contained. That is, the information should be comprehensible without the need to refer to the surrounding text. With that in mind, while creating illustrative material (graphs, outlines and drawings) and/or synthetic material (tables, charts), authors should take into account the following criteria:

  • The title should be brief but sufficiently explanatory.
  • Sources. Sources should be clearly identified.
  • Explanatory notes. In addition to any explanatory notes that authors wish to include below the graphs, tables, charts, diagrams, etc., they are advised to translate into the language of the article any observations, notes or indicators produced by the computer statistics programs and which do not appear in that language. In the case of Spanish, for example, “mean” (which should be translated as “media”), median (mediana), mode (moda), etc. Authors should also translate the names of certain statistical tests, suhchas as Principal Component Analysis, Rotated Component Matrix, or KMO and Bartlett´s Test.
  • Initials, abbreviations and/or acronyms. The initials, abbreviations and/or acronyms that appear in the graphs, tables, charts, drawings, etc., should be adequately described using footnotes. For example, when using “n/a,” the author should specify whether the abbreviation is short for “not available” or “no answer.” The same guidelines apply to acronyms such as NIH (National Institutes of Health), ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education), OECD (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development), or UIS (UNESCO Institute for Statistics), among other acronyms.