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Author Guidelines

UNED Research Journal / Cuadernos de Investigación UNED is an open access internationally indexed scientific journal that follows the standards of the Council of Science Editors.

There is no charge for publishing or reading it *.


The text must be concise and clear, and follow Council of Science Editors guidelines for figures, tables and writing. Avoid passive or impersonal writing: write in the first person (e.g. We did seven field trips"). This style is the current form used by all major journals. Use commas for decimals, and the International System of Units.


References are cited chronologically within the text, by surname and year, separating them from each other by semicolons. Use APA 7 format and, if possible, only cite scientific articles (if absolutely necessary, you can cite academic books, theses or official websites).

Figures and Tables

Include figures and tables within the text, using the templates downloaded from this page (see below). Do not send pixelated or blurred images.

Along with the manuscript and figures, attach the signed ethical letter (you can send several to complete all authors).

Download the ethical letter; figure guides; and template according to manuscript type:

  1. Ethical letter
  2. Figure guide
  3. How to write an abstract
  4. Word Templates (links are below on each publication type)

The description of each type of article is in this link, check it before choosing your template:

Free publications Word templates: 

* Word templates for Paid publications:

* Note: For budgetary reasons, New Records and Range Extensions need a payment of US$75; Monographs and Supplements also must be financed externally (consult our editorial staff for details).

Submit manuscript

To submit, have ready the manuscript in the Word template, the figures, and the signed ethical letter in PDF, and visit the following link: SUBMISSION

Copyright notice

All materials published by UNED Research Journal are covered by the Open Access license CC BY 4.0. ( Briefly: all contents can be reproduced if the source and copyright are acknowledged according to the Open Access license CC BY 4.0

We allow automatic storage in repositories for all versions of the article, and we recommend publishing the original data and logs in public repositories.

Financial statement

The journal is financed by public funds via Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) in San Josél, Costa Rica. Editorial independence and ethical compliance are guaranteed by the Board of Editors, UNED. We do not publish paid ads or receive funds from companies.

Privacy statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal will be used exclusively for the purposes stated by the journal and will not be available for any other purpose or person.



  1. Notes

    UNED Research Journal publishes short reports (3-4 pp) and notes (1-2 pp). Additional material (text, images, audios and videos) is published online as needed. We recommend that Short Articles do not exceed 1500 words and that authors file other material (raw data, audio, video, images, additional text) in or a similar public repository (include the links in the Methods section of your manuscript).

Privacy Statement

Names and email addresses entered in this journal will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be available for any other purpose or another person.