Focus and Scope

Norteamérica is a semiannual peer-reviewed journal regarding multi and interdisciplinary academic studies about the North America region (Mexico, United States and Canada) which consider the region itself as an object of study, along with its evolution, its individual processes and internal dynamics. An analysis of the reality of each of the three nations is thematically linked with the rest of the region.

1.- Norteamérica will publish exclusively multi- and interdisciplinary academic studies focused on the North American region (Mexico, the United States and Canada) that: 

  1. a)  address the region as an object of analysis: specifically, its evolution, particular processes,  and internal dynamics;
  2. b)  analyze the reality in each of the three nations, linking them thematically with the rest of  the region;
  3. c)  carry out comparative studies of the nations of North America;
  4. d)  address the region and its insertion in the international context; and
  5. e)  expand upon international processes and their impact within the region. 

2.- Through these research perspectives, the journal will disseminate articles addressing a wide variety of general and specific issues:

  1. a)  politics, economics, society and culture;
  2. b)  foreign policy, trade, political systems, security, comparative politics, political philosophy  and history; and
  3. c)  migration, electoral processes, borders, science and technology, minorities, the  environment and natural resources, education, human rights, gender, and others. 

Peer Review Process

Norteamérica is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal that guarantees the publication of rigorously evaluated articles in its three sections titled “Essays”, “Contemporary Issues", and "Dossier." 

For the “Essays” and “Contemporary Issues”, and "Dossier" sections, collaborations that meet the criteria stablished by the “Editorial guidelines and Norms” will be accepted for review only after an internal revision regarding form and content has been conducted. The journal will not proceed with the review process otherwise. 

Norteamerica uses a double peer-review process that is strictly anonymous for both parties (author and reviewer). The reviewers are outstanding researchers that all together form a multi-institutional and multinational Board of Reviewers. The reviews will be specialized and documented, specifically referring to the quality and originality of the article, its timeliness and contribution to the corresponding field of study. 

Reviews can have only the following results:  




_____ REJECTED  

Approval by two referees is an indispensable requirement for publication. If one of the reviews is negative, a third reviewer will decide. 

Articles that receive a conditional approval will only be published if authors incorporate the modifications indicated and these are also approved by the Editorial Board. 

The content of the reviews is strictly for internal use of the journal and the author. 

Texts will be evaluated, in accordance with the “Guidelines and Norms” of the journal, both formally and thematically by the Direction of the journal and the Editorial Board. These two commitees hold the right to decide whether articles suit the interests of the journal or not. 

The review process will be strictly anonymous for both parties (author and referees). The author will receive a copy of the two reviews.

The proposed deadline for reviewers will be between 4 and 6 weeks. 

Open Access Policy

In 2006 the UNAM joined the Berlin Declaration, which promotes Open Access to all digital content obtained as a result of academic, scientific research and cultural activities undertaken by the University and is published by its academic members and university dependencies, as well as all other resources which UNAM is responsible for and possesses patrimonial rights or authorization from their respective authors.

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.

General Criteria

  1. The journal is published twice a year and most of its content (75%) is dedicated to articles based on academic research and originality, these must not be previously published and will be subjected to a rigorous double-blind peer-review. 
  2. Articles must contain a source citation system using up-to-date, relevant and pertinent sources through adequate bibliographical and electronic references. 
  3. Authors will be scholars from specialized areas, representative of national, North American and international diversity. At least 60% of them will be linked to institutions other than the one publishing this journal. 
  4. Texts will be published in the language in which they were originally written (Spanish, English or French). 
  5. The journal will be distributed nationally and internationally. 
  6. No costs will be charged for submitting manuscripts for p.rocessing and publishing

Ethical Guidelines

1.- Journal Editor Duties

1.1 The journal editors are responsible for performing a first revision of the received manuscripts and deciding on their thematic pertinency and appropriate presentation of the formal aspects before proceeding with the peer review process. They are also responsible for starting and managing the double-blind peer-review process by assigning reviewers based on academic qualifications and thematic and methodological pertinency, notifying authors on a timely manner of the results of the review process, and publishing manuscripts which have received favorable results in accordance with the journal guidelines. 

1.2 Norteamerica will timely inform authors on each phase of the publishing process: (1) Reception; (2) First revision; (3) Double-blind peer-review results; (4) Editorial Board decision on publication and programming; (5) Publication Notice. 

1.3 The Journal Editor is responsible for deciding which papers will be submitted to the peer-review process but it is the Editorial Board who will decide on publication. 

1.4 Publishing decisions will not depend in any way on nationality, ethnicity, political views, institution or gender. 

1.5 The Journal is commited to preserving confidentiality of all participants in the double-blind peer-review process.

2.- Authors Duties

2.1 Authors are committed to submitting only original and unpublished manuscripts. No previously published texts will be considered for publication on Norteamérica. 

2.2 A manuscript is considered previously published when (1) the full text has been published in another journal or academic publication; (2) large fragments of previously published papers appear in the submitted manuscript; (3) the submitted manuscript has been published in congress memoirs. These criteria apply for printed and electronic publications and for any language. 

2.3. Authors must declare and appropriately cite any fragment taken from another work; this applies to sources, tables or any other content. 

2.4. The author who submits a manuscript for publication accepts the responsibility for including all the appropriate names of his or her co-authors. 

2.5 Authors are responsible for avoiding any reference to their identity in the manuscript. 

2.6 Authors should not submit their manuscript simultaneously to other journals. 

2.7 Authors must accept the norms, criteria and publishing processes of the journal.

3.- Reviewers duties

3.1 Reviewers should only accept to review manuscripts for which they consider themselves to have enough competence, expertise and the specific knowledge for performing the task expected from them. 

3.2 The reviewers task is to decide if a manuscript is worthy of publication. If not, they must provide sufficient reasons to sustain their rejection. In any case, they should strive to help authors improve their manuscripts by offering constructive criticism whenever possible. 

3.3 Reviewers must avoid any conflict of interest that they may recognise in relation to their proposed reviews. They should notify the editors of any non ethical conduct detected in the manuscripts and point out any other motive that may lead to the rejection of the manuscript under review. 

3.4 Reviewers should notify the editors if they are qualified to review a manuscript according to the time and form proposed by the journal.



Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Enrique Graue Wiechers


Dra. Guadalupe Valencia García

Coordinador de Humanidades/Coordinator of Humanities 

Dra. Graciela Mártinez Zalce-Sánchez

Directora del CISAN/CISAN Director

José Luis Valdés-Ugalde



José Luis Valdés-Ugalde

Editor in Chief

Silvia Maldonado Rivera

Assistant Editor

Juan Carlos Tarriba

Assistant Editor

Astríd Velasco Montante

Managing Editor

Teresita Cortés Díaz

Associate Managing Editor

Teresita Cortés Díaz, Hugo Espinoza

Copy Editing

María Elena Álvarez Sotelo

Typesetting and Lay-out


Heather Dashner Monk

English Copy Editor

Patricia Pérez

Graphic Design



Norteamérica, Revista Académica del CISAN-UNAM, is ranked as a Q4 Journal by CONACYT (2019); it is also included in the following data bases and catalogues:

SCImago Journal & Country Rank




Editorial Bodies

The Editorial Board is responsible for the editorial and academic policies of the journal as well as the application of its norms, promoting the journal and evaluating the published issues. It will also decide on any controversial matter unforeseen by the Guidelines of the journal. 

The International Advisory Board is a consulting body; its members will actively participate in the academic evaluation of the articles received. They can also serve as reviewers when needed and participate in assigning the reviews, while periodically evaluating the reviewers’ directory, according to thematic areas of expertise. 

The Editor in Chief is responsible for managing the peer-review process as well as the other management areas of the journal, such as editing, communicating with authors and reviewers, and indexing.

Editorial Board

Roger Bartra, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, UNAM, México

Jorge Basave Kunhardt, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas, UNAM, México

Marianne Braig, Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Alemania

Daniel Drache, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and Department of Political Science, York University, Canadá

Luis Maira, Embajador, Chile

Juan Carlos Moreno Brid, Facultad de Economía, UNAM, México

Patricia Eugenia de los Ríos Lozano, Departamento de Ciencias Sociales y Políticas, Universidad Iberoamericana, México

Mónica Verea Campos, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte, unam, México

Scott Whiteford, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Arizona, Estados Unidos

International Advisory Board

Carlos Alba Vega, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de México, México

Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, México

Leonardo Curzio Gutiérrez, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte, UNAM, México

James Dunkerley, School of Politics and International Relations Queen Mary University of London, Inglaterra

María Teresa Gutiérrez Haces, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas, UNAM, México

Christopher Hill, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Estados Unidos

Laura López Morales, Colegio de Letras Modernas, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM, México

Laura MacDonald, Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy,Carleton University, Canadá

Alejandro Mercado Celis, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte, UNAM, México

 Olga Pellicer Silva, Departamento Académico de Estudios Internacionales, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, México

Ricardo Pozas Horcasitas, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, UNAM, México

 Guillermo Pulido González, Centro de Estudios Mexicanos UNAM /China, México

 Pablo Ruiz Nápoles, Facultad de Economía, UNAM, México

Jorge A. Schiavon, División de Estudios Internacionales, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, México

Johanne Sloan, Department of Art History, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Canadá

 William Straw, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Canadá

Marcela Terrazas y Bazante, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM, México

Blanca Torres Ramírez, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de México, México

Diego Valadés Ríos, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM, México

Jesús Velasco Grajales, Social Science Department, Tarleton State University, Estados Unidos

 Juan Villoro, escritor y crítico literario, México

Donatella M. Viola, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università della Calabria, Italia

Laura Zamudio González, Departamento de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad Iberoamericana, México

Paz Consuelo Márquez Padilla, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte, UNAM, México


Journal History

Norteamérica is the first publication of its kind dedicated to a systematic review of North America. For the past two decades, Canada, the United States and Mexico have taken down some of the barriers that divided them and we dare to assert that “North America” is, as of today, more than a mere geographic denomination. However, our understanding of the biggest free trade region in the world is still inadecuate, in terms of its economy and territory, and the differences that tell these countries apart seem monumental in contrast to the features they share. This is the reason, among others, why we decided to undertake the publishing of this journal.