Author guidelines

1. The texts sent to melancholy, for possible publication, must be original and referred to the field of study. They conform strictly to the requirements contained in the publication rules and standards of quality and scientific rigor intended by this journal. These are the required criteria in the acceptance and evaluation of the proposed work.

Articles must be sent in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF format and can be sent by email to The Secretariat of the journal will confirm via email the reception of the original and the beginning of the process of evaluation of the submitted work.

2. The works will have a maximum length of:

Articles: 60,000 characters with spaces.
Dossier and Varia: 75,000 characters with spaces.
Instruments and projections: 60,000 characters with spaces.
Bibliographical reviews: 5,000 characters with spaces.

By these maximum lengths, we consider body of the text, footnotes page, pictures, maps, graphs, appendices of texts and bibliographies. Illustrations, pictures, maps or graphics should appear properly referenced and explained in the text: graduates, sequentially numbered, and accompanied by their respective feet image and source (s). It is located in the form after the referred paragraph. Images will be delivered in digital format (JPG or TIFF 300 and 240 DPI). It is the authors’ responsibility to get and give the journal the authorization to publish the images that require it.

3. The originals submitted to the journal should contain a first Deputy folio that includes: title of the work (in the language of publication and English); the date of referral of the article; Summary of the work, in your language and one in English (not more than 10 lines each). Next to them, they shall incorporate keywords (3 maximum), in both languages. The author's name should not be incorporated into this text.

4. In separate file it must be included the author's name; academic degree;  contact details; institution's membership and a brief personal curriculum (15 lines).

5. The journal publishes, preferably, works in Spanish and Portuguese, but we accept English, French and Italian as well.

6. Upon receipt of the original, it will be reviewed within a maximum period of 15 days if the submitted text respects the rules of publication above. In case of detecting any inconsistence in these formalities, it will be communicated to the author notification to adapt them to the journal’s requirements. Afterwards, it will be sent to scientific evaluation by peer review, in charge of renowned experts in the field.

7. The result of the evaluator’s report considers three possibilities: "accepted", "accepted with modifications" or "rejected". In the second case, it will be communicated to the authors the suggested changes so the original can be published. If it were rejected, it shall be notified to authors the reasons argued by the evaluators to reach such a decision. The main criteria for such an assessment will be: selected sources and the methodology used, the relevance and up-to-date  bibliography, compliance with the standards of edition, writing in the language of publication, the structure and originality of the work, the conclusions and the general scientific interest of the work, as well as their most significant contributions.

Melancholy is committed to starting and finishing the evaluation process within a period no longer than six months, informing the author of the result. After this evaluation is done, the editorial process will take fifteen working days, time in which the author must carry out corrections and appropriate amendments, and sent the text to the Secretariat of the journal, which will verify that the required changes have been made prior to publication.

If the original is accepted, it will be informed to its author, who shall communicate the conformity or rejection within a maximum period of seven days.

8. During the editorial process, changes are not accepted or additions to the text. Authors must correct the first drafts within a maximum of fifteen days from the delivery, otherwise it means that they accept the corrections made by the Editorial Comittee. The second test will be in charge of the editorial board.

9. The text shall adjust to the following standards:

(a) the contributions must be submitted in Times New Roman 12, line spacing one and a half, margins of 3 cm, paged and A4 paper size. Notes will go in footnote, in Times New Roman size 10 and single-spaced.

(b) at the end of the text it must be included a section entitled "Bibliography", where the author should include the bibliography used in alphabetical order. The texts will be cited in the following way: author’s last name (in capital letters) and initial letter of their name, role in the publication where more than one (coord.; ed.; tra.), year of publication between parentheses, full title of the work (in italics ), city in which it was published and Publisher.

For example:

FAIVRE, A., NEEDLEMAN, J. (comps.) (2000). Espiritualidad de los movimientos esotéricos modernos. Buenos Aires. Paidós Orientalia.

(c) quotations of more than 40 should go in quotation marks. The words or phrases omitted will be replaced by ellipsis (...).

(d) at the end of the quotation, it will be included in parentheses: the author's last name, year of publication: page. For example: "se dieron las condiciones de posibilidad para lo que definimos como el proceso de emergencia, complejización y heterogeneización del campo esotérico” (Bubello, 2010: 75).


And in the bibliography:

BUBELLO, J. P. (2010). Historia del Esoterismo en la Argentina. Prácticas, representaciones y persecuciones de curanderos, espiritistas, astrólogos y otros esoteristas. Buenos Aires. Biblos. 

(e) quotations superior than 40 words should appear separatedly, indentation of (five) 5 spaces from the left margin, and will be in Times New Roman 11, simple line and without quotation marks.

For example: Francis Yates (1983) noted:

Asimismo, es sumamente excitante seguir de cerca las sinuosidades y circunvoluciones del pensamiento de Ficino a lo largo del capítulo XVIII de su De vita coelitus comparanda. Antes de ofrecernos su lista de los talismanes planetarios, expone una serie de observaciones curiosas sobre la cruz, entendida como una especie de talismán. La fuerza de los cielos es mayor cuando los rayos celestes descienden perpendicularmente y formando ángulo recto, es decir, formando una cruz que agrupe los cuatro puntos cardinales (p. 92)

And in the bibliography:

YATES, F. (1983) Giordano Bruno y la tradición hermética (1964), Barcelona, Editorial Ariel.

(f) a footnote can be used to clarify or deepen the arguments in the body of the text. If you refer to an author or work, citation shall conform to the standards in this section. Footnotes should be used to quote in different languages than the article. Ex.: Quotations in latin, Greek, or quotations in French in an article written in Portuguese. The main text should be written in only one language.

(g) the texts shall not include information in small caps.

(h) subtitles must be placed in left margin, highlighted in bold and written in lower case.

(i) each paragraph should start with an indent of one centimeter.

(j) references to documents and manuscripts will have the following form: type of document or manuscript (letter, inquiry, relationship, self, Decree...), authorship or production entity, and recipient (if recorded), data (place, day, month and year); and then the current location in the archive or library where you can access this documentation: full name of the file or library (by adding their initials in capital letters in the first reference), collection, unit in the corresponding language (file/leg.,) (manuscript/ms., box/caj., folder/carp., record/exp...), and foliation/paging (if necessary and with the formula fol. / fols. or p. / pp.)

For example:
Carta del Rey Juan I de 17 de Noviembre de 1391 ordenando al fraile Francisco Eiximiens abstenerse de hacer profecías, Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (ACA). Registro 1962, fol 3

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Heptaplus. De septiformi sex dierum Geneseos enarratione, 1489. Edición bilingüe latín-castellano: Heptaplus, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Colección de Libros Raros Curiosos y Olvidados, 1998 –estudio preliminar Silvia Magnavacca; tradución y notas Adolfo Ruiz Díaz.


If a document has already been mentioned, it will be referenced abbreviated using the acronym of file or library included in the note where it was first mentioned.

(k) parts of books, i.e., chapter or section of a work, will appear in "Bibliography" in the following way: author’s last name (in capital letters) and name’s initial. Title of the book chapter. Last name (in capital letters) and first name’s initial of whoever is in charge of the publication, role (coord.; ed.), book title in italics, pages in parentheses. Place and editor.

For example:
FARACOVI, O. (2014) The return to Ptolemy. En DOOLEY, B. (ed.), A Companion to Astrology in the Renaissance. (pp. 87-98). Boston, Leiden. 

(l) references to journal articles should be adapted as following: author (last name in capital letters, name’s initial) followed by the year of publication (the parentheses), title of the work (in "high quotes"), name of the journal (in italic), journal number and pages.

For example:
HANEGRAAFF, W. (2003) “How magic survived the disenchantment of the world”, Religion, 33, pp. 357–380.

(m) when reference is made to a book or article that has already appeared in a previous note, it should appear as following: author (surname/s only, without initial) followed by a comma, op. cit. (in italics), note "Op. cit. ", and the corresponding pages (p. / pp.). If it is the same work referred in the preceding note, is it used ibid (in italics and without accent).

For example:
(BUBELLO, op. cit.:189)
(Ibidem, pp. 57-58)

(n) electronic articles will be quotes as following: surname (s). Name, full title (City: Editorial, year), information of the doi (digital object identifier) or (date of consultation).

For example:
CIAPPARELLI, L. Medicina y Literatura en el Tratado de Fascinación de Enrique de Villena. Cuadernos de Historia de España, 79, núm. 1, Bs. As., 2005. Fecha de consulta: 28 de Junio de 2016.

(o) unpublished theses will be cited as follows: last name (s) in capital letter and initial of the name. Year of the defense in parentheses. Title of the thesis in italics. Type of thesis presented (undergraduate/master 's/doctoral). Name of the institution. Place.

For example:

VILLALBA, M. (2016) Esoterismo y poder en Castilla y Aragón. Enrique de Villena y su Tratado de la Fascinación(1425) y Tratado de Astrología (1438). (Tesis de Maestría en Sociología de la Cultura y Análisis Cultural). Universidad Nacional General San Martín. Buenos Aires.

(p) interviews are cited as following: interview with surname (s), name, name of the interview. Place of publication. City, full date.

For example:
Entrevista a BUBELLO, J. P. "Se lo descalifica, pero el esoterismo sigue vigente en nuestra cultura".
Diario Clarin, Buenos Aires. 2 de Junio de 2013

(q) Acts or other scientific meeting will be cited in the "Bibliography", using the following format: surname of the author in capital letter and initial of the name, month and year in which it was presented the work, title of the collaboration. In: last name in capital letter and initial of the name of the head of Conference/Symposium/Conference. Title of the Congress in italics. Place.

For example:
BUBELLO, J. P. (Agosto, 2012). 
La Alquimia y la Astrología de Diego de Santiago en la corte de Felipe II. En: FOGELMAN, P, DE LUCA, C. (comps.) Actas electrónicas del Cuarto Simposio Internacional sobre Religiosidad, Cultura y Poder. Buenos Aires.

(r) tables or figures taken from a text and reproduced, or adapted, must include a footnote that entitles, expand or explain the content and also to indicate the source.

If the table or figure was taken from another work, include the footnote with the complete reference of the source according to the following format (this information is not included in the referenced works):

Regular publication: reference note

Of [or the data in the column are of] "Article title", by A. A. Autor and B. B. author, year, title of publication, volume, p. xx. Copyright [year] by the name of the copyright holder. Reproduced [or adapted] with permission.

Book: Note reference

Of [or adapted from] title of the book, (p. xxx), by A. A. Autor and B. B. author, year, place of publication: Publisher. Copyright [year] by the name of the copyright holder. Reproduced [or adapted] with permission.

(s) If you are working with audiovisual media, in the "Bibliography" the material used must be cited in the following way.

Movies: last name in capital letter and initial of the name of the director and producer, year in which appeared the film, the title of the film in italics, country of origin, name of the study in which it was filmed.

For example:

MONTALDO, G. (Director), PONTI, C. (Productor) (1973). Giordano Bruno. Italia-Francia. Compagnia Cinematografica Champion/Les Films Concordia.

TV series: last name (uppercase) and initial of the screenwriter and director names. Title of the chapter of the book. Last name uppercase in most initial of the name of the producer, title of the TV series in italics, place and study.

For example:
JORDAN, N. (guionista), PODESWA, J (Director).
The Art of War. En JORDAN, N (Productor). The Borgias. Hungría-Canadá-Irlanda. Showtime. 



As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

1.The work has not been previously published or examined by other journal (or an explanation is added in “Commentary to editor(s))

2.The file is in Microsoft Word, RTF o WordPerfect format.

3.If possible, add URL sites for references.

4.The text meets stylistic and bibliographical conditions required.

5.In case of sending the text to peer-review, all instructions required are followed.

6.Texts fullfil the requisits of originality and scientific strictness.



Authos that publish in this journal agree with the following terms:

1.Authors keep their author's rights and grant Melancolia the right to be the first publisher. Licenced under Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with aknowledgment of the authorship and publication in this journal.  

2.Authors can separatedly stablish aditional agreements for the distribution not exclusive from the published version in this journal (for example, place it in an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an aknowledgment of the first publication in this journal.

3.Authors are allowed and encouraged to share their works electronically (for example, in an institutional repositories or their own website) before and after the submission process, in order to generate academical interchange and a better and faster citation. See The Effect of Open Access



Names and email adresses in this journal will be exclusively used for stated purposes and will not be proportioned to others with different ends.

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