1 Aims and scope
AWARI is the official publication of the Latin American Association of Social Network Analysis. It is an open access peer-reviewed journal of an international character aimed to publish studies related to social network analysis. Authors are encouraged to submit studies contributing to the development of social network analysis from several areas like sociology, computer science, management science, information science, political science, communication, and economics.
AWARI is oriented to researchers, academicians, students, practitioners, and all kinds of social entities coming from public or private sectors. We welcome articles (but not limited to) covering topics like:
2 Before you submit
2.1 Editorial policies
AWARI ensures the publication of high-quality content derived from transparent and trusted research practices. AWARI follows all the guidelines and best publication practices defined by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).
AWARI demands that all authors listed in the manuscripts have taken a real responsibility during the research process and article creation. We encourage the corresponding authors, project leaders, or institutions to avoid adding people who did not contribute to the research output (Gift authors) or to exclude people who did contribute and its name is not finally included (Ghost authors). To prevent so, it is strongly recommended to decide the authorship before the project writing.
Before considering a paper for possible publication, a decision needs to be made regarding the definition of the ‘corresponding author’ and the ‘order of authors’. The corresponding author will play an administrative role since he/she will be contacted by the Editorial Office during the manuscript evaluation, production, and post-publication processes.
A contribution statement needs to be submitted together with the manuscript where the role per author is described. The authors can find support on the roles defined by CRediT. This information will be published together with the full text. All those whose contributions are not listed in the taxonomy defined by CRediT can be listed in the Acknowledgements section.
In case someone requests to withdraw his/her name from a paper, or even claim for inclusion, a formal declaration needs to be submitted to the Editorial Office. This request will be considered once a letter of agreement is signed by all authors.
2.1.2 Conflict of interest
A Conflict of Interest (COI) takes place when authors have personal, academic, or financial relationships with third parties that could influence the content of research work submitted for publication.
At the time to submit any type of paper, authors are requested to complete the COI Statement by which all potential interests are declared, if applicable. Through this statement, the following issues might be declared:
These are some examples of COI statement:
If there is no conflict of interest, the authors must declare:
2.1.3 Research data, reproducibility, and transparency
The authors are encouraged to share the data behind the research work. The AWARI’s policy is to make all scientific data of open access since we follow the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data defined by the European Commission.
The data sharing process can occur in the following ways:
Citations to research data should appear in the full text in the reference section. Authors need to follow the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles to provide the correct citation and referencing of the data.
2.1.4 Statement of data consent
To make science more transparent, open, and reproducible, AWARI encourages its authors to submit a data statement; which will be publicly available. These are some examples:
2.1.5 Open access and copyright
All articles published by AWARI are open access, meaning they are freely available without any kind of subscription nor restriction. The articles are published under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license, which permits the sharing and adaptation of the material as long as appropriate credit be given, a link to the license be provided, and all changes are indicated. More information about this license can be found here.
2.1.5 Publication fees
There is no fee or charges applied for article processing and/or publication in AWARI.
Authors can use preprint servers to host their articles before submission to the journals. This will not count as multiple or redundant publications. Some of the preprint servers that can be used are ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, RePEc, etc.
3 Article preparation
3.1 Article type
AWARI accepts contributions in English, Spanish and Portuguese languages. Please consider the following issues:
Abstracts should be structured according to the following format:
Please provide 3 to 6 keywords that represent the content of the manuscript.
Non-standard abbreviations in the field should be defined at first mention in the text. Please avoid abbreviations in the title, abstract, and keywords.
Footnotes can be used to provide additional information to the text, tables, and figures. They should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript.
AWARI follows the reference style of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition).
Citation in text
Citations in text must appear in the reference list and vice versa. Here are some examples:
Smith (2004) considers …
Smith and Kim (2004) consider …
Smith et al. (2004) consider …
... a technique widely employed in previous studies (Smith, 2004; Smith & Kim, 2004; Smith et al., 2004).
Osman, M. (2010). Controlling uncertainty: A review of human behavior in complex dynamic environments. Psychological Bulletin, 136(1), 65-86. doi:10.1037/a0017815
Berkman, R. I. (1994). Find it fast: How to uncover expert information. New York, NY: Harper Perrenial.
Baker, F. M., & Lightfoot, O. B. (1993). Psychiatric care of ethnic elders. In A. C. Gaw (Ed.), Culture, ethnicity, and mental illness (pp. 517-552). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
Bowden, F.J., & Fairley, C.K. (1996, June). Endemic STDs in the Northern Territory: Estimations of effective rates of partner change. Paper presented at the Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, Darwin.
Atherton, J. (2005). Behaviour modification. Retrieved from http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/behaviour_mod.htm
Rahman, M. (2013). Using authentic materials in the writing classes: Tertiary level scenario. (Unpublished master's thesis). BRAC University, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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In case the research has received funds, please declare the following: This research has received funds by [Institution name or equivalent] (grant number).
Appendices should be placed after references. Whether these are in a table or figure format, they must be numbered consecutively.
Once a paper is submitted, the journal’s Editor(s)-in-Chief, in coordination with the Associate Editor(s), checks its relevance to the journal, completeness of metadata, and content, such as technical quality and presentation. At this stage, the Editor might reject the paper if he/she considers it as not suitable for peer review.
When the Editor-in-Chief moves the paper to the peer review phase, a Handling Editor is assigned to coordinate the review process. The Handling Editor invites two potential reviewers of considerable expertise in the field and who are willing to collaborate. Reviewers perform voluntary work; nevertheless, they are asked to consider the timeliness, confidentiality, possible conflict of interests, and ethical behavior.
Once the review process is completed, the Handling Editor in coordination with the Editor-in-Chief makes a final decision, which can be one of the following:
When the papers are ‘considered with minor revisions’, ‘considered with major revisions’ or ‘rejected’, the author(s) will receive the comments resulting from the evaluation process. Those authors whose papers are accepted in their current form may receive comments regarding the journal’s guidelines to publish the final version.
The review process is closed when, after all the required review rounds, the author(s) addresses all the comments raised by the reviewers and/or editors.
5 After acceptance
Once the papers are accepted, authors will receive proofs to check the completeness of the text. Authors are asked to revise the entire content structure, author(s) information, numbering of figures and tables, references, as well as other issues. Please note that this is a critical stage because, after proofreading, the article will be published.
5.2 Online first
All articles that have passed proofreading by authors and editors will be published in the Online First section.
Any allegation of misconduct or questionable practice must be reported to the Editorial Office, either during the pre-or post-publication stages. AWARI will follow the COPE’s Core Practices deciding on any ethical issue.
Section default policy
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.