The Cuadernos de Administración journal is the official publication by the Universidad del Valle's Faculty of Administration Sciences. It is edited and published every 4 months and its main objective is the dissemination of research documents in the areas of administration and organizations, accounting, economics and international trade, marketing, and public policy. Since 1976, it has promoted research in its fields of study by publishing high quality papers and setting up a space of international visibility for authors.

The journal Cuadernos de Administración is a non-profit publication

Print ISSN: 0120-4645

Target Audience

Cuadernos de Administración is aimed at researchers with short and long careers in the fields of administration and organizational studies, as well as leaders of public and private companies, entrepreneurs, and business managers, undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines.

 Visibility (Indexed)

  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)
  • SciELO Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)
  • National Index of Serial, Scientific and Technological Publications of Colombia (PUBLINDEX COLCIENCIAS)
  • Premier Academic Source, Social Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal (REDALYC by its acronym in Spanish)
  • Academic Report, Academic OneFile, Business and Economics Theory (GALE CENGAGE LEARNING)
  • Online Regional Information System for Scientific Journals in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal (LATINDEX by its acronym in Spanish)
  • Latin American Citations in Social and Human Sciences (CLASS by its acronym in Spanish)
  • Academic Journal Catalogue (AJC) World Publication Resources.

About our peer review process

The journal conducts a peer review process to publish scientific research and technology , reflection, and topic review papers, (according to the PUBLINDEX - COLCIENCIAS classification), in accordance with the guidelines set by the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Phase 1. Review by the Editor-in-Chief: Cuadernos de Administración uses a policy of calling for papers per issue (3 per year) through the Open Journal Systems platform; the Editor-in-chief evaluates whether the new manuscripts meet the journal's internal requirements (see Authors' Guide) and whether they make an important contribution to their fields of study. The editor must respond to the authors whether their manuscript will continue the editorial process (peer review process) or not within 3 weeks of the deadline.

Phase 2. Peer review: the Editor-in-chief sends the manuscript to experts who assesses the document according to the review guidelines of the Cuadernos de Administración journal and must respond to the evaluation within a maximum period of 6 weeks. During this phase, the following can happen:

  1. If the evaluators issues a positive opinion: the manuscript continues in the process.
  2. If the evaluators issue a negative opinion: the manuscript is withdrawn from the process; the Editor-in-chief issues a communication to the authors notifying them of the reasons for rejection.
  3. One evaluator issues a negative opinion and the other a positive one: the Editorial Committee will make the decision to continue the editorial process based on an evaluation by a third party.
  4. In cases where an evaluation is lower than 2. The editor may review it and make the decision to reject the paper.
  5. In cases where an evaluation is higher than 3.5 and there is no second evaluation in the terms of the call, the author will be proposed for his paper to be left for the next call. 
  6. In cases where an evaluation is lower than 3.5 and there is no second evaluation in the terms of the call, the paper will be returned to its author for him to decide whether to withdraw it or improve it for the next call.

Cases wherein requesting the evaluation of a third arbitrator becomes necessary

Case 1: When an evaluator does not submit the evaluation on the agreed upon date and has had more than two reminders. In the event that the evaluator submits the evaluation after the agreed deadline, Paragraph 1 shall apply for the final decision.

Case 2: When the manuscript receives highly contrasting scores.

Paragraph 1: For the final decision, the average score from the three ratings will be taken into account.

Paragraph 2: Manuscripts will continue in the editorial process as long as they attain a score no lower than three (3.5) for each evaluation. The committee will set for each number a cut-off grading for the selected papers that in no case will be lower than 3.5.

Phase 3. Review by the Editorial Committee: a positive evaluation by the evaluators will always include room for improvement. The editor-in-chief forwards the corrections by the evaluators to the authors, which must be answered within 10 calendar days. If the manuscript meets the expectations of the Editorial Committee, the publication process continues.

The Editor-in-Chief is the director of the editorial process and, together with the Editorial Committee, is the only one who decides whether or not to publish a manuscript; obliteration of information, lack of interest by the authors in the face of requests from the evaluators, suspicions of editorial malpractice, among other aspects, are grounds for the withdrawing of manuscripts from the editorial process, as provided for in the "Policy for the withdrawal of papers". The peer evaluators are experts in thematic fields, with an academic level of master's degree or higher and proven experience (publication of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals) in worldwide science circuits.

Ethical considerations

Cuadernos de Administración is a four-monthly publication of the Universidad del Valle, a public higher education institute, and has no financial or political commitments to any academic or business organization. The journal follows the ethical guidelines by the Committee On Publications Ethics (COPE) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual 6th Edition (APA, 2011).

Ethical Responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief

The Editor-in-Chief is in charge of the editorial process of the journal, and ensures compliance with internal standards and the integrity, efficiency and transparency of the editorial process. The following ethical responsibilities appertain to this role:

  • Communication with authors: he is responsible for providing information regarding the editorial process of each manuscript whenever authors request information about it.
  • Decision-making: The Editor-in-Chief must guide his decisions on the basis of fairness and impartiality. Economic, commercial and/or personal interests should not prevail over the transparency of the editorial process.
  • Confidentiality: Editor-authors and editor-reviewers communications are confidential; the journal uses a blind peer review process, therefore, the identity of authors and reviewers must remain anonymous to avoid any conflict of interest or bias in the evaluation issued by the arbitrators. The Editor-in-Chief should not share information related to the manuscript or its process with third parties or colleagues unrelated to the journal, except when the concept of an expert is needed and for which the express permission of the authors is requested. The Editor-in-Chief should not use the results of scientific research in unpublished manuscripts for his or her own benefit or that of others, except with the express permission of the authors.
  • Responding to critiques and concerns: The Editor-in-Chief is obliged to respond to authors’ and reviewers’ concerns and suggestions regarding the contents published by the journal, ensuring the dissemination of dissertations that significantly contribute to the fields of study of the journal using the figure of "Letters to the Editor".

Ethical responsibilities of reviewers

In charge of the academic assessment of the papers, they must hold a position of impartiality and confidentiality; their commitments include:

  • Confidentiality: Reviewers should not share with third parties information related to the manuscript or process they are evaluating . Should an external opinion be necessary, they must request the Editor-in-chief's authorization and explain the reasons for such a request. Similarly, reviewers should not use the content of unpublished manuscripts for their own benefit or that of others. If an author, reader or publisher suspects the appropriation of an author's ideas or data by an evaluator, he should act in accordance with COPE guidelines regarding the appropriation of ideas and data.
  • Evaluation capacity: upon receipt of a request for arbitration, reviewers must respond within approximately 7 (seven) days whether they are willing to undertake the process; if their response is positive, they must respond critically and cordially to requests for information from the Editor-in-Chief and the authors. If the reviewer claims conflict of interest with the author(s) or the research, he/she must do so in writing to the Editor-in-Chief, who decides on the convenience of accepting or not his/her participation in the evaluation process.
  • Detection of editorial errors and malpractices: if during the review process, possible malpractices on the part of the authors become evident, the evaluators are obliged to notify the Editor-in-chief, who shall proceed in accordance with the COPE guidelines for attention to editorial malpractices, as the case may be.

Ethical responsibilities of authors

The ethical conduct of authors should be guided by knowledge of and respect for intellectual property rights, and the transparency and integrity of the data presented in the results of their research. Authors should respond ethically to:

  • Honest and transparent presentation of data and data analysis: Authors are compelled to presenting clearly and accurately the origin and methods for data collection in their research. Likewise, they should also detail the process whenever the Editor-in-chief or reviewers so request. The refusal by the authors to respond to requests of this kind is considered a dubious attitude, and the journal therefore will follow the procedures established by COPE with regards to "dubious data".
  • Confidentiality of research participants: both authors and the Cuadernos de Administración journal are obliged to protect the confidentiality of research participants. Authors should not provide data that would allow the identification and location of research subjects. Likewise, data affecting individuals or entities linked to participants, such as family members, clients or organizations, should not be disclosed. Authors must ensure the publication of participants' personal content through informed consent and submit these documents (if necessary) to the Editor-in-Chief and arbitrators.
  • Sponsorship and conflicts of interest: the authors have the obligation to state the entities or persons who have financed the research project wherefrom the paper to be published resulted, as well as the possible conflicts of interest they may have with both the publishing entity and those subject to the research. The American Psychological Association (APA) (2011) considers an author to have conflicts of interest when:
  1. Involved in the organizational structure of a certain entity and the publication of the paper could benefit that organization. This relationship is justified by the existence of a salary, consultancy fees or ownership of shares in the company, as well as belonging to a Board of Directors or other decision-making body.
  2. Proven family or personal relationships exist with subjects or organizations subject of the research.
  3. In case of suspecting an undeclared conflict of interests, the journal will act in accordance with COPE guidelines on "Conflict of Interest".
  • Authorship and acknowledgements: APA (2011) defines authors as follows:
  1. Those who make substantial scientific contributions to the study, which may include the problem formulation or hypothesis, structuring of the experimental design, organizing and conducting of the statistical analysis, interpretation of results, or writing most of the document.
  2. In addition, authorship also means "taking responsibility for published content" (Tur-Viñes, Fonseca-Mora, and Gutiérrez-San-Miguel, 2012). Smaller contributions in support tasks should be published in an author's note as a "Thank You" to those individuals or entities who have participated in activities supporting the main research process. Disputes over authorship (if any) must be resolved between research participants and the editorial process of the paper will be frozen until these are resolved. Authors, under the direction of the journal, should resolve authorship disagreements according to COPE guidelines regarding "Changes in Authorship" as the case may be.
  • Detection of errors: the authors are obliged to inform the Editor-in-chief about errors detected in the paper after its publication and to request corrections by Cuadernos de Administración.
  • Arbitration process: when submitting a manuscript to the editing process by Cuadernos de Administración, the authors are obliged to carefully and quickly respond to the suggestions made by the evaluators (response times are stipulated in the Authors' Guide), a delay or obliteration in the response is synonymous with lack of interest in the editorial process and is cause for the withdrawal of the manuscript.

Editorial malpractices

In addition to that which regulates the Cuadernos de Administración publication ethics, those practices considered undesirable in the editorial process should also be noted:

Editors and arbitrators: any violation of the confidentiality agreement between editor/authors/arbitrators will be considered editorial malpractice. Similarly, the use of unpublished material in a fraudulent manner (plagiarism) by the Editor-in-chief and the reviewers is deemed unethical and may be penalized by the Copyright and Intellectual Property Law. Finally, any other sort of exploitation of unpublished material by any member of the Editorial Committee, Scientist, panel of arbitrators, or by the Editor-in-Chief will be considered malpractice.


Replic: submitting a manuscript for publication in two different journals and dissemination means or in  another language will be considered malpractice. Authors must comply with the exclusivity agreement required by the journal as a document prior to beginning the editorial process.

Previously published work: Submitting a document to Cuadernos de Administración that has already been published in any other means (physical or electronic) is considered unacceptable. The authors must comply with the exclusivity agreement required by the journal where it is specifically stated that the submitted document  is new and has not been published by any other means. If case of detecting "Redundant publication" the journal will proceed according to COPE guidelines.

Piecemeal publication: Cuadernos de Administración invites authors to submit full and significant manuscripts for the advancement of research fields. Piecemeal publication, where several papers from the same research project are presented, will be considered a malpractice. APA (2011) mentions a series of exceptions for piecemeal publication, i.e., those manuscripts product of multidisciplinary research, long-range or longitudinal projects. In these cases, the publication of several papers resulting from a single research is permitted, since the presentation of results is of interest to different audiences and deserves publication in different media. If this occurs, the authors should notify the Editor-in-chief.

Plagiarism and self-plagiarism: it will be considered a malpractice, besides being penalized by the Copyright and Intellectual Property Law, appropriating other's research results, for authors are obliged to cite the previous works necessary for the construction of their manuscript. Likewise, they must cite their own previous works following the same rules as with other authors; self-plagiarism is a malpractice that derives from replication, since citation allows the identification of new contributions made by authors. Cuadernos de Administración uses the "Turnitin" anti-plagiarism tool and abides to the COPE guidelines regarding "Plagiarism".

Papers retraction policy: the Cuadernos de Administración journal abides by the considerations expressed by the COPE regarding the causes for withdrawal of papers. The main causes for the withdrawal are non-compliance with requirements in the editorial process, suspicion and verification of editorial malpractices by the authors and unethical behavior.

About Fees for Submission of Papers and Editorial Processes

The Cuadernos de Administración journal does not demand any charge from the authors for the submission of their manuscripts or the editorial process thereof. Only in case of acceptance for publication, the authors must have it translated or review in English by a certified translator. Should the authors not know of someone, the journal may recommend a person.

Self-archiving policy

Authors may store the papers published by Cuadernos de Administración in their personal or institutional repositories, as long as they refer to the original publication URL.

Copyright notice

The Cuadernos de Administración journal by Universidad del Valle is under a Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObrasDerivadas 4.0. Based on a work at:

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Calle 4B N° 36-00, Building 124 Cali - Colombia

Airmail post office box: 25360

Primary contact

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Universidad del Valle

Phone: 321 2100 extension 7590


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