Focus and Scope

Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published three times a year in January, May, and September by the School of Languages at Universidad de Antioquia. Its main aim is to provide an academic forum for informed and respectful debate on current topics dealing with language, linguistics, literature, translation, and language teaching and learning, among others. The journal features  Empirical Studies, Literature Reviews, Theoretical and Methodological Articles, Case Studies, and Book Reviews, all of which are available online through open access.

From its inception in 1996, Íkala has published articles in several languages, such as English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, aiming to include a multiplicity of voices and to unravel through them what Ikala, in its original Thule name means —“issues of the utmost importance”. Due to it continuous and sustained upholding of the highest  international standards for scientific journals, Íkala is now included in reputed international bibliographic databases and search engines such as Scielo, DOAJ, latindex, Scopus, Redalyc, EBSCO, Dialnet, and others.

Peer Review Process

All of the manuscripts that are received, which comply with the requirements of the journal are sent, withholding the author's information, to at least two external peer, specialised in the specific area, who, anonymously and following an identical format (click here), review a manuscript and suggest possible ways of improving it. A reviewer should conduct his/her review within three weeks. Failing to get a response within the first week, an invitation to review will be sent to other peers. 

When two coincident recommendations are received, the Editor will make a decision on the manuscript and will convey it to the submitting author. 

The authors then will be given a period of 2-3 weeks to perform any adjustments needed and send their manuscript back for a second review, so that peer reviewers, always anonymously, can submit their final recommendation (publishable or unpublishable).

Open Access Policy

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.