Author Guidelines

1. Purpose and scope  

The journal Ingenieria Solidaria is an academic publication whose objective is to disseminate articles on research, reflection and revision in engineering (systems, industrial, electronics, civil, materials, mines, chemistry, mechanics) and in engineering education. Its target audience are researchers, research groups, teachers and engineering students in Colombia and other countries. 

Why Ingeniería Solidaria?

The first number of Ingenieria Solidaria was launched in 2005 with the purpose of socializing the scientific community academic production and research of the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. As the Universidad Cooperativa was created under the philosophy of Solidarity Economy and Cooperativism, Ingenieria Solidaria wanted to appropriate the meaning of these principles to give a personality, a character to the journal, which seeks not only an impact in the academic field, but also contributes to the dissemination of experiences, initiatives, engineering projects, which may have a local or regional impact. 

2. Types of articles 

According to the academic quality requirements for the indexing of Colombian journals (National Bibliographical Index - Publindex), Ingenieria Solidaria seeks mainly to publish the following types of articles: 

Scientific and technological research article. Document that presents in detail the original results of finished research projects.

Reflective article derived from research. Document that presents results of research already finished and published in other academic journals from the analytical, interpretative or critical perspective of who writes the article of reflection, about a specific theme and that resorted to original sources.

Review article. Document resulting from a finished research in which the results of published researches on a field in science or technology are analyzed, systematized or integrated, in order to account for advances and development trends. It is characterized by presenting a careful bibliographic review of at least 50 references. 

In addition, Ingenieria Solidaria contemplates the publication of clinical cases. Ingenieria Solidaria had received critical reviews of monographs, articles, research books and scientific dissemination in engineering that might be of interest to the journal's readers. The journal will have a student space in which articles or essays selected from competitions or national academic events may be published.

3. Editorial policy and article submission guidelines

Originality. All articles or reviews subjected to the selection process of Ingeniería Solidaria must be unpublished. We request that the authors refrain from sending works that have already been published either partially or whole in other media- except for online publication of working papers- or in translation to other languages. If we detect evidence of similar or identical documents that have already been published the work will be automatically rejected. To verify their originality, all articles or reviews submitted will be checked by a antiplagiarism software.

Selection system. All the articles presented to the journal shall be submitted to a “double blind” selection process that will be carried out with the help of expert external peer reviewers on each subject. The participation of reviewers will be made ad honorem, and we expect it to be assumed as an act of scholarly reciprocity seeking to collaborate in a constructive manner to strengthen (and validate) the research and contributions of other colleagues within the field. In the case of reviews, which are diffusion documents, they may be checked by the editor himself or by other members of the editorial team of the journal. Their publication will be decided based on their thematic and textual coherence, their relevance for the field, or according to the relevance of the proposed discussion.

Exclusiveness. The articles submitted to Ingeniería Solidaria cannot be in a selection process in other journals, nor should they be presented at other publications while they are under evaluation.

Confidentiality. Since the selection is made through a “double blind” system, seeking to warranty the independence of the parts (neither the author nor the reviewers will have access to each other’s identity, profile or origin), this information shall be treated solely by the people in charge of the journal and will not be revealed to third parties. The support of the process for each article will be kept for indexation purposes or for review verification.

Profile of the evaluators. The peers of Ingeniería Solidaria are external to the journal and will have at least a master’s level and published production in the area on which they will be asked to review texts.

Structure of the articles. The basic structure of an article comprises the following elements: title, abstract, keywords, body of the text (which may vary according to the kind of article or the author’s intention) and list of references. The details that an author must take into account to prepare his or her article for Ingeniería Solidaria are more extensively described in a template that has been developed for such an end (download the article template here).

Purpose and Coherence. We expect all articles that are submitted to Ingeniería Solidaria to have an explicit purpose and to seek for such a purpose a contribution that will be of interest for the public of the journal. Moreover, aside from the possible structure that the author may decide to give to the article (review or paper), we expect texts to follow a coherent scheme in which the three essential elements, introduction, articulated development of the topic and closing, are included.

Ethics. The journal and its editorial board will favor, through their policies and actions, ethics in research processes, appropriate use of contents protected by copyrights and quality of works published, so that the different collaborators (editors, authors and evaluators) interact under principles of academic integrity.

Authors. Authors participating in the journal are expected to submit unpublished, original texts created by themselves as a result of rigorous research processes and properly use sources serving as bibliographic support and any other material protected by copyrights. Texts must be thoroughly written considering form and citation requirements pertaining to the journal style.

Evaluators. Journal evaluators are expected to do a detailed and  constructive reading of each article they accept to review, seeking to not only give a recommendation of approval or rejection to the editor, but also enable authors, through their comments, to improve their texts and reflect on the scope, possibilities or shortcomings of their writings. Additionally, evaluators must consider that the texts entrusted to them by the editor are unpublished, and any improper or unauthorized use of the information contained therein would imply a serious unethical conduct. Moreover, the responsibility of evaluating a work, once accepted, cannot be transferred to third parties, especially if this has not been justified or previously consulted with the editor. Finally, any conflict of interest identified by the evaluator after receiving a work that may undermine their independence in the preparation of an opinion must be informed.

Notice on cases. Should there be any evidence of ethical issues in research presented by the works published by the journal, doubts about their scientific rigor, suspected falsification or data manipulation, undisclosed conflicts of interest, identification of previous publications (“rehashes”), authorship or plagiarism issues, please contact immediately the journal editor in order to delve into the case and take relevant actions. Notices received on ethical issues will be handled with absolute confidentiality, protecting the identity of the person who has detected the problem, where required.

Retractions, corrections and conflict resolution. The journal follows the guidelines ( and procedures ( of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for handling misconduct in scholarly publishing. Furthermore, retractions or corrections may be made on already published articles whose contents have errors affecting their scientific quality, whether due to involuntary mistakes in the research or publication process or due to serious ethical issues such as plagiarism, falsifications, data manipulation, etc.

Use of contents and self-archiving. The journal publishes its contents in open access, without any embargo period. In addition, all works are published under a Creative Commons' Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives4.0 International license ( and their use must adhere to these licensing conditions. Furthermore, authors can self-archive their works in institutional repositories, in the final version (or editor's version) of the article that was published, insofar as bibliographic data of the original article publication are provided to give credit to the journal. At the time of self-archiving a published article, it is also advisable that the authors include a link to the article, through its DOI, so that it can be consulted on the official website of the journal. An active role by the authors in disseminating their published work among colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students and, generally, the academic community is key to make a more effective contribution to the discipline or produce greater impact on research and academic training processes.

Submission and processing charges. Both submission and processing of articles (in case of approval) are free of charge in this journal; we do not ask for any fee at any stage of the publishing process. The journal is fully supported by Ediciones Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia.

Digital preservation of contents. Ediciones Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia will ensure digital preservation of contents published so that authors can always retrieve their articles over time and maintain access to what has been the history and evolution of the journal.

Distribution and access         

Every author shall receive two copies of the issue in which the article was published. Moreover, the digital version of the article and of the whole issue will be available for the author’s use so that he may support its diffusion among the target audience.

Ingeniería Solidaria follows an open access policy and will seek as many channels and strategies as possible so that the published issues may be visible by a large (national and international) audience. However, the authors must know that the impact of the diffusion of their articles relies heavily on their active involvement in this process. We expect authors themselves to forward the digital versions of their articles to researchers on the area be it in their countries or abroad, and that they stimulate their use as bibliographic support in research and writing processes in among their colleagues or promoting its reading in class for undergraduate of graduate students.

The circulation of the journal and its sale will be managed according to the policies and channels established by the Editorial of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia for such ends.

Reproduction and translations. If you wish to reproduce or translate an article or text published in Ingeniería Solidaria, or if you want to ask for authorization to divulge it in a web page or institutional repository please write an email to or addressed to the editor. Nonetheless, texts that are published in the journal do not require special authorization to be reproduced partially in academic texts, provided they are quoted adequately, listing authors, year of publication, and volume and number of the issue in which they were originally published. Any other kind of use needs previous and express authorization from the publisher.