Author guidelines

1. Type of contributions

2. Languages

3. Format

4. APA references

5. Template to draft manuscripts

6. Example of drawn manuscript

7. Orginality letter

8. Submission of articles

9. Accepted works template for publication

10. Example of final format


The journal Tecnología y ciencias del agua publishes papers that present original scientific and technological input on water as a resource and its environment.

The collaborations must be unpublished articles or notes.

Article: scientific document that reports for the first time the results of a successful research or innovation, whose contributions increase the current knowledge in the matter of water; maximum 34 sheets.

Note: text that deals with developments in the field of hydraulics and professional practice in the matter of water, without it being necessarily an original input, although it must always be an unpublished work; maximum 19 sheets.

Subject areas

  • Water and energy
  • Water quality
  • Hydro-agricultural sciences
  • Political and social sciences
  • Water management
  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulics


Text may refer in english or spanish

When the work is accepted for publication, authors must sent the final version in both languages: english and spanish


Font: Verdana for the entire document (text body, pictures and illustrations).

Font size: the document must be presented in 16, 14, 13 and 12 points, as explained in the following chart (refer to the template to draft manuscripts):

Element Font size Alignment Style SpacesObservations
Original title 14 pointsCentered BoldBlank line between original title and translated title
Translated title 14 pointsCenteredBold Blank line between translated title and authorsIf there are more translations, write each of them in a different line
Summary 12 pointsLeft alignedBoldNo blank line between the word summary and the tex
Summary text 12 points Justified NormalNo blank line between the text and key words
Keywords12 points Left alignedBoldBlank line between keywords and the abstract. Each keyword must be separated by a comma or semicolon
Abstract12 points Left alignedBoldNo blank line between the word abstract and the text
Keywords 12 pointsLeft aligned BoldNO line break between the abstract and the keywords. Each keyword must be separated by a comma
Abstract text 12 points JustifiedNormal No blank line between the text and keywords
Section titles16 points Centered BoldTwo blank lines before the section title and two after
Section subtitles 14 pointsCenteredBold
Two blank lines before the section subtitle and two afte
When subsections of subsections exist, format font size to 13, bold and centered
Body text12 pointsJustifiedNormal NO line break between paragraphs
Mention of images in text12 pointsRespect printed styleInitial letter capitalized
ImageCentered Images such as figures, graphs, photos, maps must be after they have been mentioned, at the end of the paragraph
CenteredFormulas must be created with the equations editor of Word, Insert/Equation (in Pi symbol).
Not as objects, nor inside the tables as individual elements, expect if they are a part of completed data table.
Formulas variables inside the work body Left alignedVariables must be made from the text with the use of sub-indices or superscript, otherwise they may be created with Word´s equation editor, Insert/ Equation (in Pi symbol). Not as objects
Images title 12 points Centered, below imageBoldNo spaceImages such as tables, pictures and formulas will remain as text
Image description 12 pointsCentered, below imageNormalNo space Todas las notas al pie de imagen van centradas
Every image endnote must be centered
Tables Between 10 y 12 pointsCenteredAuthor's choice for the accurate understanding of presented informationYou may use the entirety of the page width, it is not necessary to respect page margin.Every table must be editable, the font size is decision of the author as long as it remains within the mentioned range, and must be set after its mention at the end of the paragraph
Tables titles12 pointsCentered, above tableBoldNo spaceImages such as tables, pictures and formulas will remain as text
Tables descriptions 12 pointsCentered, above table NormalNo space
All tables must be editable
Acknowledgments12 points CenteredBold A blank line before and after
References 12 points JustifiedNormalLine per referenceThe word References in bold

Spacing: 1 (simple).

Spacing after paragraph: 5 points.

Margins: superior-inferior: 2.5cm; sides: 3 cm, normal. (With the exception of the tables)

Page numbering: all pages must be numbered

Columns: One column.

Page orientation: Vertical through the document


  • Article: 34 sheets (numbered), including figures and tables
  • Note: 19 sheets (numbered), including figures and tables



The title, drafted in english and spanish must be informative, and no more than 12 words long.

The summary, drafted in english and spanish (abstract) must be concise and provide a broad view of the research (objective, method, results and conclusions), and no more than 250 words long.


A relation of maximum eight keywords or sentences must be drafted in english and spanish that will facilitate information retrieval.


Not admitted. They must be incorporated into the text.


Will be included after the texts and before references.


Equations must be made with Word´s equation editor, other equation formats will be rejected.

Figures and tables

Figures and tables within the text, where they must be.

High resolution is mandatory.

After the references, present a list of all the tables that are cited.

Note: Those same figures must be sent as a separate file (JPG or PNG format), in high resolution (300 ppp) and with only one element per figure, figures composed of independent elements will not be admitted; tables must not be images, but editable text.


In APA format sixth edition 2017

In the text APA system of author-date quotation will be used.

References at the end of the text must be in alphabetical order.

Number separation and use of the decimal point

The division between thousands will be pointed by a blank space; the point will be used to separate whole numbers from its fractions.

Thereon, will be resumed what the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas, published by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) and the Association of academies of the spanish language, in 2005, states about the numerical expressions: “its accepted the anglosaxon usage of the point, common in some hispanic speaking countries…: π = 3.1416.”


Its indispensable, refer the letter of originality signed by all the authors, in step 4 of sending “Load complimentary files”

Download the Word format of the letter here: Letter of originality


To send an article it must be through the OJS system with the URL:

Remember: the work file must not include data of the authors, these have to be registered in the OJS system in the section “INTRODUCE METADATA” in the section “Authors” and once the process is finished it cannot be modified.

In the case of not having an account, you may register in:

For doubts about the OJS system you may right an email to: