Approach and Scope

Economía y Sociedad is a journal of the Economic School of the National University of Costa Rica (ESEUNA), published on biannual basis (January-June and July–December of each year). It is part of an effort to promote economic alternatives and critical thinking from the perspective of an economy and ethics of development. Besides, this journal promotes the publication of articles with approaches and perspectives of analysis, not only innovative, but also favoring the common good, as well as the social and environmental justice. The journal also has a plural approach of social sciences, promoting the theoretical and methodological diversity, provided that they contribute to face the socio-economic challenges of societies and represent a contribution to knowledge. The target audience is scholars, as well as professionals and students related to the Social and Economic Sciences. The average time for the evaluation and publication of the articles is from 8 to 12 weeks. 

Policy on the Reception of Articles Entirely in English

The Journal welcomes articles entirely written in English. However, once the article has been accepted and the corrections suggested by the reviewers have been made, the author(s) must submit to the Journal a proof of style review by an English philologist or translator, as well as the revised article in Word format with track changes. The Journal Editors will give the author(s) further instructions once the article is received.

Peer Review Process

The review takes the following three essential criteria into consideration:

  1. Relevance of the topic,
  2. Original contribution to knowledge, and
  3. Consistency of the text regarding objectives, development of such objectives, argumentation, and justification of conclusions.

The peer review process includes 3 options:

  1. Approved to be published as it is: the text is accepted how it was submitted.
  2. Conditioned: reviewers made observations to the article and recommend it is published provided the improvements are made. Improvements are categorized into minor changes or extensive revisions.
  3. Rejected: reviewers do not recommend the publication of the article.

Each article is reviewed by at least two external reviewers who are specialists in the field. The methodology used is the double blind peer review, which is a tool of the scientific method used to prevent that the results of a research are influenced by the placebo effect or the observer’s bias. In this sense, reviewers will not know who the authors of the paper are and authors will not know who is reviewing their paper. 

The Evaluation with Recommendation Form gives the reviewers the criteria to evaluate papers. The form also has a link to “Information for Authors” for the reviewers to see the guidelines authors use to submit papers. 

In case one of the evaluations is negative and the other is positive, a third evaluation is required for the Editorial Committee to make a decision.

The final decision to accept or reject the article lies with the Editorial Committee of the Journal, based on the evaluations made by the reviewers and the improvements made by the authors. The decision is unappealable.

Publication Frequency

Economía & Sociedad is a continuous and biannual Journal (January-June and July-December of each year). Being an Open Access Journal, articles are published on this page.

Open Access Policy

Economía & Sociedad is Open Access Journal, which allow users to have full and free access to e-content. This means users can read, download, store, print, search, index, use as data for software, and link full texts of this Journal. It also allows the distribution of the article in pre-print, post-print and official versions published by the Journal, without the need to ask the Editor or the author for consent, provided it is for non-commercial purposes, no resulting papers are generated, and it is properly sourced (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License).

Digital Preservation System

Economía & Sociedad is part of the LOCKSS digital preservation program (, which allows participating libraries to make safe and permanent copies of Journals for preservation and restoration purposes. Please visit this link for more information.

Free Publication

The submission, review, and publication processes are FREE for authors; in other words, authors do not assume any costs for the editorial process of their articles (entirely written in Spanish). The expenses for such processes are paid by Universidad Nacional. The translation of the entire article from Spanish into English is the only charge that may be applied. However, this is OPTIONAL and VOLUNTARY, and, therefore, it would be paid by the authors in case they want to increase visibility of the document worldwide.

The Journal does not charge for digital subscriptions either.

Printed versions are ONLY available for the legal deposit to be done by the University and for institutional exchange.

Plagiarism Detection Policy

The Journal requires all parties involved in the publication process, whether the editorial team, reviewers, or authors, to follow international ethical standards and the practices suggested by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) in the publication of articles. Google and Turnitin, services are also used in the detection of plagiarism.

Some of the responsibilities of the participants are:

  • Editors must adopt the best standards and peer review methods so that all articles are reviewed by specialized and qualified reviewers, ensure that the Journal has clear publication standards, clearly define and clarify which sections are not peer-reviewed, and ask reviewers to contribute to the detection of plagiarism and potential ethical anomalies. Finally, editors should advise both authors and reviewers on all publication processes in order to promote appropriate research and publication behavior.
  • Authors must create original research papers in a responsible and ethical manner and present the results in an honest, complete, and transparent way for the scientific community to corroborate or replicate the data. They must not send the manuscript simultaneously to other journals for evaluation. In addition, they must source the studies used to develop their research paper, the entities that financed the project, and indicate if there is a conflict of interest. Finally, authors must take responsibility for the published research paper.
  • Reviewers must inform editors about possible fraud or plagiarism in the evaluated papers and review the articles objectively and at the set time. Reviewers must also justify the reasons why they reject an article or provide suggestions to strengthen the publication.


Updated february 02, 2021.