Focus and Scope

UNICIENCIA Journal is a publication of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the National University of Costa Rica. Its areas of interest are mainly related to the work of the Faculty; these areas are the following: Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, surveying, and Geodesy. The Journal receives articles resulting from studies using different types of research designs, such as experimental, descriptive and inferential analysis, correlational, observational, and action research, as well as case study analyzed with quantitative or qualitative techniques, or a combination of both. UNICIENCIA also evaluates articles based on experiences formally systematized within the participatory action-research framework, as well as on bibliographic research to boost the study of the subjects.



Process of receiving papers and rejection of the editor.

The articles must be sent through the email: complying with the format and use of the official template. The letter of submission of papers duly signed must be sent.

In the first stage, the editor will check that the initial conditions of submission are met and a review of the quality of the scientific writing, sections, writing and citation forms requested, among others, is made. In this stage the editor can make a request for modifications to several elements or, eventually, reject the proposal (desk rejection).

The result of this stage will be communicated to the author who submits the article. If the paper meets the initial conditions, then the process of searching for reviewers will begin.


Peer Review Process

Two external reviewers conduct the review process according to the blind peer review strategy (without identifying the authors). The reviewers for evaluation are selected anonymously. The review procedure takes about 12 weeks.

The reviewers can submit one of the following three kinds of evaluation (according to the relevance of the paper): 1. Positive with changes in content and format. It is considered that part of the document requires modifications to be published. A new revision is performed to verify that corrections were made. 2. Positive without content modifications. The content and treatment are appropriate. Format changes may be required. 3. Rejected. The article does not fit the quality criteria for the Journal or does not follow formatting instructions.

The reviewers evaluate the manuscripts using an assessment tool that the Journal provides to them. The evaluators provide the main reasons to justify their decision (without being exhaustive).

Once an article is positively evaluated, the Advisory Committee will decide to publish it or not. The opinion held by peers does not necessarily imply that the paper would be published. The publication mainly depends on whether all the observations and corrections were made. 1. The final decision will depend on the Editorial Board. 2. The selection of articles for each volume/issue does not depend on the reviewers’ judgment but on the criterion of suitability for the Journal. 3. The Journal will provide an acceptance letter, signed and stamped by the Editorial Board.



Publication Frequency

UNICIENCIA Journal is published twice per year (in january/31 and July/31). Sometimes, special issues are published.



Open Access Policy

Access to articles, review of proposals, or publication of papers is free of charges for authors and readers.

UNICIENCIA Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle of making research freely available to the public; this policy encourages a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Self-archiving policy

Authors may archive the article already published in any repository after publication on the journal's website.


 Preservation, interoperability and identification of information.

The journal uses the following systems and protocols: OAI-PMH, DOI, LOCKSS and keeps their papers in external hard drives, the repository of UNA, CLOCKSS, PKP-PN, and SINABI. 


Policy about plagiarism.

The Journal penalizes plagiarism in all its forms. The detection of plagiarism implies the conclusion of any editorial process. In case plagiarism is detected in articles already published, they will be removed from the collection and the employer institutions will be contacted to report this type of behavior.  The Turnitin software is used, among others, to determine matches in the manuscripts submitted with other texts and papers already published on the Internet.



Policy on receiving articles in English.

The journal accepts papers in Spanish and English. In the case of English:

1. The author must demonstrate language proficiency through previous publications in that language in journals included in Scopus, Web of Science, Elsevier, Springer, among others.

2. If the person does not have publications in English, once the paper has been corrected, the author must commit to a language review by an expert (translator or philologist) and send the stamped certificate stating that the article was reviewed. In any case, the cost will never be borne by the journal.




 UNICIENCIA and all its productions are under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 License: Creative Commons Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 4.0 Unported.


Sponsors Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica (National University)


Journal History

UNICIENCIA Journal is being published since 1984. It is one of the pioneers in publishing academic articles at the National University of Costa Rica. The Journal has been publishing papers in Spanish and English about Biology, Informatics, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Surveying, and Geodesy.