Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

ISSN: 0120-131X
ISSN-e: 2389-9980

(Founded in 1974)

The Cuestiones Teológicas Journal is a publication edited by the School of Theology of Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.  Its main topic is focused on boarding the theological fields of knowledge, with a special interest for those topics that try to generate an open dialogue with current culture.  Its purpose is to present the results of researches developed by national and international researchers and professors, with a particular interest on presenting the aspects of the methodology and the methods used for the research, in order for them to contribute to the theological knowledge.

Cuestiones Teológicas has a continuous publication for each semester (January – June and July – December), the continuous publication modality closes on June 30 and December 31 of each year.  The Journal will receive and publish articles throughout the year in the topics defined by the editorial line.


Key words: Theology, Bible, Pastoral, Spirituality, Interculturality.


Section Policies

Editorial Note

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Texto con la política de la sección.

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Notes and Comments

Política de Notas y comentarios

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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

Cuestiones Teológicas Journal will submit all the received articles to a preliminary evaluation by the editorial committee, which will determine the pertinence or not of the publication, according to the proposal of the Journal in relation to its focus, or editorial line, as well as the compliance of the Author Guidelines.  When the members of the committee approve the article, it will be sent for an evaluation by external anonymous peers, who will decide if the text is able for publication.  If one reviewer approves it and the other rejects it, a third reviewer will be appointed to decide about the publication.

The results of the review or arbitration may be:

- Accepted for publication.

- Accepted, if the author applies the corrections suggested.

- Rejected.

In all cases, the authors will be notified about the decision reached regarding the evaluation of the text.  It is expected that all the review process, both by the Editorial Committee, and the academic peers, will have an average duration of three months.

Here you can find the format used for the evaluation of articles.


Open Access Policy

This journal grants free access to its contents under the principle of giving a free public access to the research, supporting a greater exchange of scientific knowledge.

There is no charge for the postulation and later edition of the articles presented to Cuestiones Teológicas Journal.



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Publication ethics

The UPB Editorial and the Editorial Committee of Cuestiones Teológicas Journal state an ethical commitment of all the members of the editorial processes.

The directions stated are the result of the analysis of mechanisms and strategies consigned in the international policies established by the Committee of Publication Ethics – COPE- (s.f.a), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors –Icmje- (s.f.a), the Council of Science Editors (2012), among others.  Also, by the World Organization of Intellectual Property (WOIP), the norms established by the Colombian Political Constitution, the National Direction of Author´s Rights, and the internal directions of Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (2015).

Ethics Policy in Publications

The editorial production of the Cuestiones Teológicas  Journal is followed by an academic and research process that states the transparency and honesty as indispensable principles for the pertinent management and projection of knowledge.  The members of the editorial committees will pay attention not to admit contributions that are not exclusive or original; that fabricate, forge or manipulate data; fragmented, duplicated publications, self plagiarism, excess of self-quotations, and not consulted references, based on the good faith of the authors and these being responsible for the infringement of these obligations.

 General Criteria

  • Fraud and plagiarism, in any of its modalities, is considered as a violation of the integrity of scientific research, the intellectual property rights stated by the international norms, and the Colombian legislation regarding intellectual property.
  • There is a conflict of interest when the members of the editorial team of the Journal (Editorial Committee or evaluating peers) have any relation to the contribution presented, and this may negatively influence their judgment capacity.
  • All authors must guarantee that the contribution presented to the Cuestiones Teológicas Journal is not under course of evaluation nor has it been accepted or published in other journals and not to withdraw it until the process is over.  For reasons of benefit to the research, a previously published contribution may be published again in another language or other countries, if:
- The authors have the free consent of both editorial teams and they comply with the agreed upon time intervals.

- The second publication is be destined for a different group of readers.

- The second publication includes a footnote with the credits for the first publication.

  • The author is always informed about the status of the article.
  • The author always has the moral and intellectual rights over the article published in the Cuestiones teológicas Journal.
  • The editorial team will use the Turnitin platform as a tool to detect plagiarism.

Ethical Responsibilities of the Editorial Management Team


- Any author presenting contributions to Cuestiones Teológicas  Journal must state in writing, that his publications are exclusive, product of a research, with a clear and adequate management of data and sources, and free of any type of fraud or plagiarism, besides authorizing the journal to publish the contribution in physical and electronic format.

-The author must guarantee his timely availability for the tasks derived from the editing of the journal (arbitration, correction, and publication).

- In case a previously published article shows depth errors detected by the author and that attempts against the scientific quality, the author can request its withdrawal or correction.  If a third party plagiarism, a previous publication, unethical conduct or error is detected, it is an obligation and responsibility of the author to apologize publicly, and with this the, the withdrawal or public correction will proceed immediately, which will be done in the following edition of the journal.


Journal Editor

- To ensure a transparent arbitration to the author, defined by the clarity, originality, and pertinence of the submitted contribution.

- To contact the author directly when he suspects or there is proof of inappropriate conducts against the ethics policy of the publication.

- To guarantee a clear instruction for the authors, that enables the compliance of the scientific-editorial quality and the fulfillment of the ethical policy of the publication caring for the detection of plagiarism or inadequate manners for data management.


Committee Member (Editorial, Scientific, and Evaluating Peers)

- It is a direct responsibility of the editorial committee of the journal to choose and contact the peers for the evaluation of the contributions.

- The editorial committee must use the channels and assertive means for the communication with the authors.

- All the members of the journal´s committees (Editorial, Scientific, and evaluating peers) have the responsibility to comply with the due confidentiality about the received contributions.  They shall not use data, arguments, or interpretations without the due authorization by the authors.

- Any of the members of the journal´s committees (Editorial, Scientific, and Evaluating Peers), must report to the editor any inappropriate conduct detected in the received contributions.

- The evaluation by peers will be done with the double blind methodology.

- Each evaluator has the responsibility to review the contributions in the fields and topics of his knowledge and research production.  If the contribution assigned for review is not of his competence, he must inform the journal editor.


Cuestiones Teológicas uses Turnitin software to detect cases of superposition and similar text in the presented contributions.