About the Journal

Focus and Scope


CROLAR is a multilingual, open-access online-journal published twice per year. Its main objective is to facilitate and connect critical debates on research conducted in or on Latin America.


CROLAR is an interdisciplinary journal that bridges debates and recent publications in disciplines such as Anthropology, Cultural Science, Economics, Gender Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology. By doing so, CROLAR aims to overcome the compartmentalization which is still dominant in knowledge production worldwide.


CROLAR is especially sensitive to the historically established and contemporary dynamics of hierarchies and asymmetries in the production and circulation of knowledge and to the structural obstacles to overcoming them. The journal therefore actively encourages young scholars to publish, and seeks out topics and publications that often remain outside of conventional Northern and Western discourse.


The journal is especially receptive to rethinking the situatedness of knowledge production. It is therefore interested in highlighting innovative accounts and the particularities of (scholarly) debates in their respective contexts and their position in relation to global humanities and social sciences.


In order to connect academic forms of knowledge to producers and products outside of academia, each issue also includes reviews of blogs, homepages, films (fiction and documentary) or interviews. Moreover, CROLAR solicits reviews of works by journalists, artists, and activists.


Peer Review Process


Every aritcle is subject to a peer review process by at least two anonimous reviewers. Reviewers are selected based on their knowledge and experience in the article's subject. If there is disagreement between the two revisors, the editor may assign the article to a third reviewer. The journal editor(s) together with the CROLAR Editorial Team finally decides on the publication of the review.


For Authors

Reviews will first be screened by the Journal Editors and then, if it is suitable for the journal, will be sent to two impartial reviewers who are specialized in the subject handled (peer review).

The Journal Editor screens the reviewers' comments before sending them to the author. The author should consider the reviewers' comments as constructive criticism when making revisions. A review subject to minor revisions will generally be accepted.

If major revisions are necessary, the review must be re-submitted for a second evaluation, and acceptance is not guaranteed. All revised articles should include short comments by the author in regard to reviewers' points of criticism.

Please see also our Author Guidelines


For Reviewers

The reviewer name will not be passed on to the author, his/her comments will be passed on to the author  anonymously by the Journal Editor.

Please indicate your observations in a short review report. In this report you may give:

A, A general  assessment of the review:

  • Compliance with formal requirements (max. 7500 characters with blanks)
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the review
  • Possible suggestions to improve the quality of the review

B, Remarks on the quality of the review:

  • Does the review mention the content, structure and significance of the publication?
  • Does the reviews indicate a possible audience of the reviewed publication?
  • Does the review make a critical assessment of the publication?

C, The originality of the review:

  • Formal originality; not published, no plagiat

D, Make a clear assesment how to proceed with the review. The review should be:

  • published without changes
  • published if changes are made
  • rejected

Open Access Policy


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.




CROLAR (ISSN 2195-3481) is indexed in GoogleScholar, BASE, OAI-PMH, _JURN & Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Legal Notes


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