Authors guidelines

1 Publication Information

1.1. Scope

The journal BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació (BiD) publishes original research papers, review articles and reports on all areas of basic and applied research in archive studies and library and information science and Communication.

1.2. Languages

The working language of the journal is Catalan, although manuscripts may also be submitted in Spanish and in other languages. Manuscripts submitted in English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese will be published in the original language accompanied by a translation into Catalan, when possible. To facilitate BiD's production process, when the authors of these submissions are native Catalan- or Spanish-speakers, they will be asked to provide the Catalan or Spanish translation themselves. Manuscripts submitted in English may use British or American spelling and terminology but should follow either variant consistently. When the writer is not a native English speaker, the language in the text may be revised in-house.

1.3 Submitting manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted to BiD's editorial board at the submission and review portal <>.

1.4 Selection and review

The editorial board will send the author a receipt of manuscript acknowledgement and the manuscript will then be assessed, first by BiD's in-house science editors and then externally by experts in the field, by anonymous peer review. Within two months of receiving the manuscript, BiD will inform the author of its decision to accept or reject the manuscript, or to accept it pending satisfactorily completed revisions following the recommendations of the in-house and external reviewers. Note that BiD maintains a register of the names, affiliations, email addresses, specialties and mother tongue languages of BiD reviewers and that this is available for consultation.

1.5 Publication ethics and malpractice statement

The journal BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices.

All authors submitting their works to BiD for publication as original articles attest that the submitted works represent their authors' contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works.

The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. In the same manner, BiD is committed to objective and fair peer-review of the works submitted for publication and to preventing any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed material.

In cases of suspected or alleged misconduct, BiD's editorial board will follow the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (


2 Presentation guidelines

Authors should observe the journal's in-house style in the following areas.

2.1 Format

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, using this word template (url)

2.2 Figures

Manuscripts may include tables (with text and/or numbers) and figures (images, graphics, screen captures, etc., using the JPEG standard with a minimum dimension of 300 pixels per inch). Number this material (Figure 1, Table 1, etc.) and submit it in an Excel file, each figure in its own spreadsheet. Indicate the place in the text where the figures are to appear by a short descriptive text, which will be published beneath the figure.

2.3 Length

Submissions to the section Research papers and review articles should not exceed 4,000 words. Submissions to the sections Case studies and analyses and Resources should not exceed 3,000 words.

2.4 The abstract

All submissions to the section Research papers and review articles should be accompanied by an abstract consisting of three paragraphs: the first on the aims of the contribution, titled Objectives; the second on the research methods used, titled Methodology; and the third on findings, titled Results. The total length of the abstract should be between 150 and 250 words.
All submissions to the sections Case studies and analyses and Resources should be accompanied by an abstract consisting of a single paragraph of between 100 and 150 words. 

2.5 Translation of proper names

Preserve the non-English proper names of organizations and bodies. These names may be accompanied by a translation in brackets, where deemed appropriate.

Generalitat Valenciana (Government of Valencia)
Högskolan i Borås (University of Borås)
Departament d'Educació (Ministry of Education)


2.6 Other typographic issues

2.6.1 According to type





Sentence-case capitals

Student guide

Serial publications in English

Title-case capitals

American Journal of Science

Serial publications in other languages

Sentence-case capitals

Educació i història: revista d'història de l'educació
Revista de libros
El periódico de Catalunya

Electronic resources not regularly updated (continuing resources)

Sentence-case capitals

Biblioteca digital hispànica
El web de les ciències socials: recursos d'Internet per a les ciències socials

Individual items

In quotes
Sentence-case capitals


"News list"

Proper names
(persons and bodies)

Title-case capitals

Amadeu Pons
Departament d'Acció Social i Ciutadania


Lower case

dynamic form


Straight double quotes

As Sorribes says, we must bear in mind that "information is a basic input in the local production process".

Words in other languages


It was not until later that these marcas de fuego were researched in any depth.



This type of updating is known as continuing resources.

Computer programs, networks, languages and protocols

Title-case capitals

Visual Basic Script
Microsoft Windows

Computer files, menu options, buttons

Straight double quotes

"Activate edition"
"Save as"

2.6.2 Apostrophes and quotation marks

Use straight apostrophes and quotation marks. Use double marks for a quotation and single marks for a quotation within a quotation.

Last year's document proposed that "we should not forget to access 'Change of keyword' in the menu".


2.6.3 Dashes

For interpolations, use the em-dash (—) with a space before and after it. To indicate a closed ranges of values (pages, years, etc.) or a connection, use the en-dash (–) or minus sign (-).

The Weber database — redesigned by Watt and Molloy — offers a number of advantages.
Chapters 5–9 offer a detailed account of the new protocols.
The programme is considered to have positively influenced trainer-trainee relations.


2.7 References to the web pages

In-text citations of web pages should be recorded using the corresponding URL.

TERMCAT provides solutions for the new terms.


Updated: 21/07/2020