The journal Impossibilia. Revista Internacional de Estudios Literarios (ISSN 2174- 2464) is a digital publication of Impossibilia Cultural Association (Asociación Cultural Impossibilia). Published since 2011 uninterruptedly every six months, it is a refereed journal which uses an external peer-review system. Its main goals are to promote communication between experts on literary studies, as well as the transfer of knowledge in its broadest sense; it also aims to collaborate in the diffusion of a growing number of original research results, theoretical and technical studies, short communications, among others, which are carried out on the basis of four main approaches to literature: literary criticism, literary theory, literary history and comparative literature. Original papers written in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese will be accepted and may be included in the following sections: MONOGRAPHIC, MISCELLANY, RICORDANDO, ARTISTIC INTERACTIONS and BOOK REVIEWS.
Papers must be original and must not have been published before; at the moment they are submitted, papers should not be in the process of evaluation by other journals.
Every year, two calls for papers shall be issued (spring and autumn). The aforementioned calls for papers shall be published on the eJournal section of Impossibilia.
Original research articles and book reviews of recently published theoretical works will be accepted.
This journal adopts and adheres to the publishing rules established in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Authors accept full responsibility for the statements presented in their articles.
The manuscript submitted to the journal must be accompanied by a signed letter of copyrights cession addressed to the publisher.
Authors should keep a copy of the originals sent in order to avoid irreparable loss or damage to the material.
It is recommended that the authors sign their articles with their full names, therefore taking into account the procedure of indexation in international databases (vide recommendations present on )
The manuscripts should be sent by email to in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx (Word de Microsoft Office) or .odt (Write de Open Office).
The articles for the MONOGRAPHIC and MISCELANY sections should have a maximum of 35.000-40.000 characters including spaces; for Ricordando and Artistic Interactions the maximum extension is of 15.000-20.000 characters; Book Reviews should have between 8.000-10.000 characters.
The articles and book reviews should be submitted in .doc, .docx (Word de Microsoft Office) or .odt (Write de Open Office) format and they should be sent to . They should comply with the format which can be attained by clicking on the following links: article format and book review format. At the same time, authors should send the journal the form provided in the following link: Author’s Data, which includes the author’s essential data: complete name, academic rank, institution of affiliation, country and postal address of the institution, personal email, title of the article and contact person in case there are several authors.
Texts should present the following items in this order:
- Title of the article (concise but informative), in the original language and in English, including the largest number of relevant words possible. When necessary, a subtitle should be added, not over 40 characters and spaces, in the original language and in English.
- Name and surname of the author(s).
- Complete name of the research center of the author (s).
- Abstract of the article. Aiming at international diffusion, articles should have an abstract in the language they have been written in, as well as in English (in case a given article has been written in English, an abstract drafted in another language should be added). The length of this abstract should be between 100 and 150 words.
- Keywords. Under the abstract, 5 to 10 keywords or short sentences should be added. These should identify the content of the work allowing for its inclusion in national and international databases. The keywords should be presented in the language in which a given article was written, as well as in English (or another language in case the text was originally written in English).
- Text. The page layout should be as follows: 1.5 spacing, character size 12, Times New Roman. Furthermore, the following sections are suggested: introduction, methodology, discussion, results and conclusions.
- Bibliography. We recommend that authors follow a stylebook based on the norms of the APA, which are specified in the following websites:
Quotes with a length of more than 40 words should be indented with respect to the body of text, without inverted commas, in character size 11 and 1.5 spacing.
Quotes under 40 words should appear within the body of the text, between inverted commas.
Bibliographical quotes should be extracted from the original documents, with a clear indication of the initial and final page of the work they originate from. In order to ensure the desired coherence within and among articles, at any moment of the editorial process, the direction of the journal may ask the author(s) to send the editorial council the first page (photocopy) of each of the articles quoted/cited in the bibliography.
Footnotes are indicated with the corresponding Arabic numbers, in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Example:
Bibliographical citations should respect the following model: (Author’s last name, year: page). For example (Mendizábal, 1996: 350).
If the author of the citation is clearly indicated in the text, it is not necessary to mention him/her again.
In case a complete work by a given author is clearly mentioned, it is only necessary to indicate its year of publishing.
When several texts by the same author and published in the same year are cited, these shall be distinguished by including capital letters in alphabetical order after the date (Mendizábal 1970a; Mendizábal, 1970b…).
When citing collective works, all authors, up to five, should be referred to in the first citation: (Walker, Allen, González, Oliveira, Claudet, 2008); in subsequent citations of the same work by the same authors, only the last name of the first one should be mentioned, followed by et al: (Walker et al., 2008).
When there are more than six authors, from the first citation only the last name of the first author should me mentioned, followed by et al.
Other references should not be used, such as: cit., op. cit., id., ibídem, etcétera.
Figures: All types of photographs, graphics and drawings should be considered figures. Each should be given a corresponding Arabic number, according to the order of appearance in the text; they should be referred to by the use of one of the following abbreviations: fig. o figs. The text under the figures should be in capital letters.
Figures should illustrate or clarify significantly the arguments of the text and its number should be reduced to the minimum.
Abbreviations: Only universally accepted abbreviations should be used. When an author chooses to shorten an expression recurrently used in the text, the corresponding abbreviation should accompany the aforesaid expression the first time it is mentioned.
For more information on Spanish and English abbreviations:
Reference list entries should be presented in strict alphabetical and chronological order. For example:
Andújar, M. (1955). Crisis de la nostalgia. Separata de Humanismo: revista mensual de cultura, 30, 226-232.
–– (1988). Primer registro de presencias y ausencias en la novela española de este tiempo. República de las letras, 22, 33-36.
Bovaira, F. y Cuerda, J.L. (Productores), y Amenabar, A. (Director). (2001). The Others. [Película]. Madrid: Grupo Prisa, S.A.
Cárdenas Fernández, B. (Ed.). (2003). Sociocriticism. IX Congreso Internacional de Sociocrítica (Morelia, México, 21-23 de octubre de 2003), Vol. XXI-1, Montpellier: Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Sociocritiques.
Use of the APA system
The following are examples of correctly indicated bibliographical references:
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the book in italics. Location: Publisher.
Bekerian, D. A. (1992). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behaviour. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Schiraldi. G. R. (2001). The post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: A guide to healing, recovery, and growth. [Adobe Digital Editions version]. Doi: 10.1036/10071393722.
Organization as author
Name of agency, institution. (year). Title in italics. Location: Publisher.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (1992). Estimated resident population by age and sex in statistical local areas, New South Wales, June 1990. Australian Capital Territory: ABS.
Article or chapter in an edited book
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the chapter. In Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the book in italics (pages). Location: Publisher.
Kupetz, Joshua (2010). La línea recta sólo conduce a la muerte: El rollo mecanografiado original y la teoría literaria actual. En Cunnell, H., Vlagopoulos, P., Mouratidis, G., Kupetz, J. Kerouac en la carretera (pp. 118-135). Barcelona, Anagrama.
Edited book, no author
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (Ed.). (year). Title of the book in italics. Location: Publisher.
Bekerian, D. A. (Ed.). (1992). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Book without author or editor
Title of the book in italics. Location: Publisher.
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (2010). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.
Encyclopedia or dictionary
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the book in italics(edition and/or volume). Location: Publisher.
Bekerian, D. A. (1992). The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians (3ª ed., Vols. 1-20). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the book in italics (Translator’s name and last name). Location: Publisher.
Laplace, P. -S. (1951). A philosophical essay on probabilities (Trads., F. W. Truscott y F. L. Emory). New York: McGraw-Hill. (Trabajo original publicado en 1814).
Chapter in the volume of a series
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the volume. In Series Editor’s initials and last name and Volume Editor’s initials and last name.Title of the book in italics: Volume. Title of the chapter (Edition, pages). Location: Publisher.
Maccoby, E. E. (1992). Socialization in the context of the family. En P. M. Musen (Ed. Serie) y M. J. Martin (Ed. Vol.). Handbook of child psychology: Vol. 4. Socialization, personality, and social development (3ª ed., pp. 1-101). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Articles in periodicals
Article in a printed magazine, one author
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the article. Title of the magazine in italics, number of the magazine, pages.
Bekerian, D. A. (1992). In search of the typical eyewitness. American Psychologist, 48, 574-576.
Article in a printed magazine, two authors
Klimowski, R., Palmer, S. (1993). The ADA and the hiring process in organizations. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 45(2), 10-36.
Article in a printed magazine, three to five authors
Borman, W. C., Hanson, M. A., Oppler, S. H., Pulakos, E. D., y White, L. A. (1993). Role of early supervisory experience in supervisor performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78, 443-449.
Article in a printed magazine, six or more authors
Kneip, R. C., Delamater, A. M., Ismond, T., Milford, C., Salvia, L., y Schwartz, D. (1992). Self- and spouse ratings of anger and hostility as predictors of coronary heart disease. Health Psychology, 12, 301-307.
Article from an online periodical
It follows the same model as that of printed magazines. It is only required to add DOI/ URL at the end.
Popa, I. (2011). La circulation transnationale du livre : un instrument de la guerre froide culturelle. Histoire@Politique, 15, 25-41. Doi 10.3917/hp.015.0025.
Article in a magazine, to be published
It follows the same model as that of regular magazine articles citations. It is only necessary to make it clear that the text is in the process of being published.
Bekerian, D. A. (to be published). In search of the typical eyewitness. American Psychologist.
Bekerian, D. A. (to be published). Role of early supervisory experience in supervisor performance. American Psychologist.
Bekerian, D. A. (to be published). Self- and spouse ratings of anger and hostility as predictors of coronary heart disease. American Psychologist.
Article of a non English magazine, with its title translated into English
Last name(s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the article in its original language [Translated title]. Títle of the magazine in italics, pages.
Zajonc, R. B. (1992). Bischofs gefühlvolle Verwirrunggen über die Gefühlle [Bischof’s emotional fluster over the emotions]. Psychologische Rundschau, 40, 574-576.
Scientific gatherings (Congresses, symposiums, etc.)
Published congress proceedings, published contribution in a symposium.
The same model used with a book’s chapter should be followed.
Last name (s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the article. In Title of the congress or symposium in italics, number or volume (pages). Location: Publisher.
Bekerian, D. A. (1992). A motivational approach to the self. En R. DeMaier (Ed.), Nebraska Symposium of Motivation: Vol. 38. Perspectives on motivation (pp. 574-596). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Proceedings regularly published
Last name (s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the Proceedings. Title of the book, number, pages.
Bekerian, D. A. (1992). In search of the typical eyewitness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 89, 574-576.
Unpublished work presented in a congress
Last name (s), Author’s initials. (year). Title of the article. Paper presented at Title of the congress or symposium, Location.
Bekerian, D. A. (1992, Enero). Early data on the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSC-C). Comunicación presentada al Congreso de la American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, San Diego, CA.
Last name, Author’s initials. (Year). Title of dissertation. Doctoral dissertation. Retrieved from Name of database. (Accession or Order Number)
Last name, Author’s initials. (Year). Title of dissertation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Name of Institution, Location.
Bower, D. L. (1993). Employee assistant programs supervisory referrals: Characteristics of referring and nonreferring supervisors. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Missouri, Columbia, USA.
Masters dissertation, unpublished
Last name, Author’s initials. (Year). Title of dissertation. (Unpublished Masters dissertation). Name of Institution, Location.
Saldaña, P. (1992). Actitudes de los padres hacia la integración escolar. Unpublished Masters dissertation. Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, España.
Last name, Initials of producer and/or director (Producer/Director). (year). Title of motion picture [Motion Picture]. Studio or distributer.
Adlon, P. (1988). Bagdad Cafe [Película]. Crest Films.
A Motion Picture or Video Tape with Limited Availability
Last name, Initials of producer and/or director (Producer/Director). (year). Title of motion picture [Motion Picture]. (Location of availability).
Bekerian, D. A. (Productor), y Smith, J. N. (Director). (1992). Changing our minds [Película]. (Disponible en Changing Our Minds, Inc., 170 West End Avenue, Suite 35R, New York, NY 10023).
Last name, Author’s initials. (año). Title of text. Language. (version). Website (date).
Tilton, J. (1995). Composing good. HTML (Vers. 2.0.6). http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tilt/cgh/ (13 Jan. 1997).