Scientific Journals of Universities of Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela: Actors and Roles


  • Jorge Enrique Delgado Troncoso University of Pittsburgh Pontificia Universidad Javeriana



Scientific journal, university, actors, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, open access.


A qualitative study was carried to identify the roles of actors associated with the publication of scientific journals in Chilean, Colombian, and Venezuelan universities. Twenty-four semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with journal editors, university authorities, and other experts. The categories of analysis included university leaders (journal directors/coordinators), institutional actors (university presses and libraries), and journal editors. Changes emphasizing open access journals and salary incentives to increase productivity among university professors are creating new roles for those involved in the publication of journals. University journal directors and coordinators are being challenged to provide support and to seek inclusion in national and international indexes. Although university presses have not played an important role in this process, libraries have gained new responsibilities associated with data processing and the creation of repositories. Challenges exist for individual editors to obtain supporting personnel, as journal publication work grows and demands more.


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Author Biography

Jorge Enrique Delgado Troncoso, University of Pittsburgh Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Jorge Delgado studied dentistry and a master’s in education at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia. Jorge also holds a PhD in administrative and policy studies in education—social and comparative analysis in education, which he complemented with a certificate of advanced studies in Latin American social and public policy at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States. Currently, Jorge works as director of editing services at, as well as instructor of the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, and editor-in-chief of the journal Universitas Odontologica, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. His main research focuses on the development of university research and the communication of knowledge. In addition, Jorge serves as co-chairperson of the Higher Education Special Interest Group of the Comparative & International Education Society.



How to Cite

Delgado Troncoso, J. E. (2014). Scientific Journals of Universities of Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela: Actors and Roles. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22, 34.



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