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NÓMADAS, is a scientific Journal of social sciences. It was created in 1994 by the former Research Departament of Universidad Central (DIUC), currently known as the Institute for Contemporary Social Studies (Iesco).

NÓMADAS has an interdisciplinary approach and a monographic style. It publishes articles with a critical perspective, primarily consisting of such disciplines as sociology, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, cultural studies and education.

In terms of language, NÓMADAS publishes texts written in Spanish or Portuguese; however, all articles have a title, an abstract and key words in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

The articles published in NÓMADAS must be previosly unpublished. The articles are tested through Docode, a plagiarism detection tool, and they must proceed through a rigorous evaluation process by academic peers. Learn about all the requirements to publish, the evaluation process and the ethical policies.

Scope and Objectives:

The Journal is addressed to the academic and educational community interested in the debate of the social sciences, both in Colombia and abroad. This community entails researchers, professors, higher education students, research centers, libraries and government entities in charge of creating public policies.

The Journal’s objectives are to: 1) outline debates regarding priority issues for Latin America, 2) establish links between the course of such issues in the region and those from other parts of the world, and 3) to promote research questions around contemporary social problems from a critical standpoint.


The Journal has four committees for each issue: scientific, editorial, editor and peer evaluators (national and international).


Semiannual; published in April and October.

Sections:The Journal is comprised of five sections.

  1. "Monographic Theme": central and thematic section of the Journal.
  2. "Creation processes": a space for art and culture.
  3. "Reflections from University": a section dedicated to reflections about academia and research work.
  4. "New Nómadas": designed for young researchers in training.
  5. "Reviews": a space used to publish the projects of IESCO and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art, as well as recently published books which are considered to be relevant for the social sciences.

Open Access and Distribution

Publications are registered with the Open Access Policy which allows users to freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link the complete texts of all published articles.

Its contents are available in PDF and HTML formats, and all are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), unless otherwise stated.

The publication of the two versions of the Journal (physical and electronic) is simultaneous. This means that the Journal does not have black-out periods.

The physical print is distributed by sale, exchange, donation and subscription among members of the educational and academic community, government entities, research centers, libraries and the general public interested in the debate of the social sciences.


The Journal is financed by Universidad Central (Colombia) and the entity is responsible for all its contents. It has received financial support from the Family Compensation Fund –Compensar (Issues 6 – 45), and subsequently from the Family Compensation Fund –Colsubsidio (Issue 46 to present).


Institute for Contemporary Social Studies – IESCO

Carrera 15 No. 75-14, pisos 6° y 7°

Bogotá, Colombia

Phone Number (+57-1) 3239868 ext. 1613 – 1615