About the Journal

Focus and Scope

PALARA is the journal of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA). ALARA is a dynamic organization of individual scholars working in the field of Afro-Latin American Studies. A majority of the membership are college/university professors trained in Latin American studies (literature, linguistics, sociology, political science, cultural studies, communication studies, history, etc.) whose research and/or teaching interests focus on cultural production and materiality of Africa descendants in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean basin and Equatorial Guinea (West Africa). http://alarascholars.org/

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

  • All manuscripts will be reviewed by peer reviewers who are experts in the field of African Diaspora Studies. Specific references which would identify the author(s) should be deleted for the blind-review process.
  • Manuscripts must be original work of the author(s) and not be submitted simultaneously for publication in other journals or books.
  • Manuscripts should conform to the latest style manual of the individual discipline and may not exceed twenty-five (25) pages (text) in length.
  • The minimum number of text pages is eighteen (18).  
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document, double-spaced in 12-point font, with one-inch margins, and numbered pages.
  • In addition to the title page of the manuscript, submissions should include an additional title page which lists the author(s) and designates the following information for each author: email address, phone number(s), and address. If the first author is not the corresponding author, that should be indicated.
  • Manuscripts must include an abstract of 100-200 words. The abstract should provide the major objectives, methods used, findings, and conclusions. The abstract should not include references or footnotes.

Potential contributors should contact the editor Sonja Watson at palara@alarascholars.org for questions.

Publication Frequency

This journal is published once per year in the fall.

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. All articles are available as a pdf-file free of charge.


University of Texas at Arlington 

Journal History


Deborah Atwater

David Covin

Clélia Reis Geha

Ana Beatriz Gonçalves

Marvin A. Lewis

Alice Mills

Edward J. Mullen

Mary Jo Muratore

Laurence E. Prescott (deceased)

Henry Richards

LaVerne Seales Soley

Carlos Guillermo Wilson (deceased)

Caroll Mills Young (deceased)