About the Journal

Maskana is a multidisciplinary scientific journal published by the Vice-Rectorate for Research at the University of Cuenca (Ecuador). It was initially created with the aim of providing a platform for the dissemination of research from all areas of knowledge. It currently disseminates research results at an international level.
Maskana is a Quichua word meaning search or exploration. The first edition of this journal was published in the second half of 2010, and since then it has maintained its regularity, with two editions a year in June and December. It is a serial publication that accepts original articles in Spanish and English. Its areas of competence are Humanities and Social Sciences, Biological and Health Sciences, Exact Sciences and Technologies.
Maskana ensures that its articles are available in reliable repositories. It is indexed in the Latindex 2.0 Catalogue, DOAJ, Dialnet, ERIH PLUS and many other international databases; it accepts research or bibliographic review articles, which will be subject to external peer review. Professors, researchers, students and professionals from all over the world interested in the permanent updating of knowledge are invited to read its pages and/or submit manuscripts.

Maskana publishes two editions per year, in June and December. Currently, and as of 2016, it is distributed in digital format only.
The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) of the online journal is: e-ISSN 2477-8893. For its online production, the Open Journal Systems platform, an open access journal manager, is used. Print editions of Maskana were published from December 2010 (Vol. 1, No. 1) to December 2015 (Vol. 6, No. 2). The ISSN of the print journal is: p-ISSN 1390-6143

Upon receipt of a manuscript, the Editorial Team carries out a relevance assessment. This checks whether the document has not been published before and, in order to avoid any kind of plagiarism, the similarity rates of the content.
Formatting and editing must conform to the guidelines set out in the downloadable template.
The result can be Accept, Accept with changes or Rejected. In case of a negative criterion of Acceptance with changes, the corresponding author will receive a report specifying the aspects of form and content that need to be improved in order to advance to the next stage of the evaluation process.
If the article meets the minimum criteria, it is sent to two reviewers (external to the Directorate of Research and the University of Cuenca) for evaluation by the double-blind refereeing system. This process examines whether the document has the necessary scientific qualities to be published.
After receiving the reviewers' comments, a summary report is sent to the corresponding author. A manuscript can be assessed with Acceptance without comments, Acceptance with few changes, Acceptance with major changes or Rejected. Accepted manuscripts are published in the first issue after acceptance of the manuscript.
The relevance assessment process seeks to be explanatory and educational. The blind peer review process, in turn, is based on the pursuit of excellence in content and form. In itself, they represent the way Maskana acts, within the scientific community, as a platform for teaching the writing of scientific articles.
All the aforementioned stages can be followed by the author through the Open Journal Systems operated by the journal. The reviewers' opinion is not subject to appeal.

Maskana provides free and open access to its contents in order to generate a greater global exchange of knowledge. Readers can access the published content of each article free of charge.
The editorial team manages the entry of content in catalogues, digital repositories and databases, so that articles can be reused and self-archived in accordance with the University of Cuenca's digital preservation policy for scientific journals.
Additionally, Maskana is listed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and has a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

Maskana does not charge article processing charges (APCs) to authors.
As a scientific journal, we understand that some institutions may have limited funds for their research activities, especially those in developing countries. For this reason, Maskana's open access publishing model does not require the author to cover article processing charges. All costs of the evaluation process, layout, editing and proofreading, web publishing and long-term archiving are covered by the Vice Rectorate for Research of the University of Cuenca (VIUC).


Your privacy is important to Maskana. This privacy statement provides information about the personal information Maskana collects and the ways in which our magazine uses that information.

Collection of personal information

Maskana may collect and use personal information that is necessary for the processing and publication of the manuscripts we receive. This information may include full names, affiliation and contact details such as postal addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and/or fax numbers.

Use of personal information

Any personal information received by Maskana will only be used to process and publish your manuscript, and eventually to:

  • administer this website,
  • customise the website for you,
  • to allow your access to and use of the services of the website,
  • send you communications about your manuscript,
  • send you communications about future issues or calls for contributions.

Please note that Maskana may disclose your personal information to the extent required by law, in connection with any possible legal proceedings, and/or to establish, exercise or defend its legal rights.

Securing your data

Maskana will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, theft, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

Transborder data transfers

The information Maskana collects may be stored, processed and transferred between any of the countries in which Maskana operates to enable the use of the information in accordance with this privacy policy.

In addition, please remember that personal information that you submit to us for publication on our website may be available worldwide via the Internet. By doing so, you consent to such cross-border transfers of personal information.

Updates to this declaration

Maskana may update this privacy policy from time to time by posting a new version on this website, so you should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are familiar with any changes.

Other websites

This website contains links to other websites. Maskana is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third parties.


If you have any questions about this privacy policy or Maskana's treatment of your personal information, please send an email to maskana.diuc@ucuenca.edu.ec.


Articles published in Maskana magazine are subject to the following terms:

The University of Cuenca, through its Vice-Rectorate for Research, as the publishing entity, will reserve the copyright of the published articles; it will encourage their reuse by means of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International licence, which allows copying, use, dissemination, transmission and public exhibition as long as:

  • Authorship and original sources are cited (name of publication, publisher, URL and DOI).
  • No use for commercial or profit-making purposes.
  • Reference is made to the validity and details of the Creative Commons licence.

The following licence and copyright agreement is valid for any article submitted from 14 August 2023 onwards.

The authors retain the copyright of the article.

  • The authors grant the Vicerrectorado de Investigación de la Universidad de Cuenca (VIUC) a non-exclusive irrevocable licence to publish the article electronically and in print, and to identify themselves as the original publisher.
  • The authors grant commercial rights to the Vicerrectorado de Investigación de la Universidad de Cuenca (VIUC) to produce printed volumes of the journal for sale to libraries and individuals, if deemed necessary.Investigación de la Universidad de Cuenca (VIUC) to produce printed volumes of the journal for sale to libraries and individuals, if deemed necessary.
  • The authors grant any third party the right to use the article freely provided that the original authors and citation details are identified.
  • Only for special cases where, for example, the author wishes to transfer the copyright to an institution, please refer to the section on copyright transfers. Articles are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence. Unless otherwise noted.

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Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but in no way that suggests that the licensor endorses you or your use.

Non-commercial - You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

Share Alike - If you remix, transform or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same licence as the original..

No additional restrictions: you may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything permitted by the licence.


You do not have to comply with the licence for elements of the material that are in the public domain or whose use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.

No warranty is given. The licence may not give you all the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as rights of publicity, privacy or moral rights may limit your use of the material.

Reproduction requests

All articles published by MASKANA on behalf of the Vice-Rectorate for Research of the University of Cuenca have been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license since 14 August 2023 or under its previous version 3.0 from 2010-2017 and Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License from 2017 until July 2023. Under these licences the authors retain the copyright. It is not necessary, on the part of the publisher, to allow / confirm a reproduction. We suggest contacting the authors to inform them about further use of the material. In any case, authors must be credited.

Maskana makes use of Turnitin, a plagiarism detection service that verifies the originality of submitted content before publication. The software checks the document submitted to the journal against content from websites, libraries, books and databases. Each submitted manuscript will be checked in the shortest possible time.
In this process, Turnitin provides a similarity report which highlights, on the one hand, the resulting percentage of similarity according to the number of words and, on the other hand, the marking of the various sections, expressions or terms that were found in other documents. The Maskana Editorial Team checks the similarity report. The decision as to whether a manuscript should be rejected due to fraud or proceed to the peer review process rests with the Editorial Team. The similarity report can also be made available to external reviewers.