Evaluation criteria

  1. Usefulness: legal research is not usually empirical. Unless so, the proposed paper for publication is to overcome this lack of practical approach by clearly identifying the unsolved issue or issues in view of the state of the art that it intends to address. Should the paper make an innovative proposal, it would be deemed as adequate for publication provided that its conclusions are scientifically based and have a practical impact. The latter could be proved by quoting case-law, for example. Moreover and unless it is clearly absurd, the paper could be taken into consideration to be published regardless of the proposal´s hypothetical success. The feasibility of a proposal could be given by a field study. However, the difficulties in undertaking such a study in legal matters and getting a representative sample have to be acknowledged.
  2. Source sufficiency: a scientific paper have to show that all relevant sources, in particular the academic ones, have been taken into consideration. It is not about quantitatively citing them, but doing it on a qualitative basis, i.e. in drafting the paper proposed for publication the provided knowledge have been assimilated, integrated and built upon. In this vein, the number of citations is not relevant. However, there have to be citations of any relevant sources to the paper in question. Accordingly, a paper drawing its conclusions from others without citation will be penalized. An exception could be made in case of difficulties in getting access to a source. But this should be also specifically mentioned in the paper. In other words, the undertaking of a proper and thorough documentation research previous to drafting the paper is highly encouraged.
  3. Historical analysis: although it is not always the case, a number of legal researches require a historical analysis of the addressed issues, giving due consideration to the previous provided solutions and their (lack of) success if possible. Of course, it is not necessary to always tackle historical issues. However, History of Law may provide quite an interesting approach to learn about past experiences and how legal ideas have evolved across time. In this vein, the discovery of unknown precedents to the researched issue will be highly regarded.
  4. Comparative and foreign law: against the globalization processes, a research paper has to pay attention to comparative analysis of law. Foreign law plays the role that History plays as regards to past times, i.e. culturally contrasting experiences, developments and outcomes clearly improves the quality of a paper and reinforces the strength of the undertaken research. In this vein, each paper ought to take into account foreign laws.
  5. Compendiums: a legal matter may have been tackled from many and contrasting angles giving rise to multiple sources and therefore to a lack of clarity in its treatment. Accordingly, papers seeking to shed light on it are welcomed. These are intermediate research papers whose value lies in their historical and bibliographic documentation. They do not usually draw innovative conclusions, but build the basis upon which arrive to them. The Journal will only accept this type of papers in cases of notable confusion about a legal matter, i.e. papers that only enumerate case-law or doctrinal approaches will not be accepted, save the exceptional case herein described.
  6. First or last publication of the same paper: when it comes to publishing in this Journal the paper does not have to be original, meaning that it may have been published before either in a journal or in a book. As long as the paper complies with the first four abovementioned criteria – or the fifth in the abovementioned exceptional circumstances - , it could be published in this Journal.

Editorial criteria

  1. Common features and editorial criteria
    • Title
    • Author´s name and position
    • Abstract drafted by the author to synthetically highlight the main conclusion of the paper (max. 500 characters including spaces), translated into English if the paper is written in any other of the two accepted languages
    • Summary
    • Main Text: Time New Roman 12 /Citation: Time New Roman 10. Space in between paragraphs: 12.

  2. Citations. All sources quoted have to be easily found with the data provided in the paper. The Journal does not require a specific citation system.
  3. Accepted languages: Spanish, Italian or English
  4. Papers have to be sent to the following email: