Author guidelines

Collaborations / Submission of articles:

Free participation

Any interested person can send contributions to the journal without needing to be linked to the publishing entity or the journal. The submission of contributions and their publication, if accepted, does not require any fee payment and is free.

Original and unpublished contributions

All the works must be original and unpublished. Writings that have been published in magazines or books will not be accepted. However, the articles and notes based on communications or papers will be susceptible of publication in the journal, provided that after being presented in Congresses they have been duly adapted and reference made that they come from a previous communication or communication.

Evaluation process and estimated publication time

Contributions will be submitted to an anonymous and external peer review according to the policy established for each section.  (Review Section policies and get more information on external evaluation).

The complete process takes 6 months, and consists of a pre-review phase (1 month), evaluation (3 months), layout and publication (2 months). However, this timing can be shortened or extended depending on the overlap of the submission with the publication dates of the last number (at the beginning of each semester).The estimated publication of the paper would be 4 months after the submission.

Acceptance of policies

The submission of contributions to the SPANISH JOURNAL OF TRANSPARENCY entails acceptance of these rules. The Editorial Board will ensure the quality of the same and reserves the right to reject contributions, to classify them in the section that best corresponds to their content, and to make changes in the articles considered appropriate for better understanding. The publication in the magazine supposes the cession by gratuitous title of any right that could correspond.


Contributions must follow the Style Guidelines for authors. It will be presented in .DOC format or equivalent.

• They must have a title, a subtitle (if applicable), a summary of 50 to 150 words and a selection of keywords. We recommend that you use the template that can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

• In the document that will be uploaded to the Journal platform, no personal data of any kind should be recorded to facilitate the anonymous review. Personal data is completed when registering in the internal area of this website.


Collaborations must be sent through the journal platform, which requires registration at the following link: : REGISTER. If you are already registered, access to DASHBOARD. .

Invited contributions should be sent to: info @ revistatransparencia . com


Minimum contents and structuring:

The texts will include at the beginning the TITLE, SUMMARY, KEYWORDS and at the end the BIBLIOGRAPHY used.

- TITLE (will be presented in Spanish and English).

- ABSTRACT: 50 to 150 words (will be presented in Spanish and English).

- KEY WORDS: separated by commas, a maximum of five (will be presented in Spanish and English).

- SUMMARY: with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3 ...)


TYPOGRAPHY: Times New Roman 12 (for footnotes in size 10)

EPÍGRAFES AND SUBEPÍGRAFES. With the following levels:

- First level (capital letters and bold): 1, 2, 3, etc.

- Second level (in lowercase and bold): 1.1., 1.2., Etc. , 2.1., 2.2. etc.

- Third level (in lowercase and italics): 1.1.1., 1.1.2., Etc. or a. b. c. ...

PARAGRAPHS: without indentation, simple line spacing. Paragraphs of less than three lines will be avoided.

UTILIZATION OF BULLETS: The use of bulleted enumerations should be limited to the maximum.

TABLES AND GRAPHICS: the tables and graphs that are included must include a title and they must explain or mention their main content in the body of the article, avoiding that their presence lacks connection with the part of the article in which they appear.

Bibliographical citations and references:

CITATION: system is applied (author, year and page).

They will follow the model that appears below:

- According to Martínez (2016: 15)

- According to some authors (Martínez, 2016: 15)

Complete references will not be included in footnotes, but in the final bibliography section.

Self-citations are not allowed to exceed 10% of the bibliography used.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES. The Harvard system is applied, although the names are not included in capital letters and the year is not included in parentheses.

- The references of works cited will be included EXCLUSIVELY. It is not allowed to include additional bibliography not cited throughout the text.

- The list of works cited will be presented at the end of the text in the BIBLIOGRAPHY section, avoiding the inclusion of full footnotes throughout the text.

- Only works of authors are included. Bibliography means the works of authors in books and journalss. Everything that is not considered bibliography, such as reports and institutional studies, regulations, etc. can go as footnotes, but not in the bibliography section.

- The list of works cited will be presented in alphabetical order of surname and as the second criterion per year of publication. If a work by the same author and year coincides, a letter a, b c ... will be included successively (eg 2004a, 2004b, 2004c, ...).

The following is a description of the model to be used to record bibliographic references:



Cotino Hueso, L. 2003. Teoría y realidad de la transparencia pública en Europa. Madrid: INAP.

Articles of Journals


Delgado Morales, F. 2015. “De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de transparencia”, Revista Española de Transparencia, 1:24-30.

Book chapters


Andreu Robles, R. 2013. “De la opacidad a la transparencia”, en Arnaldo Matero, G., La transparencia en el Siglo XXI. Madrid: Akal, 34-40.

Additional indications

Some indications about the names of the authors in the bibliographical references:

- The given names are abbreviated.

- First and second surnames will be expressed in Spanish and Latin authors whenever possible.

- If there are two authors, the surnames will be combined with a "AND". Example: Rodríguez-Arana Muñoz, J. and Sendín García, M.A. 2014. Transparency, access to information and Good Government. Granada: Comares.

- The use of the expression VV.AA. will be avoided. In its place the nominative relation of authors in the indicated format will be used.

- When there are more than three authors, the Latin expression et al.

Some indications about the expression of the year of publication:

- Parenthesis is not used.

- The year is separated from the title by a dot.

Some indications about the title of the cited work:

- If it's from the book, it should be in italics.

- If it is an article or a chapter of a book, it must be enclosed in quotation marks.

- If it is the title of the Journal, it must be in italics.


Some indications about the place and editorial:

- Only applies in books (and book chapters).

Some indications on the delimitation of the pages of the cited work:

- The pages interval must be delimited in journal articles and book chapters

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