Submission guide

instructions for authors

Discusiones publishes debates around a principal paper, besides it has different sections with critical works. The thematic sphere of the magazine includes philosophy of law, jurisprudence, moral and political philosophy; as well as criminal, civil and constitutional law theory. The articles must reflect original and unpublished knowledge. The magazine publishes two issues a year, in June and December.

Each number of the magazine has four sections: the main section is dedicated to the discussion of a central work, followed by a series of critical studies, and a reply of the author of the main article. The section Discusiones: Cortes is intended for the critical discussion of a judicial sentence or a jurisprudential line of some court or relevant tribunal. The section Discusiones: Libros is destined to discuss a central idea present in a work considered classic or a work of recent appearance. By last, the section consists in returning to previous discussions that have took place in the magazine in the past, in order to project them towards the future.

Submitting and evaluation

Every article or proposal must be sent to the director (director@revistadiscusiones.com).

 

Discusiones: main section. The proposals of a specific debate on this section must be sent together with the main text proposed as the base of the discussion and the names and institutional link of the editor and the discussers. The main text of the discussion should not exceed 10.000 words and have an abstract of 150 words. The proposal will be evaluated by the editorial board through a formal founded opinion. In case of acceptance, the proposed editor should coordinate the discussion, collecting the critical texts of the indicated participants, and the final response to the critics by the principal author.

 

Discusiones: Cortes. The proposed text for this section must be sent to the director or to the writing secretaries. The work should not exceed 10.000 words and have an abstract of 150 words. There must be an indication of the section Cortes on the subject and the content of the message, and two different documents should be added: one document with the information of the author and another document without information or references in order to permit the identification of the author. The text without personal information will be sent by the section managers (Sebastián Elías, Paula Gaido and Rodrigo Sánchez Brígido) for its blind reference by external pairs.

 

Discusiones: Libros. The proposed text for this section must be sent to the director or to the writing secretaries. The work should not exceed 10.000 words; it must be accompanied with an abstract of 150 words, and should have a critical and extensive approach of the book in question. There must be an indication of the section Libros on the subject and the content of the message and two different documents must be added: one document with the information of the author and another document without information or references in order to permit the identification of the author. The text without personal information will be sent by the section manager (Pau Luque) for its blind reference by external pairs.

 

Discusiones: Balance. The proposed text for this section must be sent to the director or to the writing secretaries. The work should not exceed 10.000 words; it must be accompanied with an abstract of 150 words, and should have a critical and extensive approach of some of the discussions that were the object of previous editions. The article must include, also, new perspectives and updates of the analyzed debate. There must be an indication of the section Balance on the subject and the content of the message; and two different documents should be added: one document with the information of the author and another document without information or references in order to permit the identification of the author.  The text without personal information will be sent for its blind reference by external pairs.

Writing and citation instructions

Every article should be written in 1,5 spacing, 12 Times New Roman font, and paper size letter.

Under the title or subtitle of each article, the authors should indicate their name with a reference to the footnote –in asterisk- in which they should mention the academic degree, the institution they belong to, and contact address (city, country, e-mail).

Footnotes must be numbered consecutively and must be written in font Times New Roman 10, simple spacing.

In the footnotes the sources must be indicated in the following manner:

If it is a book: Kelsen, H., Teoría Pura del Derecho, México D.F., Porrúa, 1979

If it is a chapter on a collective work: Celano, B., “What can Plans do for Legal Theory?”, en Canale, D. y Tuzet, G. (eds.), The Planning Theory of Law, London, Springer, 2013, pág. 129-152.

If it is an article in a magazine: Garzón Valdés, E. “Los deberes positivos generales y su fundamentación”, Doxa, 3, 1986, pág. 17-33.

When there are references to works already quoted, if the reference is exactly the same of the previous footnote, the expression “Ídem” should be used. If the author is the same of the previous footnote, but a different part is quoted, the expression “Ibid” or “Ibídem” should be used, followed by the different page referred. In the case of non-contiguous references, in which the same author is quoted, only the last name and the name of the author followed by the expression “op. cit.” must be indicated. When two or more works of the same author are quoted, there should be added, after the name of the author, the title of the work -or a part of it- in order to identify the quoted work, all followed by the expression “op. cit.”.

At the end of the paper, a list with the bibliography quoted should be added. It must be ordered alphabetically, depending on the last name of the author, and it should be made following the norms indicated for the footnotes.
Every article must be preceded by a 150 words abstract, in Spanish and English, and the indication, in the respective language, of at least three key words.