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Revista de Estudios Políticos

About the journal

The aim of the Revista de Estudios Políticos (REP) is to disseminate previously-unpublished academic work in the fields of Constitutional Theory, State Theory, Political Science, Political History and History of Political Thought.

REP accepts articles written in Spanish and English, and publishes them in the original language. Articles submitted in English must have a level of quality equivalent to having been written or revised by a native English speaker.


The original manuscripts to the REP should be sent by email to evaluaciones@cepc.es.

Types of manuscript for publication

The REP accepts the following types of manuscript for publication:

- Articles: these should be original pieces of theoretical or empirical research with an adequate level of theoretical or analytical development and set out in the standard format for specialised science journals. They will have a maximum length of 12,000 words, including the title, abstracts, keywords, tables, bibliography and footnotes.

- Research notes: these should comprise a brief outline of singular findings, new contributions, replication of previous findings or additions to the scientific literature that justify their publication, but without the theoretical scope and development or analytical detail required for articles. They will have a maximum length of 7,000 words, including the title, abstracts, keywords, tables, bibliography and footnotes.

- Bibliographic essays: these should analyse two or more recent publications on the same subject; they may include footnotes and a list of bibliographic references at the end.

- Book reviews: these should be essays that analyse new publications of academic and scientific interest.  The REP does not accept unsolicited reviews. On the other hand, it thanks for suggestions on books for review.

  • Special issues

The REP may publish issues dedicated to a topic of special interest to Political Science, at the suggestion of the Editorial Board or researchers who will send their proposals to evaluaciones@cepc.es, and which must always be approved by said Board.


Submissions format

Submitted texts must use the Times New Roman font, size 12, with a line spacing of 1.5. The only exception is footnotes, which should be in size 10 with single line spacing. The first page will include the title, name of the author or authors, academic affiliation, ordinary and electronic mail addresses and contact telephone number, as well as the indication of who is the recipient of all communications with the journal. It will also be accompanied by a brief CV of the author (s), with a maximum length of 150 words.


The tittle of “articles” and “research notes” should appear first in Spanish and then in English.  It should reflect the content of the article or note. It is recommended that titles be no more than 10 words long. Subtitles may be used, but under no circumstances will they include abbreviations. Avoid using empty words and include, as far as possible, keywords extracted from thesauri in the field of Political Science and related scientific disciplines.


Articles and notes should be prefaced by a brief, one version in Spanish and another in English, both with the same content. For the articles, the extension of the Spanish version must be between 150 and 200 words, whereas for the research notes the limit is set at 150. The abstract must clearly state the purpose of the research or study (aims), the basic procedures (methods), the main findings (results), and the most significant conclusions, and should also highlight new and important aspects of the study. Information that does not appear in the text of the article can not be included in the same. Unwanted words or expressions, periphrasis, and excessively long phrases should also be avoided.


The abstract should be followed by a list of between 5 and 10 keywords in Spanish and the corresponding translation into English. Wherever possible, internationally accepted terms in the fields of political science should be used or, failing this, internationally accepted terms in these scientific disciplines. In order to favor their normalization, they will be extracted from thesaurus and standardized vocabularies, among which we can mention CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Thesaurus and the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBBS) Thesaurus.

Tables and graphs

All tables and graphs should be correctly numbered with Arabic numerals correlative after the word "table" or "graph" (as the case may be). Their titles must be concise and enable the content of the table or graph to be understood, and in the foot the source must be mentioned, even if they are of own elaboration, in which case will be put: "own elaboration". The images must be embedded in the text and also should be sent separately, in TIF or JPEG file format, with a resolution of 300 DPI and a minimum width of 10 cm.

Peer Review Process

The Editorial Board will decide on the publication of articles on the basis of two double-blind peer review reports provided by specialists from outside the editorial organization of the journal. The journal undertakes to complete the evaluation process within a maximum period of six months.

The Editorial Board approves the publication of those articles receiving the best peer reviews. Publication may be contingent on the introduction of changes recommended by the evaluations. The authors of articles accepted for publication may be requested to correct article proofs, which should be returned within 48 hours. At this stage substantial changes in the text will not be allowed, only the correction of errors in the accepted version.


Citation formats


Notes shall be placed at the foot of the page (footnotes), numbered using Arabic characters in superscript format. Footnotes should not be very long, and only contain brief clarifications that are not of sufficient importance to be placed within the main body of the text. Bibliographical citations could be included in footnotes. In no case will this be the complete bibliographical reference, which will be included in the final article Bibliography.

Rererences cited

Citations will preferably appear in the body of the text and not in footnotes. References will be abbreviated according to the Harvard author-year system: (author, year: page(s)-).

(Bourdieu, 2000: 31)

Where various articles of an author, or group of authors, from the same year are cited, a letter (a, b, c, etc.) must be added after the year:

 (Coté, 1985a)

References with two authors will be cited using primary surnames and the conjunction ‘and’:

(Newton and Norris, 2000)

Where work with three or more authors is cited, it is sufficient to cite the first author followed by et al.:

 (Aguilar et al., 2003)

Where a cited author’s name forms part of the text of the footnote, the year and page number(s) must always be included in parentheses:

According to Cascales (2010: 22)… 


A Bibliography will be included at the end of all articles. The Bibliography will only contain references cited in the text. Additional references may not be included. Items will be listed alphabetically by the author’s first surname, following the American Psychological Association (APA) style. If two or more works of an author from the same year are included, they shall be distinguished by means of a letter following the year.

Maravall, J. A. (1966a). Antiguos y modernos: la idea de progreso en el desarrollo inicial de una sociedad. Madrid: Sociedad de Estudios y Publicaciones.

Maravall, J. A. (1966b). De la Ilustración al Romanticismo: el pensamiento político de Cadalso. Paris: Centre de Recherches de L'Institut d'Etudes Hispaniques.

Where a reissued work is cited and the date of the first edition is considered relevant, the original year shall be indicated in brackets:

Maravall, J. A. (1981) [1963]. Las comunidades de Castilla: una primera revolución moderna. Madrid: Alianza Editorial.

Below are bibliographic examples for the most common document types:

-Single author
Crouch, C. (2011). The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism. Cambridge: Polity.
-Two or more authors
Anduiza Perea, E., Crespo, I. y Méndez Lago, M. (1999). Metodología de la Ciencia Política. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.
-Digital/online book
Sanmartín Cuevas, X. (2014). Nuevas tecnologías, traen nuevas tendencias: viaje TIC con 80 entrevistas exclusivas. Retrieved from: http://catalogo.ulima.edu.pe/uhtbin/cgisirsi.ex e/6Yw1INoKGt/x/153460026/9.

Book chapters
Zea, L. (2007). América Latina: largo viaje hacia sí misma. In D. Pantoja (ed.). Antología del pensamiento latinoamericano sobre la educación, la cultura y las universidades (pp. 125–138). México: UDUAL.
Scientific journal articles
Miguel, E., Shanker, S. y Ernest, S. (2004). Economic shocks and civil conflict: an instrumental variables approach. Journal of Political Economy, 112 (4), 725-753.

- Digital/online journals
Pifarré, M. J. (2013). Internet y redes sociales: un nuevo contexto para el delito. IDP. Revista de Internet, Derecho y Política, 16, 40-43. Retrieved from: http://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=7882 8864004.

- Digital/online journals with DOI
Díaz-Noci, J. (2010). Medios de comunicación en internet: algunas tendencias. El Profesional de la Información, 19 (6), 561-567. Retrieved from: http://dx.doi.org/10.3145/epi.2010.nov.01.


-Institutional author

Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía. (2004). Eficiencia energética y energías renovables (Informes IDEA. Boletín IDEA; 6). Madrid: IDEA.

-Personal author

Caruso, J., Nicol, A. y Archambault, E. (2013). Open Access Strategies in the European Research Area. Montreal: Science-Metrix. Retrieved from:  http://www.science-metrix.com/pdf/SM_EC_OA_Policies.pdf.


- Proceedings
Cairo, H. and Finkel, L. (eds.). (2013). Actas del XI Congreso Español de Sociología: crisis y cambio. Propuestas desde la Sociología. Madrid: Federación Española de Sociología.
- Papers published in Conference Proceedings
Codina Bonilla, L. (2000). Parámetros e indicadores de calidad para la evaluación de recursos digitales. In Actas de las VII Jornadas Españolas de Documentación (Bilbao, 19-21 de octubre de 2000): la gestión del conocimiento: retos y soluciones de los profesionales de la información (pp. 135-144). Bilbao: Universidad del País Vasco.

- Papers and communications online
Durán Heras, M. A. (2014). Mujeres y hombres ante la situación de dependencia. Paper presented at the seminar: Políticas públicas de atención a personas mayores dependientes: hacia un sistema integral de cuidados. Retrieved from: http://www.imserso.es/InterPresent2/groups/imserso/documents/binario/mujereshombres19_21mayo.pdf.


- Published
Llamas Cascón, A. (1991). Los valores jurídicos como ordenamiento material [PhD thesis]. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Retrieved from: http://hdl.handle.net/10016/15829.

- Unpublished
De las Heras, B. (2011). Imagen de la mujer en el Fondo Fotográfico de las Guerra Civil Española de la Biblioteca Nacional de España. Madrid, 1936-1939 [Unpublished PhD thesis]. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

News and articles of newspaper

Bassets, M. (2015). El Tribunal Supremo respalda la reforma sanitaria de Obama. El País, 25-6-2015. Retrieved from: http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/06/25/actualidad/1435242145_474489.html.

-Without author

Drogas genéricas. (2010). El Tiempo, 25-9-2015, p. 15.


Escolar, I. (2015). El falso mito de que los emprendedores de Internet son la solución al paro.  Escolar.Net [blog], 25-6-2015. Retrieved from: http://www.eldiario.es/escolar/falso-empresas-Internet-solucion-paro_6_402519746.html.

Electronic forums and mailing lists

Pastor, J. A. (2014). Aspectos prácticos para proyectos de datos abiertos en las administraciones públicas. IWETEL [lista de distribución], 31-1-2014. Retrieved from: http://listserv.rediris.es/cgi-bin/wa?A2=IWETEL;b361930a.1401e.


If the bibliographical references contain doi (digital object identifier), it will be included as follows:

Murray, S. (2006). Private Polls and Presidential Policymaking. Reagan as a Facilitator of Change. Public Opinion Quarterly, 70 (4), 477-498. Available in: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfl022.

Copyright Notice

Submission of a manuscript to the REP implies having read and accepted the journal's editorial guidelines and instructions for authors. When a work is accepted for publication, it is understood that the author grants the REP exclusive rights of reproduction, distribution and, where appropriate, sale of his manuscript for exploitation in all countries of the world in printed version, as well as any other magnetic, optical and digital media.

While the manuscript is in the process of being assessed by the REP, the author will not submit it to other journals for assessment. However, the journal could accept papers previously published in conference proceedings provided that their quality justifies it. The author must indicate where the paper has been previously published.

The author undertakes not to publish his paper in any other journal, in either paper or electronic format, unless the REP expressly authorizes him to do so. However, the author may present it at conferences, symposiums or as a working document.

Authors shall transfer the publishing rights of their manuscript to REP so that it may be disseminated and capitalised on Intranets, the Internet and any web portals and wireless devices that the publisher may decide, by placing it at the disposal of users so that the latter may consult it online and extract content from it, print it and/or download and save it. These activities must comply with the terms and conditions outlined on the website hosting the work. However, the REP authorises authors of papers published in the journal to include a copy of these papers, once published, on their personal websites and/or other open access digital repositories. Copies must include a specific mention of REP, citing the year and issue of the journal in which the article was published, and adding a link to the REP website(s).

Plagiarism and scientific fraud

The publication of work that infringes on intellectual property rights is the sole responsibility of the authors, including any conflicts that may occur regarding infringement of copyright. This includes, most importantly, conflicts related to the commission of plagiarism and/or scientific fraud.

Plagiarism is understood to include:

a. Presenting the work of others as your own.

b. Adopting words or ideas from other authors without due recognition.

c. Not using quotation marks or another distinctive format to distinguish literal quotations.

d. Giving incorrect information about the true source of a citation.

e. The paraphrasing of a source without mentioning the source.

f. Excessive paraphrasing, even if the source is mentioned.


Practices constituting scientific fraud are as follows:

a. Fabrication, falsification or omission of data and plagiarism.

b. Duplicate publication.

c. Conflicts of authorship.