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Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo


Editorial Policy and Review Sections

The Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo has published original research on European law since 1974 in the form of Studies, Notes and Case Comments.

All contributions submitted for publication should be unpublished: papers published in other journals, books or papers in conference proceedings will not be accepted for publication. Contributors are committed to not having already published the same article, and not to submit it for consideration for publication elsewhere during the review process. The Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo (RDCE) may use, at any stage of the editing process, one or several anti-plagiarism programs in order to verify that the manuscript is original and that intellectual authorship be respected.

The Editorial Board may request review essays, short reviews or notes. Only reviews requested by the RDCE will be published.


Submitting a Manuscript to the RDCE

Manuscripts should be sent electronically through the Spanish Repository of Science and Technology (https://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/RDCE/index). Once registered at this OJS platform as an author, you will be able to submit originals, to follow the submission and evaluation process and to update your user profile.

In case you want to submit a manuscript [please check citation rules and other format requirements below], you can register at the platform as follows:

1. Access https://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/RDCE/user/register, complete the user profile and click “register”.

2. Use your password to enter the journal (http://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/RDCE/login). Go to the “My journals” section (access is on the side panel).

3. Click on the “Author” role (in blue) for the journal.


5. Follow the instructions.

In case you experience any trouble in following this process, an email may be sent to the attention of the Executive Director of the Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo (evaluaciones@cepc.es). Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged within thirty days after submission.


Publication languages

The RDCE accepts papers in Spanish and in English (but only in case of non-Spanish-speaking authors). RDCE edition does not involve linguistic revision of manuscripts, so the English linguistic correctness must be assured by authors with a native speaker reviewer. On an exceptional basis, RDCE may also accept manuscripts in French. The same rules on linguistic correctness apply.



Original papers must be submitted in Word files (*.doc or *.docx) using a Times New Roman 12 font and double-spaced. Footnotes will use Times New Roman 10 and single-spaced.


As to maximum length (including footnotes but not abstract or key words in English, Spanish and French), submitted contributions will respect these limits: Studies will not exceed 16 000 words (approx. 40 pages), Notes should not exceed 10 000 words (approx. 25 pages) and Case comments will not exceed 6000 words (approx. 15 pages, using footnotes for literal quotations of the judgment). Because of the relevance of the topic and/or scientific value, the Editorial Board may consider longer contributions which do not surpass the length limit in more than 15 %.


At the beginning, all manuscripts must contain Title, Abstract and Keywords in English, Spanish (Título, resumen, palabras clave) and French (titre, résumé, mots clés). Abstract length should remain between 150 and 250 words. Linguistic correction of abstracts and key words are incumbent upon authors. Afterward manuscripts will include a Summary, which will reproduce, as an index the structure of the manuscript numbered as follows.

Articles will be structured in numbered sections and subsections. Sections will use Roman numerals (I., II., III.,...). Subsections will be numbered in Arabic (1., 2., 3.,…) with the possibility of introducing sublevels also in Arabic numbers (1.1., 1.2.,  1.3.,...). The RDCE recommends, however, not introducing more than two sublevels.


A bibliography of cited sources will be placed at the end of the paper and alphabetically ordered without differentiating any category (see below).


To guarantee the confidentiality of reviews, the text should neither contain the name of the author (s), nor any reference that allows them to be easily identified (projects, seminars, acknowledgments, etc.). Note that in Word processing program there is a section in File / Properties, from which you must delete all information regarding authorship and/or organization. In any case, the mere submission of a manuscript entails the author consent for the manuscript to be automatically processed and all metadata be erased. Once the article is accepted for publication, all references may be included later in the editing process.


Citation Rules

In line with current international scientific academic standards promoting visibility, impact and digital content exchange, the RDCE adopted new citation rules sice 2018. Since this new system implies a deep change, authors are kindly asked to read these new rules carefully.


Scientific literature citation

Citation of scientific sources will stay in main text as a rule. Thus, footnotes must not be used for only source citation purposes. Harvard citation system (author, year: page) will apply. Every citation must correspond with an entry in the final Bibliography.


— One author will be cited by both surnames, if that is the case:


(Rodríguez Iglesias, 2012: 72), (Louis, 2015)


— Two authors will be cited by their first surnames using “and”:


(Mangas y Liñán, 2014: 87-120)


— Three or more authors will be cited by the first signing author followed by et al.:


(Martín Rodríguez et al., 2006), (Kilpatrick et al., 2014: 23-24)


— When several works of the same cited author have the same year, disambiguation will be attained by adding a, b, c… to the year:


(Del Valle Gálvez, 2003a) (Del Valle Gálvez, 2003b)


— In case the name of the authors is part of the main text, the source will be indicated in brackets, if necessary after the literal quotation:


Como afirma Gosalbo Bono, “Esta ratio decidendi del fallo también podría servir de base para impugnar otros acuerdos comerciales” (2016: 74).



Manuscripts will only use footnotes in Arabic numbers and superscripted. Footnotes only contain additional information or text. If they include bibliographical references, the same Harvard system will apply.


Case law citation

Referencing a judgment in the main text will be done by name case in italics, including those conventionally used:


As stated by the CJEU in the Melloni judgment,...

The ERTA case-law applies...

The ECtHR affirmed in the Soering case


All cited case law will include a complete reference in footnotes. International, European and national case law will follow their respective official citing method and, if possible, the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) will be included. When the ECLI is used, no additional reference to official collection or reports is necessary.

Official citing may be substituted by the following formula: “Resolution type” of the “Judicial Body” of “date”, case name and/or number, and ECLI.


Examples of citation of main European Courts are given:

Court of Justice of the European Union [official method of citing]

Judgment of the Court of 15 May 1986, Marguerite Johnston vs. Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, 222/84, EU:C:1986:206.

Judgment of the General Court of 30 September 2010, Yassin Abdullah Kadi vs. European Commission, -85/09, EU:T:2010:418, paragraph 78.

Opinion of Advocate General Jacobs, Unión de Pequeños Agricultores vs. Council of the European Union, C-50/00 P, EU:C:2002:197, point 199.


European Court of Human Rights [official method of citing]

Campbell vs. Ireland [GC], no. 45678/98, § 24, ECHR 1999-II.

Campbell vs. Ireland, no. 45678/98, § 24, ECHR 1999-II.

Campbell vs. Ireland (dec.), no. 45678/98, ECHR 1999-II.


Also ECLI citing formula is usable and recommended following this example

ECtHR, 17 January 2012, Zontul vs. Greecee, CE:ECHR:2012:0117JUD001229407.


Legislation and Official Documents citation

Legal acts and other official documents will be cited in footnotes, referencing its official publication if available:


Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals (OJ L 348, 24 December 2008, p. 98)

Vienna Convention on the law of treaties of 23 May 1969 (U.N.T.S., vol. 1155, p. 331).

Texto refundido de la Ley del Estatuto de los Trabajadores, aprobado por el Real Decreto Legislativo 1/1995, de 24 de marzo (BOE 75, de 29 de marzo de 1995, p. 9654).

European Arrest Warrant Act (Europäisches Haftbefehlsgesetz) of 20 July 2006 (BGBl. 2006 I, p. 1721).

Green Paper of the European Commission An integrated parcel delivery market for the growth of e-commerce in the EU, COM (2012) 698 final, 29-11-2012. Harvard style may also be applied in these cases: (European Commission, 2012: 5)



It must be placed at the end of the paper. Only references used will be included without further additional bibliography. APA (American Psychological Association) system will be used. The bibliography will be ordered alphabetically without any subdivisions.  In the following, examples of most common types are offered:

Articles in Scientific Journals

Besselink, L. F. M. (2014). The parameters of constitutional conflict after Melloni. European Law Review, 39 (4), 531-552.

Pons Rafols, F. X. (2014). Un paso importante para el desarrollo de nuestra justicia constitucional: la doctrina prospectiva en la declaración de ineficacia de las leyes inconstitucionales. Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo, 47, 131-156.


— Two or more authors

Arroyo Gil, A. y Giménez Sánchez, I. (2013). La incorporación constitucional de la cláusula de estabilidad presupuestaria en perspectiva comparada: Alemania, Italia y Francia. Revista Española de Derecho Constitucional, 98, 149-188.


— Electronic Journals

Olesti Rayo, A. (2015). La financiación del presupuesto de la Unión Europea y la necesidad de revisar el sistema de recursos propios. Revista General de Derecho Europeo, 37. Retrieved from: http://www.iustel.com/v2/revistas/detalle_revista.asp?id=13&z=1.


— Electronic journals with a doi

Andrés Sáenz de Santa María, P. (2016). La Unión Europea y el Derecho de  los Tratados: Una relación compleja. Revista Española de Derecho Internacional, 68 (2), 51-102. doi: 10.17103/redi.68.2.2016.1.02.




— One author

López Escudero, M. (2004). El euro en el sistema monetario internacional. Madrid: Tecnos.

Peers, S. (2011). EU Justice and Home Affairs Law (3.ª ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


—Books online

Martín y Pérez de Nanclares, J. (dir.). (2014). España y la práctica del Derecho Internacional. Madrid: Escuela Diplomática. Retrieved from: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/es/Ministerio/EscuelaDiplomatica/Documents/Coleccion_ED_20_web.pdf.


Book Chapters

Meyer-Ladewig, J. (2012). The Rule of Law in the Case Law of the Strasbourg Court. En H. J. Blanke y S. Mangiameli (eds.). The European Union after Lisbon (pp. 233-249). Heidelberg: Springer.



Institucional Author

Europol (2011a). EU Organised Crime Threat Assessment. The Hague: Europol Public Information.


— Autor personal

Levi, M., Innes, M., Reuter, P. y Gundur, R. (2013). The Economic, Financial and Social Impacts of Organised Crime in the EU. Bruselas: Parlamento Europeo, PE 493.018. Disponible en: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/etudes/join/2013/493018/IPOL-JOIN_ET(2013)493018_EN.pdf.



Sarmiento, D. (2016). Awakenings. Despite our Differences [blog], 27-1-2016. Retrieved from: https://despiteourdifferencesblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/awakenings/.



— Published

Ruiz Díaz, L. J. (2015). La lucha contra el crimen organizado en la Unión Europea. Aspectos internos y dinámicas externas del discurso securitario [Ph.D]. Univesity of Granada. Retrieved from: http://0-hera.ugr.es.adrastea.ugr.es/tesisugr/25575715.pdf.


— Unpublished

Liñán Nogueras, D. J. (1978). La integración como factor de modificación del concepto de soberanía [unpublished Ph.D]. University of Granada.



Vidal-Folch, X. (2017). Momento para Europa. El País, 25-9-2017. Retrieved from: https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/09/24/opinion/1506249361_065083.html.


Regarding electronic sources, a general disclaimer stating that all cited electronic sources have been accessed at a concrete date may be used in order to avoid the date of retrieval of every source. This option is strongly recommended by the RDCE.


Publication process

The Editorial Committee will review the quality of works (Studies and Notes). If appropriate, the Editorial Committee can decide to publish the work on the basis of two evaluation reports issued by two experts from outside the Editorial Board of the journal, through the double blind peer review method. The evaluations will take into account the creativity, rigor and methodology of the submitted papers, and their proposals and contributions. The internal evaluation process will ensure anonymity. Publication may be conditional upon the introduction of modifications to the original version, and subject to changes to ensure consistency with these Guidelines.

The communication of the decision on the publication and the publication prior review will be justified and will not exceed six months. Authors of papers accepted for publication will be responsible for checking and correcting the proofs within a deadline of 48 hours. The modifications introduced in the proofs will be limited to the correction of errors and substantial alterations in the proofs will not be allowed.



Submission of a manuscript to the RDCE 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 RDCE 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.

Authors shall transfer the publishing rights of their manuscript to RDCE 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 RDCE 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 RDCE, citing the year and issue of the journal in which the article was published, and adding a link to the RDCE website(s).

A year after its publication, the works of the RDCE will be under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), which allows third parties to share the work as long as its author and its first publication is indicated, without the right to commercial exploitation and the elaboration of derivative works.


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. Practices constituting scientific plagiarism are as follows:

     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.



Any breach of these Rules shall constitute a ground for rejection of the manuscript submitted.