Editorial Policy



Author’s guidelines




Colciencias currently indexes the Journal as B Category. Since 2012, all the published articles have a DOI (Digital Objet Identifier System) ID number, which accordingly to the international editorial policies, must be cited by those who use their contents, as well as the abbreviated name of the Journal: Rev. derecho publico.




Yearly there are two calls for papers for articles presentations: the first one in May and the second one in October. The papers received after the dates established for the calls will be taken into account for the next term.




The articles must be submitted to the e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it within the established date of the call for papers.




When the articles are submitted, the authors must declare that they have not presented it before or simultaneously to another publication beside Universidad de los Andes Revista de Derecho Público, and that they will not be send it later to a different publication.




The Journal states that all the articles received are subject to the plagiarism detection tool. If an article is found to have any type of plagiarism, it will be rejected automatically. Nevertheless, if there are any problems of illegal copying despite the measures taken, the Journal does not assume any responsibility about it, and the author will be the one that takes on the correspondent sanction.




The investigations and opinions expressed by the authors are of their entire responsibility. That means that they do not compromise Universidad de los Andes, its Faculty of Law, or the Journal policies.




The Revista de Derecho Público supports the authors with the costs of the editorial process carried on to guarantee the idiomatic and editorial quality of the articles. Likewise, it provides immediate and open access to the complete text of the whole content of each issue.




1. Types of articles




The Journal will publish unpublished articles in Spanish, English or Portuguese. The articles in English and Portuguese will be received only if they meet the required language quality, or if they have been translated by a specialized translator, recognized by its professional experience, who must receive its correspondent credit.




Accordingly to the Documento guía. Servicio permanente de indexación de revistas de ciencia, tecnología e innovación colombianas, the Journal gives priority to the following types of articles:




1) Scientific and technological investigation article. A document that presents, in a detailed manner, the original results of finished investigation projects. The structure standardly used for this type of document has four main parts: introduction, methodology, results, and conclusions.




2) Reflective article. A document that presents the results of a finished investigation from an analytic, interpretative or critic perspective of the author about a specific subject, appealing to original sources.




3) Revision article. A document product of a finished investigation where the results of a previous published or unpublished investigation are analyzed, systematized, and integrated in an area of science or technology. This is carried on to give an account of the progress and tendencies of development. It characterizes by presenting a careful bibliographical revision of at least 50 references. (Colciencias, 2010, p. 7).




2. Article evaluation and Editorial Process.




Once the article is received, the Editorial Team verifies that it meets the requirements established in the Editorial Policies, as well as the pertinence and quality of the paper. The articles that overcome this first phase are evaluated by two academic peers —competent and anonymous referees—, one of whom must have a different affiliation than Universidad de los Andes. This process is completely confidential to guarantee the objectivity of the evaluation. The results are informed to the authors in a lapse of no more than four months, counted since the end of the respective call for papers.




To carry out the refereeing for the articles, the Journal has a format that includes questions with specific criteria previously defined. In it, the evaluators declare that they have no conflict of interests with the authors or the topics they are going to evaluate. If there is any, the peer will be replaced.




Based on the results of the evaluation made by the academic peers, the Editorial Team decides if the article gets published. This decision is informed to the author, and if it is affirmative, he must accept to take into account the observations and fulfill the adjustments suggested within the term that the Editorial Manager establishes. The Journal reserves the right to determine the number or edition in which the article will be published, and will notify the author about this.




Under completion of the evaluation phase, the Editorial Process per se starts (Style editing, layout and publishing in the web site).




During the edition process, the authors can be contacted by the Editor or by the Editorial Manager to resolve any doubts that may exist. During the evaluation and the edition process, the electronic mail is the main mean of communication between authors and the Journal.




The Editorial Team reserves the last word about the publication of the articles and the number in which the will be published. That date will be complied as long as the author sends all the required documentation within the deadline provided. The Journal reserves the right to make the style correction.




3. Mandatory guidelines for article presentation




When making and presenting articles, the authors must take into account the following guidelines:




-    Paper format: letter.




-       Margins: 2.5 cm in the four borders.




-       Font: Arial 12-point for the main text and 10-point for the footnotes.




-       Spacing: 1½ cm.




-    Page numbering: right superior corner.




-    Total article length: between 7.000 and 15.000 words, including abstract, keywords, references and footnotes.




-       Language: the articles can be written in Spanish or English, with excellent grammar, orthography and organization.




-    Parts: regardless of the language in which they are written, the articles must have: 1) title, abstract and keywords in both Spanish and English; their translation must comply the academic and technic standards and have to be made by a specialized translator with experience; 2) summary.




-       Footnotes: they only apply for explanations, comments or observations. They must not be used for references.




-       References: they correspond to the sources explicitly cited in the body or the footnotes of the article.




-    Title levels: they must be the same both in the summary as in the bogy of the article.




-       Structure: the formal structure of the paper must be as it follows:




Title (Spanish and English): short, specific and illustrative. In a footnote, include the information of the provenance of the article. In case that the article is the result of an investigation, include the name of the project that it belongs to and the name of the institution that finances it, if that applies. Additionally, add the acknowledgements, if there are any.




Biographical summary of the author: in a footnote of the name, include the academic titles, the institutional membership, the position that the author is in right now, the city, country and e-mail address. This must not exceed 50 words.




Abstract (Spanish and English): it must include the problem, the main objectives, the reach, the methodology used, the main results and the conclusions. Must not exceed 150 words.




Keywords (Spanish and English): representative of the content of the article. Maximum: 15.




Summary: it must include a maximum of four levels (Introduction has no numbering) according to the following rules:




First level: Roman numerals, capital letters, bold


Second level: letters, initial capital letter, cursive, bold.


Third level: Arabic numerals, initial capital letter, bold.


Fourth level: Arabic numbers, initial capital letter.




Introduction: it must show the objective, reach and relevance for the specific legal area of the article, the research problem (If there is any), the used methodology, the structure, the findings and the conclusions, result of the investigation.




Development of the article: according to the content showed in the summary. If it includes footnotes this must be in the referred page, not at the end.




Conclusions: resounding, clear and concise. They must reveal the results of the investigation, reflection or revision made.




References: they are limited strictly to the sources cited in the body of the article. Without any exception, they must adjust to the American Psychological Association (APA) standards of the sixth edition. It is responsibility of the author to verify that all the fields (Name, date, and publication data) are precise and complete, at the risk that the article gets rejected because of inconsistencies that make the references unreliable.




Footnotes: they are limited to complement, expand or comment concrete aspects of an idea developed in the body. They must not be used, under any circumstance, to cite or refer.






4. APA standards for citation and references




Exemplified below, there is the way in which external ideas must be cited, and the way in which the references are required.




  1. a)Direct or textual quotation




The author(s), the year and the page must be mentioned. If the document has no date, the appropriate abbreviation must be used (n.d). If the quotation has fewer than 40 words, incorporate it into the text and enclose it with double quotation marks, without regard if it is in the beginning, the middle or the end of the paragraph.




Interpreting these results, Robbins et al. (2003) suggested that the "therapists in dropout cases may have inadvertently validated parental negativity about the adolescent without adequately responding to the adolescent's needs or concerns" (p. 541), contributing to an overall climate of negativity.




If the quotation has 40 words or more display it in a freestanding block of text, with an indention on the left of 1.5 cm on the whole block, omitting the quotation marks, double spaced and one pt. smaller than the main text font.




The Colombian Criminal Code (art. 29) establishes that an author will also be:


The one that acts as a member or authorized representation organ of a juridical person, of a collective without that attribute, or a natural person whose voluntary representation holds, and commits the punishable conduct, even if the special elements that found the penalty of the respective punishable form don’t concur on him, but they do on the person or collective represented.




If the quotation has more than one paragraph the indentation must be increased by 0,5 cm in the first sentence of each paragraph. The reference should go at the end of the final punctuation mark of the block.




The most recommended procedure, from the liberal theory point of view that advocates the autonomy and equality values, is the democracy, represented by the Parliament. A procedure in which every citizen engage with their voice and their voting, yet directly or via their representatives, and in which the decisions are taken by the majorities.


Consequently, it is imposed that the legislator takes on his constitutional function, and, with the participation of the whole society, debates and defines axial points of this relationships, like, for example, the juridical way to make the bound and the rights that come from it. (CConst., C-283/2011, J. Pretelt).




  1. b)Indirect quotation or paraphrasis




If an external idea is referred, but it is expressed in your own words, it is recommended that besides including the author and year the page number in which the idea can be found, especially when it is from a long or complex text. In this case there is no use of quotation marks or separated block.




In the field of rights, even if it is possible to see a margin for error, it is not a good idea to let a glimpse of doubt about it (Waldron, 2005, p. 269).






  1. c)Quotation of a citation




If a quotation within the text contains a citation, must not be omitted. The works cited need not be included in the list of references, unless the author happens to cite them as primary sources elsewhere in your paper.




  1. d)Direct quotation of material without pagination




Many online sources do not provide page numbers. If paragraph numbers are visible use them to replace the page number. Use the abbreviation para.




Basu and Jones (2007) went so far as to suggest the need for a new "intellectual framework in which to consider the nature and form of regulation in cyberspace" (para. 4).


In some cases in which no page or paragraph numbers are visible, headings may be too unwieldy to cite in full. Instead, use a short title enclosed in quotation marks for the parenthetical citation:




(Basu and Jones, 2007, “Discussion”, para. 4).






  1. e)Citing references in text (T) and their respective reference (R)




The references must be cited within the text in the author-date way, with variations depending on the number of authors. Following there are some examples.




One author: it is cited all the times that is mentioned


(T): (Bobbio, 1993)


(R): Bobbio, N. (1993). Teoría general del derecho. Madrid: Debate S. A.






Two authors: both are cited all the times that are mentioned.


(T): (Alviar and Jaramillo, 2012, p. 27)


(R): Alviar García, H. and Jaramillo Sierra, I. (2012). Feminismo y crítica jurídica. El análisis distributivo como alternativa crítica al legalismo liberal. Bogotá: Universidad de los Andes/Editorial Temis.




Three to five authors: all authors must be cited the first time the reference occurs; in subsequent citations, include only the surname of the first author followed by et al. (not italicized and with a period after al) and the year.




First reference:


(T): (Laumann, Gagnon, Michael, R. and Michael, S., 1994, p. 30)




Subsequent references:


(T): (Laumann et al., 1994, p. 55)




(R): Laumann, E., Gagnon, J., Michael, R., and Michael, S. (1994). The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.




Six or more authors: cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. (not italicized and with a period after al) and the year for the first and subsequent citations.


(T): (Clavijo et al., 2015)


(R): Clavijo, S., Vera, A., Malagón, D., Zuluaga, A. M., Parga, A. and Ríos, A. (2015). Regulación bancaria: sus costos y efectos sobre la bancarización. Bogotá: ANIF.




If the document has no date, it must be followed by the correspondent abbreviator (n.d.)




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The abbreviations op. cit., ibid. or ibid must not be used. It is responsibility of the author to check that all the cited sources appear on the list of references at the end of the paper.




Juridical material




Political Constitution


(T): (CP, 2011, art. 5)


(R): Constituent. (1991). Constitución Política de Colombia.






(T): (L. 1448/2011, art. 40)


(R): Law 1448 of 2011 [Colombia’s Congress]. Por la cual se dictan medidas de atención, asistencia y reparación integral a las víctimas del conflicto armado interno y se dictan otras disposiciones. DO 48.096, June 10, 2011.






(T): (D. 1510/2015, art. 5).


(R): Decree 1510 of 2013 [Colombia’s President]. Por el cual se reglamenta el sistema de compras y contratación pública. DO 48854, July 17, 2013.






National jurisprudence




Constitutional Court


(T): (CConst., C-313/2014, G. Mendoza)


(R): Constitutional Court. Sentence C-313 de 2014 (R. J. Gabriel Eduardo Mendoza Martelo; May 29, 2014).




Supreme Court of Justice


(T): (CSJ Civil, 2009, W. Namen)


(R): Supreme Court of Justice. Civil Room. Record: 05001-3103-009-2002-00099-01 (R.J.: William Namen Vargas: June 1, 2009).




Council of State


(T): (CE Contentious-Administrative, 2014, R. Pazos)


(R): Council of State. Contentious-Administrative Room. Third Section. Record 18059 (R.C..: Alier Eduardo Hernández Enríquez; November 30, 2006).




International Court


(T): (ICHR, 2016)


(R): Inter-American Court of Human Rights. (February 26, 2016). Duque vs. Colombia Case. Preliminary exceptions, depth, remediation and fees.








In the APA standards the references included must be only the ones that were explicitly cited in the body of the paper, in alphabetical order. If there are several references from the same author, the will be arranged chronologically, from the oldest to the newest. This also applies to institutional authors, associations, etc. the following examples show the most common cases.






Bobbio, N. (1993). Teoría general del derecho. Madrid: Debate S. A.




Chapter of a book


Alviar García, H. (2016). La discusión en torno a la política de desarrollo agrario: ¿perspectivas encontradas?, ¿nuevas soluciones? In H. Alviar García and I. Jaramillo Sierra (coord.), Perspectivas jurídicas para la paz (pp. 120-150). Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes.




Article from a Journal




  1. a)Printed Journal


Gómez Fajardo, J. C. (2015). El criterio de sostenibilidad fiscal: un cuestionamiento sobre los efectos del Acto Legislativo 03 de 2011. Revista de Derecho Público, (35), pp. 4-31. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15425/redepub.35.2015.12




If the article has a Digital Object Identifier System –DOI—it is suggested to write it down, both in the printed as in the digital version.




  1. b)Online Journal with DOI




Gómez Fajardo, J. C. (2015). El criterio de sostenibilidad fiscal: un cuestionamiento sobre los efectos del Acto Legislativo 03 de 2011. Revista de Derecho Público, (35). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15425/redepub.35.2015.12




  1. c)Online Journal without DOI


Londoño, M. (2008). La congestión y la mora judicial: el juez, ¿su único responsable? Revista Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas, 38(109), 385-419. Retrieved from https://revistas.upb.edu.co/index.php/derecho/article/view/669




Newspaper article




  1. a)Print edition


Valero, D. (24 de abril de 2016). ‘Consumo de drogas no debe ser visto como asunto criminal’: Santos. El Tiempo, Debes saber, p. 1.




  1. b)Online edition


Valero, D. (24 de abril de 2016). ‘Consumo de drogas no debe ser visto como asunto criminal’: Santos. El Tiempo. Retrieved from http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/gobierno/entrevista-con-el-presidente-santos-sobre-el-consumo-de-drogas/16571444






The Revista de Derecho Público uses the standards of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition). The authors can consult The Basics of APA Style. Available here. In case of any doubt, it is recommended to check the oficial APA rules and their Style Blog.




6.    About images, tables, graphics, charts and similar




If the article has charts, tables, images or graphics they must be submitted in the program that they were originally made with, in a separated file and open, to intervene them in case it is necessary. The images must be in .jpg or .tiff format, 300 dpi and 240px in high resolution.




In the event that these materials come from other sources, besides indicating explicitly this circumstance, the author is responsible to get the permissions and authorizations required, and send them on time to the Journal. If this is not complied, the Journal does not compromises to publish the article.




It is important to clarify that these resources (tables, graphics, chrats, etc.) are allowed in a moderate amount, if they have the required quality and are pertinent for the arguments of the article.




Download the format for authorization of image usage here.






7.    Copyright Cession and authorization to publish




Once the articles are accepted, the authors must authorize the Universidad de los Andes to use the patrimonial copyrights: reproduction, public communication, transformation and distribution in the Revista de Derecho Público, through a signature in the authorship and cession of rights declaration. In this same document, the authors confirm that the text is of their authoring and that they respect the right of intellectual property of other authors.


Download the authorship and cession of rights declaration here.




7. Example of formal structure to present an article













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Abstract (English and Spanish)


Keywords (English and Spanish)










* Information about the provenance of the article, financing if there was any, acknowledgements, etc.

**Author’s biographical summary. Email.


Artículo no autorizado para publicación en línea.