ISSN: 2173-8254

Nº 24 December 2023

The Ibero-American Magazine of Local Government is published within the scope of the research works carried out by the Institute of Urban and Territorial Research of the Ibero-American Union of Municipalists (UIM).

The Magazine is published twice a year and contains original works on Local Government and Public Administration, paying special attention to those that may be of interest for the knowledge of decentralization processes and Ibero-American local institutions and with a multidisciplinary nature, especially in those social sciences. that contribute to the understanding of the purpose of the journal: Law, Administration Science, Political Science, Sociology and Economics.

I. Publishing Rules

  1. Written works must be original and unpublished, in Spanish, Portuguese or English.  They should be written in Word format, Times New Roman font, size 12, and 1.5 line spacing. The total length should not exceed 15.000 words. Exceptionally, when the subject or perspective can be justified by the authors, this limit may be exceeded.
  2. The works sent must fit into one of the following categories:

    Articles: research papers (theoretical or empirical) that offer an original, critical, complete (legal, jurisprudential and doctrinal) and systematic study of a topic and that offer the conclusions reached.

    Chronicles: Works that systematically expose experiences carried out in the entire area covered by local public management and that may be of interest to transfer and make known to other Ibero-American local governments or researchers the same or that, without reaching constitute a scientific article, expose the problem on a certain subject.

  3. The first page should include the title of the work; Name of the author or authors; professional or academic category; a summary, in Spanish and English that does not exceed 150 words; and it must contain keywords (between 5 and 7) in each language.

  4. Likewise, on the first page, the summary of the work will be presented with the order of the epigraphs (in Roman numerals: I., II.,...) and sub-headings (in Arabic numerals: 1. 2.... ). 

  5. The header hierarchy of each section will follow the following order:

    I.      Capital letters and bold.
    I.1.   Lowercase and bold.
    I.1.1 Lowercase, bold and italics.

  6. The APA 6 text citation system will be used. The footnotes, Times New Roman 10 font and single space, must comply with the following criteria:

    a. Last name of the author in capital letters, followed by the initial of the author's name.
    b. Year of publication
    c. Title of the article/chapter of collective work, in quotation marks.
    d. Full title of the work, in italics.
    e. Edition number, if applicable.
    F. Publication place.
    g. Page or pages to which the note refers.


    •    Book: Parejo Alfonso L (2009), Commentary on Public Sector Contracts Act, Barcelona: Bosch.
    •    Journal Article: Villaba Pérez F (2010). “Protecting health as a determining factor of the right of establishment,” European Union News, 312: 20-42.
    •    Chapter of Collective Publication: Villalba Pérez F (2009), “Public Works Concession Contracts,” in Parejo Alfonso L,  Commentary on Public Sector Contracts Act, Barcelona: Bosch.

  7. Citation in the main text should be in upper-case.  Example: (PAREJO ALFONSO, 2009:114).

  8. Abbreviations, if used in the work, should be specified with their complete denomination at least the first time it is used in the document.

  9. Non-text elements (tables, charts, maps, graphs, illustrations, etc.) contained in the work will appear inserted in the corresponding place in the text. In addition, editable graphics in OpenOffice Calc (ods) or Microsoft Excel (xls) format and maps, illustrations or images in jpeg or tif formats at 300 dpi will be delivered separately as an additional file. All will be numbered and titled, their source will be specified at the bottom, and explicit reference will be made to them in the text.

  10. Bibliographic references of works cited in the text will be included at the end of the document in alphabetical order by the Author’s (first) Surname according to previously mentioned footnote criteria (without including the page number or numbers of the work). 


II. Sending originals

The works must be original and unpublished, written in Spanish, English or Portuguese. They will be sent by email to the address


III. Publication Procedure

  1. As part of the process of submitting the work for consideration, the authors are obliged to verify that their submission complies with all the elements established in these regulations. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to the authors.
  2. The dates for receiving the article proposals will be:
    1. March 31 for the publication of the number corresponding to the first semester of each year (June).
    2. September 30 for the publication of the number corresponding to the second semester of each year (December).
  3. The Ibero-American Magazine of Local Government will decide, through its Editorial Board, the publication of the works, once they have been informed by two external evaluators, specialists in the matter, applying the blind method. The evaluation is carried out in a format designed by the Editorial Committee that contains the following criteria: scientific foundation respecting the sources and methodology, relevance, creativity and contribution of the writing to the science of the local government, presentation of information and making proposals. . When there are cases of controversy in the evaluation results, the Editorial Committee will select a third arbitrator to make the final decision.
  4. The Journal will notify the authors of the decision on their work and may suggest not publishing the text, publish it in its original state or publish it with corrections.
  5. The authors of articles accepted for publication may be required to correct proofs, which will be limited to the correction of errors (without substantial changes) and must be returned within a maximum period of 10 days. Otherwise, its publication may be determined without further ado, or non-publication. Exceptionally, and for works of special interest, unless it is considered so after the initial evaluation by the Editorial Board and after verifying that it has been modified following the instructions of the magazine.
  6. Manuscripts submitted for consideration will pass an anti-plagiarism control, the results of which will be reported to the authors.

IV. Copyright

  1. The writings are the responsibility of the authors and in no case commit the Journal.
  2. The author or authors assign to the Journal, exclusively, the reproduction rights in scientific journals of the admitted texts or its use for training purposes.