Scope and policy
e-Pública is a tri-annual periodical and open-access journal, published by ICJP - the Institute for Legal and Political Sciences - and by the CIDP – the Lisbon Centre for Research in Public Law, both framed by the Lisbon University School of Law. At the same time, this publication aims at being put in the context of the global movement of open source, allowing a generic and unconditional access to high level scientific contents.
e-Pública seeks to become a driving force of research in the field of Public Law, benefitting from the opportunities offered by the Internet and from all the advantages of an electronic format, allowing a broader dissemination of research in Public Law. For this purpose, e-Pública includes multimedia contents, such as videos and hyperlinks to legislation and doctrinal contents. The journal offers scientific articles on relevant issues in the context of the Portuguese, of the Portuguese speaking and of the European Union legal systems, as well as from other countries that may be considered relevant at any a given time. Every number of e-Pública comprises a main section composed of a thematic feature, a section with various articles on Public Law, along with a specific section on Energy Law, considering its increasing relevance. Each feature will aim at focusing on relevant current affairs, an option that has proven to be essential to promote an effective interaction between the political and social dynamics, on the one hand, and academia and legal sciences, on the other.
To ensure the standardization and the scientific quality of the articles, the review introduces an innovative system to Portuguese legal publications of “double blind peer review”, for which a pool of reviewers has been created and whose names can be found on this website.
- Legal scientific community (including political philosophy, political sociology, science of administration, among others), legal practitioners (lawyers, public administration, judges and public attorneys), graduate, masters and Ph.D students.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
The jornal includes an editorial bookstyle, available at http://e-publica.pt/pdf/livroestilo
- Authors should send their articles/texts electronically to the following email address:
Structure of the articles
- Articles should preferably be written in Portuguese or English.
Indication of references to hyperlink
- Articles must include hyperlinks to quoted legislation and bibliography which are available
online (including other articles published in previous issues of this Journal).
Indication of references to videos
- Authors may suggest the inclusion of videos to accompany their articles (e.g. a parliamentary debate, a public statement from a political official, a given event showing the type of problems addressed by the article, etc.). For that purpose, an access link to the video on the internet must be sent with the article.
It sets the standard for bibliographic references magazine
In order to preserve the anonymity inherent to the double blind peer review system, authors must avoid quotations or references that might reveal his/her identity (e.g. “see our work _____”, “in line with what we sustained in __________”). All works by the authors must be quoted, referenced and identified in the same manner as works of any third party. Quotations from handbooks/monographs shall be undertaken as follows: [Author’s name in SMALL CAPS], [name of work in italic], [volume, when applicable], [tome, when applicable], [edition], [location of publication], [year of publication], [page or pages] EX: JORGE MIRANDA, Manual de Direito Constitucional, IV, 4.ª ed., Coimbra, 2008, pp. 100 ff. a. Volume must be identified in roman numerals, followed by arab numerals for the tome, when applicable, hyphenated (ex: II-1) b. In case of a reprint, it should be mentioned at the end of the reference (“reimpr.), before the indication of pages. c. Each footnote must begin with a tab. d. Works with up to 3 authors, must be identified by the use of all names, separated by a slash: [authors name in SMALL CAPS] [space] [slash] [space] [authors name in SMALL CAPS] – e. g., DIOGO FREITAS DO AMARAL / MARIA DA GLÓRIA GARCIA. e. Works with more than 3 authors, must only be identified through the use of the name of the first author, follow by a reference to “et alli” or “et al.”, without small caps and in italic. Ex: DIOGO FREITAS DO AMARAL et al., Código do Procedimento Administrativo (…); f. A quotation from a single page should be marked “p.” and that of multiple pages “pp.”. Intervals of pages should identify the range “pp. 24-51”. g. When referring to pages, the reference to “and following” should be made through the use of the reference to “ff.” h. From the second quotation of the same text onwards, it can be marked in an abbreviated form, using only the first word(s) in the title, without suspension points Ex: JORGE MIRANDA, Manual, IV, pp. 100 ff.. Quotations from articles published in scientific reviews and journals shall be undertaken as follows: [Author’s name in SMALL CAPS], [title of article] [name of the review or journal in italic], [volume of the review or journal, when applicable], [number of the review or journal, when applicable], [year of publication], [page or pages] Ex: SÉRVULO CORREIA, Separation of Powers and Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions in Portugal, Revista da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, XXXIV, 1993, pp. 87 ff. Quotations from articles published in collective works shall be undertaken as follows: [Author’s name in SMALL CAPS], [title of article] in [name of the collective work in italic], [volume of the collective work, when applicable], [location of publication], [year of publication], [page or pages] Ex: RUI MACHETE, A Relevância Processual dos Vícios Procedimentais no Novo Paradigma da Justiça Administrativa Portuguesa, in Estudos Jurídicos e Económicos em Homenagem ao Prof. Doutor António de Sousa Franco, III, Lisboa, 2006, pp. 851-878. Quotations from court decisions shall be undertaken as follows: [Decision of (Court)], [date of decision in the following order: day, month, year] in [collection of jurisprudence], [volume of the collection of jurisprudence, when applicable], [date of publication of the volume of the collection of jurisprudence], [page or pages]. Ex: Decision of the Supreme Court of Justice, 20.06.1995, in Boletim do Ministério da Justiça, 448, 1995, pp. 371-377. a. Quotations from court decisions that are available online shall be undertaken as follows: [Decision of (Court)], [date of decision]. [indication of search engine], Ex: Decision of the Supreme Administrative Court, 11.09.2013, available at http://www.dgsi.pt. Citation of articles published in e-Pública shall have the following format: [AUTHOR], [Title of the article] in e-Pública: Revista Eletrónica de Direito Público, [no. of Vol., in respect of year, e.g., Vol. I], [number corresponding to the publishing quarter, e.g., no. 3], pp. [__].
The journal includes an editorial stylebook, available at http://e-publica.pt/pdf/livroestilo, in which the standards for evaluating the originality of the articles is foreseen. See below:
Under Articles 3. and 4. of the “e-Pública Editorial Rulebook”, the reviewer will take into
account, while reviewing the text, the interest and relevance of the topic, the clarity of the text,
the analysis of relevant legislation and case law, as well as the compliance with the rules
foreseen under said Rulebook. The reviewer must fill in the form set forth below and decide
whether the evaluation is: (i) positive or (ii) negative. In the latter case, the reviewer shall
indicate, in no more than 10 lines (Global Evaluation), which aspects must be corrected.
- The author must be identified by name in his/her article, along with his/her email address and the institutions where he/she works, in a footnote. - The maximum length of an article is 15.000 words; the minimum length is 4.000 words. - The title of the article must be presented both in Portuguese and in English. - The author must draft an abstract in Portuguese and English, with a maximum length of 150 words, and also indicate 5 keywords in Portuguese and English. - The beginning of each article must include a summary of the work, comprising the divisions and sub-divisions of the subjects to be addressed.
Communications, technical reports, letters, review articles
Authors are encouraged to include at least one quotation from articles published in reviews
included in the list of publications of the following databases, which should include the reference
to the respective URL:
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