Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope
The Latin American Journal of European Studies is a publication of the Latin American Center for European Studies (LACES), created from the project “Building RIghts and Developing KnowledGE between European Union and Latin-America - BRIDGE” , a Jean Monnet Network initiative (620744- EPP-1-2020-1-BR-EPPJMO-NETWORK) with funding from the European Commission's Erasmus + Program.  
The purpose of the Journal is to contribute to the studies of European Union Law and Policies from an analytical, critical and axiological perspective of the European integration process and of the relevant contexts of its international relations with third countries and, especially, with Latin America. We collaborate with the mission of creating new knowledge, building bridges of dialogue and exchanging good practices between regions, always with a view to promoting economic and social development, peace and international security.
The Journal targets not only academia, but also legal and political institutions, as well as other civil society actors, in view of the successes that the European integration process has already achieved in several areas and that can serve as good practices for other regions.
The Journal is published every six months (published in June and December) in digital format. It receives original and unpublished articles and works with publication in continuous flow. Its objective is to disseminate scientific articles, comments on jurisprudence, critical reviews and interviews in Portuguese, English and Spanish, all analyzed by the double blind peer review system , and which are in line with the following Editorial Lines:

- European Union Law and Policies
- European Union International Relations with third countries and Latin America

In addition to publishing manuscripts on the general themes of the Editorial Lines, every issue of the Journal also has a thematic dossier on a specific subject proposed by the Editors, aiming to discuss current and relevant themes for European integration and the international community as a whole.
The Journal is governed by these Editorial Policies. Instructions for submitting manuscripts can be found at Online Submissions and Guidelines for Authors.  

Section Policies
All papers submitted to the Latin American Journal of European Studies are indexed, evaluated by peers and have open submissions.

The Journal accepts scientific articles and comments on unpublished and original jurisprudence that meet its Editorial Line, written by up to three authors, but it is required that at least one of them must be pursuing a PhD or master's degree. Articles must contain between 15 and 25 pages and follow the requirements set out in the Guidelines for Authors.

Every issue features a thematic Dossier organized by the Journal’s Editors on a current and relevant topic related to the Editorial Line. Manuscripts published in the Dossier must follow the requirements set out in the Guidelines for Authors regarding the publication of Articles.

Critical Review
The Journal receives reviews of books published in the last 2 (two) years. The works will be evaluated by the Editorial Board considering the following criteria: (i) relevance of the work; (ii) quality and critical approach of the review; and, finally (iii) the relevance of the work in relation to the scope of the Journal. Reviews must be between 2-6 pages and unpublished, contain specific development and bibliographic references, following the formatting described in the Guidelines for Authors. Merely descriptive reviews of works will not be accepted.

The Journal accepts interviews with experts on topics related to one of the areas of the Journal’s Editorial Lines, which will be evaluated by the Editorial Board considering the following criteria: (i) relevance of the interviewee; (ii) quality and methodological approach in conducting the interview; and, finally (iii) the relevance of the interview in relation to the scope of the Journal. Interviews must be, preferably, between 2-6 pages and unpublished, contain specific development and bibliographic references, following the formatting described in the Guidelines for Authors.

Peer Review Process
Scientific papers submitted to the Latin American Journal of European Studies must undergo prior evaluation, carried out by the responsible Editors (submission exam), which verify the compatibility of content with the adopted Editorial Line, in addition to methodological aspects and structure in accordance with the Guidelines for Authors
After the submission exam, works will be subjected to a qualitative assessment of the type "double blind peer review" conducted by at least two reviewers who compose the Scientific Council and which are members of Brazilian and foreign universities.  
The reviewers' assessment contemplates three different positions regarding the manuscript:

- Suitable for publication: the manuscript is ready for publication in the journal. The reviewers may indicate suggestions for adapting the work, but changes are not mandatory;
- Suitable for publication with mandatory corrections: the manuscript will be fit for publication as long as the author makes the corrections indicated by the reviewer (s). The revised text must be submitted to the Journal and will be checked by the reviewer (s) for certification on the required mandatory corrections.
- Rejected for publication: the manuscript is not suitable for publication in the Journal. To be eligible for publication, the article must not have received any opinion that rejects it.

In case the author diverges from the qualitative analysis presented by the reviewers, he may justify his position before the Editorial Committee, which will decide if it is appropriate to submit the work to a new evaluation round. In the event that the Chief Editor maintains the position of the reviewers, the Journal reserves the right not to publish. The progress of the process will be informed to the author by email.
To ensure the integrity of the evaluation by the “double blind peer review” system, the identity of authors and reviewers cannot be revealed during the submission process. This requires authors, editors and reviewers to take some precautions with the text and properties of the document when sending them through the system, and the author must remove any reference to their identification in the Word file.
The Journal observes the exogeny of 80% of scientific articles for each issue.

Open Access Policy
In view of the parameters proposed by Jean Monnet Activities and the best publishing practices, the Journal offers immediate free access to its content. We understand that making scientific knowledge freely available to the public provides for the worldwide democratization of knowledge.
The works published in the Journal are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY modality).

Frequency and Costs for Publication
The Journal receives articles in continuous flow and works with publication in continuous format, with the editions being closed every six months, in the months of June and December. There is no charge for publishing fees (article processing charges - APC) or article submission fees.

Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest
Every manuscript sent to the Journal and to the reviewers will be considered a confidential document and will be treated accordingly. The reviewers who have declined the invitation to evaluate a work must also consider it as a confidential document. Reviewers may not use unpublished works for their own research without the prior and express consent of the authors.
The reviewers will decline the invitation to evaluate a manuscript in cases where they know the identity of the author and have a direct employment or personal connection that may compromise their impartiality.

The entire submission process of the Journal is done online, through the website www.eurolatinstudies.com. To submit an article, it is necessary to register in the system. Access to the portal, by means of login and password, is mandatory for the submission of manuscripts, as well as to monitor the ongoing editorial process.

Conditions for submission
As part of the submission process, authors are required to verify the submission's compliance with the rules set out in the Guidelines for Authors for the production of their works. Submissions that do not comply with the rules will be returned to the authors.         

By submitting your work to the Journal, you are automatically assigning copyright to the Journal for an indefinite period. Therefore, the Journal may exhibit, publish, reproduce, store and / or use the work in any other way. The assignment is made irrevocably and irreversibly, free of charge (without any type of remuneration, burden or charge to be paid to the author (s)), in favor of the Latin American Journal of European Studies.
To this end, you declare that the submitted work is original and unpublished, as well as not being analyzed in any other editorial submission process. You authorize the publication of the manuscript by the Journal, in a virtual and / or printed form, and you are aware of the non-remuneration due to its publication, and you cannot demand any copyright of a patrimonial nature.
Also, as an author, you have civil and criminal liability for the content of the published work.
Your work can be accessed by any interested party and can be reproduced and / or published as long as the appropriate reference is made for the purpose of disseminating academic scientific production, in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY modality).

Privacy Policy
The personal information shared with this Journal will be used exclusively for the services provided by this publication, and will not be made available for other purposes or to third parties. To know more about our Privacy Policy, click here. 

About this publishing system
The Journal uses Open Journal Systems (OJS 3.2.1-1), a free open source system for the administration and publication of Journals, developed with support and distribution by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License.  

The Latin American Journal of European Studies is committed to ensuring the ethics and quality of published articles and observes best practices in publishing and research ethics in accordance with internationally established guidelines.  
All parties involved in the publication - authors, editors and reviewers - are expected to behave ethically according to the values ​​of the scientific field.

The Editors of the Latin American Journal of European Studies are responsible for evaluating the manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit, therefore, all submissions are processed following the standard procedure adopted by the journal.
An editor should not use information not published in his own research without the express consent of the author.
The Editors adopt and follow fair and consistent procedures in the event of ethical or conflict situations, in addition to giving authors the right to respond to the evaluation decisions to which they are submitted.
Editors are always able to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions or excuses when necessary.

The reviewers that make up the body of evaluators of the Latin American Journal of European Studies must treat each manuscript as a confidential document, being forbidden to retain or copy the manuscript. Evaluations must be conducted in an objective way, the observations must be clear and with solid and constructive arguments so that the authors can use them to improve their manuscripts. Evaluators should not accept to analyze manuscripts with which they have any conflict of interest and should immediately inform the Editor if they identify content with suspicions of plagiarism and self-plagiarism, that is, substantially similar to the one under review.

Authors who submit their scientific papers to the Latin American Journal of European Law and Policies are responsible for fulfilling the journal's requirements and the ethical and methodological requirements contained in the Guidelines for Authors.
The authors assure that the submitted work is entirely unpublished and original, unless it has been published in another language and in another country, in which case it must be mentioned that this is a version of an article already published in another foreign journal. Sending originals simultaneously to more than one magazine for publication will be considered dishonest and unacceptable behavior and will result in non-publication of the work.
Likewise, plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behavior and is unacceptable. The manuscripts are evaluated by peers to guarantee the quality of the scientific publication and undergo screening prior to distribution to the evaluators, at which time in addition to the analysis of the pre-evaluation criteria, a plagiarism software is used.