The Journal Actualidad Jurídica Ambiental (AJA) is published on weekdays (Monday to Friday). The frequency of the compilation is monthly. Currently, publishing doctrinal articles and/or comments is at least 14 a year. Additionally, since 2011, a yearbook is published every year.

External collaborations are welcomed. The Journal does not have article processing charges nor article submission charges.

The collaboration terms in the journal are as follows:

  1. The “articles” must be original and focused on Environmental Law. Doctrinal analysis about environmental legislation and law case of any nature mainly with a research purpose will be included. An extension from 20 pages (Garamond 14, single spacing, justified alignment, without indentation) is recommended. They must follow the next template:


The “comments” must be original and focused on analyzing and reflecting on Environmental Law. The comments will deal with current environmental affairs of any legal nature. They can also be related to recently published regulations or novel judgments that are worthy of a comment.   These “comments” are written essentially for a general audience. They will have an extension of 5 pages on (Garamond 14, single spacing, justified alignment, without indentation).

  1. Collaborations will be sent by email to: ;
  1. The articles will be accepted by previous favorable report of two assessors, according to blind review system (double blind peer review): Firstly, an internal assessor who will be a member of the Editorial Board, and an external assessor, a member of the Scientific Board, or any other outstanding specialist in Environmental Law not belonging to the organization of the journal. The assessors will consider the adaptation of the proposed article under the rules of article’s publications mentioned in this section, as well as, the quality of its content and the importance of the subject.

The existence of a negative assessment report is sufficient for rejection of the proposed article publication.

Assessors will receive the articles of the AJA coordinator by email and will be subject to the instructions and evaluation questionnaire. The articles will not have any indication allowing the identity of the proposer.

The result of the evaluation will be noticed to the proposer as soon as possible and, in any case, in a maximum period of two months.

Moreover, the “comments” will be subject to an internal evaluation.

The articles must meet the following structure:

Title in the original language of the work, in Spanish and in English.

Author, indicating their name, profession that holds, institution and country.

Abstract in the original language of the work, in Spanish and in English.

Key words in the original language of the work, in Spanish and in English.

Index or summary in the original language of the work, in Spanish and in English.

– Article contents.

The numbering of the paragraphs is done with Arabic characters:

1. Introduction







4. Conclusion

5. Bibliography

The languages of the journal are Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, German, English, French, Italian and Portuguese.

  1. Bibliography should be included at the end of the document, referring to author, title, place, publisher and date. Footnotes will be added in format Garamond 12, single spacing, justified alignment, without indentation.



Statistics of receipt and acceptance of original articles and comments:

We mentioned that we lack statistical data for 2008, 2009 and 2010, when the magazine was developed by the University of A Coruña. During this period 4 articles were published in 2008, 14 in 2009 and 13 in 2010.

In addition, we can highlight that added 5 comments have been translated into English.

All this has a total of 36 articles and/or comments to add to the 62, and reached 98 papers published.

The total products and/or published comments are as follows:


With regard to the evaluation of articles and/or comments for publication, we can offer the following graphics:













Percentage of Spanish and international authors:

The Journal is governed by an editorial policy that takes into consideration publication quotas for authors from developing countries.

The international division is as follows, out of the 64 publications accepted so far:

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The Journal Actualidad Jurídica Ambiental aims to achieve greater international dimension, as can be seen in the lower national leadership in recent years:

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This data is updated in December 2015.


The Journal holds a publication ethics and malpractice Statement, in accordance to the Internal Action Protocol articulated through the AJA Management Committee.

According to the definition of open access Environmental Budapest Declaration, Actualidad Jurídica Ambiental maintains an open access policy and it is published under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) . It is allowed to generate derivative works, provided that no commercial use is made. Thus, the authors are allowed to deposit their Articles or Comments on open access institutional or thematic repositories.

The Editor of the Journal requires the author’s commitment that the content of his/her article is original and has not been given to any other publisher. Accordingly, it prevents from plagiarism.

On the basis of the Berne Convention, the Journal guarantees both moral and patrimonial protection of the author’s work.

The Journal acts in accordance with the Spanish Intellectual Property Law, which dictates that “Intellectual property integrates rights of personal and economic character, which attribute and confer upon the author full control and exclusive right to exploit the work without further limitations than those established by law“. Authors hold copyright and retain unrestricted publishing rights.

The CIEMAT, as Publisher of the journal Actualidad Jurídica Ambiental, is not responsible for the opinions expressed by the authors.


Assessment of the Journal: in order to provide a service that aims to fully satisfy user needs, the Journal invites readers to participate in the evaluation questionnaire at any time.