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 25 a year. Additionally, since 2011, a yearbook is published every year.

  1. Checklist
  2. Author guidelines
    1. Collaboration conditions
    2. Structure and format
  3. Editorial policy
    1. Copyright
    2. Assessment process
    3. Ethic code
    4. Privacy statement
    5. Digital preservation policy
  4. Statistics
  5. Assessment


  • The work is original and unpublished. It hasn’t been published in any other way and hasn’t ben sent to another journal.
  • The documentos is in .doc format or similar, and it complies with the structure presented in the author guidelines.
  • Bibliographic references are in ISO 690:2013
  • The title, abstract, keywords and index are in the original language of the work, in Spanish and in English.


2.1. Collaboration conditions

The process for sending originals will follow this steps:

1. The article uses the following template:


2. The articles is sent to both e-mail adresses: ;

3. The Secretary of the journal will send the authors a document to sign, as an affidavit of the originality of the publication. Once received, the assessment process will start.

External collaborations are accepted in the sections “Artículos” and “Comentarios”.

Doctrinal articles must be original and they will verse about environmental law. They will include doctrinal analysis about environmental law and case-law, of any nature, with the aim of research. The extension should be from 20 pages.

Comments must be original and they are focused to analyse and reflect about environmental law topics on current affairs. They can also be about recently published norms, case-law, etc., that deserves a comment of this kind. The aim is mainly divulgative. The extension should be from 5 pages.

Doctrinal articles and comments will be accepted previous acceptance of 2 reviewers, according to the double blind peer review. Comments will be submitted to internal evaluation, while articles will also be sent to another external evaluator. A negative report can lead to the rejection of an article. The evaluation process is described in point 3.2.

2.2. Structure and format

Articles can be published in the following languages: Spanish, Catalán, Euskera, Gallego, German, English, French, Italian and Portuguese.

Articles must follow the next structure:

– Title in the original language, in Spanish and English.

– Author: full name and surname, occupation or position, institution and country, and ORCID code, if posible. In case of multiple authors, the principal author must come on the first place.

– Abstract in the original language, in Spanish and English

– Keywords in the original language, in Spanish and English. Separated with a dot “.”.

– Index, in the original language, in Spanish and English

– Content of the article

– Bibliographic references.

When it would be necessary, the financial source must be indicated with the name of the entity, project, or any relevant data.

Comments must include title and author, besides the text of the comment. The rest of the information is not compulsory, albeit highly recomendable.

All Works will be written in font Garamond, size 14, spacing simple in 1 point, justified and without indentation.

Footnotes will go in Garamond 12, same characteristics as the paragraphs.

Quotes will go in separated line, Garamond 12, italic and with indentation of 1 cm on each side, with quotation marks.

The numeration of every chapter must be in arabic numbers, and up to a máximum of three levels (1, 1.1., 1.1.1.). Titles will go in bold and caps. If you wish to go on a deeper level, you should use a),b) c)… or hyphens.

Tables and pictures will be limited. If any, it must be accompanied with a title and the source.

The document mus comply with the RD 1112/2018, of accesibility to disabilities. This means links on main text and footnotes must be integrated in the text, or hidde.

For instance, instead of:

You can see more information about this topic on the webpage of the journal in the section “OPAM”.

It must appear:

You can see more information about this topic on the webpage of the journal in the section “OPAM”.

Only in the list of bibliogrpahic references can appear explicit links or URLs, with the date of Access in parentheses.

Bibliographic references will follow the norma UNE-ISO 690:2013. It must indicate: autor, title, place, publishing house and date. It will appear at the end of the article, and it will be sorted by alphabetical order. The basic model is:

  • Monographs: SURNAME, Name. Title. Place: Editorial, year.
  • Chapters of monographs: SURNAME, Name. Title of the chapter. In: SURNAME, Name. Title. Place: Editorial, year, pp. x-x.
  • Journal articles: SURNAME, Name. Title of the article. Journal title, , year, pp. x-x.

Digital documents must add at the end of the reference:

Available in : (Date of access XX-XX-20XX).

In case of multiple authors, up to 3, they will be separated by semicolon “;”. If there is more, it will be shown the first three and then “et al.”.

For the quotes in text, it is recommendated the system author-date:

  • “El problema que se plantea en los tributos medioambientales es el riesgo del que nos hablan Carbajo Vasco y Herrera Molina (2004: p. 89) en…”
  • “Algunos autores (García, 2018: p. 94) sugieren la incorporación…”

It is also posible to use the continuous numeric system, with the addition of footnotes that indicate the source, including at the end the list of references in alphabetical order.

For further development on the UNE-ISO 690:2013, you can read the following guides:


By sending their papers, the authors accept the norms of publication and the editorial policy of the journal.

The journal gurantee the moral and patrimonial protection of the author’s rights base don the following texts:

Convenio de Berna para la Protección de Obras Literarias y Artísticas. Acta de París del 24 de julio de 1971 y enmendado el 28 de septiembre de 1979.

Real Decreto Legislativo 1/1996, de 12 de abril, por el que se aprueba el texto refundido de la Ley de Propiedad Intelectual, regularizando, aclarando y armonizando las disposiciones legales vigentes sobre la materia (BOE n. 97, de 22 de abril de 1996).

Iniciativa de Budapest sobre Acceso Abierto, firmada en Budapest el 14 de febrero de 2002.

3.1. Copyright

Without prejudice to current legislation about Intelectual property, people publishin on this journal cede freely, exclusively and without any time limit, the rights to spread, replicate, communicate or distribute in any format the original version (or a derived one) of the work. Copyright and intelectual property of the texts belongs fully to the authors.

Copyright is used to prevent plagiarism or intellectual theft. Besides that, articles are published under a license Creatice Commons CC-BY-NCD-ND. This license allows users to download, spread, share and distribute teh content of the original work with other people, as long as they don’t modify it, the acknoledwge the source, and it’s not used for comercial purposes.

It’s not allowed to the authors the deposit of pre-prints in repositories. However, it is allowed and encouraged to deposite the definite versión, citing the original source.

3.2. Assessment process

The assessment process is marked inside the doublé bling peer review system. Before, during and after the process, the anonimity of evaluators and authors will be preserved.

Firstly, documents will be rejected at reception based on this criteria:

  1. Originality: published or not original articles, partially or totally.
  2. Structure: documents that doesn’t follow the template.
  3. Topic: when it isn’t considered aligned with the editorial lines.
  4. Scope and character: studies that aren’t considered relevants to scientific progress of society.

The assessment process consists of two parts:

Internal evaluation

Articles and comments will be assessed by an internal evaluation team. It is anonymous, and made by at least three internal assessers. At least two of them must accept the article. They can suggest any modification before continuing.

External evaluation

In the case of doctrinal articles, once passed the internal phase, they will be sent to a second level of assessment. The editorial team will contact with an expert in the topic, and they will be proposed as evaluator.

This external evaluator must sent the result in two weeks máximum, except a few exceptions. They will receive a template with the parametres to assess. They must complete it, sign it, and communicate the result to the editorial team: accepted, accepted with changes, or rejected.

The whole assessment won’t last more tan two months, from the reception of the article to the acceptance or rejection.

3.3. Ethic code of the journal

The ethic code of the journal goes according the Internal Protocol of Actuation, through the Management Commitee of AJA. The base will be the Core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

See the spanish versión of this policy for the full ethic code.

3.4. Privacy statement

Personal data will be protected in any momento by the Ley Orgánica 3/2018, de 5 de diciembre, de Protección de Datos Personales y garantía de los derechos digitales (BOE n. 294, de 6 de diciembre de 2018).

Names, e-mails, phone numbers, or any kind of personal data necessary for the management of the publication of the articles, facilitated by the authors, assessers, suscribers, etc., will be used exclusiveluy for the goals of the journal (publishing, assessments, diffusion and dibulgation, call for papers, information about seminars…) and won’t be available for any other purpose nor any other person. They won’t be stored in any database.

3.5. Digital preservation policy

The journal favours the correct preservation of the documents via keeping updated the infromatic systems and equipment necessary for the management of a digital journal. CIEMAT, as a Public Research Organism, assume the edition of the journal and collaborates in the cohesion of this policy.

Every document in .pdf is stored and replicated in remote servers with the prupose of saving it adequatelly, keeping security copies and using strategies of Technology Surveillance to fight the obsolescence of the digital formats.

Every ítem is stored, beside, with the corresponding metadat to promote the addition of published articles in external repositoreis, as well as easening the description of the characteristics and requirements of the documents, optimizin their retrievla.

Lastly, the journal use persistent links, with Digital Object Identifier (DOI) as univoque identifier of the published texts, ensuring their permanency.


The updated statistics of the journal can be viewed on this link.


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