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Instructions to authors


Editorial Scope and Policy


Documents and Contributions in Public Administration and State Management (DAAPGE, by its acronym in Spanish) is a semiannual, academic and scientific journal devoted to the study of State issues and public administration at different levels. It is an open space for authors and researchers who wish to discuss and enrich not only their study and formulation of public policies, but also state management and administration from a variety of perspectives based on theoretical and empirical foundations. This journal is intended for researchers, teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and especially for public administration professionals and municipal, provincial and national civil servants who are interested in refreshing their knowledge on state management areas.



Manuscripts production and form

  1. Bibliographic articles and commentaries submitted for publication must be original versions in Spanish (in time, they will be accepted in Portuguese). The publication of published research papers will be an exception, and it will be decided by DAAPGE journal Academic Committee, after proper evaluation of such papers. Submission of a paper to the DAAPGE journal assumes the author’s commitment of not having its paper under simultaneous evaluation by any other journal.


  1. The Academic Committee will be in charge of the articles approval; its criteria will be based on external evaluators’ reports. During the evaluation process, any information about authors and evaluators will be strictly anonymous.
  1. Article submission to DAAPGE must be done online, and the following information should be included:
    • Title
    • A summary in English and Spanish that does not exceed 1000 characters (approx. 150 words) with concise information about the content: main results, methods and conclusions. It should include three to five keywords (in Spanish and English), which will be used for bibliographic indexing purposes.
    • Author details, including:

                         - Full name
                         - Institution, Research Center or Academic Department to which the                             author belongs,
                         - Institution postal address
                         - Telephone or fax number
                         - E-mail address
                         - Educational attainment (discipline or field and institution) and                             ongoing studies, if any.

  1. Submission of papers to DAAPGE must comply with the following characteristics:


    a. The length of the articles should not exceed 70.000 characters, whereas bibliographic reviews and/or recensions should not exceed 28.000 characters.

    b. Charts, tables and/or graphics should be interspersed within the text with their corresponding references, and they should be correctly numbered. Their notes should be editable (Word/Office format or similar, if applicable, Excel/Office or similar spreadsheet). If there are images, they should be attached separately in jpg extension, in a 300 dpi grayscale in real size. In every case, titles and sources should be mentioned. 


    c. Citation should be made as follows:

             Quotations should have the following format:

      • short quotations (shorter than 4 lines): they should be included in the text between inverted commas; the author’s name, publication year and page number or numbers will be written in parenthesis. For example:


      Accordingly, “the State is not, therefore, spontaneously generated, nor is it created in the sense that ‘someone’ formalizes its existence through some sort of ritual” (Oszlak, 2008:122).

      • long quotations (longer than 4 lines): they should be written between inverted commas; the author’s name, publication year and page number or numbers will be written in parenthesis and both margins should have a 1cm indentation. For example:


“Organization of political and social corporations in classes has also spread, but only Europe has got acquainted with the stratified state or rex et regnum [king and kingdom] in the Western sense. And certainly, only the West has created parliaments of periodically elected 'people representatives', with government by demagogues and leaders as ministers responsible before the parliament…” (Weber, 2003:54)

Ideology quotations or paraphrasing: when paraphrasing or referring to an idea included in a different paper, the author’s surname and the year of publication should be stated and included in the text in the appropriate place. It is not necessary to provide the page number. E.g.: (Cardozo, 2012)

In both cases, when the quotation belongs to more than three authors, the first author’s name followed by ‘et al.’ and the year of publication should be stated and, if applicable, the page number.


    d. Bibliographic references should be included at the end of the work and they should state: author, year, title of the work, publication place and publishing house. The following criteria should be respected: 


      1. The title of the articles should be written between inverted commas, whereas the title of the periodic publication should be written in italics. Volume, journal number and article pages should be stated. E.g.: Benoit, K. (2006): “Duverger’s Law and the Study of Electoral Systems”. French Politics, 4 (1), pp. 69-83.
      2. Book titles should be written in italics. E.g.: Wade, R. H. (1990): Governing the market: Economic theory and the role of government in East Asian Industrialization. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
      3. Book chapters will include: author, year, chapter title in inverted commas, author/authors, the work title in italics, volume or part (if any), place, publishing house and pages, e.g.: Jessop, B. (2009) “Avoiding traps, rescaling states, governing Europe”. In: Keil, R.; Rianne, M. Leviathan undone? Towards a political economy of scale. University of British Columbia, Vancouver/Toronto, Press (UBC Press), pp. 87-104
      4.  For web documents, information should be written depending on whether it is a book, a book article, a journal or a newspaper article. Include the electronic publishing date, the date the quote was taken and also the link or URL between < >, preceded by the words "available in".                             E.g.: Alcántara Sáez, M. (2002): “Experiments in Internal Democracy. Party           Primaries in Latin America”, Working Paper. Available in (Last accessed 11/30/2006).


    e. Notes should be written within the text (always use superscript after the word), and the note will refer to a footnote.

    f. Acronyms should be written in capital letters with their meaning in parenthesis (only the first time they appear on the text).


  1. Acknowledgements: they should be written at the end of the main text, under the title “Acknowledgements”. List the names and institutional affiliation of those individuals who provided help during the research.


  1. DAAPGE journal holds no liability for any commentaries, ideas and content of the published works, for they are exclusive property of the author.
  1. DAAPGE journal reserves the right to modify the articles form they may require (e.g. titles, notes, etc.) after having consulted and obtained the author’s agreement.


Submission of Manuscripts


apers should be submitted either to:
Víctor Ramiro Fernández, DAAPGE Editor
José Ignacio Vigil, DAAPGE Editor
Master of Public Administration (FCE-UNL)

Authors will receive two copies of DAAPGE journal in which their article has been published.
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