ISSN 1510-3714 Printed version
ISSN 2393-6193 Online version



Focus and scope

Revista de Derecho is a biannual, academic, international, and refereed publication, which offers original and unpublished articles on Public and Private Law and other legal sciences, such as Philosophy of Law. Since 2024, preprints are accepted.

The objective of Revista de Derecho is to provide a real opportunity for all jurists and those interested in legal matters, Uruguayan and foreigners, to publish and have access to articles of high academic level, jurisprudence notes, relevant sentences and bibliographic novelties on current legal issues for the profession, teaching and research.

The journal is indexed in Latindex; distributed in the following databases: ScieloEBSCO and Dialnet; and registered in Timbó and LatinRev. It is also a member of AURA and is on the social network X.

Section policies

Doctrine. Original and unpublished articles submitted to double-blind peer review. These articles should have a minimum length of 3000 words and a maximum of 10000 words (excluding references).

Jurisprudence. Judgments with their respective commentary submitted to double-blind peer review. All jurisprudence commentaries must be accompanied by the complete text of the corresponding sentence. These articles should have a minimum length of 2000 words and a maximum of 8000 words (excluding references).

Brief communication. Scientific communication submitted to peer review, double-blind system. Its objective is to present the development of a study that can be a field or intervention study, with a minimum length of 2000 words and a maximum of 4000 words (excluding references).

Essay and research. This section receives bibliographic reviews, and research advances and results, between 2000 and 6000 words (excluding references). Articles submitted to this section are evaluated by the journal team.

Review. This section receives reviews of legal books, national or foreign, published in the year of the review or one year before, between 1000 and 3000 words (excluding references). Articles submitted to this section are evaluated by the journal team.

Frequency of publication

As of 2023, the journal Revista de Derecho is published in the continuous publication mode, with two issues per year. The first issue from January to June and the second from July to December.

Free publication

Publication in Revista de Derecho is free of charge for authors. The costs of the editorial process are covered by the Universidad Católica del Uruguay. The journal does not charge for subscriptions; access to the full text of published articles is free of charge.

Revista de Derecho publishes articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese. In the case of articles submitted in English and Portuguese, once they are accepted for publication, the authors are committed to ensure the professional quality of the final version of the text.

Open access policy

This journal provides open access to all its content, based on the principle that providing the public with free access to research helps a greater global exchange of knowledge. Under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) users have the right to view, download, store, print, search, index and link to the texts, as long as  the original source and the person in charge of its authorship is cited in all cases and situations.

Authors are free to archive their published article in institutional repositories and/or on their personal web pages, always mentioning the publication in Revista de Derecho with the corresponding data.

Following the Guidelines for Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) in Journal Policies and Practices, and in compliance with Level 1 of Guideline 2 (Data Transparency), authors are required to include in the articles that result from original research a section on "Data Availability" in which they report whether the dataset used in their research is available and, if so, where to access it. 

Review Process

The article review process consists of two phases. The first phase is carried out by the editorial team within a maximum period of 2 months. This phase includes the review of formal aspects (format, bibliographic references, plagiarism detection) and the adjustment of the article to the criteria explained in focus and scope. In this phase, the article can be rejected, modifications can be requested, or it can be sent for external review.

In the second phase of evaluation, the articles of the refereed sections are submitted to peer review, using the double-blind system, where the anonymity of the parties -authors and referees- is preserved. The evaluators are national or international experts in the area in which the article is inscribed, and most of them are external to the Facultad de Derecho of the Universidad Católica del Uruguay.

Each article is sent to two specialists in the corresponding field, who have one month to submit their report. Evaluators follow the guidelines of the evaluation form and may make contributions, suggestions and recommendations in the manuscript itself, in review format. The evaluator may: a) recommend publication without further review; b) recommend publication after making some changes duly noted; c) recommend non-publication of the article, justifying their response.

Articles with two negative evaluations will be rejected. The Editorial Team may act on its own initiative and appoint a third evaluator when two reports are opposed, without the need for prior notice to the author.

For articles that have received suggestions in the evaluations, the scientific edition will arrange them and send them to the authors for their incorporation within a maximum period of 20 days. According to the nature of the suggestions, the referees may indicate that the new version of the work requires a new revision to obtain the definitive acceptance of the article.

If the authors do not agree with the observations made by an evaluator, they should explain their reasons to the Editorial Team, which will evaluate the justification and, if it deems it appropriate, may appoint a third referee to decide the matter.

The second phase process takes an average of 6 months.

The article rejection rate for 2023 was 63 %.

Plagiarism detection policy

By submitting their articles, authors declare that they are original and unpublished and that they are free of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. Revista de Derecho will not accept papers that contain more than 30% self-plagiarism. Authors should indicate, in a footnote on the first page, whether their articles are based on materials available in previous publications, repositories or on the web. Content reused in manuscripts should be properly referenced according to APA standards.

To ensure the originality and unpublished nature of scientific articles, Revista de Derecho analyzes all submitted articles with the Crossref and Turnitin softwares.

The journal adheres to the guidelines and recommendations of the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE), regarding possible fraud or plagiarism of the evaluated manuscripts.

Use of language

Authors are encouraged to use language that does not discriminate or reproduce discriminatory biases based on gender, race, age, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.

Ethical Code

Everyone involved in the editorial process of Revista de Derecho (editors, authors, reviewers) must act in accordance with ethical standards to ensure compliance with the best editorial practices and a commitment to the highest professional standards.

The Editorial Team agree to objectively analyze all contributions received, and to comply with a procedure that ensures quality and transparency. Is responsibility of the Editorial Team to select the appropriate reviewers for each article, as well as ensuring the confidentiality of the process. Is its duty to comply with the deadlines for responding to each application. The Editorial Team should be alert for any ethical allegations or claims of any kind on the postulated articles, and give authors the opportunity to defend themselves.

The authors are obliged to ensure the originality of their articles as well as the transparency of the investigation process and the accuracy of its results. Authors will deliver a signed declaration which states that the articles are of his own, are unpublished and are not postulated simultaneously for other publications. Authors who sign an article must have made a substantial contribution to the work. The authors will complete the contribution of each one in the Declaration of Authorship, according to the 
CRediT taxonomy. Also, it is the obligation of the authors to attribute the credit to everyone and all kinds of work in which they have based their article or parts of it, according to the format stipulated in the guidelines for contributions. Authors should make explicit the existence of any conflicts of interest or any funding they have received for carrying out the article.

Reviewers perform the evaluation of the articles voluntarily, with the mission to contribute to the improvement of the quality of works, ensuring an objective and constructive review. To do so, they agree to follow the guidelines provided by Revista de Derecho and undertake to meet the policies of the peer-review process as well as the deadlines established for the task.
It is the responsibility of the reviewers to alert the Editorial Team of any conflict of interest or circumstance that may prevent them from carrying out a suitable and objective evaluation.

Digital preservation policy

Through the LOCKSS system (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), the journal Revista de Derecho guarantees a permanent and secure archive. LOCKSS is an open-source program developed by the Stanford University Library that allows libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly searching registered journals to collect and archive newly published content. Each file is continuously validated against records from other libraries, so that any damaged or lost content can be restored. The articles have DOI (Digital Object Identifier) granted by the Crossref registration agency. Through the PKP Preservation Network, preservation is also provided for any journal that is in Open Journal Systems.

Copyright notice

All contents of the Revista de Derecho are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Authors agree to assign copyright to the journal and are responsible for the contents and opinions expressed in the articles.

Privacy statement

Names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal will be used exclusively for the purposes stated in this journal and will not be provided to third parties or used for other purposes.


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