Article Acceptance and Publication Process

What was initially a practice that has been continuously improving is that the papers published in previous issues have gone from a general invitation from the AIEPL AC through the Seminars on Local Public Economics (SEMEPUL) in the different events that have been held since 2009 to follow the protocol of receiving papers from promoting the journal since its launch in 2018. This is how works by authors based in different universities (from authors from universities in LA, USA, Spain, UK, Italy and Central European countries) and addressing issues of (local) public economics have increased the thematic variety and the horizon for the publication of research papers has opened up.

The first issue, 2018, through a commission of the same AIEPL AC, rescues papers presented in the SEMEPUL prior to that year and points out research that could be candidates for further review. Only one paper in particular met the expectations to be peer-reviewed (and where the corresponding opinions exist and where the authors submitted to the suggestions and made changes and modifications) which led to be part of the first issue of REPUL. The rest of the papers in that issue underwent peer review, and thus became part of the first issue.

The practice of first observing the subject matter, the quality and the author's experience in the subject has been the guide for the editor to promote and make express invitations to receive contributions, which once adapted to the requirements of the journal (and clearly and expressly stipulated on the page) are submitted for peer review.

Currently, SEMEPUL is a source of cutting-edge research papers (since the seminars themselves have progressed towards a purification by demanding original, quality and technical level research papers) which has led to the author submitting the paper after it has been presented and received comments in general but also indirectly, it is the main editor who promotes one research paper or another by urging it to be submitted to the journal for peer review and then its possible publication.

A third way in which the journal attracts papers has been at the express invitation of the editor to suggest and invite an author (near or distant) to submit a paper knowing that the subject matter is relevant and that the academic has sufficient credentials to guarantee a professional paper. Of course, peer review in these cases becomes more collaborative and reinforces the quality of the work (with both parties being satisfied) and reinforces collaboration to the extent that there are cases where peer review is open and not secret, promoting reciprocity and good collaborative practice. The editor-in-chief relies on the editorial board and editors to function collaboratively only by providing guidance and even promoting themes and authors' work.

The journal also accepts book reviews and recently published articles. It also opens up the field to current affairs papers and dossiers that serve as an intermediate space between the contribution of a scientific paper and a current affairs paper, but prepared with academic rigour and also subject to peer review.

The progress of the journal's publications and content depends on the editor and the guidance received from the Editorial Board.

In the last issue, an attempt has been made to cover the phenomena of local economies both in LA and in EU and Central European countries. The openness to new topics is defined in the seminars by means of invited guests, of course, without leaving the classical topics of public economy and local public economy.

Requirements for papers

The papers that are accepted, as is now common practice, must be original research that has not been published elsewhere, that is not in the process of being evaluated, that is the product of original information, and that the findings contribute to the theoretical and practical knowledge of the countries' economies.

Publication Process

Accepting the above point about the originality of the paper, the paper should proceed as follows:

i) The paper must be completed following the guidelines for authors that are published in the journal and on the website;

ii) The paper is reviewed by the main Editor and if the Editor-in-Chief sees fit, he/she may make suggestions before sending it for peer review. Similarly, the Editor can guide the author to submit the paper to another journal or simply reject it. The Editor-in-Chief will rely on the editors, editorial board and other experts in the field (from national and international institutions) for the peer review of articles;

iii) Authors must automatically accept that the paper complies with the requirements in Paper Requirements;

iv) The paper is submitted for peer review. The evaluator may follow a guide to evaluate the papers (Evaluation Format). Optional guidance is attached as the evaluator who is asked to comment is a professional in the field;

v) The paper receives recommendations that must be followed if JLPE's interest in publishing the paper is to be pursued;

vi) The paper is accepted if it meets the requirements of the peer review;

vii) The author(s) sign for acceptance and are sent a letter stating that their work will be published.

Publication process time

The time taken into account is from receipt of the paper and 3 months thereafter.

Peer review process

After the Editor decides to peer review the paper, it will take 3 to 6 weeks for peer review. The peer reviewers may have a guide to evaluate it or they will impose a personal criterion highlighting the formality and presentation of the work according to the guidelines of the journal, the contribution of the work to knowledge, the bibliographical update, the soundness and originality of the approach, the methodology used.

Letter of Assignment of Rights

The author and authors must sign a letter in which they accept that in the evaluation process, they will ensure that the work is not being reviewed in another journal until the process is completed, which can take months.

Authors agree not to remove the paper from the peer review process for at least 3 months without prior notification.

The author or authors must sign the letter of assignment of rights once the work is accepted for publication, with which the Journal of Local Public Economics becomes the holder of the rights of exploitation of the contents.

Plagiarism Detection

What we have been doing to detect plagiarism is to consult the work (which is submitted for review) with the editors and members of the Editorial Board in cases where there may be doubts. For 2023 we will rely on platforms available on the web such as Plagiarisma.net or plagiarismdetector.net.

Preservation of archives and backups

JLPE archives submissions received and published papers in its own databases and in databases with private companies.

Indexing, scientific production indicators

In the process of obtaining REDALyC index.

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