Instructions for Authors

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The text should deal with significant issues concerning the international state of affairs —from political, economic or social point of view— while bringing to the fore, through the use of current data, significant problems, trends, points of views, etc. using an approach that combines information and analysis of the topic discussed.
The paper submitted must be original, unpublished and must represent a real contribution to scientific knowledge in the area of study.
The copyright of the texts accepted become the property of CIDOB and the texts cannot be reproduced without CIDOB’s authorization. The texts are published in Spanish language.
Once the printed copy has been produced, the articles will be published in the electronic version of CIDOB’s website under Creative Commons license.

Evaluation – Peer review

Following an initial evaluation by the Editorial Board, all the articles will be subjected to a process of external «double blind» peer review.
After the evaluation process is completed, authors will receive one of three different responses: approval of the manuscript (it will be published); conditioned to the implementation of changes suggested by the reviewers; rejection (paper can’t be submitted again).
Authors may not submit their manuscript to any other publishing companies while it is in the process of evaluation.
We will try to send an answer before 5 or 6 weeks.


The title should be a concise indication of content. It can be followed by a subtitle which may only contain complementary information (10 words maximum between the title and the subtitle).

Length and submission

7.000 words, footnotes and references included (±10%).
The author will submit a brief CV and his/her telephone number, address institutional post or place of work. Please include an e-mail address for publication.
The author is to submit an abstract of its content, maximum 120 words in on paragraph, as well as 4-6 key words.
The manuscript must contain an introduction, a main section in which the subject covered is developed and analysed (we recommend subdividing it into thematic sections separated by subtitles), and a conclusions section.
One-colour tables or graphs will be accepted. Please limit the number used.
Submitted papers for review will be accepted in Spanish and English.
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Criteria for publication

Before printing, the proofs will be sent in electronic format to authors or, to the issue coordinator in order to check them and, if necessary, to correct possible mistakes. These proofs must be returned within one week from the date on which they are sent. No substantial modifications or alterations may be made to the content of any text that has been approved for publication.
The Editorial Board reserves the right to modify the format of acronyms, initials, bibliographic references, notes, official titles, etc. in the interest of the overall uniformity required by a periodical publication. We therefore request authors to observe the following guidelines:

1.Acronyms and initials

When acronyms or initials are cited for the first time in the article, include their complete equivalent in parentheses.


Do not confuse footnotes with bibliographic references. They must only be used in exceptional cases. Footnotes are used to clarify or complement aspects of the content of the text.
If the footnote needs to be referenced, the author’s surname, the year and the page should be added in brackets (i.e. Innerarity, 2009: 26). List footnotes at the end of the text. Please include no more than 25-30 footnotes.

3.Bibliographic references

We implement the norm ISO 690:2010 in bibliographic references and citations.
Group these alphabetically at the end of the text. In the body of the text, place the reference in parentheses indicating only the cited author’s surname, the year of publication and the page: (Barbé, 2006: 32) or (Krastev et al. 2010: 108).

a)For books

Krastev, Iván; Leonard, Mark; Wilson, Andrew (eds.) ¿Qué piensa Rusia? Barcelona:CIDOB, 2010.

b)Book chapters
Polyakov, Leónid. «Un autorretrato ideológico del régimen ruso», in: Krastev, Iván; Leonard,Mark; Wilson, Andrew (eds.) ¿Qué piensa Rusia? Barcelona: CIDOB, 2010, p. 37-42.

c)Articles in periodicals (journals, newspapers, collections)
Kennan, George F. «The Sources of Soviet Conduct». Foreign Affairs, vol. 25, no. 4 (July 1947). P. 566-82.

d)For complete periodicals
Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, no. 88 (Spring 1983). Barcelona: CIDOB, 2001.

e)Electronic publications
Alvarado, David. «Mohamed VI, año X: Mito y realidad de la transición marroquí». Notes Internacionals CIDOB, no. 7 (October 2009), p. 6 (on-line) [Date accessed 12.10.2010]


f)Use «et al. » to cite a work signed by more than two authors.
Use letters (a, b, c, etc.) to refer to citations of different works by the same author published in the same year (Barbé, 2001a).