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LEGIS S.A. International Journals publish papers, studies, reports, essays, documents and comments to recent events. Works are selected based on their high quality and innovative nature, and are meant to be read by Latin-American and international specialized audience on the respective field.

Any person can submit a written work to be published, conditioned to previous evaluation and approval by each publication’s Editorial Committee. The Committees preserve the standards of each journal by selecting the most rigorous texts and qualified authors. Articles and proposals should be submitted to the following addresses:

Electronic submission:

1.Foro de Derecho Mercantil-Revista Internacional
Commercial Law Forum-International Review
José Andrés Prada Gaviria
[ jose.prada@legis.com.co ]
Telephone + 571 4255255. Ext. 1465

2. Revista Internacional de Arbitraje
International Review of Arbitration
José Andrés Prada Gaviria
Coordinador Editorial/Editorial Coordinator
[ jose.prada@legis.com.co ]
Telephone + 571 4255255. Ext. 1465

3. Revista Internacional Legis de Contabilidad & Auditoría
Accounting & Auditing Legis International Review
Nubia Yomara Velandia F.
[ nvelandia@legis.com.co ]
Telephone + 571 4255255. Ext. 1338

4. Derecho Penal Contemporáneo
Contemporary Criminal Law Journal
Majer Abushihab C.
[ majer.abushijab@legis.com.co ]
Teléfono + 571 4255255. Ext. 1533

Ordinary mail submission:

Unidad de Información Jurídica
Legis S.A.
Av. Eldorado 82-70
Bogotá-Colombia (Sur América).

The Committees will receive only unpublished works. Spanish, English, or French texts are preferred. All texts will be translated to Spanish.

Opinions expressed by authors do not, and should not, necessarily reflect those of the Directors, Editorial Committees or Legis publishing house.

Submission of an article implies full acceptance of this editorial guidelines and conditions of publication, translation, and edition, as follows:


1. General conditions:

Suggested minimum extension: 8.000 words (including figures, images, footnotes and references)

Suggested maximum extension: 10.000 words (including figures, images, footnotes and references)

Page format: A4 (210x297 mm)

Margins: 3 cms.

Line spacing : Single-spaced

Page numbers: Consecutive

Font: Times New Roman, size 11.

Admitted file formats: .RTF, .DOC, .PDF

File name: Author’s last name

2. Contents presentation:

Title: Font Times New Roman, size 12, bold.
(Choose a concise, informative and appealing title).

Author’s name: No academic titles included.

Biographical note: Brief biographical note (around 90 words) including academic and professional background, including institutions, organizations and companies, and previous published works. In a separate file or paper include personal data such as: name, address, postal code, phone and/or fax numbers and e-mail address. In case of several authors please provide only one postal address.

Abstract (in original language): Around 80 words presenting main argument, supporting ideas, proposal and conclusions.

Abstract in English: English version of original language abstract.

Text body: Font Times New Roman, size 11, written without blank spaces, indented at the beginning of every paragraph and divided in sections numbered and with tittles (e.g.: 1. Origins and debates; 1.1 The basic legal framework). No line spacing between subsections and avoiding many subdivisions (e.g.:

Notes: Use them only when strictly needed and to clarify or expand concepts or comments, do not use to include references. Notes should be numbered and located at the foot of every page (e.g.: international trade13 ). Font Times New Roman, size 9.

References: Should be listed at the end of the main text. Every reference should be related with a quotation or a comment within the main text. Font Times New Roman, size 11. To indicate a reference on the text use author-date system described below (section. 6)

3. Emphasized texts

Do not use italic, bold or underlined to emphasize words, sentences or paragraphs. La italic can be used to bring attention over representative terms used for the first time.

4. Writing style

It is recommended not to write long paragraphs or sentences, to discuss topics in first person or to refer to personal events.

Words should not be divided at the en of a line.

Excessive quotation to case law, acts or regulations is disencouraged.

Any technical term or difficult must be defined in a glossary or a note.

5. Parenthesis and dashes

Do not use parenthesis, replace them with a long dash (e.g.: “ − “). A short dash can be used to separate, numbers, years “1966-1968” or pages“37-43”.

6. Quotations

Double quotation marks should be used for textual quotations, e.g.: “Once upon a time”. Single quotation marks are to be used for a quotation within a quotation, e.g.: “the author explains how ‘letters of credit’ and ‘UCP 600´ is applied”, and for translations e.g. ‘cogito‘ think.

Quotations of three or less lines should be included in the same paragraph. Quotations of four lines or more should be written in a separate paragraph with continuous indentation.

If necessary, is possible to quote in the original language, adding aside a translation between brackets ( [ ] ). Any alteration of the original text should be indicated by inserting dots [...] between brackets.

Short foreign expressions, idioms or terms written in original language should be written in italic and translated afterwards: (e.g.: risikogesellschaft ‘risk company’).

7. References on text

References on text body can be made by indicating author-date according with references list at the end of the article

A reference on text is composed with author’s last name followed by publishing year and page numbers, all between parenthesis. E.g.: (Kasirer 1998: 140-143) or “Galgano (1995: 264) explained ...”.

For special cases consider the following examples:

Reference to several works of the same author (Derains 1990, 1992a, 1992b, 1995,)

Reference to volume number (McBarnet 1988, 15: 347)

Reference with three (3) authors (Dezalay, Bryant y Fankel, 1995)

Reference with more than three (3) authors (Smith et al. 1990)

Reference to several works (Grasetti 1993a, 1993b, 1995; Craig 1998)

Reference with original and reprinting dates (Gabelentz 1901 [1972]: 70)

Reference with pages (do not eliminate numbers (Zimmermann 2000: 200-230)
as in 200-30)

8. Abbreviations

Where possible, abbreviations must be avoided All abbreviations require to be clarified. Be aware of a foreign audience and readers not familiar with all terms.

To enrich the reading experience a list with abbreviations, specially those referring to acts, laws, statutes, regulations or decisions can be included.

9. References list

A list of references in author’s alphabetical order must be included at the end of the article. Last name in CAPITAL letters, followed in lower case by sure names , publishing year title, city and edition number.


Book of one author:

NICOLLE, J. (1957) La symétrie. París: Presses Universitaries de France. Spanish translation by Rodolfo Alonso: La simetría. Buenos Aires: Compañía General Fabril Editora, 1961.

Several works of the same author. Name is not repeated, place a long dash — before publishing year.

BOGGIANO, Antonio. (1993a) Curso de derecho internacional privado. Buenos Aires:

— (1993b) La conferencia de La Haya y el derecho internacional privado de Latinoamérica. Buenos Aires: Argentina.

Journal articles:

HOFFMAN, S. (1989) “A practical Guide to Transactional Project Finance: Basic Concepts, Risk, Identification and Contractual Consideration”, The Business Lawyer (45 Bus. Law) 345-317.

Documents in Anthologies:

LOEB, A. L. (1966) “The architecture of crystals”, in Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm by Gyorgy Kepes (ed.), 38-63. New York: George Braziller.


KEPES, G.(ed) (1966) Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm. New York: George Braziller.

Papers and conferences:

MALDONADO, T. (1974) “Does the icon have a cognitive value?”, en A Semiotic Landscape, Proceedings of the First Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, Milan 1974, S. Chatman, U. Eco y J. Klinkenberg (edit.), 774-776. La Haya: Mouton, 1979.

Unpublished materials. :

RANSDELL, J. (1966) “The Idea of Representation”. New York: Columbia University, Doctoral Thesis, unpublished.

Where no precise data can be provided, such as referring to an ancient author, use abbreviations as “b.” (before), “a.” (after), “c.” (circa-around) o “i.” (inter-between):

VITRUVIO (i. 43AC-14AC) De Architectura Libri Decem. English translation by Morris Hicky Morgan, The Ten Books of Architecture. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 1914.

Electronic materials:

The daily ENRON, What went wrong at ENRON: An in-depth guide for all, 19 April 2003.

Regulations and Case law. According to specific rules set by the country of origin.

10. Illustrations, graphics and charts

Size of illustrations, graphics and charts should not exceed page margins set for text. Images can be black and white original drawings or copies/photos. Size of picture files should not be beyond A4.

Explanatory text must be added below every image and
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