Rules and Editorial Process
Information for authors

Rules for submitting original papers

1. Topics of interest

The RDT (Journal on Transport Law) publishes research articles on the regulation of transport understood in a broad sense that includes all forms of transport and an analysis of the regulations that may directly or indirectly affect this activity. It also publishes on practical matters or comments on current caselaw, shorter in length, aimed at informing on aspects of practical interest or to analyse the new legal resolutions that take place in relation to this subject. Likewise, the sections that the publication contains are created by permanent collaborators in charge of providing the materials of interest for their publication.

The papers submitted to the Journal must be original, meaning that they must not have been published elsewhere.

2. Publication dates and evolution process

The RDT publishes two numbers per year (May and November, approximately). The editors are committed to rigour and transparency in the review process, complying with the protocol of action from the acknowledgement of receipt of the paper or commentary until its final acceptance (see Revision Process) and subsequent publication within the shortest period of time possible.

3. Submission

Original papers will be submitted in Spanish or in another foreign language (preferably English) in Word format. They shall be sent via email to the following email address:

The RDT will acknowledge receipt of all original papers within a period no longer than ten days since their receipt.

4. Format

Original papers must be written with one-and-a-half spacing in Times New Roman 12 font. Their length shall not exceed 40 pages for doctrinal articles, including footnotes and bibliography. Caselaw commentaries shall have a minimum length of 7 pages and a maximum length of 15 pages.

The first page shall include the title (in Spanish and in English), the name of the author or authors, their academic or professional affiliation and an email address, as well as a summary or abstract, in both Spanish and English, of approximately 120 words. Likewise, 3 to 5 keywords will be attached in both languages and a summary in Spanish and in English.

Original papers must observe the following order: text with its footnotes and bibliography. All pages must be correlatively numbered.

5. Editing rules

a) Bibliography

Bibliographical references will be in alphabetical order according to the authors surname, under the title "Bibliography" and at the end of the original paper.


  • CONDE TEJÓN, El contrato de chárter aéreo, Comares-CEDIT, Granada, 2008.
  • JUAN MATEU, “Los impedimentos para la ejecución del contrato”, en EMPARANZA/RECALDE (dir.), El contrato de transporte internacional de mercancías por ferrocarril, Thomson-Civitas, Cizur Menor (Navarra), 2008, pp. 125-155.
  • PETIT LAVALL, “El overbooking o sobreventa en el transporte aéreo de pasajeros”, Der. Neg., 130-131 (2001), pp. 1 y ss.

b) Footnotes

All notes will be included as footnotes, numbered with Arabic characters and in increasing order. These notes shall not include complete bibliographical references, only their abbreviated form.

6. Correction of tests

The authors of articles accepted for their publication may be required to proofread a test run, and must always return them before ten days. The introduction of substantial changes in the test run copies will not be allowed and must be limited to the correction of mistakes with respect to the accepted version.

7. Copyright

A condition for publication is that the author or authors transfer the copyright to the RDT. In this respect, submitting papers to the RDT implies that the authors transfer to said Journal, free of charge, all intellectual property rights over the work, for its exploitation in all types of media and modalities. In particular, the author transfers to the RDT the rights of reproduction, distribution, public communication and transformation. If there are requests by third parties to reproduce or translate articles or part of them, the decision will correspond to the executive management of the Journal.

8. Code of ethics

The submission of papers to the RDT entails compliance with the Journal's Code of Ethics.

9. Transparency

In order to guarantee the transparency and adequate contextualisation of the opinions and contents of the authors, it is obligatory to indicate in the article the sources of financial support that the author or authors have counted on to prepare the article, whether they are public or private. If there has been no funding, it must be expressly declared. On the other hand, each author, when declaring their affiliation, will indicate the public and private institutions for which they provide services.

10. Warning

Any failure to comply with these instructions shall become a motive for the rejection of the original paper submitted and, at the very least, shall cause a delay in its processing.