Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Economic Analysis of Law Review, created as a vehicle for the dissemination of theoretical and empirical studies, with a high degree of exogeny, addresses new and old legal issues under an innovative perspective. It is a publication with a broad spectrum, both from a methodological standpoint and from a scope standpoint, its articles explore unusual aspects of legal-political issues using traditional economic disciplines such as microeconomics, Game Theory, econometrics and Public Choice Theory, as well as more recent disciplines such as behavioral economics, or even from other areas such as sociology and evolutionary biology, without disregarding high complexity legal approaches. Article reception and evaluation is done in a continuous stream of submissions.

The Economic Analysis of Law Review is based on the firm understanding that the economic analysis of law is becoming increasingly important in identifying and resolving relevant legal issues. The scope of the journal is to strengthen the national and international dialogue between jurists, economists and social scientists. With this objective and considering that the AED is applicable to very different social, political and economic contexts, the EALR was born multilingual, accepting works in Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French and Italian. We hope that investigative and linguistic flexibility will act as a catalyst for dialogue between these different areas, aiming to understand important legal-social phenomena.


Section Policies


Editorials, articles that discuss some relevant occurrence or that debate some interesting question for the scientific community, but in an informal manner, including articles about the Economic Analysis of Law Review, are published at this section.  In addition, when the EALR issues a special number with the results of an event, presentations and speeches, if published, are published at this section.

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Scientific articles that are innovative or review the state of art of a relevant legal issue are published at this section. The articles must be original and must apply Economic Analysis of Law or any other Social Science methodology to enhance comprehension or to provide solution to a relevant legal issue.

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Peer Review Process

The Economic Analysis of Law Review believes that the best way to offer high-level work to its audience is to submit all manuscripts to a double-blind peer review process.

As such, all mentions to paper’s authorship are suppressed and the papers are sent anonymously to specialized reviewers, with equal or higher qualifications than the authors, in order to collect their recommendation for publication or their rejection. Reviewer’s identification is also unknown to the authors.

Thus, every manuscript submitted to the EALR will be preliminarily analyzed by the Editors, with the help of the Editorial Board (desk review), to verify its compatibility with the scope of the Journal, standardization and formatting rules, etc. Once approved on this preliminary analysis, each paper will be sent for anonymous evaluation by at least one reviewer. Reviewers will be selected from within the academic community, according to their field of expertise, and will have the same or higher degree than the authors, in order to give recommendation for publication or their rejection.

A manuscript is evaluated according to its contribution to scientific knowledge, the consistency of the results presented, the author's ability to communicate and the interest that the work may arouse in the scientific community.

The duration of each manuscript’s analysis will depend on the Journal's demand and the availability of reviewers with adequate expertise for the analysis in question, since the Journal's Editorial Team must rely on external reviewers, which imposes some difficulty on fixating deadlines. After eventual approval, the article will be edited with the participation of the authors and published after a period of time at the editors' discretion.

After the period of 1 (one) year has elapsed without a final response for the approval or disapproval of the manuscript, the authors will be released from the exclusivity obligation pertaining their submission, but they do have to communicate the existence of another submission using the e-mail editor.ealr@gmail.com.

Authors can follow all stages of the evaluation and publication process through the EALR website.

All evaluated papers must be treated strictly confidentially.

All considerations and judgments during the peer review process must be objective.

When making their considerations, reviewers are encouraged to suggest relevant works that were not cited in the paper.

In compliance with its Quality, Ethics and Good Practices Policy, in order to ensure the integrity of blind peer review for submissions to the Journal, every possible care must be taken not to reveal the identity of authors and reviewers, amongst themselves. This requires that authors, editors and reviewers (who are able to upload documents to the system as part of the review process) take some precautions with the text and properties of the documents:

  1. The authors of the document will exclude names from the text, replacing them with "Author" and the year, in references and footnotes, instead of the names of authors, title of the cited article, etc.
  2. In Microsoft Office documents, the author identification must be removed from the document properties (from the File > Properties menu) starting from File in the main menu and clicking on the sequence: File > Information > Check for problems > Inspect document > Inspect. In the field "Document Properties and Personal Information", choose the option "Remove All"
  3. In reviews by peer reviewers, when you want to use Word's “Control Changes” feature (which automatically identifies the reviewer in each observation), the review should be done normally and, afterwards, you should click on File > Information > Check for problems > Inspect Document > Inspect. In the "Document Properties and Personal Information" field, choose the "Remove All" option. Then save the file and close Word. When reopening the file, all comment tags will have been replaced by "Author".


Publication Frequency

The Economic Analysis of Law Review is a free-access, entirely electronic scientific publication. Its periodicity, initially semestral, became trimestral and each edition is made available in full after the editing process is finished.


Open Access Policy

This journal offers immediate free access to its content, following the principle that making scientific knowledge freely available to the public provides greater global democratization of knowledge.



The Economic Analysis of Law Review is currently indexed at:


Review Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to peer-review must be judged according to their objectivity, originality (if applicable), clarity in the exposition of ideas, logical consistency, sustainability of the results and relevance of the subject for the readers of the Journal of Economic Analysis of Law. Criteria to be evaluated are:

1. Is the manuscript original?

2. Does the manuscript provide relevant scientific information and contribute to the knowledge of legal and social issues?

3. Is the article complete (i.e., does it have a beginning, middle and end)?

4. Does the title adequately portray the content of the article?

5. Does the abstract contain a concise summary of the work?

6. Does the abstract contain the justification for the research?

7. Does the abstract contain the objective of the research?

8. Does the abstract contain the main results of the research?

9. Does the abstract contain the conclusion of the research?

10. Are the keywords presented appropriate?

11. Does the introduction clearly describe the problem under investigation?

12. Does the introduction relate the research to other papers on the same topic?

13. Are the objectives clearly described and appropriate?

14. Is the number of citations appropriate?

15. Is the nature of the citations appropriate?

16. Is the methodology detailed enough to allow repetition of the work by other researchers?

17. Are the methods appropriate for the proposed work?

18. Are the results described in a coherent way, following a scientific logic?

19. Are the bibliographies used in the discussion necessary and relevant?

20. Do the conclusions of the work answer the main question proposed?

21. Does the statistical analysis proposed in the work, if any, support the results and the discussion?

22. Are all figures and tables necessary to understand the work?

23. Are all figure and table legends self-explanatory?

24. Are all figures and tables mentioned at least once throughout the text?

25. Does the author distinguish between facts (positive analysis) and conjectures (normative analysis)?

26. Is the author fair with currents or traditions contrary to his position?

27. Does the author satisfactorily relate his results with those obtained by other authors?

28. Are the conclusions supported by evidence?

29. Are the conclusions clear?

30. Are the conclusions related to the initial research objectives?

Based on the above criteria, reviewers must return to the Editors an assessment that points out the weaknesses and problems identified in the work, using the form available here. The inclusion of suggestions for improvement is encouraged. The evaluation will be anonymized and forwarded to the Authors for consideration. The evaluation must also contain an explicit recommendation about the manuscript in the following sense:

  • Do not publish (add comments).
  • Do not publish with recommendation for review and resubmission (add comments).
  • Publish after suggested changes have been implemented (add comments).
  • Publish as is (small adjustments may be necessary).


Quality, Ethics and Good Practices Policy

Based on Elsevier recommendations, and on COPE’s Principles on Transparency and Best Practices in Scientific Publications, whose 3rd version is effective since January, 2018, the Economic Analysis of Law Review presents its Quality, Ethics and Good Practices Policy:


1) Editorial Board and contact with the Editorial Team:

The Economic Analysis of Law Review Editorial Board’s composition can be viewed here.

Contact with the EALR Editorial Team should preferably be made by the following e-mail: editor.ealr@gmail.com.


2) Authors

Author’s will not be financially charged in any way for the submission and publication of scientific papers.

In the case of plurality of authors, all of them must have contributed significantly to the research.

The references list must contain all the works cited and must be listed in accordance with the ABNT-NBR-6023/2018 standard.

In case the research was developed with the financial assistance of a development agency or any financial aid institution, the authors must indicate this fact.

The Economic Analysis of Law Review aims to publish and disseminate original work. As such, authors must inform any contrary condition on the occasion of the submission, under penalties of the law. In the event of a prior publication, the authors must explicitly indicate the publication vehicle (virtual or printed), so that the Editors can sovereignly deliberate if a republication is in order.


3) Publication Ethics

The Economic Analysis of Law Review reinforces its commitment to scientific values and ethics and expects irreproachable behavior from all those involved in the publication process.

The authors must guarantee that their work is original and unpublished and presents an objective and precise discussion. All works cited, not submitted for publication, must be properly referenced; plagiarizing will not be tolerated and constitutes a serious ethical offense. According to the Author’s Guidelines, the concomitant submission of the same article to various journals will not be tolerated, as it constitutes unethical behavior. Before submitting a paper to EALR, the author responsible for sending it must be certain that all authors approved the final version of the article and accept its submission to the journal.

Reviewers must treat all work received for appraisal as confidential and evaluate it in an objective and constructive manner. Ideas obtained through the reviewing process must not be communicated or used for personal gain. Conflicts of interest of any kind must promptly be communicated to the editors. In case the reviewer does not feel able to carry out a certain appraisal or is not available to do it, he or she must inform the Editorial Team as soon as possible, using the e-mail editor.ealr@gmail.com.

The editors will assess articles only on their merit and academic value and take appropriate and reasonable measures pertaining claims regarding articles submitted to the journal or published by it. The editors will not use, in their own research, information that has not been published without the express consent of the authors involved.

Studies involving experiments with human beings must be consistent with the Declaration of Helsinki (1964) as well as with Resolution No. 466/12 of the Brazilian National Health Council (CNS).

Articles disclosing experimental work applied to human beings and that may eventually be hazardous, must include a declaration that the experiment was carried out with consent and understanding (free and clarified consent) of all participants involved. Also, such papers must include the approval of an Ethics Committee.


4) Copyright and access

The submission of a paper to Economic Analysis of Law Review implies the transfer, by the author(s), to the Catholic University of Brasília (UCB), of the aforementioned work for purposes of reproduction, dissemination, distribution, printing, publication and availability.

This journal offers immediate free access to its content, following the principle that making scientific knowledge freely available to the public provides greater global democratization of knowledge.

Authors who submit manuscripts for publication in EALR irrevocably agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright but grant Economic Analysis of Law Review the right of first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under a Commons Attribution-Share License, after publication, allowing the sharing of the work with acknowledgment of its authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors and EALR are authorized to sign additional contracts separately, for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the article published in this journal (e.g., publish in an institutional repository or as a book chapter), with recognition of authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are allowed and encouraged to publish and distribute their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their personal webpage) at any point before or during the editorial process, as this can generate productive changes as well as increase impact and citation of the published work (see The Effect of Open Access).


5) Quality Policy

The Economic Analysis of Law Review is renowned for the quality and excellence of its publications. In this sense, when necessary, for the purpose of improving the work, approved authors will be required to hire and fund, for publication purposes:

a) Professional Portuguese language reviewers;

b) Qualified translators in other languages, who must ensure the quality of the articles regarding the correct use of the language.


6) Archiving

This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archival system among participating libraries and allows them to create permanent archives for preservation and restoration.


7) COPE Guidelines

English: https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts-new/translations

Spanish: https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts/spanish-all-flowcharts

French: https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts/french-all-flowcharts

Italian: https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts/italian-all-flowcharts