About the Journal

Aims & Scope

Review of International and European Economic Law (RIEEL) is a semestral international journal publishing the most relevant peer-reviewed research in the following scientific editorial lines:

  1. International Economic Law
  2. International and European Taxation
  3. Trade Law, including both the international law of the World Trade Organization and GATT and domestic trade laws
  4. Global Tax Governance and Global Economy Governance
  5. Funding for sustainable development
  6. European Economic Law
  7. International investments
  8. International Financial Law
  9. Customs law, Customs taxation and Customs Cooperation
  10. International Recruitment 
  11. Sustainable development goals
  12. International and European banking system  
  13. International Business regulation, with special mention to antitrust or competition law, environmental regulation, and product safety regulation
  14. International financial institutions and International Relations 
  15. Development cooperation
  16. International economic cooperation
  17. International tax Cooperation
  18. Taxation, Education and Morality
  19. Tax and criminal compliance
  20. Private International Law.
  21. Environmental taxation
  22. Conflict resolution systems: conventionals and ADR
  23. Global tax Governance
  24. Covid 19 and the Global Economy

The network of excellence DER 2017-90874-REDT-GOTA-INTAXCOOP&GOV: The Global Observatory on Tax Agencies: Towards on the International Tax Cooperation and Global Governance has generated, among its OUTPUTS, the creation of a new magazine of international scope for the dissemination of scientific and future findings in line with the contents of this network.

ISSN, Periodicity & CC-BY License

ISSN: Review of International and European Economic Law (ISSN 2938-0642). 
Periodicity: The Review of International and European Taxation is published biannually in February and September.
CC-BY License: All papers of the Review of International and European Economic Law are under CC-BY License, and authors keep the authorship of their publications.

This Journal is a Diamond Open Access Journal, so the use of the final published version of the articles (or version of record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone, forever, to read. 

Diamond Open Access

RIEEL mission statement

First, to serve scientists through prompt publication of significant advances in any branch of science and to provide a forum for reporting and discussing news and issues concerning science. Second, to ensure that scientific results are rapidly disseminated to the public worldwide in a fashion that conveys their significance for knowledge, culture and daily life.

Journal Staff

A complete list of RIEEL's staff, editors & committees can be found here.

Selection of the name of the Journal

Due to the shortage of international and national means of publication and dissemination of scientific results in International and European Economic Law, the advisability of creating a new journal under the title: "Review of International & European Economic Law (RIEEL)" was approved.

The advantages of this title among candidates are:

  • Clarity on the Journal's scope: Includes the editorial lines described above in the international, European and global economic spheres.
  • Language of the Journal: English. Current research shows the great importance of this selection. Various journal search engines and indexers (e.g. Google Scholar) have been shown to penalise non-English-speaking journals [Cristòfol Rovira, Lluís Codina, Carlos Lopezosa (2021), "Language Bias in the Google Scholar Ranking Algorithm." Future Internet 13.2 (2021): 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13020031].
  • Readable Acronym: This process is essential for name retention. This aspect is crucial since it was created as a high-impact journal in the field (rieel.com). In this sense, the convenience of assigning the web domain's name has been reviewed with the external collaborator. The use of the acronym has finally been decided, given its brevity and ease of memory (RIEEL). Among the terminations, several alternatives were proposed (.eu, .org, .edu, .org,.edu) and their cost-benefit. Finally, it is decided by the ending .com given its internationalisation and great generalisation among people. RIEEL.COM thus becomes the domain selected for this Journal.
  • Originality: This name is not registered in any existing Journal (2020-21), so it does not conflict with any other and may generate confusion among potential researchers. In addition, it brings as a novelty its interdisciplinarity.

The digital electronic platform of the new Journal

The digital format was selected as the preferred form among the formats available for the Journal. During a high-impacting pandemic like Covid-19, traditional printed journals have been modernised and digitised to prevent the spread of the virus.

Likewise, a digitised journal facilitates rapid international diffusion among different subscribers. Moreover, it allows for easy, high-scope indexing.

Another advantage of this digitisation is complements other tools such as online document translation, RSS, and data mining techniques. That could generate greater accessibility (reading capacity in the visitor's or subscriber's language) or newly derived knowledge (given the ease of extracting information without going through OCR-type techniques that have more complex and less effective results).

Finally, OPEN JOURNAL SYSTEM version 3 (OJS3) is chosen as the Journal's management tool. OJS3 is a free and open-source solution for managing and publishing academic journals online.

Its flexibility makes it suitable for developing all types of journals. In addition, the management system allows editors without advanced computer preparation to create their work quickly and agilely.

The design of OJS3 seeks to reduce the time and energy spent on administrative and managerial tasks associated with editing a journal while improving record-keeping and the efficiency of editorial processes.

In this sense, we find several improvements concerning the previous versions of OJS that are available in our environment. Namely:

It offers an adaptable and optimised design for highly relevant mobile devices in our current era. At this time, many people and future subscribers could receive a newsletter with articles of interest and decide to start reading them from their mobile terminals. The PDF-based system does not allow this to be carried out effectively as it requires constantly enlarging and reducing the screen to offer easy reading. The fact that adapted data visualisation is implemented with this management system will significantly facilitate the dissemination of the published articles.

In addition, this framework offers a more flexible editorial management system framed in the four main phases of the publishing world.

  1. Submission: new submissions are dealt with (rejected, assigned to section editors...)
  2. Review: in which peer review and author reviews take place
  3. Edition: in which the revised files are sent for correction
  4. Production: the final edited version is converted to publishable formats (PDF, HTML, XML), reviewed and scheduled for publication.

Our Journal seeks to use and optimise these tools to be helpful throughout the process. For those possible users who are laypersons using these management tools, additional help would be offered to process their proposals, with the appearance of a figure "article tracking manager" that could be obtained by users who require it.

In addition, OJS3 allows the integration of modules with ORCID, iThenticate, Publons and other external services that provide an additional benefit to the Journal, giving more significant publicity to both the author and the Journal and the published article.

Another critical aspect is the generation of a simplified user registry that is not as complex as OJS2, which encourages users to follow the entire editorial process from the same platform.

XML has been chosen as the publication format to the detriment of the PDF format commonly used. XML brings several benefits, including:

  1. Greater visibility of each article published on the web.
  2. Easy indexing and retrieval of the full text of a document.
  3. Automatic generation of various output formats (HTML, PDF, ePUB).
  4. Files ready for printing in the format of the Journal.
  5. Guarantee in digital preservation.
  6. It enables the use of multiplatform viewers and readers.
  7. Increase interoperability in systems such as SciELO, Redalyc, and Google Scholar.

Open-source preference over closed source

As academic members, our responsibility is to generate content, disseminate it, and reimburse it to society.

Open source-style services, programs, and others follow this line of thought. Open Source code is shared and publicised to receive criticism, contributions, and improvements from the scientific and developer community.

Suppose they reach a certain level of participation. In that case, this allows these systems to generate a capacity for dynamic improvement that makes it possible to advance and adapt to the changing circumstances of the environment.

Suppose these tools are also generated for free use. In that case, they allow the democratisation of information and resources and a longer-term use (which ultimately translates into an improvement in the resources used).

In the case of our Journal, it has been decided to favour precisely this type of tool to facilitate that people from all over the world can collaborate without using programs that require expensive licenses and significantly lower the cost of producing articles that would otherwise do so. They would make it unsustainable for a journal in the long term (without requiring much higher financial sums from the authors).

Publication processes carried out.

We drew up and disseminated an invitation to participate among potential collaborators and organised various relevant collaboration commitments to carry it out.

Currently, we registered the web domain (RIEEL.COM) and hosting, which guarantees our possession of the name and acronym of the Journal.

We obtained the certificates of responsibility in data protection necessary for compliance with the data protection regulations currently in the application. Likewise, we generated the legally required documents for compliance with Law 34/2002 of July 11, Services of the Information Society and Electronic Commerce (LSSI).

We successfully implemented the OJS3 system on the server and tested it with several primary functions.

We establish the Journal's design conceptualisation with a modern style but without lacking the conservative type of the law area. Furthermore, as mentioned, the design is entirely multiplatform (responsive design), allowing greater functionality among users regardless of the device they use for the consultation.

We implemented a module to allow authors to send articles in Word with the citations managed by Zotero (a free, open-source bibliography manager), automatically transforming the document into XML format, greatly facilitating the editing work and shortening publishing time and fees.