Revista Latina

Call for papers
Special issue of the RLCS dedicated to

Information Transparency and Good Corporate Governance

Coordinated by: José Vicente García Santamaría, Professor and Co-Director of the M.A. degree programme in Institutional Communication at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M.

Review of submissions: José Vicente García Santamaría, Andreu Casero Ripollés (Universidad Jaume I de Castellón) and María José Pérez Serrano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Special issue articles should fulfil all the normal requirements of any individual RLCS article, and should be accompanied by their corresponding video presentation.


Reception of papers: 1 March to 1 June, 2017.

Publication date: Last quarter of 2017

Content of papers

Transparency and good corporate governance policies are fundamental to ensuring the good democratic quality of public institutions. The right of access to information is consubstantial to any democratic society, since it promotes public debate and strengthens democracy.

In addition, citizens’ concerns in relation to the processes of transparency of large private companies and publicly-funded institutions is increasingly growing, especially in Spain.

In order to develop a more participatory society is necessary to implement accountability systems, to provide greater access to information and apply good governance standards.

As we know, transparency has a long tradition in Anglo-Saxon and Nordic countries, while Latin America has been working for years to regulate citizens’ right of access to information. Only Spain appears to be clearly lagging behind, even after the entry into force of the 2013 Law on Transparency, Access to Public Information and Good Governance.

It is precisely this concern what motivates this special issue of the RLCS, which will dedicate a minimum of 6 articles to address these questions of great democratic importance.

Therefore, Latin American and European scholars are invited to submit papers on the following topics:

  • Transparency: a historical perspective.
  • Transparency in local, regional and national administrations.
  • Transparency research tools: use of indicators.
  • Case studies in governmental organisations.
  • Transparency as an element to fight administrative corruption.
  • Experiences in Latin America, such as, for example, Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and Data Protection (IFAI), and the role played by these institutions.
  • Codes of good governance in companies and institutions.
  • Annual reports of good governance.
  • Processes of voluntary transparency.
  • Degree of compliance with good governance practices among companies listed in the Spanish IBEX 35 and Latin American stock exchanges.7


The 2017 special issue of the journal will be complemented with the publication of a book of the Cuadernos Artesanos collection (Edited by Latina) that will collect all the texts published in the special issue, and with a symposium held on the following year at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the institution of the Coordinator of the special issue.

The symposium will revolve around the presentation of the contents of the book but will also provide a space for the delivery of other communications related to the main theme.

These other communications may also be published in another volume of the same collection, to showcase their research results.

This year, Latina will hold, at the Universidad de Málaga, the symposium dedicated to the presentation of the contributions to the latest special issue of the RLCS, which focused on Gender-based violence and Communication (2016) and was coordinated by Professor Ana Jorge Alonso