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Fifth Issue (free online access) – download

The fifth issue is devoted to Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement, and it includes a selection of papers presented at the International Conference on Circular and Innovative Construction Procurements (6 JUNE 2023, TURIN).

Research and Policy Papers

  • A scientometric analysis of ESG criteria implementation in the construction industry by Valentina Villa, Paola Cavallaro and Angelo Ciribini
  • The FSR and Public Procurement by Giulia Benvenuti
  • Directive 2023/1791 EED: A Step Closer to Mandatory Green Public Procurement Criteria Through Sectorial Legislation by Alexandru Buftic
  • The more recent wave of mandatory public procurement rules: sustainability rhymes with resilience by Roberto Caranta
  • A duty under customary international law and a condition for funding under the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility: the genealogy of the “do no significant harm” principle by Leila Kentache
  • A New Approach to Public Contracting of Sustainable Construction Using Innovation Partnership by Luís Valadares Tavares

Fourth Issue (free online access) – download

The fourth issue is devoted to Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement, and it includes a selection of papers presented at the 5th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE AND INNOVATIVE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (5-6 MAY 2022, LISBON).

Research and Policy Papers

  • Towards mandatory SPP for buildings/works by Roberto Caranta
  • A multicriteria model to evaluate tenders for green procurement of public works by Luís Valadares Tavares, José Antunes Ferreira and Alexandre Ricardo
  • The interplay between EU public procurement and human rights in global supply chains: Lessons from the Italian legal context by Giulia Botta
  • Promoting sustainable public procurement through economic policy tools: From moral suasion to nudging by Désirée Klingler and Steven Schooner
  • Sustainability public procurement using new procedures of the 2014 Directives by François Lichère

Case Studies

  • The criteria for establishing and maintaining an optimal governance model for public procurement by Nikola Komšić
  • Proposal for optimal governance model of central procurement in Slovakia by Jozef Kubinec
  • Environmental and economic benefits of green public procurement through the Bilan Carbone and Life Cycle Costing methodologies: a case study for Arpa Piemonte by Arianna Sica

Third Issue (free online access) – download

Public Contracting as a Strategy for Economic Recovery due to the Challenges of Covid 19.

  • Public procurement in emergency situations by José F. F. Tavares –
    Honourable Judge and  President of the Tribunal de Contas

Research and Policy Papers

  • Public Policies for Procurement under COVID19 by Luís Valadares
    Tavares and Pedro Arruda
  • Striking a Balance Between EU Competition Law and Public
    Procurement Law: Analysing the CJEU attempt in the Vossloh Laeis case by
    Vittoria Moccia
  • Covid-19 – the impetus for public service innovation. Advancing the
    shift towards social procurement by Natalia Spataru and Lorenzo Cioni
  • Public procurement and Covid-19 in Portugal: the particular case of
    the acquisition of institutional publicity related to the pandemic
    disease by Marco Caldeira
  • Challenges in public procurement before, during, and after the
    COVID-19 crisis:  Selected theses on a competency-based approach by
    Michael Eßig, Christian von Deimling and Andreas Glas
  • Competitive Public Procurement during COVID-19: The Unique
    Political and Policy Experience of the United States by Clifford McCue,
    Emily Boykin and Eric Prier

Case Studies

  • IT Procurement Case Study of the Japanese Government within the
    Institutional Theory Context by KANASAKI Kentaro
  • Direct Award, the New Normal in times of Covid-19 by Catarina Pinto


Second Issue (free online access) – download

Research and Policy Papers

  • Public Procurement of Innovation: A Cultural Challenge! by Luís Valadares Tavares
  • Utilizing Open Data: A Primer for Public Procurement Research by Csaba Csáki, Clifford P. McCue and Eric Prier
  • The Concept of Economic Operator and the Setting of Limitations to Awarding by Lots in Public Procurement in the Light of the Portuguese Public Contracts Code by Nuno Cunha Rodrigues
  • The Impact of Professionalization in Public Procurement by Maria Antonietta Coppola and Gustavo Piga

Case Studies

  • Good practices in public procurement of engineering services by Alexis de los Reyes Darias

First Issue (free online access) – download

The first issue is devoted to the transposition of the 2014 Directives.

Research and Policy Papers:

  • Transposition of the EU Public Procurement Directives 2014 in Austria by Bernt Elsner and Ruth Bittner;
  • Transposition of the 2014 European Directives on public procurement by France by Kawthar Ben Khelil;
  • Transposition of the 2014 European Directives on public procurement by Spain by Jaime Pintos Santiago;
  • Transposition of the 2014 European Directives on public procurement by Portugal: woes and expectations by Luis Valadares Tavares;
  • The transposition of the 2014 Directives on public procurement into the Italian law: a challenge for a deep reform of the Italian public procurement system by Valentina Guidi;
  • Public procurement culture after accession to the EU – The case of a Central European transition country by Tunde Tatrai;
  • Centralization vs. Bundling: The Victory of an Italian David against an Italian Goliath by Gustavo Piga;

Case Studies

  • The Amagasaki Pilot Social Impact Bond in Japan- Participation of SMEs in Public Markets by Shinji Hosomi;
  • The Art and the Science in Winning Public-Sector e-Procurement Contracts particularly by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises by Keith White-Hunt, Philip Norman and Charlotte Norman.




This Journal is strictly peer-reviewed, and at least two internal reviewers will review each submitted paper.

The mission of this Journal is to contribute to an interdisciplinary study of public
procurement and of public markets presenting high-level scientific results in key areas
such as:

A | Economics of Public Markets analyzing their nature and major trends
B | Digital Economics, Innovation and Public Markets
C | Regulation , monitoring and evaluation of public contracting
D | International agreements and cross border public procurement
E | Legal framework of public contracting and the implementation of the European
F | Directives of Public Procurement approved on 2014
G | Electronic Public Procurement, e-platforms and interoperability
H | Technology Management, E Government and ICT based public management
I | New standards and software for public contracting (BIM, etc.)
J | Competition, transparency and corruption prevention
K | Performance Indicators, evaluation of contracts execution and performance based contracting
L | Award criteria, Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT), Quality/ Price ratio and Life Cycle Costing
M | Centralization and economies of scale in public contracting
N | Openness of public markets and the participation of Micro and SMEs
O | Risk assessment and mitigation of the risk of deficient contract execution
P | Contributions of new procedures and regulations for innovation, sustainability and social cohesion
Q | Comparative study of legal frameworks and Public Markets at the international, national and local levels
R | Education and training for the improvement of public markets



Authors are invited to contribute to this Journal by sending papers for one of the following sections:

A | Research Papers: This section is devoted to the publication of new and advanced research results, and priority is given to interdisciplinary developments

B | Policy Papers: High-level contributions on Public Policies promoting the improvement of Public markets are welcome and priority is given to comparative analyses including surveys and evaluations studies´

C | Case-Studies: Applied studies of Good Practices on relevant issues for Public Markets can be published in this Section.

D | Interdisciplinary dialogues and debates: The improvement of Public Procurement requires extensive debate and dialogues between the most relevant disciplines to achieve systemic and integrated better solutions and practices. These contributions should focus a specific topic and embrace the perspectives of experts from multiple areas

All contributions will be reviewed, and decisions will be taken in less than 8 weeks excluding the time spent by authors to prepare revised versions.



Professor Luís Valadares Tavares – IST, University of Lisbon and Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, University Lusíada– Portugal

Professor Gustavo Piga – University of Rome Tor Vergata – Italy

Professor Roberto Caranta – University of Torino



Afonso d’Oliveira Martins – Rector and Professor of University Lusíada – Portugal

Alessandro Ancarani – University of Catania – Italy

Andrea Appolloni – University of Rome Tor Vergata – Italy

Annalisa Castelli – University of Cassino and Southern Lazio – Italy

Bernardo Nicoletti – University of Rome Tor Vergata – Italy

Christopher Bovis – University of Hull – United Kingdom

Fernando Silva – IMPIC – Portugal

Frank Brunetta – University of Rome Tor Vergata – Canada

Giancarlo De Stefano – Consip – Italy

Gonçalo Matias – Portuguese Catholic University – Portugal

Jaime Pintos Santiago – Observatorio de Contratación Pública – Spain

Jakob Edler – Manchester University – United Kingdom

Jan Jackholt – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Sweden

José Antunes Ferreira – University of Lisbon – Portugal

José Ramón Arboledas – IESE Business School, University of Navarra – Spain

Keith White-Hunt – National Centre for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, Ministry of Education  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Manuel Ricou – University of Lisbon – Portugal

Mário Aroso de Almeida – Portuguese Catholic University – Portugal

Matthias Einmahl – Fachhochschule fur offentiche Verwaltung – Germany

Miguel Assis Raimundo –University of Lisbon – Portugal

Nicola Dimitri – University of Siena – Italy

Nuno Cunha Rodrigues –University of Lisbon – Portugal

Paolo Buccirossi – Lear – Italy

Pedro Costa Gonçalves – University of Coimbra – Portugal

Pedro Telles – Swansea University – United Kingdom

Rajesh Shakya – The World Bank

Robert Anderson – World Trade Organization

Rui Dias Ferreira – Vortal – Portugal

Rui Machete – CMS-RPA – Portugal

Rui Medeiros – Portuguese Catholic University – Portugal

Rui Pena – CMS-RPA – Portugal

Sara Castelo Ruano – Tesera de Hospitalidad

Stéphane Saussier – IAE Paris – France

Toshihiko Ishihara – Kwansei Gakuin University – Japan

Tünde Tátrai – Corvinus University of Budapest – Hungary


This journal is published by APMEP – Portuguese Society of Public Markets ( and is co-supported by COMEGI (Research center on organizations, markets, and industrial management) of Universidade Lusíada, and FCT (Foundation of Science and Technology), Portugal

Project of the Center for Research in Organizations, Markets and Industrial Management (COMEGI -Centro de Investigação em Organizações, Mercados e Gestão Industrial) with reference UIDB/04005/2020, funded by national funds through the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. (FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P.)