Manuscript submission

The Editorial Board invites teachers, post-graduate students, undergraduates, workers of law enforcement organs, legal practitioners, groups of authors, Russian and foreign research centres that specialise in various branches of law, historical and theoretical legal subjects, for cooperation.

The journal publishes articles and materials focusing on various topical legal issues, meeting the requirements of novelty, providing fundamental arguments and conclusions.

Instructions for Submitting Manuscripts

  1. All articles and reviews should be typed in Microsoft Word format on one side of A4 paper. One copy signed by authors (co-authors) should be supplied via e-mail to ruzh@usla.ru. Articles should be approximately 20-25 pages in length, reviews – 5-7 pages.
    Authors guarantee the absence of plagiarism and other forms of unlawful borrowings in manuscripts and proper formalisation of borrowings of texts, tables, pictures, etc.

    Specific Citation Requirements

    1. Normative legal acts
      All quotations from normative legal acts should contain references to an official source of publication, with all additions or amendments.
    2. Monographs
      Citations to books must include the following information: the author’s last name, the author’s initials, the full title, the town or city of publication, and the year of publication.
    3. Articles from collected works
      Citations to collected works should include the editor’s name.
    4. Articles from journals and continuing publications
      The author of the article ( the last name and initials) should be followed by the title of the article, the source, the year, the volume number, the issue, followed by specific page numbers for quoted or cited material . All of these are separated by full stops. The article’s title is separated from the source by two slashes.
      All the information about foreign journals and continuing publications should be given in the original language without translation into Russian.
    5. Abstracts from theses or dissertations
      References to abstracts first give the author’s last name, then initials, the title, the town or city of publication, the year of publication, followed by specific page numbers.
    6. Reviews
      In a reference to a review, first the name of the review’s author is given, then the title (if any), the name of the publication, and the source followed by specific page numbers . Then comes the notice that the given material is a review of a written work, its author’s name, the work’s title, and publication information.
    7. References to the Internet pages
      Requirements to the Internet references are the same as to printed sources. References to websites should give authors if known, title of cited page, URL in full, and year of posting in parentheses.
      Authors are recommended to avoid abbreviating footnotes and to provide full information about the source.
      Names of institutions, bodies of state power, and international organisations are not abbreviated. All abbreviations, except for widely-known ones, should be explained the first time they appear.

    Tables, diagrams, figures

    1. Tables, diagrams , and figures should be mentioned (cited) in the text. Each table is typed and 1.5-spaced on a separate sheet and numbered in order of appearance in the text. Every column should have a short heading (abbreviations are possible). Abbreviations and terms should be defined in footnotes with an asterisk symbol (*), rather than on the figure itself.
    2. Diagrams and charts should be numbered and provided as separate files.
    3. Illustrations (photographs) should be in black-and-white only, scanned at a resolution of 300dpi and saved in a file in tif or jpg format.

    Computer version

    1. All articles and reviews should be typed in Microsoft Word format ( in doc or rtf format) and 1.5-spaced on one side of A4 paper.
    2. The typeface used should be russified Arial or Times New Roman.
    3. The font size is 14 (mostly upright) for the text and 12 for footnotes.
    4. The electronic version of articles should not contain automatic hyphenation or macros.
    5. Paragraphs should be indented with the help of the function Format/Paragraph/ Indentation/Left/First line
    6. Footnotes for articles should come at the end of the article with the help of the function Insert/Reference/Footnote/Location/End note
  2. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter containing information about articles’ authors (co-authors) – full names, academic degrees, academic titles, places of work or studies, job titles, home and work addresses and telephones – and brief summaries of the content in Russian and in English. Post-graduate students and adjuncts should submit references of their research supervisors.
  3. All articles are reviewed in a double-blind way. The first step in the editing process is simply reading the article. The editors do this as a first check to make sure the article is of sufficient quality. At this point, the editors will also check to make sure the author adhered to the citation guidelines in the article. If the article passes this stage, it is sent it to a referee to review based on academic level and content. For more details on review procedure see: Rules and Regulations of the Review Process and Publication ethics and malpractice statement.
  4. In one month after submission authors are recommended to contact the editorial office (personally, by phone, or by e-mail) to find out whether articles have been accepted for publication.
    Articles returned to authors for revision should be re-submitted before the recommended deadline. In the accompanying letter the authors should notify the editors about all the changes made. All corrections are introduced directly into the text.
    Once the article is selected for publication, it will be edited and returned to the author for approval. Authors have the opportunity to review proofs before publication, but the proofs should be checked immediately, signed and returned to the editorial office with all necessary corrections. If authors have no corrections or fail to return their articles before the mutually-agreed upon deadline, the editors’ version will be published.
  5. If articles have already been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, authors must notify the editors.
    Submissions that do not comply with these criteria are not considered for publication. The editors also reserve the right to edit contributions.
  6. Authors assign the editors the exclusive right to use their works in the following ways: to reproduce articles (the right to reproduction); to disseminate copies in any way; to sell, to rent, etc. (the right to distribution); to translate (the right to translation). Submitting articles to the editorial office is a conclusory action designed to produce corresponding rights and duties. Authors’ agreement to publish articles in the journal under the given conditions and at a given time and to have it placed in the electronic version of the journal is presumed. Authors’ fees for published articles are not paid.
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