The Journal of Russian Law chooses to publish articles that contain:
• study of the contemporary issues for different target audiences of the journal;
• critical review and synthesis of proposals for the development of legal regulation;
• compilation and analysis of empirical data obtained through research. This takes into account the relevance of the information on which the author relies;
• materials relating to previously unknown or undeveloped areas of lawmaking and law enforcement;
• constructive suggestions for improving legislation;
• new theoretical concepts that can stimulate further development of science.
Submitted work should be original, has not been published elsewhere and corresponding to subject-matter of the Journal of Russian Law. Materials, submitted concurrently to two or more publications, are not reviewed, and relations with author are terminated.
Number of symbols in text of article should be 35—40 thousand, including word-spacing and footnotes. Pages should be numbered. Typeface is Times New Roman. Line spacing is 1,5. Font size for main text is 14, for footnotes — 11. Footnotes should be numbered page-by page, numbering is consecutive.
Abbreviations and reductions should be expanded at their first usage in text, and legal instruments should contain the date of adoption, number and full official name. Source of publication of legal acts should not be specified. Specification of source of citation, factual and numeric data is mandatory.
Work should be submitted as a single file and comply with the following structure.
1. Metadata in Russian:
• heading of article;
• data on author (name and surname, current position, academic degree and rank);
• legal address of organization — current employer of author;
• abstract — structured abstract of 200 to 250 words, consisting of four paragraphs: setting of the problem; the goals and objectives of the study; methods; results, summary and conclusions;
• key words.
2. Metadata in English (the requirements are the same as the metadata in Russian).
3. The text of the article that contains the following mandatory elements:
• setting of the problem (question to which an answer is given in the article);
• review of scientific literature with an introduction to the problem;
• research part;
• system of evidence and scientific reasoning;
• the results of the study;
• scientific apparatus and bibliography. Bibliographic references are made according to GOST (State Standard) 7.0.5-2008). The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and have been published.
Articles should be sent to an e-mail of the editorial office: firstname.lastname@example.org (own surname and the word "article" to be specified in the subject matter of the letter).
All articles submitted to the Editorial Office of the Journal of Russian Law are subject to review.
The procedure for reviewing of scientific articles which reflect the main results of the research conducted by the author (authors), scientific reviews, reviews (further - articles) submitted for publication in the Journal of Russian Law is carried out by researches and specialists of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation before publication. The purpose of the review is to increase the scientific level of the materials which are published in the Journal of Russian Law and to ensure the quality of the article that corresponds to international rules adopted in authoritative reference databases of scientific citation.
The articles should be reviewed if they are sent to the Editorial Office of the Journal in the proper form in strict accordance with the requirements for publications.
The receiving material is registered in the Editorial Office.
The review process is organized by the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Russian Law. The choice of review experts refers to the powers of the Editorial Council. The reviewer is appointed on the basis of his specialization and qualification, taking into account the subject matter of the submitted scientific article.
Reviewers are notified that the materials are the results of intellectual activity, capable of legal protection, and refer to information not to be disclosed. The reviewers are not informed about the authors’ name.
Reviewing is carried out within a period of not more than 30 days.
The review includes the following issues:
• whether the content of the article corresponds to the topic stated in the title;
• whether the article corresponds to modern achievements of scientific and theoretical thought;
• whether scientific novelty is present in the article in question;
• is the article understandable to readers to whom it is addressed, in terms of language, style, material layout, visualization of tables, diagrams, drawings, etc.;
• whether the publication of the article is advisable, taking into account the literature previously published on the subject;
• what are the positive aspects, and also the shortcomings of the article, what corrections and additions should be made by the author;
• whether the metadata for the article is a complete informative reflection of the content of the article and whether they meet the metadata requirements of the Journal of Russian Law;
• can the abstract of the article serve as a confirmation of the scientific value of the material presented for peer review and attract readers to the problem under consideration to participate in the further discussion;
• conclusion about the possibility of publishing this article in the Journal of Russian Law: "recommended", "recommended with correction of the deficiencies noted by the reviewer" or "not recommended".
The reviewer's comments on the submitted article are transmitted to the author for correction. The author is not informed about the name of the reviewer. If there are any comments, the date of receipt of the material in the Editorial Office shall be the date of return of the finalized article by the author.
The finalized article is re-directed to the same reviewer for the additional review.
The originals of the reviews or their electronic copies are stored in the Editorial Office for five years from the date of signature by the reviewer.
The editorial office composes the next issue of the Journal of Russian Law consist of the articles with the positive reviews, in accordance with the following approved by the chief editor of the headings:
• State and Law in the Modern World: Problems of Theory and History
• Constitutional and Municipal Law
• Civil and Family Law. Business Law
• Labor Law and Social Security Law
• Land and Environmental Law
• Criminal Law and Criminology
• Procedural Law
• Administrative Law. Financial Law
• International and Integration Law
• Judiciary and Law Enforcement
• Legal Life. Chronicle
When a positive review is received, the article is submitted to a meeting of the Editorial Council to decide on publication in order.
If someone of the of the members of the editorial board won’t be agree with reviewer's conclusions regarding the possibility of publication of the article the final decision on the matter shall make an Editor-in-Chief. In case of refusal to publish an article, the Editorial Staff sends a motivated refusal to the author.
Article, approved to publication, is subject to edition and proof corrections. Alterations and reductions of manuscript of editorial character should not be approved by author. If actualization of manuscript or approval of conceptual editing is required author should be obliged to reply to the Editorial Staff in specified term.
In case of positive decision on possibility of article publication the Editorial Staff send author an e-mail to specified electronic address. Before signing a contract author shall have a right to revoke article by notifying the Editorial Staff via e-mail. Contracts should be send by simple letter to the postal address of the editorial office: 9A, Kolpachnyy lane, Moscow, Russia, 101000 (to specify – Legal Publishing House "Norma").
Peer-review and publication of articles is free of payments.