Requirements for articles

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.

The size of the article (excluding the references and metadata) — 30—35 thousand characters, including spaces 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.

Drawings (schemes, diagrams) are allowed / they can be made in any graphics editor in black and white with a caption under the figure, including the serial number of the figure and its name. Photos, screenshots and other non-drawn illustrations will not be accepted for printing.

A foreign author can submit an article in English, French, German or Chinese (if the article is prepared in Russian, see the Russian version of the requirements for its formatting), which has the following structure:

1. Information in English
• article type (drawn up by the editors)
• Index of the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) (drawn up by the editors)
• Digital Object Identifier (DOI) (drawn up by the editors)
• article title
• full name of the author
• affiliation: organization (the main employer of the author or the organization where the research is carried out within the framework of the project) and the location of this organization (city, country)
• e-mail of the author
• Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) (if applicable)
• 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
• keywords
• acknowledgments (information about the sources of funding for scientific research, as well as an expression of gratitude to people who contributed to the publication of the article in the journal, but are not its co-authors, reviewers or editors)
• bibliographic record for an article for citation (drawn up by the editors)

2. 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

3. References (drawn up by the editors)

4. Information about the author (full name of the author, position and place of work, academic degree and title, ResearcherID)

Articles should be sent to an e-mail of the editorial office: (own surname and the word "article" to be specified in the subject matter of the letter).

Articles submitted to the specified e-mail address and corresponding to the requirements for them in terms of subject matter and design are checked for plagiarism, registered and subject to review.

Rules of reviewing of articles

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.

The finalized article is re-directed to the same reviewer for the additional review. 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 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.

Order of publication of articles

The Editorial Council 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 Law. Civil Procedure. Private International Law
• Labor Law and Social Security Law
• Land Law and Environmental Law
• Criminal Law. Criminal Procedure. Criminology
• Administrative Law. Administrative Procedure. Financial Law
​​​​​​​• Informational Law
• Public International Law and Integration Law
• Judiciary and Law Enforcement
• Scientific Fundamentals of Countering Corruption
• Discussion 
​​​​​​​• Young Scientist’s Tribune
• Reviews
• Legal Life. Chronicle

The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Russian Law approves the blueprint of the issue.

If the article is rejected, the author will receive a reasoned rejection of publishing. 

An article approved for publication is subject to editing and proofreading. If it is necessary to update the manuscript, agree on semantic editing, prepare a translation of the reference list, the author should respond to the editors within the agreed time.

Copyright Rights

After the Editorial Council approves the publication of the article, the publisher of the Journal of Russian Law and the author conclude an agreement on the alienation of the exclusive right to the published article (the writing).

The author transfers to the publisher his exclusive right to the work in full. The publisher has the right to use the work in any form and in any way that does not contradict the law, including: to publish the work in any edition; carry out commercial, advertising and any other activity related to the use of the work; issue a permit (license) to third parties to use the work (including co-publishing agreements) or prohibit the use of the work by third parties.

The publisher has the right to use the rights transferred under the agreement on the territory of the Russian Federation and in other countries during the entire period of the copyright.

There is no fee for referencing and publishing articles. No remuneration is paid to the author.

Delayed Open Access

The Journal of Russian Law provides its readers with delayed open access to its content on the websites, and

Users are allowed to read, download and refer to the full texts of the articles of the Journal without prior permission from the publisher and the author.


• Scientific Electronic Library ""
• Scientific Electronic Library  "Cyberleninka"
• Electronic Library System ""
​​​​​​​• EBSCO
• Russian State Library

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