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Author Guidelines

  • Manuscripts must be submitted online after registration and login, to the section “Online submission” or via ExpressO™ website. Please note that we cannot accept hard copy submissions by post.
  • To facilitate the anonymous review process, please confine name, affiliation, biographical informations and acknowledgments to a separate cover page (please see Step 4, “Uploading Supplementary Files”of the online submission procedure) since the review process is held without regard to the author’s name, affiliation, prior publication or pending publication offers.
  • The submission must include a brief abstract of 250 words or fewer summarizing the article and the relevant Keywords.
  • Feel free to include, at your convenience, a cover letter and/or your curriculum vitae when you will be asked for uploading supplementary files (please see Step 4 of the online submission procedure).
  • The paper should be written in one of the preferred languages  for submission (English, French, Italian or Spanish). For publication purpose all contributions should have their title and abstract translated in English as well.
  • When the used language is not mother tongue, submitted papers must be language revised by native speakers before the submission as our Studies series does not provide for any editing. Poor language may justify Editorial staff to refuse or postpone the peer-reviewing process of the paper.
  • The article, essay, case note, or book review must be in Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format. 
  • The text should be in Times New Roman, double spaced, 12-point font. Where available, URLs for the references should be provided. Please employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and make sure that all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where it occurs, authors are required to structure their texts as follows: 
  1. Part, typed in bold small capitals, in Roman numerals, e.g. Part I;
  2. sub part, typed in bold italic, in Arabic numerals, e.g. 1;
  3. Sub-sub-part, in bold type, followed by a letter of the alphabet and a round bracket, e.g. a)
  • No citation style is imposed. Footnotes/end notes must be internally coherent and follow the same patterns throughout the entire text. In fact, since the papers included in our Studies could be published as well in other law journals/reviews, we do not want to impose a particular format, which could be different from those requested by other journals. A poor, incomplete or illogical citation mode may justify Editorial staff to refuse/ postpone the peer reviewing process of the paper.
  • Please remember that authors intending to illustrate/update the scientific and practitioner communities only about a given legal system, should do it in a different language from that of the country they are talking about. To give an example: if an author wants to write his contribution talking on a purely English law subject, he should not do it in English since those able to read articles in English on the subject already do have access to those materials in existing legal literature in English. This requirement should not be understood as allowing for papers that do not provide anything more than a description of a legal concept or problem in a certain legal system, albeit in a different language than that of the described system. Although there is nothing against having descriptive papers, Opinio Juris calls for papers which should at least discuss all relevant views on the topic and also reflect the author’s own opinion.
  • Works submitted to the peer-reviewed sections (Articles, Essays, Case notes) will be evaluated anonymously, through a quality control system structured in two stages:

    1)The Editorial staff, coordinated by the Editor in Chief, will provide a first review to examine the consistency of the submission with the Series, the quality of the arguments and of the writing, the internal consistency concerning citation, quotation and paragraph numbering and the proficiency level of the language in which the contribution is submitted.

    2) Contributions accepted for review will be sent to up to three selected international referees eventually suggested by the Board of National Correspondents (according to the subject matter of the submitted work). They will carry out the anonymous peer review process following the review criteria established for the Peer Review Process.

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication in Opinio Juris. Simultaneously, the work will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License permitting readers to use the work so long as the authorship and place of initial publication is acknowledged. For more details please see the copyright notice that authors, wishing to publish in this journal, must agree to when following the step-by-step on-line submission process.

    Should you experience any problems using the online submission system, please contact us at staff@opiniojurisincomparatione.org.

     


 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. The submission include a brief abstract of 250 words or fewer summarizing the article and the relevant Keywords.
  4. The paper is written in one of the preferred languages for submission (English, French, Italian or Spanish). For publication purpose all contributions should have their title and abstract translated in English as well.
  5. Submitted papers must be language revised by native speakers when the used language is not mother tongue. Poor language may justify Editorial staff to refuse or postpone the peer-reviewing process of the paper.

  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (Articles, Essays, Case notes), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  8. Should you experience any problems using the online submission system, please contact us at staff@opiniojurisincomparatione.org.

 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

b) Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c) Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) but only after the conclusion of the peer review evaluation. Online diffusion can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work, but at the same time it must be ensured an anonymous evaluation process for every submitted work.

 

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