: Opinio Juris in Comparatione Vol. I, Special Issue, 2014 is online

We are pleased to announce the publication of new Special Issue of Opinio Juris in Comparatione Vol. I, 2014 

Opinio Juris in Comparatione is an electronic full Open Access Journal devoted to “Studies in Comparative and National Law”. It aims at enhancing the dialogue among all legal traditions in a broad sense. The intend of diffusing contributions on national law as well and not only to focus on comparative issues, is to expand access to foreign legal materials and ideas to those who do not already have access to the traditional avenues (such as journals in the language of the explored legal system).

For more information, please visit our website www.opiniojurisincomparatione.org.

Following the success of Opinio Juris in Comparatione for three years now, we are pleased to announce a change in our image. It will change from being a general electronic open platform to a proper electronic open access Law Journal devoted to “Studies in Comparative and National Law”.

Since the beginning of this cultural initiative in 2009, we have adhered to the main features of open access journals:

  • completely free access to all published contributions (via the Lider-Lab website and the SSRN e-Library);
  • free submissions for authors who retain copyright;
  • a quality control system structured in two stages: an initial examination by our Editorial Staff followed by an anonymous peer review process carried out by selected international reviewers.

The success of our venture has prompted us to strengthen these features and commit to developing a proper Open Access project with a view to supporting a more extensive global exchange of knowledge. The aim is to be part of that new generation of peer-reviewed journal literature as it has been conceived in the Budapest Open Access Initiative Declaration ten years ago.

To this end, we have launched this new website entirely dedicated to the management of the journal.

From the new website, readers will be able to freely browse, read and download all the papers published in each of the different sections (Articles, Essays, Conference Proceedings and Case notes) that are usually included in Opinio Juris issues. All the contributions will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Readers can subscribe to the newsletter (under "notifications") in order to be notified by email on the publication of new issues of the journal.

As for authors willing to propose their contribution for publication in Opinio Juris, the website will allow them to use the new submission procedure following the registration procedure and subsequent step-by-step on-line submission process. Moreover, in order to facilitate manuscript submissions, we have also decided to welcome submissions made through ExpressO™.

As was previously the case, the three different languages preferred for submission include English, French and Spanish. In addition, it remains the case that when dealing with purely national law, authors must write in a language other than that of the national system at issue. Copyright remains with the authors with the only request that they mention in further publication(s) of the article, essay or case note that it has previously belonged to the Opinio Juris collection.

The anonymous peer review process entrusted to selected international reviewers together with the initial Editorial Staff review of every submitted contribution will continue to assure the high-quality level of the published contributions.

All the papers published from 2009 to 2012 with the ISSN number 2036-4423 will be available in the archive section.

For more details about the journal policies and online submissions we invite you to explore the About the journal section on this website.