1. All manuscripts submitted to the Legal Studies journal are registered as of the date of their receipt by the Editorial Board.
  2. The review time depends on the need to ensure the most objective assessment possible. The written review shall be provided within 20 days following the Editorial Board’s request.
  3. The technical screening of the manuscripts is performed by the Managing Secretary no later than five days since the date of receipt. At this stage, the manuscripts are evaluated against formal criteria (including formatting requirements) and checked for compliance with intellectual property law.
  4. The manuscripts accepted for publication shall contain original research in topical issues, fall within the journal’s scope, and comply with the publication policy and other requirements.
  5. The author(s) of manuscripts rejected during technical screening will receive a written notice substantiating the reason for rejection.
  6. The manuscripts conforming with technical requirements will be sent out for peer review to at least two experts in the field. The peer reviewers will deal with anonymized papers. Similarly, the author(s) will not know who the reviewers are.
  7. The reviewers will possess a candidate of science (kandidat nauk) or doctor of science (doktor nauk) degree or a foreign equivalent and have articles falling within the journal’s scope published in the recent three years. At least one of the peer reviewers will not be an employee of St. Petersburg State University.
  8. The author(s) of manuscripts receiving a negative review are either provided with a substantiated rejection or advised to introduce changes to their articles. In the latter case, the author(s) will received a summary of the reviewers’ and the Editor-in-Chief’s comments and recommendations along with the conditions the author(s) need to meet in order to have the article published. The manuscripts revised by the author(s) will be subject to a second review by the same or different peer reviewers.
  9. The peer reviewers will provide a substantiated evaluation of the following: the overall scholarly quality of the manuscript; the title’s correlation with the manuscript’s content; the relevance and timeliness of the issues discussed; the scientific and informational novelty of the material; the level of scientific argumentation; theoretical and practical relevance of the conclusions; the manuscript’s structure, language, style and formatting; conformity with research ethics; and relevance to the journal’s audience. The evaluation will contain succinct recommendations and/or comments addressed to the author(s).
  10. The peer reviewers will provide their evaluation with one of the following conclusions: ‘recommended for publication, no revision required’ (no comments/remarks); ‘recommended for publication, revision advisable’ (the author(s) might, at their discretion, introduce changes to the manuscript based on the reviewers’ remarks/comments); ‘recommended for publication, revision required’ (the author(s) shall revise the manuscript based on the reviewers’ remarks/comments); ‘manuscript rejected, resubmission allowed’; ‘manuscript rejected, no resubmission allowed’. The author(s) can revise the manuscript twice at the most. If the author(s) provide the revised manuscript four months after the review is sent to them by the Editorial Board (or later), this will be considered a new submission.
  11. The Editorial Board will provide reviewers with a template that sets forth the structure and content of a review. The review will consist of two parts. The first part will be completed according to Clause 9, the second one, to Clause 10 hereof. Should the material require revision, the author(s) will receive a summary of remarks and/or comments from the first part.
  12. The Editorial Board will ensure the anonymity of all parties as well as confidentiality of any materials submitted for peer review. The reviewers will undertake, in writing, to maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript’s content, the fact of its creation, and any other related information made available to them. The reviewers will not discuss the manuscript under review with any third person. The reviewers will not make any use of the manuscript or cite it prior to publication.
  13. The following manuscripts will be rejected:
    • manuscripts either published earlier or submitted for publication to another publisher (even with some formal changes);
    • manuscripts that do not fall within the journal’s scope and do not conform to the requirements (including formatting requirements);
    • manuscripts that contain plagiarism.
  14. The decision on publication is made by the Editor-in-Chief based on the peer review and the editorial policy. The reviewers’ positive response alone is not sufficient for a positive decision on publication.
  15. The author(s) will be notified once a positive decision is made. The material accepted for publication is then referred to the editor. The particular issue for publication will be defined by the Editor-in-Chief based on the upcoming issues’ themes.
  16. The reviews are archived and kept at the office of the Legal Studies journal five years after publication or rejection of the manuscript.
  17. The Editorial Board is obliged to submit copies of reviews to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation at the Ministry’s request.

The reproduction of the material (in part or in full) is permitted only upon the Publisher’s written consent, except where the material is reasonably cited. Any citation of the material shall refer to the Legal Studies journal (Pravovedenie) as the original source of publication. 

1. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically (MS Word file, *.doc or *.docx extension, 14 point, 1.5 spacing).

2. The recommended length of the article is from 10 to 50 thousand printed characters.

3. Each manuscript should be submitted in a separate file containing the following information:

3.1. Title in Russian and English. The title should describe the core matter of the manuscript.

3.2. The author’s first name (initial letter only) and family name (in full) in Russian and English placed under the title and followed by a note marked by an asterisk (symbol *). The note should contain the following information in Russian and English: the author’s full name, academic degree, academic title, place of employment, job position, e-mail address. The note should also include the author’s postal address with postal index (in Russian only) and mobile phone number. The postal address and the phone number will not be published in the journal.

3.3. Abstract in Russian and English, 200–250 words.

The abstract should follow the article’s structure. It should include a succinct description of the paper’s content, the key idea and conclusions. Taken together, the title and the abstract should create a clear impression about the article’s relevance and significance. They should also outline the mission, goals, and methods of the research.

3.4. From 4 to 10 key words in Russian and English. The words should reflect the issues raised in the article.

4. The author is expected to enclose his/her photo in a separate file. Alternatively, the author can inform the journal about his/her unwillingness to publish a photo.

Requirements to the author’s photo:

Please, enclose your photo as a separate file. The photo should be clear and show a high degree of contrast. A good portrait photo will be the best option.

We do not accept group photos, artificially enlarged photos or photos inserted in MS Word.

The size: 10*15 cm (digital blowup is not allowed), resolution: 300 dpi, file size: 1 MB or more.

The photos will be printed in black and white.

5. Bibliographic citations should conform to ‘GOST 7.1-2003 Bibliographic note. Bibliographic description. General requirements and rules’.

-        Please supply bibliographic citations in footnotes (10 point, single space, continuous numbering). In the text, the note reference numbers should precede a punctuation mark.

-        The publisher’s name should be omitted for sources published in Russia. For example: Кечекьян С. Ф. Правоотношение в социалистическом обществе. М., 1958. С. 11.

-        To refer to several titles by one author, cite the author’s name only once and use numbers to separate the titles. For example:

Бару М. И. 1) Регрессные обязательства в трудовом праве. М., 1962; 2) Частный вопрос из проблемы материальной ответственности рабочих и служащих // Проблемы социалистической законности на современном этапе развития советского государства: сборник. Харьков, 1968. С. 144–147; 3) Материальные санкции в трудовом праве // Советское государство и право. 1981. № 7. С. 33–37.

-        The links to Internet pages should contain bibliographic description allowing to identify the material (similarly to notes in printed works) and include a full path to the resource and an access date. For example:

Официальные периодические издания: электрон, путеводитель / Рос. нац. б-ка, Центр правовой информации // (дата обращения: 18.09.2015).

  • The short form should be used for the second and subsequent citations of a work: the author’s name, the title, the page(s). The following wordings should not be used in Russian: “Он же”, “Его же”, “Указ. соч.” and “Op. cit.”. The phrase “Там же” (Ibid.) followed by a page number can be used to refer to a work cited in the note immediately preceding.
  • Citations taken from secondary sources should be preceded by “Цит. по:” or “Приводится по:” (quoted in) followed by the secondary source. For example:

Цит. по: Покровский И. А. История римского права. М., 2004. С. 117.

  • Foreign works should be cited in the original language using the same style and formatting as in Russian notes. For example:

Watson A. Roman Law & Comparative Law. Athens, 1991. P. 62.

Hedemann J. W. Die Fortschritte des Zivilrechts im XIX Jahrhundert. I. Band. Berlin, 1910. S. 14.

Pothier R. J. Traité des Obligations. T. 1. Paris, 1768. P. 29.

Betti E. Convalescenza del negozio giuridico // Novissimo Digesto Italiano. Vol. IV. Torino, 1964. P. 789.

  • Citations of legal acts should contain the date of adoption followed by the date of the last version or revision (“в редот”, “с изм. от”), as well as the reference to the original source of official publication. For example:

Федеральный закон от 11.07.2001 г. № 95-ФЗ «О политических партиях» // СЗ РФ. 2001. № 29. Ст. 2950 (в ред. от 06.05.2010).

Following the first mention of the legal act, abbreviations and acronyms (generally used or introduced by the author) are allowed.

6. The names of organisations, including international ones, and state agencies should not be abbreviated. All abbreviations, except the most common ones, should be explained at first usage. For example: The Republic of Kazakhstan (the RK).

7. All tables should be referred to in the text and numbered in the order of their first mention. Please use 1.5 line spacing. Each column and row should have a short heading (abbreviations and acronyms can be used). The terms and acronyms should be explained in notes, not in the table’s heading.

8. The diagrams should be numbered and enclosed as separate files.

9. Illustrations (photos) should be black and white only. They should be scanned with a 300 dpi resolution (if the scale is 1:1 or more; otherwise the resolution should be increased proportionally) and saved as *.tif or *.jpg.

10. All published research articles (excluding other manuscripts) should contain a list of references compiled on the basis of page-by-page footnotes. The list of references should not include legal acts and judicial documents. It should conform to the requirements of the “GOST 7.1-2003 Bibliographic note. Bibliographic description. General requirements and rules” and should be published in the system of Russian Science Citation Index.

The list of references should not include legal acts and judicial documents.