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Author Guidelines

update date: 30 June 2021

Submission Requirements

  1. Articles should be within 4,500 – 8,000 words / Essays and Book Reviews – 2,500 – 8,000 words
  2. The Digital Law Journal considers manuscripts that are substantially legal / economic in nature, and will accept mansucripts that would traditionally be considered research articles, reviews, essays, or book reviews.
  3. Supported are .doc, .docx, .rtf files. Only electronic submissions are accepted.
  4. Please include with your submission the following information for each author:
  • First and Last Names;
  • Email Address;
  • Phone number;
  • Author’s CV (that includes place of employment, position, academic degree, city and country);
  • An article title (that should be concise and descriptive);
  • An abstract not to exceed 400 words;
  • Keywords or phrases (no less than seven);


Essays typically start new conversations, rather than entering existing ones. When evaluating pieces for publication, we will look for work that methodologically, stylistically, or topically diverges from more familiar modes of scholarship. We are especially interested in pieces that make us think about the law/economics in new and different ways.

Research Articles

Research articles attempt to present new approaches, methods, and etc. Research articles follow a traditional roadmap of an introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. 


Reviews attempt to situate novel ideas within existing legal conversations. Articles generally provide a comprehensive treatment of a particular area of law/economics and follow a traditional roadmap of an introduction, background information, arguments, and conclusion. 

Book Reviews

Book reviews provide scholars with an opportunity to advance the conversation in their discipline by anchoring their commentary in a substantial work by a different author. The Digital Law Journal looks for book reviews that place an author’s original research in conversation with existing works.

English Manuscript Template

Tables, graphs, pictures, schemes

The use of figures to demonstrate an argument or illustrate a finding is strongly encouraged. Authors should ensure that the graphical content of any figures is legible and of high quality.

All tables and graphs should be also submitted in separate .xls / .xlsx files in editable form.

Pictures and schemes are recommended to be prepared in .ppt / .pptx formats and should also be submitted in editable form.

Authors of the manuscript must possess rights for all graphic content used in it. Tables and graphs should be given with a full reference to its source (see below). Data from another work should be given with a reference to its source only (especially if it is not available for open access), without copying graphs and pictures. Application of tables and graphs composed by other authors should be motivated and not violate any copyright.


The manuscript must include an abstract of 200-400 words. The abstract should provide a very concise descriptive summary of the research stream to which the manuscript contributes, the specific research topic it addresses, the research strategy employed for analysis, the results obtained from the analysis, and the implications of the findings.


The manuscript should have a bibliography. Each source from it must have a reference in the text. Absence of a bibliography can be a reason for rejecting registration of the manuscript.

References should be given as in-text bibliographic references which include the authors’ last names, year of publication and page numbers. If no authors are given in the bibliography, in-text reference for such work should include its title (a long one can be separated by elision marks); after-text bibliography should contain full titles.


List of references in Russian and in English should be composed alphabetically. They include academic literature, analytical reports and article in academic periodic journals. DOIs should be given in the end of bibliographic reference.

References to books in Russian should contain authors’ first and last names, year of publication, title of the book, place of publication, publishing house, general number of pages.

References to articles published in academic journals should contain authors’ first and last names, year of publication, title of the article, volume and number, page numbers; for Internet publications – URL and date of access.


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 manuscripts are accepted if has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

  2. The materials should be prepared in a format OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or World Perfect.

  3. Internet links are provided as a complete URL. 

  4. Text should be typed with an interval of one and a half line spacing, font Times New Roman, 14 pt; to highlight the accents it is recommended to use italics rather than underlining (except Internet links). All images, graphics and tables are placed within the text according to the meaning of the particular part of text  (and not at the end of the document).

  5. Text should follow the stylistic and bibliography requirements as stated in  Regulations  located in the Part "About Us." 

  6. Please, remove the authors' names from the title of the article and other parts of the document to ensure the  anonymity of reviewing.


Copyright Notice

Authors who intend to publish their manuscripts in the Digital Law Journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licensethat allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. 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.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published manuscript (See The Effect of Open Access).


Privacy Statement

Specified when registering the names and addresses will be used solely for technical purposes of a contact with the Author or reviewers (editors) when preparing the article for publication. Private data will not be shared with other individuals and organizations.