To make the process of peer review and editing more comfortable for authors and compliant with all editorial standards, which the Journal adheres to, we encourage our submitters to follow the requirements for the content and drafting of the article manuscripts which are given below.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONTENT AND DRAFTING OF THE ARTICLE MANUSCRIPT
We encourage our submitters to read the detailed guidelines carefully before submitting the manuscript. Rigid adherence to the following requirements simplifies the work of the editorial staff and increases the chances of accepting the article for publication as a result of double-blind review.
These requirements are necessitated by the specific character of indexing the journal in international scientometric databases, and also stem from the requirements of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine. They cover:
UJCL welcomes the submission of original research works in the field of constitutional law and related disciplines, including comparative constitutional law, political science, theory and philosophy of law, European and international law. Interdisciplinary studies that focus on constitutional and legal issues of a theoretical or practical nature are also welcomed for submission and publication.
The submitted manuscripts should be original, not previously published or under the review of any other journal. This rule does not apply to materials published under the headings “National Heritage of Constitutionalism” and “World Heritage of Constitutionalism”, which contain previously published works of authoritative scholars of the past or extracts from them.
Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal must meet the following criteria:
- be relevant to the Journal`s policy and subject.
- be written in an academic style (authors must ensure the accuracy, logic, conciseness, comprehensibility, coherence, integrity, completeness of the material they submit) and be of a high scientific level.
- comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, in particular regarding the mandatory presence in the article of the following structural elements:
- Statement of the problem and its relation to important scientific or practical tasks;
- Analysis of recent research and publications on the topic, highlighting previously unresolved parts of the general problem that the article is devoted to;
- Formulating the goals of the article (setting the task);
- Presentation of the main research material with full reasoning of the scientific results obtained;
- Research outcomes and prospects for further researches in this scientific area.
The maximum length of the scientific article should be up to 25 pages, including all elements of the article (bibliography of the authors, etc.).
- The article should be submitted in Ukrainian and, optionally, in English.
- The text should be submitted as the MS Word document (in doc or docx format); paper size: A4; Orientation of pages: portrait with justified alignment with indentation from the left edge – 1,25 mm; margins: upper, lower – 2 cm, left – 2 cm, right – 1 cm; the font: Times New Roman (font size – 14 ppm); the line spacing – 1.5. There should be no hyphens and macros in the text.
- The information in the manuscript should be presented in the following order:
- Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) code, which must be left-aligned.
- The full title of the article in Ukrainian and the full title of the article in English, which must be in bold capitalization with centre alignment, without any abbreviations, including letter abbreviations. The title of the article should reflect the content of the study and be consistent with its purpose, scientific results and conclusions.
- Information about the author (co-authors) of the article in Ukrainian and in English, which must be aligned in the right margin, in the following order:
- First and last name;
- Scientific degree;
- Academic status;
- Information on membership in the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine or other countries;
- Honorary title;
- Affiliation (Place of work, town, city, country);
- E-mail address;
- Researcher ID, ORCID ID, GICID ID.
No more than three co-authors are allowed in one scientific article.
- Abstract and keywords of the article in Ukrainian (at least 1800 characters together with keywords).
- The abstract and keywords of the article in English (at least 1800 characters together with keywords).
- Text of the article (according to the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONTENT OF THE ARTICLE).
- The list of sources used in Ukrainian, designed in accordance with the requirements of the Journal.
- References, which encompass a list of sources used, submitted in Latin script and designed in accordance with the requirements of the Journal.
- Each article funded by any project or organization should include information on this and briefly describe the role of sponsors. When financing the research presented in a scientific article, the author should indicate the sources of such funding.
4.1. The reference is made by inserting a superscript numeric index, which refers to the corresponding footnote at the bottom of the page with bibliographic information about the cited source. The ordinal numbers of the supernumerary indexes begin with the number “1” and continue to number until the end of the article.
Each footnote at the bottom of the page begins with a numeric index (ordinal number), followed by bibliographic information about the source cited on that page. At the end of the article, all the footnotes make up the list of references.
4.2. Citation is carried out in accordance with the following rules:
- The text of a citation within a line (up to three lines of text) should begin and end with single quotation marks and be presented in the grammatical form in which it is provided in the source, while preserving the features of the author’s writing. The footnote marker is placed after the corresponding punctuation at the end of the quote or immediately after the word (phrase) to which it belongs. If the word (phrase) to which the footnote mark refers is in parentheses, the footnote mark is placed before the parenthesis that closes the word or phrase;
- A block quotation (consisting of four or more lines of text) must be submitted in the text of the article in a new line with indents for the entire citation without quotation marks. Before and after the block quote, one line is indented;
- Citation should be complete, without arbitrary reduction of the author’s text and distortion of the author’s thoughts. The omission of words, sentences, paragraphs during citation must not distort of the author’s text and should be indicated by three dots, which are placed in the appropriate place of the citation (at the beginning, in the middle, at the end). If there was a punctuation mark in front of the omitted text or after it, it must be omitted as well;
- Each quote must be accompanied by a link to the source. In case of the indirect citation (translation, presentation of opinions of other authors in their own words), it is necessary to be as accurate as possible in presenting the opinions of the authors and be correct in evaluating their results and making appropriate references to sources. The footnote marker must be placed after the appropriate punctuation at the end of the indirect quote or immediately after the word (phrase) to which it belongs. If the word (phrase), to which the footnote marker refers, is indicated in parentheses, the footnote marker is to be placed before the parenthesis that closes the word or phrase;
- If the author of the article quotes some words in the citation, a special notion with explaining must be made. For example (italics added. – L.P.), (underlined by me. – L.P.), where L.P. are the initials of the article`s author.
4.3. Illustrations (tables, charts, graphs, diagrams, formulas) can be included in the manuscript. Illustrations should correspond to the text of the article. The headings of the illustrations should be placed after their numbers. If necessary, illustrations can be supplemented with explanatory information. In the place where the readers’ attention should be drawn to the illustration, the link should be placed in the form of expression in parentheses “(Fig. 1.)”.
Scanned illustrations from printed sources will not be published in the journal. Tables must be drawn up in an MS Word text editor.
4.4. If a cited scientific publication is assigned with DOI (Digital Object Identifier), an international standard (ISO 26324:2012) for the identification of information, it must be specified in the reference to the relevant source and in the “References” (list of sources used).
The list of sources used (in the original language: Ukrainian, English, etc.) should be placed after the article. The list of sources used is divided into the following parts:
“Bibliography”, which includes a list of scientific sources (authors and collective monographs, books, copyrighted books, scientific articles, conference materials, analytical materials, etc.) and “List of legal documents”, the sources listed alphabetically in original (both Cyrillic and Latin) scripts.
“References” is a transliterated Latin version of the List of Sources used. The list of references should be compiled according to the following requirements:
- Bibliographic data of foreign sources written in Latin script is to be duplicated and arranged alphabetically;
- Sources written in Cyrillic script should be transliterated to Latin script.
Registration of sources should be carried out in accordance with the State Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302:2015.
Examples of references design in Cyrillic and Latin scripts:
- Батанов О.В. Інавгурація президента як інститут конституційного права: аксіологічні та онтологічні засади. Часопис Київського університету права. 2011. № 4. С. 114-119.
- Batanov O.V. Inavguraciya prezidenta yak institut konstitucijnogo prava: aksiologichni ta ontologichni zasadi. Chasopis Kiyivskogo universitetu prava. 2011. № 4. S. 114-119.
To submit a manuscript, which has not been previously published in other paper or electronic editions, one should fill in all the data required in the section “Submit an article” on this website and upload the electronic version of the manuscript by clicking “Upload”.
The authors (co-authors) are responsible for the accuracy of the material they submit, the identity and authenticity of the latter (i.e. the manuscripts should be original and written by the authors (co-authors) themselves) and the quality of the translation of quotations from foreign sources.
Materials submitted in violation of these requirements are not published.