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Submission, Review and Publishing of Scientific Articles, Abstracts of Scientific Articles and Keywords for Scientific Articles and Overviews in Ugolovnoye Pravo Journal

I. Rules for Material Publishing

1. Authors should send their materials at an E-mail of the editor-in-chief: pavel_yani@rambler.ru
2. Within 30 days (in some cases — 45 days) upon submission of an article to the editor house, author will be notified whether his/her article is published. The notification should be sent at an E-mail that has been earlier used to submit an article. Same terms of reviewing apply to materials submitted after materials are finalized.
If an editorial review concludes that materials comply with requirements specified by the editorial office, authors are notified about that and informed on which edition his/her article is supposed to be published. In case authors are denied publication, the editor-in-chief informs of reasons for denial and gives recommendations to write over materials.
3. Authors whose articles were not ordered by the editorial office, usually are not remunerated.
4. Articles, in particular, works of PhD candidates are published free of charge.
5. When submitting an article for publication, authors agree upon its placement in legal documents systems (including on the Internet), which the editorial office has a relevant contract with.
6. The scope of materials for publication should not usually exceed 24,000 spaced characters and footprints (Word Editor, key “Service/ Statistics”). The editorial office may reduce the article.
7. According to the Higher Attestation Commission, authors should submit to the editorial office the following data and materials, both in Russian and English, to be enlisted in the Russian Science Citation Index and hosted on the Internet in public access.
а) last, first and middle name, occupation, scientific degree, scientific rank;
b) work phone or E-mail (according to the Higher Attestation Commission, this information may be provided to interested persons);
c) article title;
d) abstract (5-6 lines);
e) keywords from the text of an article (4 – 6 words or word phrases).
Moreover, authors should submit only in Russian an itemized reference list (prepared in alphabetical order and made of names of scientific sources specified in footprints throughout the text of an article). Information contained in this point is submitted by authors in a separate file.

II. Requirements to Materials and Description of Remit of the Journal

1. The editorial house will publish works relating to the following scientific specialties:
12.00.08: Criminal law and criminology; criminal executive law
12.00.09: Criminal procedure
12.00.11: Judicial, prosecutorial, law-making and law-enforcement activities
12.00.12: Criminalistics; judicial and expert, operative and search activities

2. The editorial house will publish works dedicated, in particular, to the problems of law-making, criminology, history of law, scientific methodology etc. Although, of particular preference are works examining topical enforcement issues.

3. Works prepared solely by authors with no scientific degree will be published in case a positive external review is made by a research adviser or another scientist competent in a relevant sphere. When publishing articles of authors with no scientific degree it should be indicated who recommended the material for publication. Exceptions may be made only for judges who submitted, as required, topical and well-grounded scientific materials. An external review does not guarantee that materials will be published with deviation from the procedure of preparation of materials for publication providing for compulsory editorial (internal) scientific review of works.

III. Editorial (Internal) Review

1. Compulsory editorial (internal) scientific review of materials is conducted by the editor-in-chief and members of the editorial board, editorial staff of the journal and other lead experts in a relevant scientific sphere: criminal law, criminal procedure, criminology, criminal executive law, criminalistics, judicial examination, operative and search activities, judicial branch, prosecutorial supervision, organization of law-enforcement activities, advocacy. The editor-in-chief will decide on publication bases on the conclusions contained in an editorial review and, if necessary, in view of results of discussion with members of the editorial board or editorial staff. The editor-in-chief shall bear responsibility in accordance with legislation for contents of materials published in the journal (Articles 2, 19, 26, 57 of Law of the Russian Federation No. 2124-1 On Mass Media).

2. When selecting an internal reviewer, the editor-in-chief should take into account requirements of reviewing by competent experts on remit of reviewed materials with publications on remit of a reviewed article for the last three years; reviews will be submitted to the editorial house, as a rule, in electronic form and kept in the publishing and editorial houses for five years; the editorial office of the journal will send copies of reviews to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation upon receipt of a relevant request to the editorial office of the journal (clause 6 of the Rules of Preparation of a List of Reviewed Scientific Editions with Notice which should publish main scientific findings of PhD, LLD. theses as established by Order No. 793 of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation of July 25, 2014).

3. Main Criteria to Accept a Work for Publication are:
— timeliness of the topic for science and law-enforcement practice,
— theoretical framework, which also provides for analysis of contemporary studies on the topic of work,
— comprehensive experimental framework of study (this criterion may not be applied – for example, in relation to comments of novelties),
— scientifically well-grounded conclusions of authors and their argumentation.

4. The form of review is determined by a reviewer. A review may contain well-founded remarks and questions written both in a separated document (named as review, report, opinion etc.) or highlighted in the text of reviewed work and specially marked in the given text, for instance, in capital letters.

A reviewer must conclude that:
a) a material may be published without finalization of content or
b) a material may be published upon elimination of defects marked in the review relating to the content of work, or
c) a material may not be published for the reasons mentioned in the review (for example, due to incompliance of the topic of examination with scientific specialties which materials published in the journal should comply with, lack of practical importance of an issue raised and its solution etc.).

5. The editorial house (editor-in-chief) will send to authors of submitted materials copies of reviews or a motivated refusal.