Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Oñati Socio-Legal Series is an international peer-reviewed on-line journal which publishes work within the field of law and society. This is broadly defined to include work which makes a significant contribution to the understanding and analysis of law as a set of social institutions, processes, practices or techniques, using any methodologies and approaches from the social sciences and humanities.

The IISL Foundation and its journal OSLS take pride in their cosmopolitan and all-inclusive vocation, especially regarding production and dissemination of high profile academic knowledge. English being today's main vehicle of expression of scientific knowledge, it is also our journal's main language. However, although a title, abstract, and key words in English are mandatory for all papers, OSLS accepts and encourages use of other languages as well - by reason of the IISL Foundation's origin and location, its three other official languages, namely Spanish, French and Basque, are the other three main ones.

Articles should normally be of 8-15,000 words. However, shorter and longer work can be considered if the length is appropriate and justified.


Section Policies

Analysis of selected problems

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

General editors first check that the article meets the quality criteria specified in the Author Guidelines. If they do, the papers are double-blind peer-reviewed by two referees.

For collective special issue submissions, the potential Guest Editors will be invited to propose selected papers or authors to submit papers to OSLS. Editors-in-chief will assess the issue proposal and will decide whether it fits the criteria for publication in OSLS.

Editors-in-chief may decide to include individual articles, related to the main topic of the issue or not, to be published in the same issue; if this is the case, the guest editors will be informed beforehand and offered to mention these articles in the introduction to the issue. In either case, the individual articles will be visually separated from the thematic articles by a different section title and other visual elements.

In regard to the review process, one referee will be nominated by the Guest Editors, and one or more by the OSLS editors-in-chief. For other papers, reviewers are nominated by the OSLS editors-in-chief, advised by the Editorial Board.

OSLS relies on a double-blind peer review process. Authors are requested to anonymize their paper and to remove their name and references from the document and its metadata. Reviews are anonymized too. All communication between authors and reviewers is done through the IISL, to ensure anonymity of both authors and reviewers.

Due to its well-established and respected status, OSLS has succeeded at garnering interest in academics from all over the world who are willing and keen to review for us, therefore establishing a large roster of reviewers who, all together, cover all areas of Sociology of Law and contribute to keep up the quality of our journal. OSLS can now attest to an international, diverse and inclusive pool of reviewers from several countries in all continents and continues to appoint or accept new qualified reviewers. Since 2011 until mid-2019, OSLS had received reviews from 1,200 scholars.

Reviewers are asked to comment on the following aspects:

  1. Is the paper well organised and structured, does the argument flow well?
  2. Are sources adequately and properly cited, and are the language and expression clear, adequate and appropriate?
  3. Is the paper of sufficient interest and originality to be published in the Series?
  4. Do you have suggestions for revision of the paper:
    • (i) parts which could be shortened or deleted,
    • (ii) arguments or points that need clarification, expansion or development,
    • (iii) important and relevant views or work which the author should take into account, or
    • (iv) for reorganisation of the paper?
  5. Please state whether your suggestions are
    • (i) advice to the author and the paper could be published without checking the revised version
    • (ii) you have suggested specific changes which must be made but a non-specialist could check before publication that the changes have been made;
    • (iii) the paper should not be published unless the revised version is approved by you (or if you are not able or willing to read a revised version, please if possible suggest someone who could); or
    • (iv) the paper should not be published.

In the system, they must choose one of these options:

Accept submission ; Revisions required ; Resubmit for review; Resubmit elsewhere ; Decline submission ; See comments

In case of serious disagreement between reviewers, the editor may make a final decision or nominate a third reviewer.

Based on the reviewers' recommendations, authors will be notified of the review process (Accept submission ; accept with minor revisions ; resubmit for review ; decline submission), including the reviewers' reports and comments.

Authors must revise their papers accordingly in four weeks’ time. A letter explaining the changes made can also be included. Authors are required to respond to critical or disfavourable reviews, by addressing the main points raised by the reviewer.

The reviewers’ recommendations will always be taken in consideration; however, editors will make the final decision on the publication of the paper, and the author will be informed.

All the communication will be to the email account used to submit the paper to the journal.


Publication Frequency

OSLS will publish one volume per year, with issues published bimonthly. Further issues can be published.

Issues will be published on the first day of February, April, June, August, October, and December.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater cross-disciplinary global exchange of knowledge.



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Ethics and responsibility

The International Institute for the Sociology of Law Foundation is committed to upholding the integrity of the work we publish. The value of academic publishing relies on everyone involved behaving ethically. The following points are intended to give a broad overview on our policy. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Editor of Oñati Socio-legal Series (hereinafter, “OSLS” or “the journal”).

Ethical issues to consider


• Originality and plagiarism: Authors must ensure that their work is original and entirely written by them. Where the works or words of others or of their own published writing have been used, the sources must be clearly cited or quoted, following the style guidelines recommended by OSLS, or appropriately acknowledged, and appropriate permission must be obtained where necessary.

OSLS requires that all authors, by checking the appropriate item in the Submission Process, confirm that their submitted work has not been published before and is not under consideration at any other journal. This excludes non-commercial publication, e.g. as pre-print, proceeding, presentation, work notes, and similar formats. OSLS will not accept translated versions of articles published in journals, books, or any other commercial form of publication. If elements of a work have been previously published, including publication in Oñati Socio-Legal Series, the author is required to acknowledge the earlier work, giving details of each publication, and to indicate how the work submitted to OSLS differs and builds upon the research and conclusions contained in the previous work. Therefore, the authors' submission should not cite their own work literally, and in addition to this, it should also be significantly different from these previously published works.

• Research Ethics: Authors should ensure that research presented in their manuscripts has been conducted in accordance with ethical guidelines widely accepted in socio-legal scholarship, provided by either their home institutions or scientific organizations of reference. OSLS and the IISL endorse SLSA's Principles of Ethical Research Practice and recommend following these principles (https://www.slsa.ac.uk/images/slsadownloads/
). In case of conflict or in order to establish the ethical nature of the research reflected in any particular work, OSLS may request the author(s) to ensure and express that they have followed these or other relevant ethic codes to conduct their research, and include a general disclaimer on behalf of the IISL.

• Rights: Their work must not infringe on any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights.

• Data presentation, access, and retention: The data must be true and research results must be presented clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. Such data must be the authors’ own or they must where necessary have permission to use data reproduced in their paper. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data.

• Presentation of research: Research methods should be described clearly and unambiguously so that findings can be confirmed by others.

• Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest must be clearly stated in the paper, including sources of funding or other support for the research.

• Significant errors in published works: If an author subsequently discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to contact the Journal to identify and correct the error or inaccuracy, and cooperate with the Journal to retract or correct the paper.

• Authorship of the paper must be accurately represented, so that all individuals that participated in the actual authorship of the work, and only those persons, are properly credited as authors, and that all who participated have given consent for publication and representation as authors.

Reviewers must:

• Maintain the confidentiality of the review process.

• Immediately alert the Journal of any real or potential competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing and decline to review where appropriate.

• Conduct themselves fairly and impartially.

• Write their reviews in a courteous manner, avoiding the use of inappropriate or potentially offensive language, both in the review and in the confidential comments to the editor(s) that they may make.

• Oñati Socio-legal Series encourages use of gender-neutral language, which has been proposed to reduce both discrimination and gender stereotyping. When in doubt, reviewers are invited to refer to the editor.

Issue Editors must:

• Maintain and promote consistent ethical policies for their journal issue.

• Oversee and act to enforce those policies as needed in a fair and consistent manner.

• Exercise the highest standards of personal integrity in their work as editor of the journal, recognising and planning for instances where they could have a competing interest or the appearance of a competing interest.


Publication charges

The IISL is a non-profit organisation, and Oñati Socio-Legal Series does not take any publication charge from the authors.

Oñati Socio-Legal Series operates on a principle of universal APC waiver: it offers a service of Gold Open Access for which equivalent journals charge an average APC of 2,300 Euros per article (data from May 2020).

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