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Author Guidelines

OSLS publishes articles which make 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.

OSLS publishes, among others, monographic issues of articles resulting from or related to workshops, meetings or other scientific activities, as well as individual papers.

Publication can be in any language, though the main languages are English, Spanish and French. Articles should normally be of 8,000-15,000 words. However, shorter and longer work can be considered if the length is appropriate and justified.

Articles should follow the IMRaD format, and should use the Author-Date system of citation, using the style of the International Review of Sociology. Articles should include a full Reference list. Where an item is available electronically (not in a closed database) please supply the URL link. We do not prescribe particular spelling conventions, but ask you to choose one you consider appropriate and follow it consistently.

Headings and subheadings must be marked with numbers, separated by full stops (i.e. 1.; 1.2.; 1.2.1.), with no more than three numbers.

Articles must include an up-to 150-word abstract and 4-5 keywords. The abstract should summarize the paper's contents, the aims of the research, the methodology used, and the main findings, and highlight the distinctive contribution to its field. If the article is not written in English, please provide a translation into English of the title, abstract and keywords.

Please provide a short biographical note, including your current affiliation, postal and email contact data, and a link to your ORCID identification page. If you have not registered for an ORCID identification number, we heartily recommend that you do so. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. ORCID is a non-profit organization (Learn more on

Please make sure your paper as submitted ensures a blind peer review, and remove your name from the paper and the properties for the file. Include your affiliation and contact information (both professional postal address and email) in the submission form. Likewise, all field codes must be removed prior to submission, including cross-reference codes (Zotero, EndNote, etc.)

Please note that you are responsible for proofreading your article, before submission as well as after acceptance and final submission. Reviewers may suggest stylistic changes or point out mistakes, but we do not proofread articles for form or for content. Please therefore check it carefully for spelling, grammar (see OSLS's Grammar and Spelling guidelines), and clarity of expression, as well as for correction and consistence of cites and references. If we consider that there is an unacceptable level of mistakes, we will return the article to you. If approved for publication, your paper will be formatted electronically as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, using the standard layout for papers in the Series. If you prefer to retain your own format for a specific reason, please contact us.

Papers should be submitted as OpenOffice or Microsoft Word (.doc or .rtf) files. Please use Verdana 10-point font, 1.5 line spaced, with italic rather than underlining (except for URLs). Once the paper has been laid out, it will be returned to you for a last revision, before it is definitively published.

As far as possible, articles will be made available through before they are published in the journal.


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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). An exception to this would be that of articles that are a translation of an article previously published in Oñati Socio-legal Series.

    If elements of this submission have been previously published, a supplementary document is included giving details of each publication, and indicating how this submission differs and builds upon the research and conclusions contained in the previous work.

  2. A biographical note of the author is provided, including affiliation, postal and email contact details, and an ORCID number.
  3. The submission file is in Open Office or Microsoft Word (.doc or .rtf) document file format.
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
    The text employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and OSLS's Grammar and Spelling Guidelines.
  6. The abstract is a comprehensive summary of the aims of the research, the methodology or methodologies used and the main findings or contributions to the field.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed, including removal of all field codes.
  8. Once approved, the paper will be included in ESCI,, Dialnet, DOAJ, e-Revistas (CSIC) and CrossRef


Copyright Notice

OSLS strictly respects intellectual property rights but it is our policy that the author retains copyright, and articles are made available under a Creative Commons licence. The Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution No-Derivatives licence is our default licence, further details available at If this is not acceptable to you, please contact us. Use of this licence means that you are free to republish the article in this version or revised, however, we ask that you cite this version and provide a link to its location. The licence also allows others to use and copy the article, but only with acknowledgement, and for non-commercial purposes.

As soon as an accepted article is edited by OSLS and approved by author(s) and editor(s), it will be stored both in our repository and on, from which readers will be able to download it. If it is included in an issue of OSLS, when the issue is ready for publication, the article will be assigned a DOI and published within the issue on in its final form.

The permission you grant to us includes the rights to disseminate the bibliographic details of the article, including the abstract supplied by you, and to authorise others, including bibliographic databases, indexing and contents alerting services, to copy and communicate these details.

The Copyright Notice showing the author and co-authors, and the Creative Commons licence will be displayed on the article, and you must agree to this as part of the submission process. Please ensure that all co-authors are properly attributed and that they understand and accept these terms.


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