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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.

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. Prior to being published on the First Online repository or in the journal, each article will be assigned a DOI number.

The journal may, or may not publish an article in this mode, and, although the journal will aim to do this shortly after copy-edition, the timeframe can vary.

As a matter of principle, the number of articles available as OSLS First Online shall not exceed the number of accepted articles to be included in the three forthcoming issues. The OSLS First Online versions will be removed from the First Online website upon publication of their VOR, and then replaced by a new set of accepted manuscripts that will thus become OSLS First Online, for a similar period of time.

If OSLS First Online manuscripts are selected to be posted online, they will be so after technical editing, formatting for publication and author proofing. After this publication, further technical editions may be made to correct typos or to improve readability or presentation of the article, but the content will not be edited or modified in any way.

These First Online manuscripts are available to everyone and citable by the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI for the manuscript is persistent for all iterations; in other words, the OSLS First Online manuscript has the same DOI as the final Version of Record that will be published on the OSLS official publishing website. Therefore, it is recommended that authors use this DOI to divulge or cite their First Online published paper.

The same policy guidelines apply as for Accepted Manuscripts. Especially, authors must not share the First Online articles in any other journal, or consider them as apt to be republished - only the Version of Record can be republished in compliance with the journal’s CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.


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 text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and OSLS's Grammar and Spelling Guidelines.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Once approved, the paper will be included in ESCI, Scopus,, 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, for non-commercial purposes, and with no derivatives, as stated on the website indicated above. Examples of commercial purposes are republication in a subscription-only journal, or in a book marketed in a conventionally commercial way by a publisher.

As soon as an accepted article is edited by OSLS and approved by author(s) and editor(s), it will be stored in our repository; and, as soon as possible, it will be published 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.

For information on how to share and store your own article at each stage of production from submission to final publication, please read our Self-Archiving and Sharing policy.

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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