Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Sortuz: Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies is a journal of the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), established by the Research Committee of Sociology of Law (RCSL) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and the government of the Basque Country through the University of the Basque Country (UPV).

The IISL has become a major academic space not only for scholars specialized in relations between law an society, but also for researchers, scholars and students from other disciplines such as Political Science, Anthropology, History and Psychology, who are interested in the legal side of their specific traditions. Scholars, both young and consolidated, across countries and disciplines find in Oñati a privileged space to work in their research interests.

This journal seeks to create a virtual, but real space, that strengthens the emerging community around the relations between law and society through the publication of quality research. Indeed, the community of scholars that year by year meet, discuss and grow in IISL facilities may find in this journal an additional chance to share and discuss, their knowledge and findings. However, Sortuz is also meant as a place of meeting to widen the reach of the Oñati community to those who do not have a previous involvement with the IISL. Remaining committed as well with the wide and inclusive perspective of socio-legal studies promoted by the IISL.

Sortuz, which means creation in euskera, seeks to promote high quality socio-legal research among different spaces of knowledge production through its two sections:

- Articles: for non-published high-quality work in socio-legal research. Submissions are done through this website, and articles can be written in any of the IISL official languages, English, Spanish, Euskera, French, plus Portuguese.

- Translations: articles with an established relevance in the socio-legal field can be considered for translation. This section is meant to increase the communication among different knowledge production spheres. Articles in this section are selected by the Editors, with the advice of the Editorial Board. However, nominations can be send to: sortuz@iisj.es


Section Policies


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Book Reviews

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As an effort to collaborate to the knowledge dissemination across different production spheres, the Translations section will present translations of already relevant socio-legal articles.

The articles are selected by the Editors of the Journal; however, suggestions from our readers are most welcome.

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Peer Review Process

All papers published by Sortuz: Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies go through a process of double-blind peer-review.

Editors may reject articles in the minimum quality standard is not met or if the article is not within the scope of the journal. In the peer review process, two reviewers will be appointed who will evaluate the contribution and quality of the submitted article, bearing in mind Sortuz's audience and focus on socio-legal research. The identity of both authors and reviewers will be hidden throughout the process. Reviewers will recommend one of the following:

- Accept article.

- Modify. The article is in need of minor revisions.

- Suggest new submission. In need of larger modifications it is recommended for the author to submit a new version.

- Reject for reasons indicated to the author.

Reviewers are nominated by the General Editors, or the Guest Editor, advised by the Editorial Board. In case of serious disagreement between reviewers, the editors may make a final decision or nominate a third reviewer.

In addition, papers submitted to Sortuz will be screened for plagiarism and those found to have issues plagiarism or self-plagiarism will be rejected. Further information will be available for the authors.



Open Access Policy

Sortuz: Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies provides immediate open access to all its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Copyright and publishing rights are held by the authors of the articles. We do, however, kindly ask for later publications to indicate Sortuz as the original source.


Abstracting & Indexing

Articles appearing in Sortuz: Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies are abstracted and indexed in Dialnet, DOAJ, DICE and Latindex.

In addition, articles are archived in the catalog of the IISL Library.


Editorial Board

Benoit Bastard

(Centre de Sociologie des Organizations. CNRS)

Joxerramon Bengoetxea

(Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)

Daniel Bonilla Maldonado

(Universidad de los Andes)

Andrea Briguenti

(University of Trento )

José Antonio Caballero

(Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Fco. Javier Caballero Harriet

(Universidad del País Vasco- Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)

Luigi Cominelli

(Universitá degli Studi de Milano)

Adam Czarnota

(IISL - University of New South Wales)

Javier de Lucas

(Universidad de Valencia)

Johannes Feest

(Bremen Universitaet)

William Felstiner

(University of California-Santa Barbara)

Roberto Gargarella

(Universidad Torcuato di Tella - Conicet)

María Mercedes Gómez

(Universidad de Los Andes)

Sergio López

(Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)

Letizia Mancini

(Universitá degli Studi di Milano)

Francis Daniel Nina

(Universidad de Puerto Rico - Mayagüez)

Albert Noguera

(Universidad de La Habana)

Sol Picciotto

(Lancaster University)

Teresa Picontó

(Universidad de Zaragoza)

Sharyn Roach Anleu

(Flinders University)

César Augusto Rodríguez Garavito

(Madison University - Universidad de Los Andes)

María Paula Saffon

(Dejusticia - Columbia University)

Ulrike Schultz

(Fern Universutaet)

Maider Zilbeti

(Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)



Volkmar Gessner

(Bremen Universitaet)

Roderick A. Macdonald

(McGill University)

ISSN: 1988-0847