Focus and Scope

Focus and Scope

Sortuz: Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies (ISSN: 1988-0847; is an Open Access 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 and 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 emergent scholars that year by year meet, discuss and grow in IISL facilities, especially on the IISL's International Master's Programme, may find in this journal an additional chance to publish their first research articles.

Sortuz, which means "creation" in euskera, seeks to promote quality, original and emergent socio-legal research among different spaces of knowledge production through its four sections:

- Articles: for non-published 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. This is the central axis of Sortuz, which aims to be a platform for young, emergent or junior scholars with little previous experience in publishing to become acquainted with the publishing schemes and, simultaneously, to hone their skills in writing academic articles, without relinquishing the level of demand for quality and proper formal requirements. Well-established, senior scholars are also always welcome to submit their articles. The recommended length is 5,000 to 8,000 words, including title, abstract, and references.

- 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:

- Book reviews. Especially welcome are reviews of documents that have recently become part of the IISL's Library Catalogue. The recommended length for book reviews is between 2,000 and 3,000 words. These submissions are not sent out to peer review; instead, they are screened by the permanent editorial team, who may give comments to the author.

- Interviews. To socio-legal scholars from all over the world.

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.