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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.
  • The paper is prepared in line with the guidelines for authors.
    We appreciate preparing also the document for the purposes of double-blind review: The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text suggesting authorship. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • The Article is original and the Article or substantial parts thereof have not been published elsewhere.
    The Article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal and will not be submitted for such review while under review by Bratislava Law Review.
  • The contribution of individual authors to the creation of the Article is properly provided and all authors and co-authors are disclosed (anti-ghostwriting policy). The author(s) obtained written permission from copyright owners for any excerpts from copyrighted works that are included, if it is required by law, and have credited the sources in the article.
  • The sources of funding for research are presented in the article itself.
  • The author(s) obeyed rules of academic and publication ethics. The article contains no libellous or other unlawful statements and does not contain any materials that violate any personal or proprietary rights of any other person or entity.
  • The Author(s) agree with the Licence agreement of Bratislava Law Review as published on the journal's webpage in the moment of submission and confirm their will to be a party of that agreement.

Author Guidelines


Studies and articles

Studies and articles are peer-reviewed papers bringing deep and comprehensive analyses of international law, European law, legal theory, philosophy, legal history or comparative law. If covering national jurisdiction, they shall have solid comparative importance.

Discussion papers and commentaries

Discussion papers usually cover one jurisdiction or particular legal regulation with relevant comparative impact or particular legal problem. Commentaries shall provide insight and evaluation of selected legislation or case law relevant to CEE legal environment and legal tradition. Both discussion papers and commentaries are peer-reviewed.

Special sections

Special sections contain peer-reviewed studies and articles. Topic of special section and selection of papers is suggested by guest editors who also recommend authors and their papers, and it is usually outcome of particular research group or research task. Obviously, special section status does not relieve papers from standard review procedures and the criteria are the same as the criteria for studies and articles.

Reviews and reports

Reviews and reports shall bring notices and information on scientific publications and scientific events. They are not subject to peer-review.

All papers are subject to an anti-plagiarism check via iThenticate.

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The paper shall be written and submitted in the standard editable format of text editor (e.g. doc, docx, rtf). The authors are expected to deliver the proposed articles in correct English (British standard). Linguistic correction before the submission is encouraged. Each study and scientific article shall contain an abstract which summarizes the research aims of the paper, the structure of the paper as well as outlines conclusions.Keywords shall enable enhancing searchability of the papers and grouping papers of similar topics, so we suggest to chose, on the one hand, keywords general enough, on the other hand, precise enough in order to characterize the paper properly. Jurisdiction and area of law shall be included in key words. We kindly ask potential authors to respect quotation standards of Author-Date System (APA Style). Under the Author-Date System, each citation consists of two parts: the text citation which provides brief identifying information within the text, and the reference list (list of sources used) which provides full bibliographic information.References should cover solely the items referred to or cited in the text, no papers cited from a secondary source should be included in the references. In each reference item, the author must include its assigned DOI no. (if applicable) ( and ISSN/ISBN.All legislative and judicial acts, administrative decisions, author's own comments, etc. should be included as footnotes.We recommend authors use applications to facilitate the insertion of references, such as Mendeley, Zotero, etc.References to legal/economic scholarship, instead, should be formatted as in-text citations, in accordance with the following rules:- single author’s work: always give the author’s surname and publication date (no matter how many times the work is cited); when referring to more than one work by a given author published in the same year, add consecutive letters of the alphabet after the date (this rule also applies to the other types of publications listed below), e.g.: (Smith, 2001); (Smith, 2001a);
- a work by two authors: always give both authors’ surnames and publication date (no matter how many times the work is cited); authors’ surnames should always be connected with “and”, even in the case of foreign-language publications, e.g.: (Smith and Miller, 2001); (Smith and Miller, 2001a);
- a work by 3–5 authors: when citing for the first time, mention the surnames of all authors, separating them by commas and inserting “and” between the last two surnames; when citing again, mention the first author’s surname with the abbreviation “et al.”, e.g. for the first time: (Smith, Miller and Black, 2001); (Smith, Miller and Black, 2001a); and then: (Smith et al., 2001); (Smith et al., 2001a);
- a work by 6 or more authors: mention the first author’s surname only (both for first and all subsequent citations), other authors should be replaced by the abbreviation “et al.”; include surnames of all authors in the references, e.g.: (Smith et al., 2001); (Smith et al., 2001a); 
- citing several works simultaneously: publications should be listed alphabetically (by the first author’s surname); several works by the same author should be separated by a comma; individual publications by various authors must be separated by a semicolon, e.g.: (Miller, 2001; Smith and Black, 2002); (Miller, 2001, 2002a; Smith and Black, 2002);
- use secondary citations in the text only, the references should include only the source read; works should be separated by a semicolon, e.g.: (Smith, 2001; cited in Miller, 2002).Quotations in the text should always be put in quotation marks, with the author’s/authors’ surname(s), publication year and page number as follows: (author/authors, publication year, page number), e.g.: (Smith, 2000, p. 67) or (Smith and Miller, 2001, p. 3), or (Smith, Miller and Black, 2001a, p. 3).At the end of the paper, authors should include a list of references. References should be sorted alphabetically by the first author’s surname (works by the same author should be given in the alphabetical order of the titles of works) in the following format:- Single author’s book:
Smith, J. (2000). Book title. Publication place: Publisher, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Books by many authors:
Smith, J., Miller, J. and Black, A. (2001). Book title. Publication place: Publisher, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Edited books:
Smith, J. (ed.). (2000). Book title. Publication place: Publisher, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Chapters in books:
Smith, J. (2002). Chapter title. In: Miller, J. (ed.), Book title (vol. 1, pp. 1–5). Publication place: Publisher, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Journal articles:
Smith, J. (2001). Article title. Journal title, volume(number/issue), 1–5, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Journal articles – more than one author:
Smith, J., Miller, J. and Black, A. (2001). Article title. Journal title, volume(number/issue), 1–15, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Newspaper/magazine articles:
Smith, J. (2001). Article title. Newspaper/magazine title, day or month of the publication, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Presentations/speeches/lectures:
Smith, J. (2001). Presentation/speech/lecture title. Presentation/speech/lecture delivered at ...., Place of conference. insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Reports:
Institution. (2001). Report title. Publication place: Institution, insert DOI number assigned to the publication
- Books in press:
Smith, J. (in press). Book title. Publication place: Publisher.
- Articles in press:
Smith, J. (2001) (in press). Article title. Journal title, volume(number/issue).
- Unpublished works:
Smith, J. (2001). Work title. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Name of University, Place.
- Internet sources – article:
Smith, J. (2001). Article title. Journal title, volume(number/issue), pages. Retrieved from: insert www address (insert date of access
- Internet sources – book:
Smith, J. (2000). Book title. Retrieved from: insert www address (insert date of access

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