Ratio Juris

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Edited By: Carla Faralli

Online ISSN: 1467-9337

Author Guidelines

a) The manuscript should be submitted by email to rjuris.cirsfid@unibo.it (in .rtf or .doc format).

b) Articles should not be longer than 55,000 characters (including blanks). Each article should contain a short (100 words) abstract. Book reviews will undergo the ordinary review process, should be written by an author different from the book's author, and must consist of a minimum of 15,000 and a maximum of 20,000 characters (including blanks).

c) The title of the contribution must be typed in upper and lower case letters above the name of the author which should be written in all upper case letters; these two items must be printed to the left and separated by a line. Please do not underline either the title or the author's name.

d) Paragraphs should be indented, except for the very first paragraph as well as the text immediately following a block quotation which should be flush left and right. Block quotations should also be flush left and right, and they should be justified left and right with the main text and separated from the latter by a blank line above and below.

e) The University address of the author(s) should be included at the end of the main body of the text to the right and it should be italicized.

f) Manuscripts are submitted to outside referees anonymously. Because of the commitment we ask of our outside referees, Ratio Juris cannot consider for publication manuscripts being considered by other journals, and a submission to Ratio Juris carries with it the implicit promise that the manuscript will not be submitted elsewhere so long as it is under consideration from Ratio Juris. We regret that manuscripts cannot be returned.

a) The 'B' system of documentation according to the Chicago Manual of Style (13th edition) should be adopted for notes and bibliography; this means that footnotes must be kept to a minimum, and the author-date system should be used throughout the text, incorporating references as follows:
Smith (1985, 23) argues ....
Or: .... jurisprudence (Smith 1985, 23).
Or: .... jurisprudence (Smith 1985, 1987).
Or: .... Jurisprudence (Smith 1985, 23; 1987, 54).
Or: .... jurisprudence (Smith 1985, 1: 23).
Or: .... jurisprudence (Black 1982, 199; Smith 1986b,2: 34ff.).

b) However, the references must go outside the punctuation, after a block quotation, as follows:

... jurisprudence. (Smith 1985, 23)

c) An alphabetical list of all references should follow the text under the heading 'References', as follows:

For books:
Dworkin, R. 1984. A Reply. In Ronald Dworkin and Contemporary Jurisprudence. Ed. M. Cohen. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Allanheld.

Dworkin, R. 1986. Law's Empire. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Kelsen, H. 1973. The Idea of Natural Law. In H. Kelsen, Essays in Legal and Moral Philosophy. Ed. O. Weinberger. Trans. P. Heath, 27–60. Dordecht: Reidel. (1st ed. in German 1928.)

Rotberg, R. L., and A. A. Mazrui, eds. 1970. Protest and Power in Black Africa. New York: Oxford University Press.

For articles:
Premack, D., R. Thomas, and G. Wood. 1978. Does the Chimpanzee Have a Theory of Mind? The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1: 515–26.

If two or more works by a single author published during the same calendar year are used as a source, they should be lettered a, b, c, etc., as follows:

Feinberg, J. 1968a. Harm to Others: A Rejoinder. Criminal Justice Ethics 5: 136–82.

Feinberg, J. 1986b. Limits to the Freedom of Opinion. In Philosophy of Law. Ed. J. Feinberg and H. Gross. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

If in doubt as to whether or not the form you have used to document a reference is correct, please send as much information as possible on the reference, and the English Editor will see that it is formulated correctly.

Please remember to use only double inverted commas. A period (.) or a comma (,) must be placed inside double inverted commas, whereas a colon (:) or a semi-colon (;) must instead be placed outside double inverted commas.

All papers which are not already written in English by native speakers must be translated into English by a professional translator and carefully checked by the author. As for quotations not in English where the original language is considered essential, the translation should be given a footnote.

King John; Roman Catholic Church but 'church' in general;
Parliament; Commons, Lords, House, Congress, etc.;
Protestant, Catholic, etc.;
Radical or radical;
Liberal or liberal;
Iron Age, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Fascist period;
Italian, American, African-American; southern Scotland (general description), but South West Africa (political area); sun, moon, earth; makes of products are capitalised (e.g. Ford).

May 1, 1975 is preferred;
May 1975;
1860s (but not '60s);
the Sixties;
fourteenth century is spelled out, as are mid-fourteenth century, early fourteenth century etc.
pairs of dates are elided to the shortest pronounceable form: 1971-74;
B.C. dates cannot be elided, and pairs of dates in titles cannot be changed; 18 September to 20 October - do not use a hyphen for the 'to';
1250 to 1260;
avoid starting a sentence with a figure (e.g. instead of '1971' begin 'The year 1971');
other numbers are usually shown in figures (e.g. There are 257 members in the club).

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