Requirements for the article composition

1. The scientific journal "Herald of criminal justice" accepts papers that correspond to the topics of the journal in the following headings:

1) problems of the criminal process;

2) problems of criminal law;

3) problems of criminology;

4) problems of the judicial system, the advocacy and the prosecutor's office;

5) problems of interdisciplinary research.

2. The article, sent to the editorial office of the scientific journal "Herald of Criminal Justice", in accordance with the resolution of the Presidium of the Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine No. 7-05 / 1 dated January 15, 2003 "On increasing the requirements for professional editions included in the lists of the Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine" should contain the following elements:

  • problem statement in general and its connection with important scientific or practical tasks;
  • analysis of recent researches and publications in which the solution of this problem was initiated, the allocation of previously unsettled parts of the general problem to which this article is devoted;
  • formulation of the purpose of the article;
  • an outline of the main material, research with a full substantiation of the obtained scientific results;
  • conclusions and prospects for further exploration in this direction.

3. The total volume of publication (information about the author, title, abstract, keywords, text, footnote bibliography citation, references) should not exceed 25 pages of A4 format (Times New Roman; font size 14; interval 1.5).

The manuscript of the article should be made in Ukrainian or Russian, English, German, French, Spanish.

4. At the beginning of the article, the information about the author is given in right side of the page (the last name and initials of the author(s), the degree (if any), the academic rank (if any), the present position, Researcher ID, ORCID ID). If an author is not logged in ORCID, it is necessary to create an account at the link

The code according to the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) should be given right-aligned (short UDC tables are available on the UDKK website).

The title of the article should be given in semi-bold uppercase letters with center alignment, without abbreviations and without letter abbreviations. The article’s title should reflect the contents of the research and be consistent with its purpose, research results and conclusions

Abstracts must contain, in particular: first and last name of the author, title of article, text of an abstract in Ukrainian (the number of characters in it is determined by the content of the scientific article (scientific value and (or) practical value of its provisions). The volume of an abstract should be 2-3 thousand characters together with the keywords (4-8 words).

The abstract of the article should contain the following structural parts:

a) problem statement;

b) the purpose of the article;

c) research methods (indicated only if they contain novelty and are of interest, taking into account the subject of the article);

d) the main results of the study;

e) conclusions.

Each structural part of the abstract should begin with the paragraph. The titles of the structural parts of the abstract, other than for the purpose of the article, are not indicated.

5. In the text of the article it is necessary to use subordinate bibliographic references. Subordinate bibliographic references should be placed as a note at the bottom of the page (the strip of the set), distinguishing from the main text with a horizontal line.

Subordinate bibliographic references should be associated with the text of the document using footnotes placed on the upper line of the font after the corresponding fragment in the text (for example: Text1) and before the substring (for example: 1Report).

During the numbering of subordinate bibliographic references, it is necessary to use sequential numbering throughout the article (Arabic numerals).

Subordinate bibliographic references must be printed in a text editor of MS Word with alignment in width; font: Times New Roman (font size - 10 pt); line spacing - 1.0. Subordinate bibliographic references should be made with taking into account the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 "Information and documentation. Bibliographic link. General rules and rules of compilation" and the international citation style and references in scientific works used in jurisprudence - OSCOLA.

The style of OSCOLA involves the division of all sources used in the article into primary (legal acts, statute, case) and secondary (books, parts of books, multi-volume editions, papers from journals (printed, electronic) and newspapers (printed, electronic), dissertations, materials of conferences (seminars, symposiums, congresses, round tables, etc.), web sites, blogs).

Primary sources are compiled in accordance with the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 «Information and documentation. Bibliographic link. General rules and rules of compilation", and secondary sources - using the international style of OSCOLA.

The rules for compiling and submitting articles in OSCOLA's bibliographic references can be found in Oxford University's Standard for Citing Legal Documents (OSCOLA) (fourth edition) and Methodical Recommendations "International Citation Styles and Reference in Scientific Papers".

To compile bibliographic references in accordance with OSCOLA style, you can use the electronic bibliographic manager.

6. “References” should be placed after the text of the article.

"References" involves the division into the following parts:

a) list of primary sources, entitled "List of Legal Documents". The list of primary sources consists of sections: normative legal acts, statutes, cases. All links are arranged alphabetically by name in each section. Primary sources need to be compiled in accordance with the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 "Information and documentation. Bibliographic link. General rules and rules of compilation";

b) list of secondary sources entitled "Bibliography". The list of secondary sources consists of sections: books, parts of books, multi-volume editions, articles from journals (printed, electronic) and newspapers (printed, electronic), dissertations, conference materials (seminars, symposiums, congresses, round tables, etc.), web-sites, blogs. All references need to be arranged in alphabetical order by the author 's name in each section. Links without the author must be listed alphabetically by title. Secondary sources need to be compiled using the OSCOLA style.

The title of the Cyrillic sources, the surnames and the names of their authors (compilers, responsible and (or) scientific editors), the proper title of the journals, the title of the conferences (seminars, symposiums, congresses, round tables, etc.) and publishing houses need transliterated in Latin letters.

Then in square brackets it is necessary to place the translation in English titles of: a monograph or other type of publication, a scientific article, abstracts of the scientific report (the message), as well as titles: a conference, a seminar, a symposium, a congress, a round table, etc.

After each reference, the parentheses indicate the source language, for example - in Ukrainian or in English.

Transliteration should be made depending on the source language: for the Ukrainian language to use official transliteration, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from January 27, 2010, No. 55; For Russian, use transliteration in accordance with the requirements of the order of the Federal Migration Service of Russia of February 3, 2010, No. 26.

Online services for transliteration: for sources in Ukrainian - "Standard Ukrainian Transliteration" in the passport standard mode; for sources in Russian - TRANSLIT.CC.

Examples of designing used sources:


Rabinovych P ta inshi, Pryntsyp verkhovenstva prava: problemy teorii ta praktyky [The rule of law principle: issues of theory and practice] (Spolom 2016) (in Ukrainian).

Science article:

Stefanchuk R, ‘Do pytannia pro kodyfikatsiiu zakonodavstva u sferi intelektualnoi vlasnosti’ [To the issue of codification of intellectual property legislation] (2016) 11 Pravo Ukrainy 86 (in Ukrainian).

Conference materials:

Shtanko A, ‘Rozrobka osnovy teorii zakhystu tsyvilnykh prav ta okhoroniuvanykh zakonom interesiv kriz pryzmu pidkhodiv do vyznachennia yoho poniattia’ [Developing the basics of the theory of protection of civil rights and interests protected by law through the prism of approaches to the definition of its concept] Kanzafarova I (red), Shosti yurydychni dysputy z aktualnykh problem pryvatnoho prava: Mizhnarodna naukovo-praktychna konferentsiia, prysviachena pamiati Ye.V. Vaskovskoho (do 150-richchia vid dnia yoho narodzhennia) [Sixth legal debates on the topical issues of private law: International scientific and practical conference dedicated to the memory of Ie.V. Vaskovskyi (on the 150th anniversary of his birth)] (Astroprynt, 2016) (in Ukrainian).

Foreign sources remain unchanged. They should be placed before the transliterated sources to Cyrillic.

If in the bibliographic description several works of the same author, editor or compiler are located in a row, then in the following after the first descriptions a double dash is used that replaces the name.

Entries need to be arranged in chronological order (from the earliest), and if the years of publication coincide - in alphabetical order by title.

It is mandatory to specify the international digital identifier DOI (digital object identifier) for all quoted sources for which they exist.

"References" should be printed in a text editor MS Word with alignment in width; font: Times New Roman (font size - 12 pt); line spacing - 1.0.

7. After References, information about the author in English (author's surname and initials, degree (if any), title (if any), place of work / study) and the title of the article in English with center-of-page alignment and bold are given.

Extended English abstract should be at least 1800 characters long, including keywords.

8. Articles and materials are submitted exclusively in electronic form by filling in the corresponding form on the website of the journal "Herald of criminal justice".

Іt is necessary to add to the materials:

1) electronic version of the article in Word format;

2) information reference about the author: surname, name, full degree, scientific degree (if any), academic rank (if any), place of work, training and position, postal address, contact phone;

3) photo of the author in jpg format.

9. Each scientific article submitted for publication in the Journal “Herald of criminal justice” is subjected to high-quality independent double-blind peer review, where the reviewer does not know who the author of the scientific article is, and the author does not know who reviews his/her article.

Reviewers assess the relevance, methodological level, accuracy and scientific novelty of the results of the article, as well as the conformity of its design requirements of the editorial. If the reviewer recommends correcting or modifying the article, the editors will send the anonymous review text to the author for making the appropriate changes to the work. The date of receipt of the article in the journal is the day the editorial staff receives the final version of the text. The editorial board reserves the right to edit the article, which does not distort its content. The final decision on the publication of the article and its deadlines is made by the editorial board, about which the author is informed by the editors of the journal.

The author bears personal responsibility for the compliance with the preparation of the article norms of the current legislation (in particular regarding the protection of rights to intellectual property objects), the authenticity of the information provided, citations and references to the theoretical sources and norms of the acts of legislation and translations of annotation. If any material is submitted with a breach of the mentioned requirements, such material is not published.

The materials published in the Journal “Herald of criminal justice” reflect the views of the authors, which may not always coincide with the position of the editorial board.

10. Publication of materials requires payment. Payment is made after a positive review and approval of articles for publication by the Editorial Board, of which the author is informed by the Editorial Board.

The publication cost is 50 UAH per sheet.

11. Copyright Notice. Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

1) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licensethat allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2) Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.