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The “Law and State” journal accepts previously unpublished research papers; notes; reports on research results in various fields of law (comparative legal analysis is preferred); reviews on newly published editions; articles on significant scientific conferences on theory of state and law.

Materials submitted for publication must meet the following requirements:

1. Contain new relevant information on state and law-related matters and results of the research that haven’t been published before and aren’t meant to be published in other journals. While submitting an article or any other kind of relevant material, author must notify the editorial board if they were published or submitted for publication before to other journals.

2. In accordance with the requirements of Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (decree No. 13409 of March 4, 2016 with further amendments and supplements) “Research article is a statement of one's own conclusions and intermediate or final results of research, experimental or analytical activity, containing author's developments, conclusions, recommendations that have not been previously published and are new; or reviewing previously published scientific articles related to a general topic (systematic review)”. The structure of an article includes the title; abstract; keywords; main provisions; introduction; materials and methods; results (main part usually consists of 3 to 4 sections); discussion; conclusions; information regarding funding of the research/financial interest disclosure (if relevant); list of references.

3. Papers are published in Kazakh, Russian and English. In the beginning of a paper author's name and surname (if the paper was translated, translator’s name and surname must be listed too; if the paper is co-authored, then the corresponding author must be pointed out); academic degree; academic title; job; department; university/research institute; any other information regarding author’s work affiliation; city; country; email. After author’s information the title, abstracts (at least 5-8 sentences) in Kazakh, Russian, English (with transliteration of author’s name and surname, and translation of a job title and the title of the paper) follow. Authors who don’t speak Kazakh or Russian should notify the editorial office about it. Abstracts include relevance of the topic; the scope/subject of the research; aim of the research; methods; novelty, and key findings. After each abstract 10 keywords are listed.

4. The size of a paper should be of 10-16 pages (if written in a word processing program like Microsoft Word). The formatting guidelines are the following: the Times New Roman font, font size is 14, single paragraph. The paper should be structured according to the guidelines mentioned above. All papers of more than 16 pages should be first approved by the editor-in-chief.

5. In-text citations are formatted as footnotes. Links to the sources of the cited statistical data, regulations, including international and foreign ones, are required. At the end of the paper, the list of references (bibliogrpahy) is given – it includes main and latest materials on this topic (in the original language and separately in Latin transliteration (see the formatting of transliteration of the list of references). The editorial office of the "Law and State" journal recommends using comparative legal material, studying publications on related topics in our journal (see the archive on the journal's website) and including useful ones in the list of references. UDC, CSCSTI (“GRNTI” - “ГРНТИ”), the list of references (in an alphabetical order) is expected to be formatted in accordance with GOST, however, author experiencing difficulties with the formatting guidelines should contact the editorial office. In case of citing an internet source, author, the title, the website, the full web link and the date of retrieval must be specified.

6. At the end of the paper the following statement must be included, “The paper is being published for the first time, and it neither has been nor will be submitted to other journals”. The date and author's signature must be put under the statement. Author also includes their name and surname, email, mobile phone number. The last page containing the signed statement must be scanned and emailed to the editorial office.

7. Author’s high-resolution portrait should be enclosed to the paper.

8. Submitted papers are checked for plagiarism via Turnitin and subject to double-blind peer-review without sending reviews to authors. The editorial board doesn’t accept completely or partially plagiarised papers, as well as has the right to reject a paper that are not compliant with other journal guidelines. Author is responsible for errors, inaccuracies of a scientific or factual character. In case of revision of the paper at the request of the editorial board the date of submission is considered the date of the submission of the final version. If the paper is rejected, the editorial office reserves the right not to discuss the rejection. Material submitted to the editorial office will not be returned.

9. Postgraduate students (master’s and PhD), as well as PhD candidates must enclose a recommendation letter for publication from their research supervisors or a Doctor of Law, if the editorial office didn’t specifically arrange the submission from this author. Submitted papers are subject to double-blind peer-review.

10. The double-blind peer-review includes selection and appointment of two reviewers (remaining unknown to author) out of the editorial board or editorial council considering their expertise and the topic of the paper; if needed – selection of additional reviewers with narrower expertise regarding the topic of the paper (remaining unknown to author); the peer-review process itself whereby authors and reviewers remain unknown to each other and which usually takes at most 10 days; replacement of a reviewer if it’s impossible for them to carry out the process; the editorial office sending reviewers’ comments and recommendations to authors for revision (without disclosing the reviewer); revision of the paper within a prescribed period (depending on the number and contents of the reviewers’ comments) and re-submission of the revised paper to the editorial office; second round double-blind peer-review, if needed, by the same reviewers; sending the paper to the third reviewer (remaining unknown to author) in case of a significant difference of opinion of reviewers; revision of the paper, if needed, in a prescribed period; third round double-blind peer-review if needed. All the procedures of the peer-review and revision process, as well as submission to the editors, are conducted online.

11. Reprints of papers are not issued. Authors are not paid royalties. Authors are not charged a publication fee, and all papers are open access for readers on the journal website. The author of the published paper receives an electronic version of the journal. References to the “Law and State” journal when reprinting and citing papers are required with an indication of the DOI.


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