The Brazilian Journal of Empirical Legal Studies welcomes articles and reviews for publication. The journal will accept papers from different disciplines and methodological perspectives, as long as the work is compatible with the editorial line of the journal, which is focused on empirical legal research.

There are three main axes of interest to the journal: i) results of empirical research about any aspect of law; ii) epistemological reflections on empirical legal research; iii) reflections on social research methodology that could be useful for researchers in the legal field.

Papers should be sent by the BJELS OJS system and must comply with the submission rules (see below).

The manuscripts must be submitted in either English, Spanish or Portuguese.

We accept only unpublished documents that are not under review for publication in any other journal. The publication of reviews depends exclusively on the discretion of the editors.

Submission rules

Papers should consist of between 20 and 30 pages and be in the following format: A4 page, margins (top, bottom, left and right) of 2 cm, 1.5 line spacing with justified alignment. Submitted work that is over the regulatory size may be accepted in exceptional cases. This will be allowed at the discretion of the editors who will take the quality of the contribution into account.

The structure of the papers should conform to the following standard:

1. There must be no form of identification of the author(s) present in the text. In addition the identification of the authors must not be revealed in the body of the file and neither in the ¨name setting¨ option of Word.  All the author information will be requested in the submission process.

2. Cover page with title, abstract and key words in the original language;

3. Second page with title, abstract and keywords in English (unless the original language is English);

4. The abstracts should each consist of between 100 and 250 words;

5. There must be no more than 5 keywords;

6. The first page of the article should contain a numbered summary (eg: 1. Introduction. 2. The empirical research in two strands 2.1. Qualitative empirical research 2.2. Quantitive empirical research. 3. Empirical research in law 3.1. The conjuncture of incentives to research in law. 3.2. Varieties of empirical research in law. 4. Conclusions. 5. References).

7. Body of text

8. References

Citations in the text should follow the format, ¨author, year, page¨. Literal quotations of more than three lines should contain a drop of 4cm and single line spacing, font size 10, without quotation marks and without italics. Notes should be kept to a minimum.

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum.

The references at the end of the work should be in APA format.

8.1. Examples of book citations (APA):

Buarque de Holanda, S. (1936). Raízes do Brasil. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira.

Faoro, R. (2001). Os Donos do Poder. Rio de Janeiro: Globo Livros.

8.2. Example of  book chapter citation (APA):

Pires, A. P. (2008). Amostragem e Pesquisa Qualitativa: ensaio teórico metodológico. In J. Poupart, J. P. Deslauriers, L. H. Groulx, A. Laperrière, R. Mayer, A. P. Pires (Org.), A Pesquisa Qualitativa: enfoques epistemológicos e metodológicos (pp. 154-211). Petrópolis: Editora Vozes.

8.3. Example of article citation (APA):

Teubner, G. (2005). “Unitas Multiplex”: a organização do grupo de empresas como exemplo. Revista Direito GV1(2), 77-110.

9. There are no charges to authors for the publication.