Church Law Society

Společnost pro církevní právo, z. s.Societas Iuris Canonici

Instructions for Authors Valid as of 1st January 2020

  1. Contributions are to be written in the word processor Microsoft Office Word in Times New Roman typeface.
  2. Articles should not exceed 40,000 characters in total, including all text, footnotes, and spaces.
  3. The title should be brief. The author’s name and surname follow on the next line. Possible reference to the grant under which was the text prepared should be written in small print under the author’s first and last name.
  4. Do not change the typeface throughout the text. Use a bold font only for the title and subheadings. Individual words in the text can be highlighted using non-bold italic type. Include full names and surnames in the text, at least at the first mention.
  5. Articles may be written either in Czech, Slovak or English. Quotations are to be written using regular font, not italic type, placed directly in the text rather than in footnotes, and offset with quotation marks. Quotations in languages different from the language of the article, including those in Latin, have to be translated to the language of the article.
  6. A sentence with a reference in parentheses or brackets should be ended with a full stop after the bracket. For example: Adam and Eve were created in the image of God (Gn 1, 26–27; 5, 1–2).
  7. Connections between numbers and years are to be made using the dash (–) without spaces. Do not use the hyphen (-).
  8. Footnotes should be always placed under a line at the foot of each page and not at the end of the article. Do not refer to other footnotes. If the title of the publication is repeated in the immediately following note, state: Ibid. When writing references, include the surname in all uppercase (all surnames, if more than one) first, then the first name in title case (including all names). Do not use small caps. Co-authors separate with a comma, not a dash.

Citation example for a monograph: CELIS BRUNET, Ana María, La relevancia canónica del matrimonio civil a la luz de la teoría general del acto jurídico, Roma, 2002, p. 131.

Citation example for a collection: STINTON, Diane, Africa, East and West, in: PARRATT, John (ed.), An Introduction to Third World Theologies, Cambridge, 2004, p. 129.

Citation example for a journal: ADAM, Miroslav Konštanc, Matrimonial Law in Slovakia, in: Church Law Review No. 45–1/2010, Prague, pp. 42–43.

Citation example for a website: <> (1st August 2019).

  1. To mark pages, use p. or pp.
  2. Include the footnote number immediately following the text the note references, or immediately after the punctuation mark which follows the text (for example: a quotation is ended by a quotation mark, a full stop, and a footnote number).
  3. Footnotes should not be longer than a few lines. They are supposed to contain only designation of the source quoted or referred to, or brief comments.
  4. Quotation marks in Czech and Slovak articles: outer „ “ and inner ‚ ‘. Quotation marks in English articles: outer ‘ ’ and inner “ ”.
  5. An abstract of approximately 5 to 10 lines, 7 to 10 keywords, a brief biography of the author including occupation of approximately 4 to 8 lines, and the academic titles of the author should be attached to the article. Please include the full names of schools and universities with no abbreviations. Enclose your mail and e-mail address.
  6. The editorial board reserves the right to modify contributions stylistically, typographically and orthographically.
  7. The author is obliged to deliver the contribution to the editorial board through his or her own power, not by means of a third party. An accompanying letter must include the declaration that the article has not yet been published. The author attaches his or her own photo, which will be published in the heading of the article.
  8. Editorial Practices and Procedures for External Peer Review are available at <>.