Guide for Authors


All scholars are invited to submit their original, high quality papers relevant to different aspects of Comparative Law studies to the Journal of Comparative Law.

Contributing authors are advised to read this document carefully and adhere to the instructions provided below before sending their papers to the Journal office. If these guidelines are not met in the submitted manuscripts, they will not be given the chance to be peer-reviewed in this journal.



1. Submitted papers must be the direct result of the authors’ original research.


2. When a manuscript is submitted to the Journal of Comparative Law, the editors and/or section editors first review it to see if it conforms to the basic requirements (e.g., that it fits the mission and scope of the Journal and it is double- blinded and properly formatted) that it is of sufficient quality to merit external review. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements are not sent out for further review, and will be sent back to the author(s) for revision.


3. It is mandatory for all contributing authors to read and follow the Publication Ethics. It is taken for granted that all the authors submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Comparative Law adhere to all ethical regulations provided in “Publication Ethics”.


4. Articles are required to submit their manuscripts only through the Journal of Comparative Law’ online submission and review web site.


5. Articles will be accepted both in Persian and English. English articles are published in a special Issue.


6.  Full length article submissions should not normally exceed 7500 words. 


7. The following should be included in a manuscript:


A) Persian and English abstracts up to 220 words

B) Five key words in Persian with their English meanings

C) Introduction and the main body of the paper including the related parts and sections, and Conclusion

D) Bibliography and References.


8. All submissions to the Journal of Comparative Law should conform to the APA style (6th ed.):



APA uses the author-date method of citation. The last name of the author and the date of publication are inserted in the text in the appropriate place. When referencing or summarizing a source, provide the author and year. When quoting or summarizing a particular passage, include the specific page or paragraph number, as well. When quoting in your paper, if a direct quote is less than 40 words, incorporate it into your text and use quotation marks. If a direct quote is more than 40 words, make the quotation a freestanding indented block of text and DO NOT use quotation marks. 

• One work by one author: 
In one experimental study (Ellis, 1998), children learned... 

OR In the study by Ellis (1998), primary school children... 
OR In 1998, Ellis’s study of primary school children…


• Works by multiple authors
When a work has 2 authors cite both names every time you reference the work in the text. When a work has three to five authors cite all the author names the first time the reference occurs and then subsequently include only the first author followed by et al. For example: 

First citation: Masserton, Slonowski, and Slowinski (1989) state that... Subsequent citations: Masserton et al. (1989) state that... 

For 6 or more authors, cite only the name of the first author followed by et al. and the year. 

• Works by no identified author: 

When a resource has no named author, cite the first few words of the reference entry (usually the title). Use double quotation marks around the title of an article, chapter, or Web page. Italicize the title of a periodical, book, brochure, or report. For example: 

The site seemed to indicate support for homeopathic drugs (“Medical Miracles,” 2009). The brochure argues for homeschooling (Education Reform, 2007). 

• Two or more works in the same parenthetical citation

Citations of two or more works in the same parentheses should be listed in the order they appear in the reference list (i.e., alphabetically, then chronologically). 

Several studies (Jones & Powell, 1993; Peterson, 1995, 1998; Smith, 1990) suggest that...


• Specific parts of a source 
Always give the page number for quotations or to indicate information from a specific table, chart, chapter, graph, or page. The word page is abbreviated but not chapter. For example: 

The painting was assumed to be by Matisse (Powell, 1989, Chapter 6), but later analysis showed it to be a forgery (Murphy, 1999, p. 85). 

If, as in the instance of online material, the source has neither visible paragraph nor page numbers, cite the heading and the number of the paragraph following it. This allows the reader to locate the text in the source. For example: 

The patient wrote that she was unimpressed by the doctor’s bedside manner (Smith, 2006, Hospital Experiences section, para. 2).


In general, references should contain the author name, publication date, title, and publication information. Include the issue number if the journal is paginated by issue. For information obtained electronically or online include the DOI: DOI - a unique alphanumeric string assigned to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the internet. The DOI is typically located on the first page of the electronic journal article near the copyright notice. When a DOI is used in your citation, no other retrieval information is needed. Use this format for the DOI in references: doi:xxxxxxx If no DOI has been assigned to the content, provide the home page URL of the journal or of the book or report publisher. Do not insert a hyphen if you need to break a URL across lines; do not add a period after a URL, to prevent the impression that the period is part of the URL. In general, it is not necessary to include database information. Do not include retrieval dates unless the source material has changed over time.

• Book:

Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The guide to everything and then some more stuff. New York, NY: Macmillan. 

Gregory, G., & Parry, T. (2006). Designing brain-compatible learning (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. 

• Chapter of a Book:

Bergquist, J. M. (1992). German Americans. In J. D. Buenker & L. A. Ratner (Eds.), Multiculturalism in the United States: A comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity (pp. 53-76). New York, NY: Greenwood. 

• Journal Article with DOI

Paivio, A. (1975). Perceptual comparisons through the mind's eye. Memory & Cognition, 3, 
635-647. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 


• Journal Article without DOI (when DOI is not available): 

Becker, L. J., & Seligman, C. (1981). Welcome to the energy crisis. Journal of Social Issues, 37(2), 1-7. 
Hamfi, A. G. (1981). The funny nature of dogs. E-journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38 -48. Retrieved from 


• Encyclopedia Articles: 
Brislin, R. W. (1984). Cross-cultural psychology. In R. J. Corsini (Ed.), Encyclopedia of
psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 319-327). New York, NY: Wiley. 

Developmental genetics. (2005). In Cambridge encyclopedia of child development. 
Retrieved from

• Book Reviews: 

Dent-Read, C., & Zukow-Goldring, P. (2001). Is modeling knowing? [Review of the book Models of cognitive development, by K. Richardson]. American Journal of Psychology, 114, 126-133. 

• Blog post: 
Lincoln, D. S. (2009, January 23). The likeness and sameness of the ones in the middle. 
[Web log post]. Retrieved from 

• Website with no author or date of publication: 

Census data revisited. (n.d.). Retrieved March 9, 2009, from Harvard, Psychology of 
Population website, Do not include retrieval dates unless the source material may change over time. If no DOI has been assigned to the content, provide the homepage URL.

For more information not mentioned here, check APA Manual of Style (6th edition) available at 


9. Latin equivalents of names and special terms that are rarely used, should be mentioned in the text and in the comic.  

10.  Allowed file type for the manuscripts is only Doc, Docx. The font should be Time New Roman (size 10 for text and size 9 for footnote).

11. All submissions must be uploaded through our online submission website in a file named “Manuscript Main File”.

12. The authors’ name, last name, position, degree, postal address, email and phone number should be sent in a separate file named “Title Page”. The title of the manuscript, the authors’ names (with the name of the corresponding author marked with an asterisk), the affiliated institutions of the authors, and the Abstract (up to 220 words) with the Key words (up to five words) should also be included in this file both in English and Persian.

13. Persian grammar and writing style approved by the Academy of Persian Language and Literature should be the criterion for how to write and edit articles. (for Persians articles only)

14. The corresponding author is responsible for the accuracy of the article and its components.

15. All authors should study the process of manuscript submission and act accordingly.

16. Authors are required to select only one of the following types of articles in the system to submit an article: "Research Article"; "Review"; "Methodology"; "Point of view"; "Case Study" and "Short Article"

17. The Journal of Comparative Law adopts a double-blind reviewing process.

18. The Journal of Comparative Law examines all submitted manuscripts through different systems like: Samim Noor/ Hamta Joo/ Hamanand Joo. Articles in English are cross checked by secondary gate.

19. The minimum time of peer reviewing and sending the initial results to the authors in the Journal of Comparative Law is two months.

20. The results of the initial appraisal (the internal review) of the manuscripts will be announced in 10 days. 

21. Authors can refer to the "Reviewers" section for more information about the rules, regulations and stages which are followed in peer reviewing of the manuscripts in this journal.

22. In the Journal of Comparative Law, article withdrawal may only be possible if the article has been submitted within 7 days of business days. After the article has entered the process of reviewing, there is no possibility to withdraw. If the author wishes to withdraw the article after the time limitation, he will be charged fees for the costs of peer-reviewing. If the author refrain from paying the fee, the Journal of Comparative Law has the right to take decisions about the publication of the article. taking the above-mentioned conditions into account, to withdraw an article, the author must write a clear and concise letter to the Editor-in-Chief as to why the manuscripts needs to be withdrawn.

23. All authors are obligated to sign an interest disclosure form and an authorship form and send them while the manuscript is submitted to the Journal through the online submission web site. The corresponding author is the one who is responsible for gathering the signatures of all authors included in the article.

24. Authors should refrain from simultaneous submission to the Journal.  Unless the peer-reviewing process of the first manuscript is finalized, other submission/s will not be taken into account.

25. To avoid any conflict of interests, the Editor and the Board members will not be involved in editorial decisions about their own scholarly work or about the articles which are suggested by them to the Journal. They will be excluded from publication decisions and other independent editors will be asked to peer review the manuscript. Then, the final decision about the manuscript will be announced and approved by the Editorial Board. See (Policies of the Journal)

26. To recognize any possible “ghost author” in the submitted manuscript, the journal’s Office may ask the authors to submit the checklists of the manuscript.

27. Authors should provide the Journal with a short description of each author’s contribution in an Acknowledgement. Possible conflicts of interest must also be mentioned. Authors are also required to include licenses for the use of the sources that have not yet been published.

28. To recognize any possible ghost, guest or gift authorship these instructions will be followed.

29. To change the list of authors, these guidelines (one- twothree) will be followed.

30. Rejected and withdrawn articles will be removed from the Journal's electronic archive after three months, and the Journal of Comparative Law will not be held liable.

31. If needed, the journal’s Office will make contact with all authors involved in an article.

32. The process of peer reviewing and accepting of the manuscripts can be found in the (Peer Review Process).

33. By referring to this section, authors can find out how to register and submit articles in the web site of the Journal of Comparative Law.

34. Please check the "Frequently Asked Questions" section and get answers to your questions from this section.

35. Authors can be informed of all the stages and processes of peer reviewing of the submitted articles in the Journal’s website. However, the authors may, if they wish, can follow up the process of reviewing their article by contacting the Journal’s Office. To inform the authors, "The Process of Accepting Articles" here and the "Reviewing Process" is available here.

36. Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement'. (We request all authors to sign the form). This agreement deals with the transfer or license of the copyright to the Journal of Comparative Law and authors maintain significant rights to use and share their own published articles.

37. Authors should note that if their articles have the support or credibility of research, they should be mentioned in the article.


The views expressed by contributors to the Journal of Comparative Law do not necessarily reflect those of the Editorial Advising Board of the Journal.


The Journal of Comparative Law has the right to edit and make changes in the manuscripts, if needed.


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