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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The author has a certificate of proofreading. (for submissions in English)

Author Guidelines

Pravni vjesnik is a law journal of the Law Faculty in Osijek that publishes papers primarily from the field of law and social sciences. The Editorial Board only takes into consideration and publishes previously unpublished papers. The Journal does not charge registration fees, nor the review and publishing of an article.

Contributions sent in for publishing correspond to the Author's Declaration and Copyright pursuant to the Law on Copyright and Related Rights (Official Gazette No. 167/0, 79/07, 80/11, 125/11, 141/13, 127/14). By signing the Author's Declaration, the author guarantees that his/her contribution is his/her own original manuscript, that it does not violate ethical rights or copyrights, and that it strictly abides by the methodology of research paper citation.



Authors retain the copyright on the papers published in the Journal, but grant the right of first publication to the Journal. Papers accepted for publication or already published in Pravni vjesnik of the Faculty of Law in Osijek may be published by the author(s) in other publications only with proper notice of its previous publication in Pravni vjesnik. (more at Open Access & Copyright policy)



The papers should be submitted electronically through the Open Journal Systems:

Authors need to anonymize submitted papers by removing their personal information – names, contacts etc. from the document. Information regarding authors and co-authors should be given in the submission process.

The paper must include the title as well as two summaries (100-250 words) stating the aims, research methods and objectives, followed by keywords (6 max).


Writing guidelines

The main text and footnotes should be written in the same font (Times New Roman), with the main text in size 12 and footnotes in 10. The headings and subheadings should be written in uppercase, with Arabic numeration (eg. 1., 1.2. etc.).


The following format of “double quotation marks”, and 'single quotes' should be used. Giving emphasis should be avoided (italic, bold, underlined, lowercase capitals), particularly in combination with double quotation marks (i.e. never “double quotation marks”). Latin terms and abbreviations should always be written in italic lowercase (op.cit., ibid.). Numbers denoting footnotes are never italicised (²), and if they are located at the end of the sentence, they are placed after the period (.²).


Citation Formats

When citing the first time, a full bibliographic reference must be provided containing the following information: author(s) name(s), title, publisher, place and date of publication, and the page number(s) to which they refer. All publications should include the surname followed by the initials of the author’s first name(s) (the names of different authors are to be separated by a semicolon); the title of the work should be italicised (book and article titles), whereas different data are to be separated only by commas and always in the same order. 

Font 10pt is used for writing footnotes. Paragraph indent is set to 0.3pt with single spacing, and line spacing at 0.3pt.


First citation:

[3] Triva, S., Sajko, K., Dika, M., Lopičić, P., Filipović, V., Arbitraža i poduzetništvo, Progres, Zagreb, 1991, p. 87.

In terms of subsequent citation, use ibid. If ibid with a page number or loc. cit. cannot be used, the text must give reference to the footnote from the first citation. Similarly, only the author's surname is to be written; if a cited publication has more than three authors, the surname of the first author is to be provided, followed by et al.

[8] Triva et al.op. cit. note 3, p. 95.


First citation:

[4] Rešetar Čulo, I., Zaštita starijih osoba u Europi: trenutno stanje nedostatci i izazovi, Pravni vjesnik,  Pravni fakultet u Osijeku, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2014, pp. 117 – 135.

Subsequent citations:

[10] Rešetar Čulo, op. cit. note 4, p. 125.

If the same footnote refers to first citations of different parts of the publication by the same author, then the following citation format is used:

[12] Rešetar Čulo, Zaštita…, op. cit. note 4, p. 125.

Website References

The same citation format applies to website references: author’s name(s), title of document, website title, web address, and date accessed. The website address should be marked in black (Times New Roman) and not underlined.

[7] Balkin, Jack M., Critical Legal Theory Today, 2008. . Accessed 10 June 2015.

Legal Acts

The titles of legal acts are not italicised. The titles of official journals must be written in full and not abbreviated.

[8] Art. 52 and 53 of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, Official Gazette No. 85/2010.



A full reference list is to be provided at the end of the paper. The entries are to be listed alphabetically by authors' surnames as follows:


  1. Aras, S., Arbitrabilnost obiteljskopravnih sporova, u: Djelotvorna pravna zaštita u pravičnom postupku. Izazovi pravosudnih transformacija na jugu Europe, Zagreb, 2013, pp. 543 – 561.
  2. Baron, P. M., Liniger, S., A Second Look at Arbitrability: Approaches to Arbitration in the United States, Switzerland and Germany, Arbitration International, Kluwer Law International, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2003, pp. 27– 54.
  3. Bouček, V. Arbitrabilnost kartelnih sporova, Zagreb, 1996, doctoral thesis.


  1. Family Law, Official Gazette No. 116/2003, 17/2004, 136/2004, 107/2007, 57/2011, 61/2011, 25/2013, 75/2014, 83/2014.


  1. Balkin, Jack M., Critical Legal Theory Today, Accessed 10 June 2015.
  2. Finnis, John, „Natural Law Theories“, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), Accessed 10 June 2015.


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