Submission policy

1. Article submissions should be addressed to the Editorial Office. It is sufficient to submit the collaborative file via email, formatted as a Word or RTF document ( All submissions must be unpublished, and may not be simultaneously submitted to other journals for evaluation. The Editorial Board will evaluate whether it is opportune to publish as-yet unprinted texts intended for conference proceedings; the author must indicate such circumstances in a preliminary footnote. Proposals must include an indication of the author’s principal academic or professional position, and an e-mail address.


2. Peer review

Received contributions will be submitted by the Editorial Board to blind reviewers for judgment. The author will be notified within three months of whether his/her work has been accepted for publication and, whether it will be necessary to make any changes. In the case of a negative response, the author will be given an anonymous summary of the reviewer’s decision. The evaluation process is suspended during the month of August.

Peer-reviewers will evaluate the article according the following criteria:

  1. relevance of the text to the scientific field of IUS 11 (legal discipline of the religious phenomenon, ecclesiastical law, canon law, history and systems of Church/State relations, history of religious institutions, religious comparative law, law of confessional pluralism, etc.: cf. Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Ministerial Decree of 7 June 2012 No. 76);
  2. critical knowledge of doctrine and related jurisprudence;
  3. methodological correctness;
  4. clarity in exposition;
  5. originality.

Evaluation of the article can lead to the following results:

  1. publishable, subject to potential modifications according to the journal’s editorial criteria;
  2. publishable after making a few indicated corrections;
  3. publishable only after adequate re-elaboration (the reasons for which are to be justified);
  4. unpublishable.


3. Length

Contributions intended for the "Doctrine" and "Notes and Comments" sections should be no more than 70 thousand characters (including abstracts, keywords, notes, spaces, etc.). Each contribution must include an abstract in the language in which the study is written and in English (if the study is written in English, the abstract should also be written in Italian), and a maximum of 5 keywords (also in both languages). These abstracts and keywords are considered as part of the author's work, and must not exceed a total of 1000 characters. In addition to the abstract, the author must prepare a table of contents that reflects the article’s division into paragraphs.

Commentaries on sentences or other documents, and bibliographic reviews must not exceed 45 thousand characters.

Book reviews are allotted no more than twelve-thousand characters. Footnotes should be avoided. The presentation of the book reviewed must be done according to the citation format (see above, 5), although the author's proper name should be written in full. For example: Robert Louis Benson, The Bishop-Elect; a Study in Medieval Ecclesiastical Office, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J. 1968, p. xix + 440. The reviewer’s name should be written at the end of the review.


4. The author can freely use the text after its publication, citing Ius Ecclesiae as the original source of the publication. Once the text is published, the author will receive a pdf file with the extract of his contribution. Fabrizio Serra editor allows authors to use the PDF copy of the final published version of an article for the purposes of self-archiving (on the author's personal website) and / or archiving in a free archive (on a non-profit server) 18 months after its publication, citing the source of the publication and activating a link to the official homepage of the publishing house. For information regarding other uses, please consult


5. Methodological criteria (part of the author's work)

Titles and subtitles. The criteria for division must be uniform, using Arabic numerals (1, 1.1, 1.2, 2 ...).

Abbreviations. The abbreviation of "canon" will always be indicated with the abbreviation “can.”, and that of "canons" with the abbreviation “cann.”. The Acta Apostolicae Sedis will be indicated with "AAS" and the Acta Sanctae Sedis with "ASS". The Code of Canon Law will be indicated with CIC (1917 or 1983) and the Eastern Code with CCEO. Authors must provide a textual indication of any other abbreviations employed in their work.


Citations must be done according to the following structure:

Article: T. Lenherr, Der Begriff «executio» in der Summa decretorum des Huguccio, «Archiv für katholisches Kirchenrecht» 150 (1981), pp. 5–44, 361–420.

Book: O. Condorelli, Clerici peregrini: aspetti giuridici della mobilità clericale nei secoli XII-XIV, Roma, Il cigno Galileo Galilei, 1995.
When a work is cited more than once in an article, subsequent citations should be written as: O. Condorelli, Clerici peregrini…, cit., p. 45.

Collective works: F. Roumy, – O. Condorelli – Y. Mausen – M. Schmoeckel (ed.), Der Einfluss der Kanonistik auf die europäische Rechtskultur 1: Zivil- und Zivilprozessrecht, Köln – Weimar – Wien, Böhlau 2009.

Individual articles within a collective work: S. Kuttner, The Revival of Jurisprudence, in Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century, ed. by R. L. Benson, G. Constable, C. D. Lanham, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1982, pp. 299–323.

J. Gaudemet, Équité et droit chez Gratien et les premiers décrétistes, in Idem, La formation du droit canonique médiéval, London, Variorum Reprints, 19802, pp. 269–291.

Dictionary entries: J. Herranz, Codex Iuris Canonici (1983), in Diccionario general de Derecho canonico, II ed. by A. Viana Tomé, J. Otaduy Guerín, J. Sedano Rueda, Pamplona, Aranzadi, pp. 172–186.
A. M. Stickler, Jean de Faenza ou Joannes Faventinus, in Dictionnaire de Droit Canonique, VI, Paris, Letouzey et Ané, 1957, p. 102.


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