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is sufficient to submit the collaborative file via email, formatted as a Word or RTF document ( All submissions must be unpublished, and may not be simultaneously submitted to other journals for evaluation.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: cf.

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. 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.

Bibliographical references in footnotes


Monographic works

Of one author:

O. Condorelli, Clerici peregrini: aspetti giuridici della mobilità clericale nei secoli XII-XIV, Roma, Il cigno Galileo Galilei, 1995, pp. 23-28.

(When going back to quoting the same work: O. Condorelli, Clerici peregrini, cit., p. 45).

Simone da Bisignano, Summa in decretum, ed. by P. V. Aimone-Braida, Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2014 (“Monumenta iuris canonici. Series A, Corpus glossatorum”, 8).

Of several authors:

W. Aymans, E. Eichmann, K. Mörsdorf, Kanonisches Recht: Lehrbuch aufgrund des Codex iuris canonici, Paderborn, F. Schöningh, 1991.

Of several editors:

Der Einfluss der Kanonistik auf die europäische Rechtskultur, I, Zivil- und Zivilprozessrecht, ed. by F. Roumy, O. Condorelli, Y. Mausen, M. Schmoeckel, Köln – Weimar – Wien, Böhlau 2009.


Book section

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.

P. Landau, Il ruolo della critica del testo nel primo millennio di storia del diritto canonico, in La cultura giuridico-canonica medioevale: premesse per un dialogo ecumenico ed. by N. Álvarez de las Asturias, E. de León, C. J. Errázuriz, Milano, Giuffrè, 2003 (“Monografie giuridiche / Pontificio Ateneo della Santa Croce”, 22), pp. 23–43.


Journal article

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


Dictionary entry

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, Universidad di Navarra, 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.


Bibliographical references at the end of the article

Surname should appear before the name. For example:

Álvarez de las Asturias N., León E. de, Errázuriz C. J. (ed.), La cultura giuridico-canonica medioevale: premesse per un dialogo ecumenico, A. Giuffrè, Milano 2003 (“Monografie giuridiche / Pontificio Ateneo della Santa Croce”, 22).

Landau P., Il ruolo della critica del testo nel primo millennio di storia del diritto canonico, in La cultura giuridico-canonica medioevale: premesse per un dialogo ecumenico ed. by E. de León, N. Alvarez de las Asturias, C. J. Errázuriz, Giuffrè, Milano 2003, (“Monografie giuridiche / Pontificio Ateneo della Santa Croce” 22) pp. 23–43.


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5. The author may freely use the text after its publication citing Ius Ecclesiae as the original site of publication. Once the text has been published, the author will receive a PDF file with the extract of his contribution. Fabrizio Serra publisher allows authors to use the PDF of the final published version of their article for self-archiving (on the author's personal website) and/or for archiving in a free archive (on a non-profit server) for free after 18 months from publication. The source of the publication must be quoted and a link to the Publisher's official home page must be activated. For other uses, see:  




1. Ius Ecclesiae is a “double blind peer-review” journal, established in 1989, as an expression of the research of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. The Review, with the collaboration of canonists from various countries around the world, aims to offer an international view of ecclesial juridical experience through doctrinal research, the study of jurisprudential activity and administrative practice and the presentation and examination of normative data, both of universal law and of particular law.

2. Acceptance of articles

It is up to the Director, in agreement with the Editorial Board, whether or not to accept the contributions received for publication in the Journal, after having received the appropriate opinions from two blind referees and, if so, to decide on which issue to publish it.

The Journal does not accept previously published articles.

The members of the Editorial Board may not use the unpublished material received in the Journal without the permission of the corresponding authors.

The Journal declines all responsibility for any conflicts arising from the authorship of published contributions.

The opinions expressed in the contributions are the sole responsibility of the authors and are not to be attributed to the Editorial Board.

3. Obligations of the authors

Only those who have actually participated in the intellectual conception of the text should appear as the author or authors of a contribution.

It is up to the authors to obtain the appropriate permissions for the reproduction of previously published material (figures or texts) and to properly cite its provenance. The works and phrases of other authors must be appropriately paraphrased or literally quoted.

If an author finds relevant errors in one of his or her contributions, he will promptly inform the Editor or the Secretary of the Journal and provide all the information necessary to indicate the necessary correction.

4. Peer review

The articles and doctrinal notes are submitted by the Editorial Committee to the opinion of two “blind” peer-review referees. Within three months, the author will be informed whether his contribution has been accepted for publication and if some changes have been deemed necessary. In the case of a negative answer, the author is given an unsigned summary of the referees' opinion. In case of disagreement between the two referees, it is up to the Director, after having heard at least one member of the Editorial Committee, to evaluate whether to publish the contribution.

In exceptional cases, the Director may assume responsibility for the publication of an article without submitting it to the prior evaluation of the reviewers, expressly mentioning the circumstance and the reason in a note on the first page of the contribution.

The reviewers must treat the material received as confidential documents.