Instructions for authors

Scientific journal, edition of Faculty of Law and History, South-West University “Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad, issued twice a year.

Editorial guideline rules

The proposed materials (articles, scientific reports, reviews) sent to Studia Iuridico-Historica’s editors must follow editorial rules and can not be submitted out of the specified deadlines.


Proposals should be complete of:

  • title (without abbreviations)
  • name of the author/s (first name/s and surname/s)
  • academic affiliation (without abbreviations)
  • abstract (up to 150 words) in the same language of the proposed material and in English (or French, Russian, German)
  • 5-7 key words

Studia Iuridico-Historica’s editoral board accepts materials with maximum length up to 20 000 words. In order to be put under double blind peer-review and considered available for publication all proposals must be copy-edited and spell-checked. Articles (as well as larger studies, scientific reports or reviews) should be written in Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1.5, pages should not be numbered.


According to the American abbreviation system works must have been cited with author’s surname (small caps), followed by the year of publication and page number. If there are multiple (two or more) works by the same author in the same year, letters should be after the specified year.

  • Toynbеe 1973, 377–393;
  • Симеонова 1996, 29–43;
  • Franklin-Shepard 1996, 145.
  • Билярски 2010a,119–121 and Билярски 2010b, 203;
  • Holmes 2015a, 17; and Holmes 2015b 120–191; and Holmes 2015c, 87–93.

Footnotes should be written in Times New Roman 10, single-spaced; in the main text, the place of a footnote should be marked by a superscript, in consecutive numeration, by using the option Footnote. The footnotes are placed at the bottom of the respective page.

Citation and bibliographical reference in the main text

The main text citations should follow the Oxford Referencing System – references to the cited titles, given in a shortened version, enclosed in square brackets, with indication of the cited part of the text [SURNAME year, page/s]. At the end of the proposed manuscripts a complete list of the cited works should be provided. Enclosed list of bibliography should be without numbering in alphabetical order (by the author surname) and in chronological order for the works by the same author, Times New Roman 10, single-spaced.

Cited works must be offered as in the following examples:

Books, monographs, translations and critical edition:

Initial and surname of author [small caps], Title of work [italics], volume/s [roman], place and date of publication [roman] (editorial series [italics], number of series [roman]).

  • Ambühl 2013 - R. Ambühl, Prisoners Of War In The Hundred Years War. Ransom Culture In The Late Middle Ages, Cambridge 2013.
  • Attaliates 1853 - Michaelis Attaliotae Historia. Rec. I. BEKKER (CSHB). Bonn 1853.
  • Étienne (Asolik) De Taron 1917 - Histoire universelle par Étienne Asolik de Taron. Traduite de l’arménien et annotée par FR. MACLER. II-eme partie. Paris 1917.
  • Psellos 1926 - Michel Psellos. Chronographie ou histoire d’un siècle de Byzance (976 – 1077). Tome I. Texte etabli et traduit par E. Renauld. Paris 1926.
  • Skylitzes 1973 - Ioannis Scylitzae. Synopsis historiarum. rec. I. Thurn (CFHB Vol.V). Berlin – New York 1973.


Initial and surname of author [small caps], Title of work [italics], Title of journal [roman], number of volume and issue in arabic numbers [roman], pages [roman].

  • Kolias 1995 - T. Kolias, Kriegsgefangene, Sklavenhandel Und Die Privilegien Der Soldaten. Die Aussage Der Novelle Von Ioannes Tzimiskes, Byzantinoslavica, 56 /1995, Pp. 129–135.
  • Lauxtermann 1998 - M. D. Lauxtermann, John Geometres – Poet And Soldier, Byzantion, 68,2 /1998, Pp. 356–380.
  • Rotman 2005 - Y. Rotman, Byzance Face À L’islam Arabe, Viie – Xe Siècle. D’un Droit Territorial À L’identité Par La Foi, Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 60,4 /2005, Pp. 767–788.

Articles in collections, proceedings, dictionaries, encyclopedias etc.:

Initial and surname of author [small caps], Title of work [italics], in initial/s and surname/s of author/s [small caps] (ed./edd.), Title of collection [italics], further details of collection [roman], number of volume in roman numbers [roman], place and date of publication [roman] (if applicable series [italics], number of series [roman]), pages [roman].

  • Foss 1991 - C. F. W. Foss. Anzitene, In Kazdhan, Al. (Ed. In Chief). The Oxford Dictionary Of Byzantium. Vol. 1. Oxford–New York 1991, Pp. 126–127.
  • Holmes 2012 - Ch. Holmes, Basil Ii The Bulgar-Slayer And The Blinding Of 15 000 Bulgarians In 1014: Mutilation And Prisoners Of War In The Middle Ages, In H. Afflerbach – H. Strachan (Eds.), How Fighting Ends: A History Of Surrender. Oxford 2015, Pp. 85–95.
  • Kaplan 2009 - M. Kaplan, The Producing Population, In J. Haldon, (Ed.). A Social History Of Byzantium. Chichester, 2009, Pp. 143–167.
  • Kolia-Dermitzaki 2000 - A. Kolia-Dermitzaki, Some Remarks On The Fate Of  Prisoners Of War In Byzantium (9th–10th Centuries), In Atti Del Congresso Interdisciplinare Di Studi Storici “La Liberazione Dei ‘Captivi’ Tra Cristianità E Islam. Oltre La Crociata E Il Ğihād: Tolleranza E Servizio Umanitario, A Cura Di Giulio Gipollone (Collectanea Archivi Vaticani, 46). Città Del Vaticano 2000, Pp. 583–620.
  • Liddell – Scott 1901        A Greek–English Lexicon. Comp. H. G. LIDDELL – R. SCOTT. 8th Revised Edition. New York – Chicago –Cincinnati. 1901.
  • Дворецкий 1958 - Древнегреческо–русский словарь. Сост. И. Х. ДВОРЕЦКИЙ. Т. I. Α–Λ. Москва 1958.

Proposals for reviews

Proposals for reviews must follow the rules applicable for articles. The title should be that of the work under review, followed by entire necessary information (number of pages, Publishing house, ISBN code, price). Footnotes are allowed (if it is necessary) and any further bibliography must be organized as those in articles, followed by a list of works cited.

The abovementioned rules are only valid and replace all previous ones used by the editors of Studia Iuridico-Historica before 2016. Any other variations are not allowed.