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Baltic Journal of Law.

In 2002 Baltic Journal of Law was registered as applied scientific international law journal in the LR Register of Enterprises, Registration N 000702731.
International Standard Serial Number - ISSN 1691-0702.
The Baltic Journal of Law is included in the system of Russian Science Citation Index (РИНЦ - 2014).
The Journal is published quarterly and is the official periodical of the Baltic International Academy. Riga, Republic of Latvia.
The Baltic Journal of Law publishes topical applied scientific and analytical articles written by scientists, legal practitioners, lawyers, notaries, law enforcement officers, court officials, lecturers, postgraduate students, doctoral candidates; materials of international applied scientific conferences held by the Baltic International Academy and by the Baltic  Journal of Law; reviews of scientific publications, etc.
Articles are published in Latvian, Russian or English. Complete versions of articles and of other materials published in the Journal are available in open access on the official website of the Journal: www.balticlawjournal.lv

The editorial policy of the Journal.

The processes of transformation and integration in the society, in its spheres of law and law enforcement at the national, European and international levels, contribute to the definition of the role, objectives and values of the Baltic Journal of Law.
In order to improve the quality level of the Journal, in 2013 a radical reform of the editorial policy was carried out: a new Chief editor and executive secretary of the Journal were appointed; the membership of the Editorial Board was reconsidered and now it consists mainly of doctors of science and professors from the Baltic region and foreign countries; a clear concept of the transformation of the Journal was developed; the action plan was accepted which will introduce the Journal in the international databases; the website of the Journal was updated, which now, together with the printed version of the journal, allows to maximize the audience of readers.
The Baltic Journal of Law directs its activities to consolidation of cooperation among international law scholars and legal practitioners in the countries of the Baltic region and abroad with an aim to exchange legal information; to analyze intrinsic problems of legal science, legislation, development and application of conceptual legal mechanisms for dealing with problem tasks; to reinforce traditions of international cooperation in the sphere of education and science; to enhance the relationship between scientific theoretical knowledge and practice; to promote relevant and high-quality applied scientific and analytical articles in the wider scientific information space; and to improve the overall legal culture of general public.
The Journal is not divided into separate thematic sections; however, the priority is given to the publications in the fields of private, public, and procedural law, including articles on international private and public law.
The agenda of the Journal also includes the enhancement of the international membership of the Editorial Board and of the variety of regional authors by increasing the number of articles in English.
The Journal actively cooperates with universities of the Baltic region and of foreign countries.
The published articles and materials are widely used in the educational process of the Baltic International Academy by bachelor, master and doctoral students, as well as by the faculty members, and by the representatives of other educational institutions, legal practitioners, etc.

The ethics of scientific publications.

In order to improve the quality of applied scientific and analytical articles and to broaden mutual cooperation among authors, editors and readers, the editorial policy of the Journal is implemented in compliance with the publication standards of COPE Code of Conduct, approved by the International Committee of Publication Ethics, and in accordance with the provisions adopted in 2010 at the II World Conference on research integrity compliance (Singapore, 22-24 July 2010).
Based on these provisions the Editorial Board observes the ethics of scientific publications, the ethics of authorship of scientific publications, and the ethics of reviewing and editing of scientific publications.
The Editor in Chief and members of the Editorial Board pursue a balanced, objective, and communicative editorial policy, in accordance with international and national requirements.
All articles are reviewed by the Editorial Board. Depending on the content of an article, its topical and polemic nature, four levels of reviewing may be applied: main editor, open peer-review, single blind PR, double blind PR.
The Editorial Board is entitled to a minor literary editing of the text and is allowed to reject the articles submitted in violation of accepted requirements.
The point of view of the authors does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board.
Authors are not allowed to submit previously published articles or articles already submitted for publication in other journals.
Responsibility for the accuracy of the information and facts and plagiarism lies with the authors.

Distribution and subscription.

A stated number of copies of the Journal are sent to the National Library of Latvia, the library of the Baltic International Academy and its affiliated branches. Complete texts of the published articles are available in open public access on the website of the Journal www.balticlawjournal.lv
The main readers of the Journal are found in the higher education institutions of Latvia and foreign countries, business structures and public organizations; they are the authors of publications, members of academic staff, lawyers, law enforcement officers, etc.
The Journal may be subscribed directly through the Editorial Office, by filing the subscription application. The Journal is also available in free sale.

Peer review.

Articles submitted for publication are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board.
Depending on the content of the article, its topical and polemic nature, two levels of reviewing may be applied: single blind PR, double blind PR.
The reviewer evaluates the relevance, topicality, novelty, scientific and applied importance of the content, compliance with the requirements to the layout and expediency of publication.
In case of any fault finding, the article with comments from the reviewer is sent back to the author for corrections within a specified period.
Articles that do not correspond to the profile of the Journal, scientific rigor or other requirements are rejected from publication.
Reviews are kept in the Editorial Office for 6 months from the date of their signing by the reviewer.
Responsibility for the accuracy of the information and facts and plagiarism lies with the authors.
The point of view of the authors does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board.
Authors should not submit previously published articles or articles already submitted for publication in other journals.
Fees for publication are not to be paid.
Authors at no cost provide the Editorial Board with the right to reproduce and distribute articles, to use metadata; and to include publications in international citation databases.