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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 included in the international database Ulrich's Periodicals Directory / USA / from 2017.
Baltic Law Journal is included In the international database "Index Copernicus".

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.
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.

BJL is committed to the following principles and procedures of peer-reviewing of the manuscripts.
Every paper published in a BJL journal has been through peer review to assess its relevance to Journal’s aims and scope.
Depending upon the subject matter and the content of the submitted manuscript as well as the step of the review process, the review procedures of double-blind peer review, single-blind peer review and open peer review are used.
The reviewing is carried out by independent peers within the relevant field.
The procedure of the reviewing is as follows:
The initial editor screening of the paper submitted is carried out to assess its general relevance to the Journal scope and conformity to the submission requirements upon which the accepted articles are sent to the reviewers.
The reviewer assesses the article based on the following criteria:
the congruence between the title and the subject of the paper, the adequacy of the abstract and the  keywords; the novelty and topicality of the research, the relevancy of the results and conclusions; the logic of structure and the clarity of language of the manuscript.
The reviewer recommends the manuscript to be published or rejected in case the article does not meet the criteria. The reviewer may recommend the manuscript to be published after changes are made. In this case, the manuscript with the reviewer’s comments is sent to the author.
The reviewers are informed concerning the confidentiality of the reviewing.
Reviews are assessed by the Editor- in-chief who takes the final decision to accept the manuscript for publication or to reject it.
The reviews remain at the editorial office for six months.