The Journal’s profile

Retfærd is a peer-reviewed journal of legal science that publishes innovative articles at the highest scientific level.

The articles published in Retfærd analyse law and justice from a theoretical and practical point of view on the basis of not only jurisprudence, but also sociology, criminology, political science, history, philosophy, economics, ecology, anthropology, feminism and other sciences. The journal therefore contributes to the interdisciplinarity of legal scholarship in a way that not only unveils relations of dominance in the law, but also focuses on critical legal science as an emancipatory endeavour. For these reasons, Retfærd publishes articles that examine law in broader context and challenge prevailing views on the law.

In addition to articles, the journal occasionally publishes essays and debating points, which seek to place new themes on the scientific agenda or comment on others from a critical perspective. The journal also regularly publishes regularly short book reviews and review-articles.

Retfærd places great emphasis on the fact that most readers are Nordic and therefore both publishes articles written in English and the Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian and Swedish). The journal is principally oriented towards the conditions in Scandinavia, and so also brings a Nordic perspective to international issues and debates. Retfærd is regularly published four times a year. The editorial board readily considers suggestions for special issues.

All submissions are anonymously peer-reviewed by two referees external to the editorial board. When possible, Retfærd aims to use referees from different countries, with one of the referees having connection either to the country of the submitting author or a connection to a country treated in the article. This is most typical for submissions having a connection to a Nordic country.

Submissions should not exceed 15 pages (or 6,700 words) for articles and 5 pages (or 2,200 words) for book reviews, and should be sent to one of the Nordic editors as an email attachment. Before submitting an article, please consult the guidelines for contributors.

Retfærd reserves all rights to publish accepted submissions in electronic version as well on its website, unless otherwise is agreed with the author.