Guidelines for Contributors

1) General points for contributors
In line with the profile of the journal, Retfærd publishes primarily articles and reviews in Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian and Swedish) and in exceptional cases in English. Retfærd reserves all rights to publish articles in an electronic version as well, if nothing else is agreed with a particular author.The editorial board cannot provide proofreading of the manuscripts. The authors submitting their work to the editorial board understand and accept to publishing the peer-reviewed article only in Retfærd.
2) Length of manuscripts
Submissions should not exceed 15 pages (or 6.700 words) for articles and 5 pages (or 2.200 words) for book reviews. This includes all notes, tables, graphics and references. Authors whose articles risk exceeding these limits should consult the editor before submission. Articles should be accompanied by 5-10 keywords (this is also valid for book reviews) and a 150-words abstract on a separate page.

3) Style
Authors will be expected to follow the style hereby presented.

Title: the title of the article should be written on a separate page, together with information on the author, institute affiliation, address, contact numbers and e-mail, and a 150-word abstract.

Tables and figures: should not be multiplied beyond necessity. None should require more than one page and each should carry a number, a caption and a source. Tables and figures should be submitted on a separate page. The author shall indicate in the main text where the tables should be placed.

Quotations: any quotation made in translation must be accompanied by the original language version.

Formatting: 12 point type in Times New Roman with standard margins at one-and-a-half line spacing. The main text should at the maximum contain two numbered subheadings in addition to the title.

Non-sexist use of language: Retfærd is committed to a non-sexist use of language. Thus, the use of masculine pronouns (he, him, and his) should be avoided unless they are used specifically to refer to a male. Use instead the personal pronouns she and her, or preferable the plural they and their. Wherever possible, use substitutions for words with masculine markers (for example: spokesperson and not spokesman). Further guidance can be obtained from the editors.

References: should be complete and correct. Reference calls in the text should be included in footnotes at the end of the page, following the Harvard output style (e.g.: Bobbio, 1996). Footnotes containing a comment of the text should be short and numbered. The references should be gathered in alphabetical order at the end of the article. The reference calls and the bibliography should be outlined in the following form (output style Harvard in Endnote and Reference Manager)

  • Articles in an edited book:

WILHELMSSON, T. (1999) Need-Rationality in Private Law? IN ERIKSSON, L. D. & HURRI, S. (Eds.) Dialectic of Law and Reality. Readings in Finnish Legal Theory.Helsinki, Forum Iuris

  • Journal articles:

BORN, A. W. & GOLDSCMIDTH, L. B. (1994) Retlig regulering og kommunikative koblinger. Retfærd, 24.

  • Books:

CARBONNIER, J. (1988) Flexible droit. Pour une sociologie du droit sans rigeur, Paris, Libraire Générale de Droit et de Jurisprudence.

  • Others:

For all other public documents the standard call should be respected. For other unusual bibliographical details (electronic documents etc.), see

Before submitting the article the author is requested to double-check that each reference called in the text does in fact appear in the list of references (and conversely) and that the date of publication and spelling of the author’s name are correct in both call and reference list.

4) Technical details of presentation

The preferred mode of submission for manuscripts is as an email attachment to the respective national editor or book review editor. After peer-review and decision to publish, the edited version of the manuscript shall be sent as an email attachment. For any doubt about the technical layout, please contact the national editors.

5) Peer-review

All received academic contributions will be peer-reviewed anonymously by 2 experts.The articles will be sent anonymously by the editors, and later sent to 2 experts chosen by the editorial board. The experts deliver their evaluation of the articles to the editorial board, which forwards the evaluation to the author.The peer-review is mainly conducted by experts who do not take part in the editorial work of the journal.If in an exceptional case it should not be possible to find 2 experts who do not take part in the editorial work of the journal, the peer-review can be conducted by a member of the editorial board, who works in a different board then the one where the article was received.In extraordinary cases the peer-review can be conducted by a member of the editorial board where the article was received. This can only happen if it not possible to find other opportunities for peer-review and only as long the anonymity between the author and the expert can be maintained. Book reviews, articles written by graduate students and other not academic contribution can be evaluated by the editorial board to which they were sent.The peer-review is not the only evaluation of an article’s quality which makes it suited for publication in the journal. The decision to publish lies on a comprehensive evaluation of the article’s academic quality, its topicality and news value and on whether the article fits within the journal’s profile. This comprehensive evaluation is conducted by the single editor in connection with the planning of the single numbers of the journal.

6) Correspondence

Prospective authors are required to submit their manuscripts to the national editor in the country of the author’s residence or workplace.