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Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie

The German Journal of Law and Society

Edited by: Alfons Bora, Christian Boulanger, Michelle Cottier, Walter Fuchs, Pierre Guibentif, Vagias Karavas, Andrea Kretschmann, Stefan Machura, and Doris Schweitzer

About the Journal

Established in 1980, the Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie – The German Journal of Law and Society offers a forum for the academic analysis of law in its societal context and on the relationship between law and society. The notion of ‘society’ is interpreted broadly. The journal publishes contributions from all disciplines as long as the relationship between law and society can be identified as a core theme. Papers with a theoretical focus and empirically-based analyses are equally welcome. We also publish essays that do not follow the typical format of a journal article as long as the arguments and reasoning are of an academic standard. The journal also features a book review section which discusses recent sociology of law texts published in Germany and other countries. Submissions may be written in German or English.

Only original contributions will be published. However, contributions to the journal may be republished elsewhere provided that the place of first publication is cited.

An overview over the development of the journal can be found in: Cottier Michelle, Die Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie: seit bald 40 Jahren Kristallisationspunkt und Kommunikationsarena der deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie, in: Christian Boulanger (Hrsg.) "Rechtssoziologisch publizieren" – Dokumentation eines Rundtischgespräches, 26.03.2019, https://barblog.hypotheses.org/cottier-zeitschrift-fuer-rechtssoziologie.

Peer review

Contributions will be subject to a double blind peer review process, where necessary more than once, involving at least two external referees before the editors take a decision on publication.

Publication frequency

The journal is published twice a year and is included in the abstracting services of Sociological Abstracts and SOLIS – Sozialwissenschaftliches Literaturinformationssystem (a German social science database).

Journal Metrics

Cite Score
SCImago Journal Rank
Source Normalized Impact per Paper

Abstracting & Indexing

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Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts in English or German will be welcomed. Both American English and British English are acceptable, but please ensure that your usage is consistent throughout the text. Articles should not generally exceed 20 printed pages. A printed page corresponds to 3,200 characters including spaces. This means, as a rough guideline, that papers should not exceed 9,000 words (including references, footnotes and annex).

Please submit your manuscript by e-mail to the editor-in-chief. Please also provide an anonymised version of the text which does not identify the author in any way. Submissions should be produced in or converted to MS Word format.

Address of the editor-in-chief:
Dr. Walter Fuchs, IRKS Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie, Wien, Austria

The editors will make every effort to provide a decision on submissions as quickly as possible. However, because of the peer review process, it can take up to 10 weeks before an initial response can be given.

Book reviews

Please send books for review to the book review editor. This is currently Dr. Christian Boulanger, Recht im Kontext, Juristische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Zimmerstraße 23, 10969 Berlin, Germany. E-Mail: christian.boulanger@rewi.hu-berlin.de

Preparation of manuscripts

download of author guidelines (pdf)

Article structure

  • Title page. This should include the title of the paper in English (and, if available, also in German) and the full contact details: name, address, telephone, fax, e-mail of the author. Any acknowledgements should be included on this page.
  • This page is followed by a second title page. This page should state the title of the paper but make no mention of the name or contact details of the author. Beneath the title an abstract in English (and, if available, also in German) should be provided. The abstract in each language should not exceed 200 words. Finally, please provide three to six keywords in English.
  • The main text itself. Please number pages consecutively.
  • Reference list (see below).
  • Annex (if necessary). Please use an annex for details on methods or sources, etc. where this information would take up too much space in the main text.
  • Any tables and diagrams. Please indicate in the text where these should be placed e.g. ‘Table X here’.


  • Please use (unnumbered) section headings and, as a rule, no more than two levels of headings. First level headings should be in bold, second level headings in italics. The introductory section does not require a heading ‘Introduction’.
  • Please use a reasonably sized font. We recommend Times Roman 12 point. The manuscript should be one-and-a-half spaced with a right-hand margin of 3.5 cm.
  • Please keep the text format as simple as possible and do not justify the text. For emphasis please use italics.
  • References should be inserted using the Harvard System.

  • The in-text citation should include the author surname(s), year of publication and, where necessary, the specific pages cited. Examples: ‘As Teubner (1998:15) argues ...’; ‘... as a way out of this dilemma, a re-politicisation of decision-making processes is recommended (see Bora 2006)’. Where there are two authors, their names should be linked in continuous text with the word ‘and’ - e.g. ‘According to Nichelmann and Paquée (2007), self-determination ...’ and in citations using the symbol ‘&’, i.e. (Nichelmann & Paquée 2007).

Where there are three or more authors, only the first-named author should be mentioned in the text, followed by the phrase ‘et al.’. The reference list must include the names of all the authors.
Where the article cites several works by the same author from the same year, these must be distinguished using the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, etc. placed following the year of publication.
The references cited in the text must be arranged in a list to follow the main text (as set out below). Where appropriate, this should be followed by a list of judgments cited.

  • Footnotes should be used only to explain or clarify a point made in the text. They are not to be used for references except where (in extremely rare cases) a large number of authors are cited. Please use footnotes sparingly.

Tables and diagrams

  • Please use consecutive numbering for tables and diagrams.
  • Tables should generally not include any vertical lines and contain only a few horizontal lines. Numbers must be right aligned or in accordance with the decimal marker.
  • Please note that diagrams will be printed using greyscale. Different elements of a diagram should therefore not be shown using hatching but with different shades of grey. Three-dimensional diagrams illustrating one or two-dimensional situations will not be accepted.

List of references

Please observe the rules set out below. For document types not listed here (unpublished manuscripts, discussion papers, etc.) please adapt the rules accordingly.

Journal articles:
May, Christopher (2004) Capacity building and the (re)production of intellectual property rights. Third World Quarterly 25: 821-837.
Bowles, Samuel & Gintis, Herbert (1990) Dmocratic demands and radical rights . Socialist Review 20: 57-72.
Names of journals must be written out in full.

Slaughter, Anne-Marie (2004) A new world order. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Goldstein, Judith L., Kahler, Miles, Keohane, Robert & Slaughter, Anne-Marie (2001) Legalization and world politics. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Edited collections:
Bermann, George A., Herdegen, Matthias & Lindseth, Peter L. (eds) (2000) Transatlantic regulatory co-operation: Legal problems and political prospects. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chapters in edited collections:
Sevenhuijsen, Selma L. (1991) Justice, moral reasoning and the politics of child custody, pp. 88-103 in E. Meehan & S. L. Sevenhuijsen (eds), Equality principles and gender politics. London: Sage.

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP  may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

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