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1.1. Article relevance to the Scientific Journal topic: scientific, theoretical and practical content regarding coverage of criminalistics modern problems, actual issues of performing various types of forensic examinations and special knowledge application in legal proceedings are published on the pages of Scientific Journal.

1.2. Scientific style of the material presentation (accuracy, logic, conciseness, clarity, connectivity, integrity, completeness) and its high scientific level.

1.3. Article structural elements should include:

a) scientific problem formulation, its connection with scientific and practical interests (it is necessary to reveal essence and state of the scientific problem in general terms, theoretical, practical significance of a research in connection with scientific and practical tasks, substantiation of the research relevance);

b) analysis of main recent researches on the selected article topic, outlining the problematic field of the research that article is devoted;

c) article purpose (it is necessary to formulate the publication main thesis differing from previously considered research on the chosen topic, the goal should be formed according to problem definition and research analysis in recent years, deepening existing approaches, focusing on the introduced in the scientific circulation terminology, theories, regularities, refinements of earlier known regulations);

d) presentation of main research content with obtained results (important theoretical positions and research results, obtained scientific facts, ideas, thoughts, regularities, concepts, trends of further topic development, personal author contribution should be revealed in this part of the publication);

e) conclusions (main results of performed research scientific novelty, theoretical and practical significance is formulated in this part, in the synthesis form of the publication material in a clear, consistent, logically formulated form according to the stated purpose).

1.4. Scientific novelty of research results should be characterized by the following features: rationality, validity, authenticity, logical non-contradiction, compliance with fundamental scientific principles.


2.1. Total scope of a scientific article (information about the author, article title, abstract, keywords, article text, subordinate bibliographic references, extended resume, References: list of used sources) should be 8-20 pages.

2.2. Total scope of scientific peer review for should not exceed 5 pages. It is essential to send a copy of monograph, manual, tutorial or other peer-reviewed publication.


3.1 Article is submitted for publication in Ukrainian or in English.

3.2. Text of the article should be printed using the MS Word text editor (in the .doc or .docx format); A4 paper size; page orientation: portrait, justified, indented from the left edge: 1.25 mm; Margins: Top margin, Bottom margin: 2 cm, Left margin: 3 cm, Right margin:1 cm; Font: Times New Roman (Font size: 14 pt); Line spacing: 1.5. Text should not contain hyphens and macros.

3.3. Article information should be presented according to the following sequence.

Information about the author (co-authors) of the publication should be center-aligned (First name, Last name in Ukrainian, academic degree, academic rank, information about the election as a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, honorary title, position, place of employment, locality, country, Researcher ID, ORCID ID, E-mail address).

One publication permits no more than three collaborators.

3.3.2. The Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) should be right-aligned with (UDC abbreviations in Ukrainian are available on the UDC website).

3.3.3. Article title should be in bold, center-aligned, capital letters, without abbreviations. Publication title should reproduce the article content and correspond to assigned task, scientific results and conclusions.

3.3.4. Annotation should be prepared in Ukrainian (number of characters in the article is determined by the publication content (scientific value, theoretical, practical value of the article). Abstract scoop should be 250-300 words including key words (2-3 thousand characters including spaces).

Abstract should include the following:

a) scientific problem delineation;

b) purpose;

c) used research methods (to be indicated if they contain novelty and are important taking into account the article subject matter);

d) main research results;

e) conclusions.

All structural parts of the annotation should begin with paragraph. Titles of annotation structural parts other except the purpose, should not be indicated.

Keywords should match the content of the article and display the publication topic. Keywords are presented in the nominative case with a semicolon.

Abstract and keywords should be printed in Times New Roman font (point size of the font:12 pt), Line spacing: 1.0, italics.

3.3.5. Article text is presented according to requirements for the content.

34. General citation rules, references to the used sources and requirements of the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 Information and documentation should be respected in the article text. Bibliographic reference. General rules, compilation rules” and the international style OSCOLA of citation and references in scientific works, applied to jurisprudence, namely:

a) quote text inside the line (up to three lines of text) should begin and end with single quotes and be presented in the grammatical form provided in the source saving special features of the author's writing. Footnote reference should be placed after the corresponding punctuation at the end of the quote or directly after corresponding word (phrase). If a word (phrase) referring to the Footnote Reference, indicated in brackets, footnote reference is placed before the bracket closing a word or phrase;

b) block quote (consisting of four or more lines of text) should be filed in the text of the article with indent the first line a paragraph for all quotes without quotation marks. Before and after the block quote, one indentation line should be made;

c) quotation should be complete without any reduction of the author's text and without distortion of the author's thoughts. Missing words, sentences, and paragraphs in quotation is carried out without distortion of the author's text and is indicated by three dots placed in the appropriate place of the quote (at the beginning, in the middle, at the end). If punctuation character precedes or succeeds missing text this one should not be saved.

d) each quotation should be accompanied by a reference to the source which bibliographic description should be completed depending on its type (primary or secondary source) according to the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General terms and conditions of drawing up or according to the OSCOLA international style;

e) When citing any source indirectly (by paraphrasing or referring to ideas in a source), it is necessary to be extremely precise while expressing authors opinions and correct in evaluating their results and provide relevant references to sources. Indirect quotation should not be enclosed in quotation marks. Footnote Reference should be placed after corresponding punctuation at the end of the indirect quotation or immediately after corresponding word (phrase). If a word (phrase) referring to the Footnote Reference, indicated in brackets, Footnote Reference is placed before the bracket closing the word or phrase;

e) If the article author giving a quotation highlights some words, a special warning is issued after the text explaining the selection, a dot, dash, and the initials of article author, are indicated, and the entire text of the warning should be enclosed in quotation parentheses. Versions of such warnings are: (italics ours. – L. P.), (underlined by me – L. P.), (kerning is mine. – L. P.

35. Terminology and main provisions of the article should be (if necessary) highlighted in italics.

3.6. Illustrations (tables, diagrams, graphics, schemes, formulas) can be submitted in the text article. Illustrations should correspond to the text of the article, and the text to illustrations. The names of illustrations should be placed after their numbers. If necessary, illustrations can be supplemented by explanatory information (caption).

Caption should consist of four main elements: Image name indicated with the abbreviated word: Fig.; the serial number of an illustration, indicated with a number without Arabic numerals; thematic title of the illustration containing the text with a brief description of the image; explanation constructed as follows: Image details are indicated with numbers in the caption accompanied with a text. Explanation does not replace the general name of the graphic but only explains its meaning.

It is necessary to place the reference in the form of an expression in the round brackets where the topic is devoted to the illustration and where the reference should be specified for a reader "(Fig. 1.)" or a phrase like: “as it is seen from Fig. 1” or “as shown in Fig. 1”.

Illustrations should be designed using separate files in Adobe Photoshop (PSD), .tiff, .ai, .pdf, .eps of appropriate quality. Resolution should be at least 300 dpi, and the image size is at least 1060 × 1410 pixel. It is not allowed to re-photograph or scan illustrations of published sources. In vector format text must be converted into curves or fonts should be added.

When preparing tables, it is necessary take into account that they are divided into analytical and non-analytic content. Analytical tables are the result of processing and analyzing digital indicators. As a rule, after such tables, it is necessary to generalize the new (derived) knowledge, for example: "it is seen from the table that ...". Non-analytical tables should contain mostly unprocessed statistics, that are necessary to provide information or to state a certain state of affairs.

Each table should have a serial number and a subject heading which should be placed symmetrically to the text above. Subject headings and the word "Table" should be capitalized.

Tables must be performed using the MS Word 2013 text editor (.rtf or .docx format).

Diagrams and charts should be made using vector graphics editors Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw or MS Excel.

Schemes should be arranged in vector format (.cdr, .eps, .pdf, .ai).

Formulas should be performed using the MS Equation 3.0, Math Type formula editor.

Diagrams, charts, schemas, formulas should not be placed in a separate frame or above the text. The text should be from the top and bottom without using the wrap.

3.7. Footnote bibliography should be used in the article text.

Footnote bibliography should be placed as a note at the bottom of the page (type page), distinguishing it from the main text with a horizontal line. Footnote bibliography should be associated with the document text using footnotes, which should be given on the top line of type face after corresponding fragment in the text (for example: Text1) and before the Footnote (for example: 1Reference).

During the numbering of subordinate bibliographic references, it is necessary to use non-continuous numbering within the entire article (Arabic numerals).

Footnote bibliography should be printed using the MS Word text editor justified, font: Times New Roman (font size - 10 pt); Line spacing - 1.0.

Footnote bibliography should be performed taking into account the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General rules, compilation rules and the OSCOLA citation style guide and references in scientific works applied to jurisprudence,

The OSCOLA style guide involves the division of all sources used in the article into primary (normative documents and regulations, statutes, cases) and secondary (books, book parts, multivolume editions, articles from magazines (printed, electronic) and newspapers (printed, electronic), dissertations, conference materials (seminars, symposiums, congresses, round tables, etc.), web sites, blogs.

Primary sources are compiled according to the National Standard of Ukraine: DSTU 8302: 2015 "Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General rules, compilation rules and secondary sources using the OSCOLA international style guide.

3.8. References should be placed after the article text

References foresee division into the following parts:

a) list of primary sources, entitled List of legal documents. The list of primary sources consists of sections: legislation, statutes, cases. All references are arranged alphabetically by name in each section. Primary sources should be compiled according to the National Standard of Ukraine: DSTU 8302: 2015 Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General rules and compilation rules

b) list of secondary sources entitled Bibliography. The list of secondary sources consists of sections: authored books, edited books, translated books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, journal articles, conference papers, thesis abstracts, dissertations, newspaper articles, websites, blogs etc. All references should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the author's name in each section. References without the author should be listed alphabetically by name. Secondary sources should be performed using the OSCOLA style.

Names of Cyrillic sources, first names and last names of their authors (compilers, contributors and/or scientific editors), journal names, conference names (seminars, symposiums, congresses, round tables, etc.) and publishing houses should be transliterated using Roman script.

Then it is necessary to place translation in English of the title in brackets: monographs or other type of publication, a scientific article, thesis of the scientific report (the message), as well as the names of: conference, seminar, symposium, congress, “round table”, etc.

After each reference it is necessary to indicate in the parentheses the source language of the source, for example: (in Ukrainian) or (in Russian).

Transliteration should be made depending on the source language: for Ukrainian language, use the official transliteration, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated on January 27, 2010. #. 55; for Russian, use transliteration according to the requirements of the order of the Federal Migration Service of Russia dated on February, 3, 2010. # 26.

Examples of typography of used sources:


Rabinovych P. ta in. Pryntsyp verkhovenstva prava: problemy teorii ta praktyky: monohrafiia [The Rule of Law Principle: Issues of Theory and Practice: monograph] (Spolom, 2016) (in Ukrainian).

Scientific Article:

Stefanchuk R. ‘Do pytannia pro kodyfikatsiiu zakonodavstva u sferi intelektualnoi vlasnosti’ [‘To the Issue of Codification of Intellectual Property Legislation’] (2016) 11 Pravo Ukrainy 86 (in Ukrainian).

Conference papers:

Shtanko A. ‘Rozrobka osnovy teorii zakhystu tsyvilnykh prav ta okhoroniuvanykh zakonom interesiv kriz pryzmu pidkhodiv do vyznachennia yoho poniattia’ [‘Developing the Basics of the Theory of Protection of Civil Rights and Interests Protected by Law Through the Prism of Approaches to the Definition of its Concept’] Kanzafarova I. (red.), Shosti yurydychni dysputy z aktualnykh problem pryvatnoho prava: Mizhnarodna naukovo-praktychna konferentsiia, prysviachena pamiati Ye. V. Vaskovskoho (do 150-richchia vid dnia yoho narodzhennia) [Sixth Legal Debates on the Topical Issues of Private Law: International Scientific and Practical Conference Dedicated to the Memory of Ie. V. Vaskovskyi (on the 150th Anniversary of his Birth)] (Astroprynt, 2016) (in Ukrainian).

Foreign sources remain unchanged. They should be placed before translated Cyrillic sources.

If in the bibliographic description several works of the same author, editor or compiler are located in a row, in the following after first description a double dash (– –), is used for replacing the name and the title. Records need to be arranged in chronological order (starting from the oldest) and if publication years coincide – in alphabetical order by name.

The international digital identifier DOI (digital object identifier) should be specified for all quoted sources.

References should be printed using the MS Word text editor, justified, font: Times New Roman (font size - 10 pt); line spacing - 1.0.


4.1. For publishing an article that has not previously been published in other Printed matters (Online magazines) the article electronic version should be sent to e-mail of journal electronic version hniise@hniise.gov.ua theoreticlab@hniise.gov.ua the file name should consist of the author(co-authors) name(s) and sent date together with the illustrations attached (see par. 3.6) the file names should consist of the first name (first names) of the author (co-authors) and sent date to the editor with the label Illustration).

4.2. Author (co-authors) should provide a reference of such content file name should consist of the first name (first names) of the author (co-authors) and the sent date with the note Reference.

4.3. The author (co-authors) should submit a qualitative color photograph (quality color photographs) of 9 × 12 cm with a resolution not less than 300 dpi in the .jpg or .tiff format. The file name (files) should consist of the author's (co-authors) last name(s) and send to the editor with not Photo.

4.4. By submitting a scientific article and other materials provided for in the 4.1–4.3 paragraph of Requirements for a scientific article submitted for publication in the Scientific Journal Theory and Practice of Forensic Science and Criminalistics, the author (co-authors) fully and unconditionally accepts the terms of the Licensing Agreement.

Please, note that it is not necessary for the author (co-authors) to send a doctor (candidate) of Legal Sciences review who is a specialist in the field of knowledge concerning the article topic and a recommendation for publication in the form of an extract from minutes of the meeting of the of the institution higher education institution department (research institute), since each article submitted for publication in the Theory and Practice of Forensic Science and Criminalistics scientific journal operates Double blind peer review. This means that the reviewers of the paper won't get to know the identity of the author(s), and the author(s) won't get to know the identity of the reviewer.

Analysis and evaluation of scientific articles, comments and suggestions on their updating and improvement are carried out by peer reviewers.

The author (co-authors) bears the responsibility for the accuracy of the provided content, and the affiliation of the latter to him personally and the translation quality of the quotations from foreign sources.

Content submitted in violation of these requirements are not published.

The Editorial Board has the right to review (Double-Blind Peer Review), edit, reduce and reject articles.

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