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

Structural elements should include:

  1. Formulation of Research Problem, its connection with 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);
  2. Analysis of recent researches and publications on the selected article topic, outlining the problematic field of the research that article is devoted;
  3. 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);
  4. Main content presentation 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);
  5. 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).
  6. References (Reference List transliterated into the Latin alphabet and designed according to APA Style)

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

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 20-30 pages. References - at least 20 sources.

Article is submitted for publication in Ukrainian or in English. Text of the article should be printed using the MS word processor (in the .doc or .docx format); A4 paper size; page orientation: portrait, justified, all side indented: 20 mm; Font: Times New Roman (Font size: 14 pt); Line spacing: 1.5. Text should not contain hyphens and macros. Article information should be presented according to the following sequence. Information about the publication author (co-authors) 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, Е-mail: address). One publication permits no more than three collaborators. The Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) should be left-aligned with (UDC abbreviations in Ukrainian are available on the UDC website). 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 Normal abstract text should be equal 600-700 characters (in the article language); Extended abstract texts (summary) of at least 1800 characters (in English and Russian). Abstract and keywords should be printed in Times New Roman font (point size:12 pt), Line spacing: 1,0, italics.

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 considering the article topic);
d) main research results;
e) conclusions.
Titles of annotation structural parts other except the purpose should not be indicated.
f) Keywords should match the content of the article and display the publication topic.

Article text is presented according to content requirements.

The article text should adhere to general rules of citation and references to used sources and requirements of the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015: Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General Provisions and Rules of Compilation and APA Style that is writing style and format for academic documents such as scholarly journal articles and books used for citing sources within the field of social sciences. (sociology, jurisprudence, psychology, history, etc.).

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).

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;

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 can 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 a word or phrase;

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. The warning should be as follows: emphasis added.

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

Illustrations (tables, diagrams, graphics, schemes, formulas) can be submitted in the text article. Illustrations should correspond to the article text and the text should correspond to illustrations. If necessary, illustrations can be supplemented by explanatory information (caption).

Graphic plot title denoted by the abbreviated word «Fig."; the sequence number of the illustration indicated by the unsigned number in Arabic numerals; thematic caption of illustration containing text with a brief image description; explication, designed in this way: plot details are indicated by figures that they sign accompanying with 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 .tiff, .pdf, .jpeg 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 consider 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.

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

Tables should be performed using the Microsoft Word word processor (.rtf or .docx).

Charts and graphs should be made using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, (.xls) or Microsoft Visio diagramming tool (.vsd). Schemes should be made using Microsoft Visio diagramming tool (.vsd) and should be grouped.

Formulas should be performed using the MS Equation 3.0, Math Type formula editor compatible with MS Office 2003, 2007 or 2019.

Diagrams, charts, schemas, formulas should not be placed in a separate frame or above the text.

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.


Title of Reference List: Reference. Headline is placed in the center using normal Font Style without quotation marks.

References provide information necessary to find and retrieve any source cited in the document text. Each source cited in research paper should appear in the reference list. Each entry in the reference list should be mentioned in the research paper text.

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 № 55, dated on January 27, 2010; for Russian, use transliteration according to the requirements of the order of the Federal Migration Service of Russia № 26, dated on February, 3, 2010.

Quoted content is alphabetically named by the author's name (editor/compiler, if there is no author). If the content does not have any author, it should be distributed by the first letter of its title.

If the bibliographic description indicates several research papers by the same author, editor or compiler; the entries are arranged in chronological order by publication year in ascending order.

If the bibliographic description of the source is more than one line; the first line of the description is justified with 1 cm indented without numbering.

For example:

Bytiak, Yu.P. (2005). Derzhavna sluzhba v Ukraini: orhanizatsiino-pravovi zasady. Kharkiv: Pravo [in Ukrainian].

Bibliographic description rules for References:

Books and e-books
Author, А. А. (Publication year). Research Paper Title: Research Paper Subtitle. Publication city: Publisher.

Book chapters
Author, А. А. (Publication year). Chapter Title. Editor. Book Title. Publication city: Publisher.

Book without author
Book Title. (Publication year). Publication city: Publisher.

Chapters from encyclopedia
Author, А. А. (Publication year). Chapter Title. Editor. Book Title. Publication city: Publisher.

Reference to Web resource
Resource name. (Publish Date). Publication Name. URL: http://

E-book without DOI
Author, А. А. (Publication year). Research Paper Title: Research Paper Subtitle. URL: http://

E-book with DOI
Author, А. А. (Publication year). Research Paper Title: Research Paper Subtitle. DOI:

Journal article
Author, А. А. (Publication year). Research Paper Title. Journal Title, Common number (Current number) line spacing __-__. DOI: Author, А. А. (Publication year). Research Paper Title. Journal Title, Common number (Current number) line spacing __-__. URL: ://

Newspaper article
Author, А. А. (Publish Date). Article Title. Journal Title, Common number (Current number) line spacing __-__. URL: ://
Author, А. А. (Publish Date). Article Title. Journal Title, Common number (Current number) line spacing

Sites Web references social media
Author, А. А.. (Publish Date). Article Title. URL: http://
Article Title. URL: http://

Facebook page
Author, А. А. [Alias] (Publish Date) Publication Name [Facebook page] Date Received from: http://

Publication Name (Publish Date). Received from Wikipedia. URL: http://

Blog post
Author, А. А. (Publish Date). Article Title. [blog post] URL: http://

Map, diagram, drawing, table, chart
Author, А. Name [Format]. Zoom. Publication city: Publisher.