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Author guidelines

  1. Manuscripts should be submitted only in English. The preferable text length (including footnotes/notes) is 35 000 - 45 000 characters incl. spaces (4000 - 6000 words).
  2. Manuscripts are subject to review (double peer-review). If an article receives a positive review it will be published in the journal.
  3. The manuscript should contain:
    • Title (in English), font – Times New Roman, font size – 14 pt, centered;
    • List of authors and their workplace – author’s name, surname and workplace (font – Times New Roman Bold, font size – 12 pt, centered), workplace address, including e-mail address (font – Times New Roman, font size – 12 pt, centered);
    • Abstract (in English), title Abstract (indent 1.27 cm, font – Times New Roman Bold, 10 pt), abstract text (font – Times New Roman Italic, 10pt), maximum length –  200 words (1 500 characters), it should contain: the aim of the research, main methods used in the research, a short description of the research problem and results;
    • List of keywords (in English) – title Keywords (font – Times New Roman, Bold, font size – 10 pt), list of keywords in alphabetical order (font – Times New Roman Italic, font size – 10 pt), maximum length – 6 words;
    • Introduction - title Introduction (font - Times New Roman, Bold, font size - 12pt, centered), it should contain: topicality of the research, the aim of the research and methods used. Maximums lenght - 1,5 pages;
    • Manuscript text – (font – Times New Roman, font size – 12 pt), chapter titles should be in bold and centered, all formulas, images, tables and other objects should be numbered, their titles/names should appear both in the original language and English, included in the text, centered – under the images (e.g., Image 1); above the tables (e.g., Table 1);
    • Conclusions;
    • Bibliography – titles Bibliography (not less than 15 sources), font – Times New Roman Bold, font size – 10 pt, centered, numbered references (font – Times New Roman, font size – 10pt), each entry should start a new paragraph. Example: Lion, Baron & Marwel, Caro. (2019). Law and practice. Cambridge. Canwel University Press. 

References and sources

Bibliographical references in the text should be formatted in APA reference style:
- in brackets indicating the surname of the author and the year of publication of the source, e.g. (Becker, 2006), (Nainere & Briede, 2018)

Information sources

Legal acts

1. Latvijas Republikas likums: Ārstniecības likums, Latvijas Vēstnesis Nr.167/168, 01.07.1997.
2. Ministru Kabineta  28.08.2018. noteikumi Nr. 555 “Veselības aprūpes pakalpojumu organizēšanas un samaksas kārtība”, Latvijas Vēstnesis Nr. 176, 05.09.2018.


3.John Colville. (1985). The Fringes of Power: 10 Downing Street Diaries, 1939–1955. New York: W. W. Norton.
4. Cris Memberfild (2018). Law and Parctice. New York: Routledge, 217
5. Jānis Ferrers (1999). Jurisdikcijas problemātika. Rīga: Avots, 57 lpp.
6. Nainere, K. un Briedis, L. (2018). Civillikuma izaicinājumi. Rīga: Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte.

Chapter from a book

7. Kovels Bill. (1999) "What is law?" in Law and Politics, ed. E. I. Kouri and  Din Ford. London: Mannel, 321.
8. Kristaps Rudzītis. (1961) “Fantāzija, kustība, spīts”, no Profesors Pauls Stradiņš, red. ArnisŠmits et al. Rīga: Latvijas PSR Zinātņu akadēmijas izdevniecība, 121–25.

Editions in volumes

9. H. H. Asquith. (1928) Memories and Reflections, 1852-1927, 2 vols. Boston: Little, Brown.
10. Jānis Stradiņš et al., red. (2014) Latvieši un Latvija, 4 sēj. Rīga: LZA Baltijas stratēģisko pētījumu centrs.

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias

11. Dennis H. Cremin. (2004) “Waterfront,” in The Encyclopedia of Chicago, ed. James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 865.
12. Joels Veinbergs. (1993) “Belials un Sātans,” no Mitoloģijas enciklopēdija, red. Roberts Akmentiņš et al. Rīga: Latvijas Enciklopēdija, 1:98

Articles in academic journals

13. Henry Kamen. (1977) “A Forgotten Insurrection of the Seventeenth Century: The Catalan Peasant Rising of 1688,” Journal of Modern History 49, no. 2, p.224.
14. John B. Rosenmon. (1979) “The Rising Eye in Johnny Tremain,” Claflin College Review 3, no. 2, p.45.
15. Jeanette Kennett. (2018) “True and Proper Selves: Velleman on Love,” Ethics 118, p.215, doi:10.1086/523747.
16. Frank P. Whitney. (1929) “The Six-Year High School in Cleveland,” School Review 37, no. 4 (1929), p.268. Reviewed:

Internet resources

17.Blaikans, J. (2018). Uzņēmuma reģistra darbība. Available: [rev.05.11.2019].

Reference to the Scientific Journal Socrates

18. Palkova K., Žukovs A., (2020). Description of the Concept of Medical Technologies and Devices in Latvia in the Context of Robotics. Electronic Scientific Journal of Law Socrates, 2 (17). 31.–39.

Article submission deadlines

Socrates is published in a single volume three times a year: in May, September and December.

  • 29 February – for the May edition
  • 30 May – for the September edition
  • 30 August – for the December edition

Submit articles via e-mail to socratesatrsu[pnkts]lv

Article submission and review fees

With the support of Rīga Stradiņš University, no fee is charged for submission, processing or for the review of articles.

Checklist for article submission 

During the article submission process, authors must observe the following:

  • That the submitted article meets all the requirements of the journal Socrates (policy, article submission requirements, etc.);
  • That the submitted article has not been published previously or been submitted to other journals;
  • That the submitted article is in the Microsoft Word, MS Word XP file format;
  • That the submitted article meets document presentation requirements;
  • That the submitted article meets the stylistic and bibliography requirements.