Guide for Authors

Before submitting a manuscript, author/authors must take the following into consideration:

  1. All material submitted must be the result of research by the author/ authors. Submissions to PLSQ must contain new scientific findings;
  2. Responsibility for the accuracy of the content, references, opinions expressed in the article, and the rights of other researchers lies with the author/authors;
  3. Students must submit their paper jointly with a faculty member or a PhD degree holder;
  4. Manuscripts will be double-blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert reviewers. The manuscript will be accepted for publication upon the final approval of at least two reviewers and the editorial board. The editorial board may accept, reject, edit or summarize the article;
  5. Manuscripts citing articles published in the PLSQ are prioritized in being reviewed and receive a higher score;
  6. Persian abstract should not be translated conceptually, it should be translated accurately and include the translation of all sentences of the Persian text. English titles, abstract and keywords should appear on the last page of the original manuscript file. In case the Persian abstract is rewritten or revised, necessary changes in the English abstract should also be applied;
  7. The corresponding author is the individual who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the submission, peer review, and publication process, and ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements are properly completed. Therefore, among the authors of the manuscript (if the article has co-authors), one of the authors (when submitting the manuscript) must be appointed as the corresponding author in the submission website. It is necessary for the corresponding author to provide his mobile phone number and valid email address submission system. Otherwise, the responsibility for possible consequences lies with the corresponding author and the PLSQ will not be responsible for any delay in the submission, peer-review, or rejection of the manuscript;
  8. It is suggested that students who submit a manuscript jointly with a faculty member, designate themselves as the corresponding author. When issuing the acceptance certificate, it will be possible to change the corresponding author. This, however, does not in any way mean that more individuals could be added to the article as author/ authors;
  9. Publication fee includes 2,000,000 IRR for peer-review and issuing acceptance certificate, and 2,000,000 IRR for printing when the article is accepted. The fee is payable to the account number: 4001070103006825 in the name of the concentrated funds account of the University of Tehran at the Central Bank of Iran with deposit ID37907017414010700000000250520 Send the deposit receipt through the submission system. Please do not pay the fees until the receipt of the manuscript is confirmed and referred through the submission system;
  10. To know how to register in the submission system, submit a manuscript, and also to follow the latest status of the manuscript, read the Authors Guideline for Manuscript Submission section of the PLSQ website.
  11. When submitting a manuscript through the submission system, authors must complete the "Authors’ Commitment Form" and the "Conflict of Interest Form" and send their images along with the original file of the manuscript;
  12. Manuscripts that are not prepared in accordance with this guideline will be returned to the corresponding author for applying changes.

Terms and Requirements for Submitting Manuscripts to the Public Law Studies Quarterly:

The PLSQ focuses on Public Law, International Law, and Human Rights Law. Students, professors and researchers are invited to submit manuscripts related to the fields mentioned above. Only manuscripts that fall within the scope of the Journal, as formulated above, will be submitted to the review process. Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in Persian. Submit your manuscript through by registering in the submission system, observing the following points:

A- Style Guide

1-Manuscripts should be a maximum of 10,000 words in length including title, abstract, body, conclusion, footnotes, and references;

2- The right and left margins of the page must be 4.5 cm, and the top and bottom margins 6 cm;

3-Guide for adjusting the size and font of the article:

Persian title/ size: bold-18/ font: B Compset

Next article titles (in descending order)/ size: bold-12-14-16/ font: B Compset

Persian Abstract and Keywords/ 12/ B Nazanin

English Abstract and Keywords/ 11/ Times New Roman

Body of the Article/ 12/ B Nazanin

Persian References/ 12/ B Nazanin

English References/ 10/ Times New Roman

Persian footnote/ 10/ B Nazanin

English Footnote/ 9/ Times New Roman

4-Employ multilevel numbering to structure your manuscript. Use Arabic numbers to mark headings and subheadings. Heading sizes and styles must be consistent throughout the manuscript;

5-Persian abstract and its translation into English must be between 100 and 200 words in one paragraph;

6-Keywords must be minimum of 4 and maximum of 7 words and should be mentioned in the Persian text in alphabetical order;




1-References should be in-text and mentioned in parentheses immediately after the cited material, as follow: (author’s last name, year of publication: page number) If the reference is at the end of the sentence, put a full stop after the parentheses; for example: (Ghayur, 1388: 3)

2-If there are two authors, give both names separated by “and”; for example: (Alwani and Moghimi, 2001: 250). If there are more than two authors, only the last name of the first author should be written and the phrase "et al." should be used for other authors; for example: (Alvani et al., 2011: 210).

3- Citation of cases must be in-text. Cite judicial and arbitral decisions as follow: (Reporter abbreviation, year, specific page/paragraph referred to); for example: (ICJ Rep, 2010: para. 104)

4-When referring to a source previously cited, do not use Ibid, op.cit., loc. cit. infra., supra. etc.  Instead, insert (author last name, year: page number) as per the first citation. 

C- Reference List

  1. The reference list at the end of the manuscript should be categorized in the following order: books, articles, documents, etc. and should be listed as follows:

a. Books: author’s last name, author’ first name (publication year). Book title in italics, translator’s or proofreader’s name, place of publication, name of the publisher, volume number;

for example:

 Crawford, James (2012). Brownie’s Principles of Public International Law, London, Oxford University Press -

b. Articles: author’s last name, author’ first name (publication year). Full title of the article in quotation marks, name of the journal in italics, journal number, number of beginning and end pages of the article,

for example:

Donnelly, Jack (1980). "Natural Law and Right in Aquinas’ Political Thought", The Western Political Quarterly, vol. 33, pp. 520-535.

c. Article or chapter in an edited book: surname of the author of the article, last name comma first name of the author of the article/chapter (publication year). "Article title in quotation marks", in: first and last name of the editor / editors of the book, title of the book in italics, place of publication, name of the publisher, number of pages at the beginning and end of the article.

Note: After the editor’s name, add the abbreviation ‘ed.’ (or ‘eds.’) in parentheses.

For Example:

Scovazzi, Tullio (2006). “The Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage: Article 303 and the UNESCO Convention”, in: D. Freestone, R. Barnes and D. Ong (eds.), The Law of the Sea Progress and Prospects, Oxford University Press, pp. 120-136.

2-The titles of books and articles should not be in bold.

3-If possible, it is better to have English translation of the references and avoid making them Roman or so-called Finglish. But for references that are only available in Persian, such as Persian books, you can use the Roman Script method and put the end of the source phrase “in Persian” in parentheses.

D- Author Details file

The name and details of the author/authors should not be mentioned in the main file of the manuscript, but written in a separate file in the following order and sent along with the main file of the manuscript through the submission system:

  1. On top of the page, first mention the "Persian title" and then the "English title" of the manuscript;
  2. The details of the author/authors should be mentioned (in Persian and English), respectively as follows:

Name and Surname, Academic Position, Department, Faculty Name, University Name, City Name, Country Name:

  1. Refrain from mentioning titles such as Dr., PhD. etc.;
  2. The corresponding author must be designated;
  3. The English equivalent of some necessary terms for mentioning the authors academic position are listed in the following table:

MA. Student in (International Law, Public Law or Human Law)

MA. in (International Law, Public Law or Human Law)

Ph.D. Student in (International Law, Public Law or Human Law)

Ph.D. in (International Law, Public Law or Human Law)


Assistant Prof.

Associate Prof.


Department of Law

Department of Public Law

Department of Public and International Law

Department of Criminal Law and Criminology

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law and Political Science

Faculty of Islamic Studies and Law

Corresponding Author


An example of an author details file follows:

International Constitutionalism: The Tools of Recognition

Abbasali Kadkhodaei, Prof., Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Corresponding Author). Email:

Amir Maghami, Ph.D. in International Law, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. Email: