The Journal maintains high scientific standards. Papers submitted for publication should be original, relevent and scientifically accurate. Authors are expected to provide new information or analysis, and should present a summary of the basic facts they deal with and the conclusions they draw, maintaining coherence and compactness of their argumenting.
The articles submitted to the Editorial Board are reviewed by two reviewers and the editor. The Editorial Board observes mutual anonymity of the authors and the reviewers. The authors have a right to get acquainted with the reviews and the critical remarks (comments) and, if it is necessary, they may make some changes, coming to an agreement about the terms with the editor. The Editorial Board has a right to make necessary stylistic corrections, change the layout of the scientific paper to come to the uniformity of the layout. The corrections made by the Editorial Board will be agreed with the author.
Guidelines for Designing of the Articles
“Social Sciences Bulletin” publishes original research papers on the problems of social sciences (sociology, political sciences, economics, social psychology, law), as well as review articles, information on conferences and scientific life. The Editorial Board accepts articles in English, Latvian and Russian. The scope of problems of articles is not limited.
The articles are evaluated according to the adopted scientific criteria: correspondence of the research to the present-day theoretical level in the domain of the chosen problem; sufficient empirical basis; originality of empirical material; originality of hypotheses, conclusions, and recommendations; topicality of the subject investigated. The logics and clearness of the exposition is evaluated as well. Preference is given to fundamental studies.
The Editorial Board does not pay royalties; manuscripts and CDs are not given back.
Layout of Manuscripts
Articles, which do not have an appropriate layout, will not be accepted.
Volume of article: 30,000 – 60,000 characters with spaces.
Article should be submitted by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Text should be composed using Times New Roman font; font size – 12, line spacing – 1. Text should be aligned 3.5 cm – from the left side, 2.5 – from the right side, 2.5 cm – from the top and the bottom. If special computer programmes are used, then they should be submitted together with the article.
Summary: 2,000–2,500 characters. Articles in Latvian should contain a summary in English and (or) Russian; articles in English should be provided with a summary in Latvian and (or) Russian; articles in Russian should contain a summary in Latvian and (or) English.
Language of article: literal, terminologically precise. If author prepares an article in a foreign language, then he/she should take trouble about the linguistic correction of the written text consulting a specialist of the corresponding branch of social sciences – native speaker. Articles, which have a wrong spelling, will not be accepted and reviewed.
Layout of article (references and notes, bibliography, tables, schemes, diagrams, charts, etc.). References should be placed in a text according to the example: (Turner 1990); (Bela 1997). Explanations and comments should be given in the endnotes. Tables, charts, schemes, diagrams, etc. should have indication of the source of the material and, if necessary, then the method of making the table, the chart, the scheme (calculations, data gathering, etc.) should be marked. These materials should have ordinal numbers and titles.
Bibliography should be compiled according to the given samples:
Monographs (books, brochures):
Turner J. H. (1974) The Structure of Sociological Theory. Homewood (Illinois): The Dorsey Press.
Articles in collections:
Turner R. H. (1990) A Comparative Content Analysis of Biographies. In: Ųyen, E., ed. Comparative Methodology: Theory and Practice in International Social Research. London, etc.: Sage Publications, pp. 134–150.
Articles in magazines:
Bela B. (1997) Identitātes daudzbalsība Zviedrijas latviešu dzīvesstāstos. Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmijas Vēstis. A, 51, Nr.5/6, 112.–129. lpp.
Articles in newspapers:
Strazdiņš I. (1999) Matemātiķi pasaulē un Latvijā. Zinātnes Vēstnesis, 8. marts.
Materials from the Internet:
Soms H. Vēstures informātika: Saturs, struktūra un datu bāze Latgales dati. Pieejams: http://www.dpu.lv/LD/LDpublik.html (skat. 20.10.2002).
Bibliography should be compiled in the Roman alphabet’s order according to the authors’ names or titles (if the institution is the author).