ancilla iuris

To Future Authors

Who is the maid of law? Does she bear a name or a title? Is she a person or member of staff? Or are these differences that do not make a difference? An electronic internet journal ( deals with the state of the law, and can only project answers into time and provide the reflexive mechanisms necessary for doing so.

Ancilla Iuris encourages researchers to publish critical commentaries and analyses of law that assess the wayward legal order in their own, unique way.

Submissions to Ancilla Iuris are welcomed at

No article-processing charge (APC) will be charged to publish in the journal.

Ancilla Iuris sees itself as a platform for exchanging publications by researchers for researchers. Accordingly, Ancilla Iuris adapts itself to the authors' demands.

Open Access

Ancilla Iuris follows the Open Access standard. The texts published are freely accessible in the internet. Ancilla Iuris claims only the right to publish and archive the texts, without the exclusive right to use them. Elementary copyrights therefore remain with the authors. The rights of use follow the Noncommercial-No Derivative Works-Licence of Creative Commons.

Publication through the internet

Publications are presented on the Ancilla Iuris website

The publication of articles in the internet is continuous, thereby avoiding the issue of waiting periods that are frequently experienced with printed media publishing. As the internet publications are published using freely accessible PDF-formatting, and as open-access publication is listed in search engines such as Google Scholar, DOAJ, and OIAster, the texts will reach the largest number of readers possible in the internet. In addition, interested readers can opt to receive our Newsletter or RSS-Feed to keep up to date.

Translation into English

To enable the texts selected to connect with the lingua franca of research, they are translated into English and presented synoptically bilingually (see for example Fabian Steinhauer's text: À la recherche de l'image perdu; The Cover and the Culture of Freedom – Das Cover und die Kultur der Freiheit: Download). In this way, the articles published are immediately accessible to the scientific community in the worldwide network – under protection and direct integration of their original language. We ask authors in secured institutional positions for a fee to cover translation costs.

Quality assurance

Ancilla Iuris follows the high quality standards of the publisher, editors, and scientific counselors, as well as those of the Swiss academy of humanities and social sciences.

Generally, only first time publications are accepted. The editors have to be informed about publications that have already been published elsewhere.

Texts are selected using the peer-review method. At least two experts in the field addressed by the text are asked to deliver their opinion on it. Ancilla Iuris is an accepted member in the “peer-reviewed open access-Journals” list by DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals. The peer-review process does not generally take longer than one month.


Authors receive their texts for review in PDF formatting prior to publication.

Ancilla Iuris applies modern German and American orthography.

Quotation marks depend on the language used: the so-called 99-66-characters have to be applied in German texts („…“), while superscripted characters (“…”) are applied in English texts. The same applies to inverted commas.

Structure format:

I., II., III., etc.

A., B., C., etc.

1., 2., 3., etc.

a), b), c), etc.

Format for Dates:

1. January 2008, 1 January 2008

Citations in footnotes should use the following format:

  • Journals: Author First name Name, Title, Volume or Year, Page, Cited page. For example: Jody Freeman, The Contracting State, Florida State University Law Review 28 (2000), 155-214, 213.
  • Books: Author First name Name, Title (Publishing location and year), page. For example: Michael Musheno/Susan M. Ross, Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq (2008), 76f.
  • Texts from volumes: Author First name Name, Title, in: Editor's name (ed.), Title of volume (Publishing location and year), page. For example: James Gordley, Contract, Property, and the Will - The Civil Law and Common Law Tradition, in: Scheiber (ed.), The State and Freedom of Contract (1998), 66-86, 78ff.
  • Edited books: Editor First name Name, Title (Publishing location and year). For example: Ernst August Kramer (ed.), Neue Vertragsformen der Wirtschaft: Leasing, Factoring, Franchising (1992).
  • Electronic references: Author First name Name, Title of the webpage or series, URL, last update: Day, Month, Year, last access: Day, Month, Year. For example: Ocelyne Cesari, Cemoti – no. 19 – Laïcité(s) en France et en Turquie,, last update: 16. May 2006, last access: 28. January 2008.

Citations that are repeated immediately should be indicated using “Ibid.”.

Published 11.06.2008
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