Directions for Authors

In writing the text, authors are requested to follow the Methodological Directions of the Faculty of Canon Law.


For convenience, the main indications are given below.

1. Publication proposals should be sent in Word format to [email protected]

2. The text that is proposed for publication must be unpublished. For subsequent publication/translation in other journals or collective works, the author should request permission from the publishing house, through the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

3. The ideal size of an article for Studia and Notae is 52000-55000 characters, including spaces and footnotes. Texts in other sections of the journal are usually shorter.

4.Articles may be written in Latin, Italian, French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and German.

5.The author at the beginning indicates the current title. In a footnote at the end of the title * (that then appears at the bottom of the page), the author is to state his/her first and last name, the institution to which he/she belongs (University, Tribunal, Dicastery), as well as the function that he/she performs in it.
Title: The “Ordinatio ad Bonum Coniugum” as an Essential Property of Marriage
Current title (for headers): The “Ordinatio ad Bonum Coniugum” Author: Piero Antonio Bonnet
Note *: Piero Antonio Bonnet, Professor Emeritus of the University of Studies, Teramo.

6.Different degrees of subtitles are recognized by a different style of font, preceded by the number:

  • division of the first degree: 1. Communion (bold)
  • division of the second degree: 1.1 Communion (italics)
  • a third-degree division: 1.1.1 Communion (round)

N.B.: The subtitle should be written in full, without any indentation. The numbers preceding the title should go in the round, followed by one fixed space (for a division of the first degree) or two fixed spaces (for divisions of the second and third degrees).

7.Short quotations, up to four lines, should be placed in the text in double low quotation marks (i.e. guillemets « »). Quotations of four or more lines should be given in a paragraph with left indentation, without quotation marks, separated from the other text with half a blank line both before and after.

8.References to canons, the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and Sacred Scripture are to be included in the text itself; indications of other sources are given in footnotes.

9.Citations in the text:

Canons are cited as follows: can. 119 §1, 1°. If more than one canon is cited, the reference is abbreviated as follows: cann. 1044 §1, 2°; 1425 §1, 1°. The documents of the Second Vatican Council are cited according to the initials of the incipit, adding the paragraph number and letter as from the original Latin text: e.g.: LG 21a. Abbreviations of biblical books are to be given in the round: e.g.: Mt 6:9-13.

10. Citations in the notes:
In bibliographical indications, authors’ names should be given in small caps, with a dotted initial of the first name followed by a fixed space and then the surname; abbreviations of the religious institute to which they belong are omitted.
No abbreviations or acronyms are used in the titles of journals, dictionaries, commentaries, etc., as the publication does not list acronyms and abbreviations.

Citation examples:

  • Books: AUTHOR [small caps], Title of the Book [italics], place of issue and year, number of pages [without «p.» or «pp.»]:
    D. BAUDOT, L’inséparabilité entre le contrat et le sacrement de mariage, Roma 1987, 35.
  • Journal articles: AUTHOR [small caps], «Title of the Article», Title of the Journal [italics, with no abbreviations], volume number (year) number of pages [without «p.» or «pp.»]:
    Z. GROCHOLEWSKI, «De errore circa matrimonii unitatem, indissolubilitatem et sacramentalem dignitatem», Periodica 84 (1995) 397-398.
  • Articles of collective works: AUTHOR [small caps], «Title of Article», in NAME OF EDITOR [small caps, first initial of first name, then the entire last name], ed., Title of Book (Dictionary, etc.) [italics, no abbreviations], place and year of issue, number of pages [without «p.» or «pp.»]:
    U. NAVARRETE, «Marriage – Sacrament», in C. CORRAL SALVADOR - V. DE PAOLIS - G. GHIRLANDA, ed., Nuovo Dizionario di Diritto Canonico, Cinisello Balsamo (Milan) 1993, 677-684.

This topic is dealt with more fully in Subtitle 12 (Publications in digital format) of the Methodological Directions given at the beginning of this text.

11. When referring to a work already cited, the author’s name, first words of the title, in parentheses the number of the note in which the work was cited in its entirety, and the page number should be given:
D. BAUDOT, L’inseparabilité (cf. nt. 3), 29.

12.At the end of the text of the article the author is to add a summary as well as keywords. The summary, in brief, presents the central question of the contribution and always succinctly outlines the development of the answer proposed in the text. It should not exceed 500 characters, including spaces. The summary and keywords should be written in the language of the article and translated into English. The English summary should be preceded by the translation of the title.

If the article is written in English, the summary should be done in English and, together with the title and keywords, translated into Italian.

13. The author is required to provide an e-mail address for sending drafts of the article to print as well as a mailing address with a telephone number for delivery of a printed version of the document.

14. The Editor will send the author the abstract of the published article in PDF format and a copy of the full issue. If you wish to have the printed abstract, you must make a request at the time of delivery of the text for proofreading, indicating the number of copies. All costs are the responsibility of the author.

You can also view Periodica's «Code of Ethics» at the link below: re-canonica/ethical-code