Submission of articles for the thematic issue “Law and Digital Platforms” is open (until January 31, 2024)

Issue concept

St. Petersburg State University announces the call for papers for the thematic issue of the journal “Pravovedenie”, dedicated to the law and digital platforms.

 For all its ambiguity in its most general form, the term “digital platform” can first of all be correlated with a complex and multifaceted information system available in the information and telecommunications network and designed for interaction between participants in public relations of various and sometimes opposed categories of users (for example, entrepreneurs and consumers) in connection with and about the exchange of different values. In this sense, the qualitative difference between a digital platform and a simple digital service lies in the fact that a digital platform is, first of all, an interaction environment, in a sense isolated from the usual space of social reality. The owner of the platform has special powers in relation to such an environment, both technical and legal in nature, although his formal role in this may be very different. Finally, the technological implementation of digital platforms is unimaginable without separate end-to-end digital technologies, such as, for example, big data (platform owners have access to data sets that are unique in volume and quality and commercialize them) or artificial intelligence (algorithms are used to control the behavior users and the digital platform as a whole), which set many directions in the legal issues related to them.

The topics of the articles selected for the issue are determined by the legal issues of digital platforms, which, at the same time, are quite multifaceted. At the level of aspects of the technical nature and its implementation, the connection with the problems of intellectual property law and information technology is obvious. At the level of individual relations mediated by digital platforms, questions arise about the changes that the digital platform economy brings to known legal branches and institutions – labor law, property law, legal liability, consumer protection, etc. Special legal problems of end-to-end digital technologies used in digital platforms also form an integral part of the legal problem. In the context of digital platforms, public law issues also become topical: the limits of state influence on digital platforms, the specifics of the implementation and protection of constitutional rights (such as, for example, the right to privacy) and many others.

It should be especially noted that the examination of digital platforms is not limited to industry, scientific and practical issues. Since many digital platforms are ecosystems in which a kind of “quasi-jurisdiction” is being formed, many of the traditional and direct forms of state influence cannot be used with all efficiency (at least without the active participation of the information intermediary), without understanding legal mechanisms at the level of theory and philosophy of law and state.

Is the digital platform a special legal space? Is it possible to consider the relationship between users of digital platforms as a kind of “social law” or a special area of imperative experiences and norms outside the scope of jurisdiction and interference from state laws, courts and other official institutions and superiors “according to L. Petrazhitsky? These and many other questions of the theory, philosophy and sociology of law deserve consideration along with many others.

Taking into account these considerations, articles in the following areas are welcoming in the thematic issue:

  • theoretical, philosophical, sociological and legal issues of digital platforms;
  • public law issues of digital platforms, including the specifics of protection and implementation of constitutional rights;
  • digital platforms as an object of legal relations: aspects of information law and intellectual property rights;
  • transformation of classical branches of law and legal institutions in relations mediated by digital platforms;
  • legal issues of end-to-end digital technologies used in digital platforms.

The Guest editor will be Arkhipov Vladislav Vladimirovich, Doctor of Law, Professor, Head of the Department of Theory and History of State and Law, Head of the Master’s Program “Information Law and Data Protection”, Director of the Center for Research on Information Security and Digital Transformation of the St. Petersburg State University, Senior Advisor of the Intellectual Property Practice of Denuo Law Firm

Regulations for the acceptance and selection of articles

  1. Manuscripts are accepted until January 31, 2024. Further improvements and changes are not accepted, with the exception of individual improvements and changes initiated by the editors after the review process for accepted articles. Articles can be submitted by the authors themselves (or, in case of co-authorship, by all authors at the same time). The direction of articles for publication on the initiative of third parties is not allowed.
  2. Manuscripts must comply with the Requirements for the materials of the journal “Pravovedenie”, in particular, the Editorial Policy ( and the Guidelines for Authors ( /submissions), including the “Pravovedenie” Journal Style Guide (the recommended length of the manuscript for scientific articles applies).
  3. The authors can be both Russian and foreign lawyers of any age, as well as students studying at universities (however, the evaluation of articles is carried out on an equal footing). Articles are accepted in Russian or English. When submitting articles in English, the editors have the right to carry out additional literary verification, including with the participation of a native speaker, and contact the author with a request for literary correction of the text.
  4. For a thematic issue, completed scientific studies that have not been previously published and are not in the process of reviewing and (or) other stages of the publication process are accepted with the formulation of important and relevant issues and proposals for their solution, corresponding to the subject of the issue. Manuscripts must be original. The use of interdisciplinary methodology, comparative legal methodology, Russian and foreign doctrinal sources, current judicial practice is encouraged. Only descriptive works (including reviews of judicial practice, compilations of points of view, presentation of foreign law) are not accepted.
  5. Plagiarism is not allowed. If citations are found without indicating the source of citation, the Manuscripts will be excluded from further consideration. Articles that contain a properly formatted citation in excess of reasonable academic standards are allowed to be accepted depending on the results of the ranking (see paragraph 6 below).
  6. All papers undergo a “blind” review by at least two reviewers whose area of scientific expertise, including those confirmed by scientometric indicators, is most consistent with the subject of the article. Each reviewer fills out a questionnaire for each reviewed work. Articles are evaluated and ranked according to the following criteria: a) Statement of a new scientific or scientific-practical problem corresponding to the topic of the issue (with justification of relevance) and (or) proposal of a new, previously unknown position and argumentation on an already known problem (from 0 to 5 points ). b) Disclosure and consistency in the application of the scientific methodology used by the author when posing the problem and (or) developing arguments on the specified problem (from 0 to 5 points). c) The completeness of the literature review on the issue considered in the article, both Russian and foreign (note: the detail of coverage depends on the structure of the text, the key principle is that it should be clear from the work what place it occupies in the sequence of development of views ) (from 0 to 5 points). d) Use of sources relevant to the problem and (or) argumentation, both Russian and foreign (note: law enforcement practice is taken into account for evaluation according to this criterion, depending on the content of the work) (from 0 to 5 points).
  7. Based on the ranking results, articles are selected for publication in a thematic issue, taking into account the length of articles that scored the most points and the volume of the issue (the estimated volume of the issue is 560000 symbols). Unaccepted articles are not saved by the editors and can be used by the authors in subsequent publication activity.
  8. Authors of articles selected for publication enter into a license agreement with St. Petersburg State University in accordance with the form established by it.
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  • 1.1. Authors submit manuscripts only via web-site of the journal.
  • 1.2. The Journal does not review manuscripts submitted via:
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  • 1.3. Authors submit their manuscripts in .doc or .docx format.
  • 1.4. Authors submit manuscripts in one document that includes metadata, main text and references.
  • 1.5. Recommended size of the manuscript (including metadata and references):
  • — scientific articles — 5250–14000 English words;
  • — review of scientific events with the presentation of the substance of the presentations and discussions — 3500–21000 English words;
  • — reviews of scientific publications — 2750–7000 English words.
  • 1.6. Authors need to fulfil all requirements of the Pravovedenie Style Guidelines.
  • 1.7. Romanization should be made with transliteration schemes approved by the Library of Congress (LC).
  • 1.8. The Journal does not review manuscripts that do not meet requirements of the Pravovedenie Manuscript Submission Guidelines and Pravovedenie Style Guidelines.
  • Metadata and main text
  • 2.1. The first pages of the manuscript should include metadata — general information about author(s) and submitted material.
  • 2.2. Metadata include:
  • — UDC;
  • — author’s full name, academic degree, position (title), place of employment, institutional mailing address (country, postcode, city, street, and building number);
  • — author’s e-mail;
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  • — funding information;
  • — title;
  • — abstract;
  • — keywords.
  • 2.3. The manuscripts starts with metadata in Russian, followed by the metadata in English.
  • 2.4. The main text of the manuscript (article, review, commentary etc) starts on the separate page after metadata. The author shall put the title of the manuscript before the main text. It is author’s responsibility to exclude from the main text all the information that could help to identify author in the course of “blind” peer-review process.
  • Footnotes
  • 3.1. All the sources used in the manuscript should be cited in the footnotes, which should include information about the author, the year of publication and relevant page number.
  • 3.2. Bibliographic references should be made in accordance with Pravovedenie Style Guidelines. If Pravovedenie Style Guidelines don’t cover the issue, Russian state standards apply to materials in Russian, and Chicago Style (Author — Date) — to materials in English.
  • 3.3. Notes should be prepared as footnotes — the number of the footnote should be inserted in the text and the note itself should be put at the bottom of the page.
  • 3.4. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the whole text.
  • References
  • 4.1. The main text of the manuscript should be followed by the bibliographical list (“References”, 2 lists — “Литература” and “References” for manuscripts in Russian), numbered and alphabetically arranged. References should provide information for every secondary source cited in the manuscript (books, journal articles, doctoral dissertations).
  • 4.2. References should be made in accordance with Pravovedenie Style Guidelines. If Pravovedenie Style Guidelines don’t cover the issue, Russian state standards apply to materials in Russian, and Chicago Style (Author — Date) — to materials in English.
  • 4.3. For manuscripts in Russian the “Литература” bibliographical list includes Russian sources in Russian and sources in other languages without translation into Russian.
  • 4.4. For all manuscripts the “References” bibliographical list includes romanized and translated into Russian sourced in Russian and sources in other languages in the language of the source.
  • 4.5. Bibliographical lists should not include laws, judicial decisions, archive documents and electronic sources.
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