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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The Main Document does not include any reference to the author's identity. NB: please check that the file does not mention the Author's name in the information section of the file, something often forgotten to be anonymized. 
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The Cover File includes an author's short bio, an abstract (150-300 words) and 5 keywords. Information should be provided in English, regardless of the language of the submitted manuscript.

Author Guidelines

Languages for publication: italian, english and french.

Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year

Peer Review: All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by up to two specialist referees.

Submission of a manuscript does not imply a commitment for publication in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Queries concerning what constitutes prior publication should be addressed to the editor.

Manuscripts that do not meet the submission standards will not be considered. Manuscripts that pass the Editor's initial screening are sent, still anonymized, for double-blind review to two outside reviewers.

Authors must prepare and submit two separate files - (.doc or .docx) - to Bdl via the submission website (a registration to the website is required):

(1) One 'Main Document' which contains only your anonymized manuscript. NB: please check that the file does not mention the Author's name in the information section of the file, something often forgotten to be anonymized. 

(2) One 'Cover File' which includes:

- a title page with full contact information,

- a brief biographical paragraph noting current affiliation, research interests, and recent publications

- an abstract of 150-300 words, and five keywords to facilitate electronic access.

N.B.: The supplementary information should be provided in English (regardless of the language of the manuscript).

The standard length for articles is between 6,000 and 8,000 words, although longer articles may sometimes be accepted.

Font: Garamond, 12, single space.

Quotation are between “ ” and single terms or expressions you wish to underline are in ‘ ’.

Words in other languages must be in italic.

Notes superscripts in the text should be always after punctuation marks and should be indicated with superscript numbers running consecutively through the text.

BDL uses a “Harvard-style” referencing system. References or citations should therefore be indicated within the text, with a full listing of all cited references collected at the end of the article. Please avoid citation inflation, and give precise page references when appropriate.

For example: Huntington 2004; Rajan and Zingales 2003; Rawls 1971, 27-30.

Use et al. when citing a work by more than two authors, but use all authors’ names in the listing of cited works at the end of the paper.

The letters a, b, c, … should be used to distinguish citations of different works by the same author in the same year.


Guidelines for Bibliographical References

All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and – when of the same author – in chronological order.

All the references in Harvard style in the text should be quoted in the final list of references and, reverse, all the texts in the listing should be quoted in the text in Harvard style.


Breton A., Fraschini A. (2003), “The Independence of the Italian Constitutional Court”, Constitutional Political Economy, vol. 14, n. 4, pp. 319-333.

Cooter R.D. (1983), “The Objectives of Private and Public Judges”, Public Choice, n. 41, pp. 107-132.

D’Agostini F. (2002), Disavventure della verità, Torino, Einaudi.

– (2010), Verità avvelenata. Buoni e cattivi argomenti nel dibattito pubblico, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri.

– (2011), Introduzione alla verità, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri.

– (2013), Realismo? Una questione non controversa, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri.

Deaglio M. (2013, ed.), Fili d’erba, fili di ripresa, Milano, Guerini e Associati.

Eurostat (2020), Population Structure and Ageing,

Ferrera M., Gastaldo P. (2013), “Rileggere Rawls”, in B. Magni (ed.), Unpacking Rawls, special issue of Biblioteca della libertà, XLIII, nn. 206-207 online, pp. 7-20.

Fosti G., Longo F., Notarnicola E. (2019), “Conclusioni: quali lezioni per il settore LTC?”, in 2° Rapporto Osservatorio Long Term Care. Il futuro del settore LTC. Prospettive dai servizi, dai gestori e dalle policy regionali, Milano, Egea, pp. 135-139.

Gamble A. (2002), Fine della politica?, Bologna, il Mulino.

Hayek F.A. von (1973-1976-1979), Law, Legislation, and Liberty, 3 vol., London, Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Kaldor M. (1999), Le nuove guerre. La violenza organizzata nell’età globale, Roma, Carocci

Michelet J. (1989), Il popolo [1846], Milano, Rizzoli. [= year of original edition]

Nörr K.W. (2003), “L’idea di stato di diritto”, Biblioteca della libertà, vol. XXXVIII, nn. 170-171, pp. 52-68.

Rawls J. (1971), A Theory of Justice, Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

Weber M. (1999), Economia e società, 5 vol., Milano, Comunità, vol. I: Teoria delle categorie sociologiche.

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