Міжвідомчий Науково-методичний збірник
"Криміналістика і судова експертиза"
ISSN: 0130-2655


For publication in the scientific and methodological collection are accepted articles of specialists – scientists, forensic experts, scientific and pedagogical workers of domestic and foreign forensic institutions, universities, post-graduate students and doctoral students, employees of the legal and law enforcement fields etc.

Materials submitted for publication may be presented in Ukrainian, English and Russian, which meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine to the special editions and requirements of the above-mentioned interdepartmental scientific and methodological collection.

Topics, structure and design of the articles should comply with the requirements of regulatory acts of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the relevant standards.

General requirements

Articles sent to the Editorial Board of the collection must meet its profile within the following sections started:
– general theoretical issues of criminal proceedings, criminalistics and forensic examination;

– issues of tactics and methods of investigation of crimes, forensic technology;

– forensic examination: scientific developments in the field of expert research, technologies, methods and methodologies of forensic examinations;

– use of the results of scientific research and practical developments in the conduct of forensic examinations;

– overview of foreign practice in the field of forensic examination.

The collection may include other sections, which are determined by the Editorial Board.

In one issue of the collection can be published no more than two articles of one author: one – with sole authorship, the second – in co-authorship, or two articles – in co-authorship.
The publication may publish material with the point of view of the author (s), which is not shared by the members of the Editorial Board.

The authors of the articles, submitting their work to the Editorial Board of the collection, thereby express their consent to the placement of its full text, both in the printed version of this edition and on the Internet – on the official website of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

Publication of articles in the interdepartmental scientific and methodological collection “Criminalistics and Forensics” is carried out free of charge.

The collection in electronic form (PDF-format) is posted on the official site of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

         Requirements for content

1. Editorial Board accepts articles that have a novelty and the following elements:

  • scientific problem formulation, its connection with scientific and practical issues;
  • analysis of main recent researches and publications, outlining the problematic field of the research that article is devoted;
  • article purpose formulation (the formulation of the problem);
  • presentation of main research content with obtained research results;
  • conclusions and prospects for further development and improvement of the provisions of the criminal process, forensic science, forensic examination and operational search activities.

Scientific novelty of research results should be characterized by the following features:

– rationality,

– validity,

– authenticity,

– logical non-contradiction,

– compliance with fundamental scientific principles.

2. The material of the article is presented in a scientific style (precisely, logically, concisely, clearly, connected, holistically, completed), at a high scientific level.

Requirements for scope

1. Total scope of a scientific article includes the following: information about the author, article title, abstract, key words, article text, subordinate bibliographic references, extended resume, references and it should be 8-20 pages.

Requirements for design

1. Article is submitted for publication in Ukrainian, Russian or English.

2. Text of the article should be printed using the MS Word text editor (in the .doc (docx) format); A4 paper size; page orientation: portrait, justified, indented from the left edge: 1.25 mm; Margins: Top margin, Bottom margin: 2 cm, Left margin: 3 cm, Right margin: 1.5 cm; Font: Times New Roman, font size: 14 pt; line spacing: 1.5. Text should not contain hyphens and macros.

3. Article information should be presented according to the following sequence:

– the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) should be right-aligned with (UDC abbreviations in Ukrainian are available on the UDC website);

– information about the author (co-authors) of the publication should be center-aligned: First name, Last name, academic degree, academic rank of an athor (co-authors) position, place of employment, with a single line spacing, font Times New Roman, bold, size 14.

– organization name – typed from a new line in Times New Roman, size 12, italics, aligned to the center of the line;

– one publication permits no more than five co-authors;

– Article title should be 1 line below the name of the organization, in Times New Roman, bold, size 14, in large letters with alignment in the center, without abbreviations. Publication title should reproduce the article content and correspond to assigned task, scientific results and conclusions.

– Annotation should contain a brief description of the content of the article, the volume of 5-7 lines (the volume is determined by the content of the scientific article, scientific value and (or) the practical value of its provisions), stated in the language of the article; 

– key words – from 5 to 10 words; abstract and keywords are printed in Times New Roman font, 12 pt, line spacing 1.0 italic;

  • The text of the article is set out in compliance with the content requirements.

General citation rules, references to the used sources and requirements of the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 Information and documentation should be respected in the article text. Bibliographic reference. General rules, compilation rules” and the international style OSCOLA of citation and references in scientific works, applied to jurisprudence, namely:

а) quote text inside the line (up to three lines of text) should begin and end with single quotes and be presented in the grammatical form provided in the source saving special features of the author’s writing. Footnote reference should be placed after the corresponding punctuation at the end of the quote or directly after corresponding word (phrase). If a word (phrase) referring to the Footnote Reference, indicated in brackets, footnote reference is placed before the bracket closing a word or phrase;

b)  block quote (consisting of four or more lines of text) should be filed in the text of the article with indent the first line a paragraph for all quotes without quotation marks. Before and after the block quote, one indentation line should be made;

c) quotation should be complete without any reduction of the author’s text and without distortion of the author’s thoughts. Missing words, sentences, and paragraphs in quotation is carried out without distortion of the author’s text and is indicated by three dots placed in the appropriate place of the quote (at the beginning, in the middle, at the end). If punctuation character precedes or succeeds missing text this one should not be saved.

d) each quotation should be accompanied by a reference to the source which bibliographic description should be completed depending on its type (primary or secondary source) according to the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General terms and conditions of drawing up or according to the OSCOLA international style;

e) when citing any source indirectly (by paraphrasing or referring to ideas in a source), it is necessary to be extremely precise while expressing authors opinions and correct in evaluating their results and provide relevant references to sources. Indirect quotation should not be enclosed in quotation marks. Footnote Reference should be placed after corresponding punctuation at the end of the indirect quotation or immediately after corresponding word (phrase). If a word (phrase) referring to the Footnote Reference, indicated in brackets, Footnote Reference is placed before the bracket closing the word or phrase;

f) if the article author giving a quotation highlights some words, a special warning is issued after the text explaining the selection, a dot, dash, and the initials of article author, are indicated, and the entire text of the warning should be enclosed in quotation parentheses. Versions of such warnings are: (italics ours. – L. P.), (underlined by me – L. P.), (kerning is mine. – L. P.)

The design of quotations in the text of the article in accordance with the international style of quotations and references in the scientific papers of OSCOLA, which is used in jurisprudence, can be found on pages 77, 78 of the Methodological Recommendations “International citation and references in scientific works”.

Terminology and main provisions of the article should be (if necessary) highlighted in italics.

Illustrations (tables, diagrams, graphics, schemes, formulas) can be submitted in the text article. Illustrations should correspond to the text of the article, and the text to illustrations. The names of illustrations should be placed after their numbers. If necessary, illustrations can be supplemented by explanatory information (caption).

Caption should consist of four main elements: Image name indicated with the abbreviated word: Fig.; the serial number of an illustration, indicated with a number without Arabic numerals; thematic title of the illustration containing the text with a brief description of the image; explanation constructed as follows: Image details are indicated with numbers in the caption accompanied with a text. Explanation does not replace the general name of the graphic but only explains its meaning.

It is necessary to place the reference in the form of an expression in the round brackets where the topic is devoted to the illustration and where the reference should be specified for a reader “(Fig. 1.)” or a phrase like: “as it is seen from Fig. 1” or “as shown in Fig. 1”.

Illustrations should be designed using separate files in Adobe Photoshop (PSD), .tiff, .ai, .pdf, .eps of appropriate quality. Resolution should be at least 300 dpi, and the image size is at least 1060 × 1410 pixel. It is not allowed to re-photograph or scan illustrations of published sources. In vector format text must be converted into curves or fonts should be added.

When preparing tables, it is necessary take into account that they are divided into analytical and non-analytic content. Analytical tables are the result of processing and analyzing digital indicators. As a rule, after such tables, it is necessary to generalize the new (derived) knowledge, for example: “it is seen from the table that …”. Non-analytical tables should contain mostly unprocessed statistics, that are necessary to provide information or to state a certain state of affairs.

Each table should have a serial number and a subject heading which should be placed symmetrically to the text above. Subject headings and the word “Table” should be capitalized.

Tables must be performed using the MS Word 2013 text editor (.rtf or .doc format).

Diagrams and charts should be made using vector graphics editors Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw or MS Excel.

Schemes should be arranged in vector format (.cdr, .eps, .pdf, .ai).

Formulas should be performed using the MS Equation 3.0, Math Type formula editor.

Diagrams, charts, schemas, formulas should not be placed in a separate frame or above the text. The text should be from the top and bottom without using the wrap.

 Footnote bibliography should be used in the article text.

Footnote bibliography should be placed as a note at the bottom of the page (type page), distinguishing it from the main text with a horizontal line. Footnote bibliography should be associated with the document text using footnotes, which should be given on the top line of type face after corresponding fragment in the text (for example: Text 1) and before the Footnote (for example:  1 Reference).

During the numbering of subordinate bibliographic references, it is necessary to use non-continuous numbering within the entire article (Arabic numerals).

Footnote bibliography should be printed using the MS Word text editor justified, font: Times New Roman (font size – 10 pt); Line spacing – 1.0.

Footnote bibliography should be performed taking into account the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General rules, compilation rules and the OSCOLA citation style guide and references in scientific works applied to jurisprudence.

The OSCOLA style guide involves the division of all sources used in the article into primary (normative documents and regulations, statutes, cases) and secondary (books, book parts, multivolume editions, articles from magazines (printed, electronic) and newspapers (printed, electronic), dissertations, conference materials (seminars, symposiums, congresses, round tables, etc.), web sites, blogs.

Primary sources are compiled according to the National Standard of Ukraine: DSTU 8302: 2015 “Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General rules, compilation rules and secondary sources using the OSCOLA international style guide”.

The rules for compiling and submitting bibliographic references in accordance with the OSCOLA style can be found in the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) (fourth edition) and the Guidelines for the International Citation Style and Reference in Scientific Papers.

To compile bibliographic references in accordance with the OSCOLA style, one can use the electronic bibliographic manager.

If a cited scientific publication is assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) – an international standard (ISO 26324: 2012) for identifying information – then it must be indicated in the link to the corresponding source in References (list of sources used).

References (sample) should be placed after the text of the article.

References provide for the division into the following parts:

a) a list of primary sources called “List of legal documents”. The list of primary sources consists of sections: legislation, statutes, and cases. All links are arranged in alphabetical order by name in each section. Primary sources should be compiled in accordance with the National Standard of Ukraine DSTU 8302: 2015 “Information and documentation. Bibliographic reference. General provisions and rules”;

b) a list of secondary sources is  called “Bibliography”. The list of secondary sources consists of sections: authored books (books with the author (authors)), edited books (books or parts of books edited), translated books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, journal articles (articles from magazines), conference papers (materials of conferences, seminars, symposia, congresses, round tables), thesis abstracts (dissertation abstracts), dissertations, newspaper articles, websites, blogs etc. All references should be placed in alphabetical order by the name of the author in each section. Links without an author should be listed in alphabetical order by name. Secondary sources should be compiled using the OSCOLA style.

The names of Cyrillic sources, the names and surnames of their authors (compilers, responsible and (or) scientific editors), the names of journals, the names of conferences (seminars, symposia, congresses, round tables, etc.) and publishing houses must be transliterated in Latin letters.

Further, in square brackets it is necessary to place the translation into English of the title: monographs or other type of publication, scientific article, abstracts of the scientific report (message), as well as titles: conference, seminar, symposium, congress, round table, etc.

After each reference it is necessary to indicate the source language of the source in brackets, for example – (in Ukrainian) or (in English).

Transliteration should be carried out depending on the source language: for the Ukrainian language, use the official transliteration approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of January 27, 2010 No. 55; for the Russian language, apply transliteration in accordance with the requirements of the order of the Federal Migration Service of Russia of Russia of February 3, 2010 No. 26.

On-line services for transliteration: for sources of the Ukrainian language – “Standard Ukrainian transliteration” in the passport standard mode; for sources in Russian – “TRANSLIT.CC”.


Examples of used sources design:


Rabinovych P ta inshi, Pryntsyp verkhovenstva prava: problemy teorii ta praktyky: monohrafiia [The Rule of Law Principle: Issues of Theory and Practice: Monograph] (Spolom 2016) (in Ukrainian).

Scientific article:

Stefanchuk R, ‘Do pytannia pro kodyfikatsiiu zakonodavstva u sferi intelektualnoi vlasnosti’ [‘To the Issue of Codification of Intellectual Property Legislation’] (2016) 11 Pravo Ukrainy 86 (in Ukrainian).

Conference materials:

Shtanko A, ‘Rozrobka osnovy teorii zakhystu tsyvilnykh prav ta okhoroniuvanykh zakonom interesiv kriz pryzmu pidkhodiv do vyznachennia yoho poniattia’ [‘Developing the Basics of the Theory of Protection of Civil Rights and Interests Protected by Law Through the Prism of Approaches to the Definition of its Concept’] Kanzafarova I (red), Shosti yurydychni dysputy z aktualnykh problem pryvatnoho prava: Mizhnarodna naukovo-praktychna konferentsiia, prysviachena pamiati Ye V Vaskovskoho (do 150-richchia vid dnia yoho narodzhennia) [Sixth Legal Debates on the Topical Issues of Private Law: International Scientific and Practical Conference Dedicated to the Memory of Ie V Vaskovskyi (on the 150th Anniversary of his Birth)] (Astroprynt 2016) (in Ukrainian).

Foreign sources remain unchanged. They must be placed before the translated Cyrillic.

If in the bibliographic description several works of the same author, editor or compiler are in a row, the following descriptions after the first description use a double dash (- -), which replaces the first and last names. Entries must be arranged in chronological order (starting with the earliest), and if the year of publication is the same, alphabetically by name.

It is necessary to specify the international digital identifier DOI (digital object identifier) ​​for all cited sources for which they assigned.

“References” must be printed in a text editor MS Word with alignment in width; font: Times New Roman (font size – 12 pt) line spacing – 1.0.

At the end of the article it is necessary to prepare a summary – the statement of the article with conclusions, before the text of which the title of the article and the author (authors) are indicated, made in Russian (if the article is in Ukrainian), or Ukrainian (if the article is in Russian) and in English, about 250-300 words, after which keywords are added in the appropriate languages. Summaries and keywords are in Times New Roman, font size – 12, line spacing – 1.0.   

Requirements for submission

– To publish a scientific article, it has not been previously published (posted) in other print (electronic) editions, you should send an electronic version of the collection to the e-mail address of collection (nauka@kndise.gov.ua) (the file name should consist of the author’s last name (surname) (co-authors) and have notice  “article” to the editors) along with illustrations (if available).

 – The author (coauthors) must provide a certificate of the following content (the file name should consist of the author’s last name (s) (co-authors) and have notice “certificate” to the editors).

By sending a scientific article and other materials submitted for publication in the interdepartmental scientific and methodological collection “Criminalistics and Forensics”,  the author (co-authors) fully and unconditionally accept The License Agreement for the use of the article, posted on the official website of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

Articles are provided with reviews and excerpts from the minutes of meetings of scientific councils, departments, laboratories, etc. with a recommendation for publication.

Articles of doctors and candidates of science are not reviewed.

The Editorial Board provides external review of articles submitted for consideration for publication and reserves the right to select materials for the collection without a written explanation of the reasons for their rejection.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to make editorial corrections without the participation of the authors and change the essence of the material.

Authors are responsible for the selection and accuracy of the facts, figures, quotations, legal information, names and other information; for the content in the materials data that cannot be published in open editions; for providing the editors with material that has already been published earlier inother publications or has been accepted by them for publication. Authors also guarantee the absence of non-quoting borrowings from the Internet and other sources.

All materials that do not meet these requirements are not considered. The provided materials are not returned.