YARS Call for PapersCall for Paper

YEARBOOK OF ANTITRUST AND REGULATORY STUDIES (YARS) is an academic magazine, published annually by the Centre of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies (CARS), Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw (

YARS is meant to be a platform for the presentation and analysis of antitrust and regulatory achievements from both a legal as well as economic perspective. Topics of interest include, but are not strictly limited to:

  • important current competition protection issues such as antitrust, merger control and state aids (substantive and procedural context),
  • sector-specific regulation (e.g. regulation of the energy, telecoms, post and transport industries).

YARS was originally intended to focus exclusively on Polish experiences in antitrust and sector–specific regulation. Its perspective has been broadened starting from 2012 to cover also Central and Eastern Europe’s and Balkan's legislation and jurisprudence in antitrust and sector-specific regulation. Experiences of the so-called ‘emerging markets’ in introducing and protecting competition, as well as their efforts to meet competition-related standards upheld by international organizations, are certainly worthy of being presented to foreign readers. YARS is also open to authors willing to present general interest in antitrust and regulatory problems from a Central and Eastern European and Balkan perspective.

The call for papers is open to both academics and practitioners. YARS publishes articles that contain original analytical contributions but not articles that constitute mere compilations or repetitions of previously published works. Authors are required to sign publication consent forms and confirm the originality of their works.

The acceptance of a manuscript for publication implies that the Author assigns to the Publisher the copyright to the contribution whereby the Publisher shall have exclusive right to publish it everywhere during the full term of copyright and all renewals and extension thereof. The rights include mechanical, elecronic and visual reproductions, electronic publication including all subsidiary right. The Author retains the right to republish the article in any other publication one year after its publication in the journal, provided that the Author notifies the Publisher and ensures that the Publisher is properly credited and that the relevant copyright notice is repeated verbatim.

Practices of ghostwriting (a situation when somebody contributed significantly to an article, without showing his/her authorship or without mentioning his/her role in references in an article) and guest authorship (‘honorary authorship’ – a situation when a participation of a person mentioned as an author or co-author is insignificant) are considered as dishonesty. All cases of such practices will be denounced, appropriate institutions (e.g. academic associations, research instititutions, etc.) will be informed thereof. Cases of dishonesty, primarily violation of ethical rules in science will be documented by the editorial board.

Each co-author is required to declare his/her contibution to a paper (information on an author of a concept, assumptions, methods, etc. applied while preapring an article); a key responsibility for the information lies on an author submitting a paper.

Authors are also required to disclose information on financial support for a preparation of a paper and a contribution of research and academic institutions, associations and other entities.

Starting from 2011, two volumes of YARS are published annually – a regular volume and a special one. A separate call for paper is published for each special volume.

With respect to regular volume in 2016, authors are expected to submit an abstract of their proposed article no later than by the 1 of November 2015. The same deadline applies to preliminary submissions of other contributions such as case comments, legislation and jurisdiction reviews and book reviews.

Preliminary paper submissions should be prepared, as a rule, in British English.

They should contain:
1) the title of the paper – Authors are encouraged to formulate short, original titles that contain terms typical for mainstream debate in the law and economics of antitrust and regulation; the title can be formulated in the form of a question or a firm thesis;
2) preliminary table of content;
3) preliminary summary – the summary should illustrate that the proposed paper fulfils the basic requirements set out by the publisher of YARS. All papers are expected to:
a) focuses on Polish or/and CEE research and practice; the Editorial Board will evaluate especially highly those contributions that focus on the comparison of the achievements and experiences of CEE countries and their markets seen as ‘emerging markets’;
b) refer to the approach and experiences of the EU without over emphasising them;
c) concern problems raised by mainstream debate in academic and professional literature (e.g. in periodicals competing with YARS) or conferences brought about, among other things, by legislative initiatives in the EU or its individual Member States;
d) pose and verify a ‘firm’ research thesis/hypothesis (clearly stated, even provocative);
e) have a strong basis in case law (legal papers) or empirical research data (economic papers); however, strictly theoretical papers are not excluded per se;
4) classification and key words.

The preliminary submission should not exceed 400 words; it will be subject to a double review process; Authors will be informed of the content of reviews that contain specific suggestions concerning the paper.

Potential Authors are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the Review Form (available at already during the preparation of the preliminary submission.

Completed articles as well as other YARS contributions must be submitted no later than the 1 of December 2015. All articles should commence with their ‘contents’, ‘abstract’ (if possible also résumé in French) and ‘classifications and key words’, followed by their full text. They should be concluded by a reference list.

Submitted articles will undergo a double, anonymous and independent peer-review process. The reviewers will be appointed by the editors – they will be specialists in fields related to the topic of the article. Separate review criteria and processes have been adopted for legal and economic articles. The review criteria are specified in the YARS Review Form. The editors encourage potential authors to refer to specific expectations, outlined in that document, when preparing their contributions to YARS. As a result of the review process, authors may be expected to modify their articles according to the recommendations of the reviewers. Amended articles should be submitted within 30 days. They must be accompanied by a cover letter explaining the way in which the comments were addressed and the changes made. Editorial decisions to publish, to reject or to return an article for modifications cannot be appealed. Authors of published articles receive no royalty fees; they are however not required to cover any of the costs of the peer-review process or publication.

Articles should be submitted in an electronic form, formatted in MS Word or in Open Office. The contents of the articles should not include any information about the authors. Authors are expected to deliver the proposed articles in correct English (British standard). The maximum length of an article is 9000 words.

We kindly ask potential authors to respect quotation standards of Author-Date System (Chicago Style) adopted by YARS in 2016. Under the Author-Date System each citation consists of two parts: the text citation which provides brief identifying information within the text and the reference list (list of sources used) which provides full bibliographic information.

A brief guideline on citations according to Chicago Style can be found here.

Quotation standards are to be respected in case of other types of contributions such as:

  • legislation and case law reviews,
  • book reviews,
  • reports concerning scientific events and other notes.

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