Official Journal (OJ)

The European Commission publishes information in a journal known as the OJ. There are two Official Journals, the Legislative Journal, where documents that have a legally binding effect are published, and the Notices Journal, in which information, notices, and draft EU legislation is published. The Legislative journal is designated by the letter L, the Notices by the letter C. In Europe there is a standard format for citing OJ’s YEAR OJ SERIES EDITION/PAGE, e.g. 2005 OJ L 6/59 refers to the 6th legislative OJ published in 2005 at page 59. The European Patent Office also issues an Official Journal, which is published periodically with some special editions.

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