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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Notes for Contributors.
  • The text does not include the author's/authors' name(s) on the paper or reference the author's/authors' previous work in a way that might identify them.
  • The text is double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where necessary, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The submission includes an abstract of max 150 words (excluding book reviews).
  • The submission contains a list of max 10 keywords (excluding book reviews).

Author Guidelines

The online submission process is now open. To submit an article or shorter item, authors need to request registration from the Production Editor, Marie Selwood. Once registered, authors will then simply log in and begin the process. Potential authors can request registration at any time and do not necessarily have to wait until they have a completed article or short piece.

Articles and special issues

If you have any queries about the suitability of your article for the journal or if you have an idea for a special issue, please contact the Chief Editor Dr Mark Flear.

Notes and commentaries

If you would have any queries about your idea for our 'Notes and commentaries' section, please contact Dr David Capper.

Book reviews

If you would like to submit a book review, please contact Dr Clayton Ó Néill.

Preparing your article for submission

Articles of any length will be considered for publication, but should not normally exceed 12,000 words. Shorter items under the heading of Notes and Commentaries are also welcomed. Full details are available on our 'For authors' page, including 'Notes for Contributors' and details of our referencing style: the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). 

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