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Instructions to authors


Preparation of manuscript



Advance Access




For information regarding the scope and aims of the AJLH, please visit the About the Journal page. The AJLH publishes original articles and book reviews.



Manuscripts must be submitted online through Scholar One manuscripts once prepared according to the instructions below. Instructions on submitting manuscripts online can be viewed here.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.


How to contact the editorial office

The editorial office can be contacted at ajlh@rg.mpg.de.

Book reviews are a regular feature of the American Journal of Legal History, and the journal welcomes books for review. The AJLH has two Book Review Editors representing different jurisdictions; please use the appropriate contact details below when sending books for review and for book reviews correspondence. 

For books related to the Americas:

Roman Hoyos
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90010
United States

For books related to the rest of the world:

Frédéric Audren
École de droit de Sciences-Po
27, rue Saint-Guillaume
75007 Paris

Peer review process

All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by one of the Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not appropriate for the journal.

Manuscripts that pass the initial editorial read are sent out for peer review, usually to one or two anonymous independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgment, a decision is given on the manuscript. Notification of first decision – acceptance, rejection, or need for revision – will generally be given within 10 weeks of receipt of the manuscript.


Pre-submission Language Editing

Language editing, particularly if English is not an author’s first language, can be used to ensure that the academic content of a paper is fully understood by the journal editors and reviewers. Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.



Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines. Further information about OUP’s ethical policies is available here.


Copyright and permissions

Contributors will retain the copyright in their work. They will however be required to grant Oxford University Press an exclusive licence to publish the article in electronic form. Authors will be sent a link to an online licence form when their article is accepted.

In order to reproduce any third party material, including tables, figures, or images, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse. When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:
• non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;
• print and electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;
• the right to use the material for the life of the work; and
• worldwide English-language rights.

It is particularly important to clear permission for use in both the print and online versions of the journal, and we are not able to accept permissions which carry a time limit because we retain journal articles as part of our online journal archive.


Third-party content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content. Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found here


Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Conflict of interest

Oxford University Press requires declaration of any conflict of interest upon submission. If the manuscript is published, conflict of interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.


Author Self-archiving/ Public Access policy

For information about this journal’s policy regarding making article versions available on personal websites, institutional and other repositories, etc., please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page



Manuscript format and structure/style

(i) On the first page authors should include the title of paper, author names, and the address (including email) of the corresponding author. If there are multiple corresponding authors then one should be nominated for communication with the editorial office. As the peer review process is double-blind review, we ask that authors refrain from identifying themselves in the text or notes of their submission.

(ii) We suggest a maximum length of 250 words for the Abstract. Reference citations and abbreviations should be avoided in the Abstract.

(iii) Tables and figures should be accompanied by a legend. A common image format for figures (e.g. pdf, eps, gif, tif, jpg) should be used.  The initial submission can have figures and text in one file, rather than separate files if desired. Further information on figures can be found here: https://academic.oup.com/ajlh/pages/authors_figures  

(iv) The AJLH uses both British and American English, as long as contributions are internally consistent. Manuscripts written in British English must follow the OSCOLA style guide (http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/published/OSCOLA_4th_edn.pdf); manuscripts written in American English must adhere to the Blue Book format.

(v) References can be formatted in any readable style at submission, although authors are responsible for their accuracy.

(vi) Acknowledgements and details of funding sources should be included at the end of the text. Authors should refer to their funding organizations to acknowledge their support. 

(vii) Authors should define non-standard abbreviations at the first occurrence and number figures and tables consecutively.

Upon revision papers should be submitted in an editable file format (i.e. not PDF) and figures should be submitted as separate, high-resolution, files.



Open Access

American Journal of Legal History authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication.


Authors publishing in American Journal of Legal History can use the following licences for their articles:

  • Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about Creative Commons licences.


The open access charges are as follows.

• Regular charge: £1,850 / $3,00 / €2,450
• Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £925 / $1,500 / €1,225
• Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page for a list of qualifying countries.

Authors can pay open access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable online payment with a credit/debit card, or it’s possible to request an invoice by email or post.

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Authors should provide a VAT number for themselves or their institution, and ensure that they account for their own local VAT correctly.


Colour charges

Images are reproduced online in colour free of charge; print colour must be paid for and is £350 per colour image.



Authors will receive a link to the PDF proof of their manuscript on our online system by email - as such it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all manuscripts. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and uploaded in accordance with covering instructions. Only essential corrections should be made at the proof stage.



For American Journal of Legal History, manuscripts arrive at OUP and go through the production process until the final versions are ready to publish. These are then published on an Advance Access page. They will remain on the page up until the issue that they are assigned to is published.



All contributors of published articles will have free online access to the PDF and HTML version of their article, to which links can be created from an institutional or firm website.

Authors of accepted articles can order paper offprints during the publication process – all authors are sent an individual link (after acceptance) to the ‘Author Services’ site, where they are able to order and pay for offprints and single issues.


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