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Instructions to Authors


The ICSID Review is a specialized periodical devoted exclusively to foreign investment law and international investment dispute settlement. It offers legal and business professionals an up-to-date review of the field and includes articles, case comments, and notes on the law and practice relating to foreign investments as well as the procedural and substantive law governing investment dispute resolution.


All material to be considered for publication in ICSID Review should be submitted at our Scholar One site. Please see the online submission instructions . Please note that the ICSID Review only accepts submissions on topics related to foreign investment law and international investment dispute settlement.

The ICSID Review publishes three issues per year – submission deadlines are early October for issue one, early January for issue two and early June for issue three. Individual articles will be published online in advance of issue publication.

Format and style

Articles should ideally range from 7,500 to 12,000 words, excluding footnotes. Notes should not exceed 7,500 words and Case Comments should not exceed 2,500 words, excluding footnotes. The decision to categorize a manuscript as an article or note is based solely on the length of the submission, and not on the author’s credentials or the subject of the submission. ICSID Review authors should follow the style of OSCOLA (4th edition)— please click here for a mini style checklist.

Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. Case Comments and Notes do not need abstracts.

The ICSID Review accepts submissions in English, French and Spanish. The ICSID Review does not provide editing services for authors, and authors are strongly encouraged to carefully revise their manuscripts before submission. In addition, there are specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you may use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


When submitting material to the ICSID Review for publication, authors must ensure: (1) disclosure of the fact that the author or his/her law firm or employer was involved in an arbitration or other dispute settlement proceeding analyzed in the submission; and (2) that all awards or decisions cited are available in the public domain.

Peer review process

The ICSID Review is a peer reviewed journal. The review process is divided in two stages. Manuscripts are first appraised by the Editors-in-Chief. If the subject, quality, and content of the manuscript are apparently appropriate for publication in the Journal, the manuscript is sent out to other members of the Editorial Board or peer-review pool for a detailed review. All evaluations of an author’s submission by peer reviewers are completed on a double-blind basis.


Contributors will retain the copyright in their work. They will, however, be required to grant the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) an exclusive license to publish the article in paper and electronic form, and to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third-party material included in the article. Contributors will be asked to confirm that their work is original and has not been published elsewhere.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at OUP authors will be invited to complete an online licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


All contributors of published articles will have free online access to their article, to which links can be created from an institutional or firm website. If paper offprints are required, these can be ordered through our 'Author Services' site.


Corresponding authors will receive a link to the PDF proof of their article on our online system by email, and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all articles. 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. Only one author can submit corrections in the online system, so it is fine to distribute the email to any co-authors but the corresponding author should collate corrections from the other authors and upload these to the system.


Any figures submitted to the journal in colour can be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to also publish their figures in colour in the print journal: you will be asked to approve this cost after your article is accepted for publication. Black and white figures will be printed without additional cost, but figures that may be converted from colour to black and white should be well prepared with high contrast, and must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final size. Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article. If applicable, you will be issued an invoice at the time of publication.

Note: Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.


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 .

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