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Instructions to Authors

Style Requirements
Footnotes and References
Proofs and Offprints
Open Access


The International Journal of Law and Information Technology publishes articles on the application of computer technology to the law, including:

  • electronic discovery
  • document drafting
  • litigation support
  • expert systems
  • communications
  • case-flow management
  • artificial intelligence
  • client management and communication systems
  • cloud computing

The journal also looks at Information and Communications Technology and Cyberspace law - covering, for example:

  • intellectual property rights
  • cybercrime
  • regulations of Web 2.0 and virtual worlds
  • jurisdictional issues associated with the internet
  • e-commerce law
  • online privacy and data protection
  • online service provider liability
  • software contracts
  • domain name issues
  • internet governance
  • electronic payment systems
  • online banking
  • telecommunications law
  • liability for defective systems

Contributions that bring together these fields will be particularly welcome.


Authors are required to state that the piece submitted has not been sent to any other journal, as the editors will not consider submissions sent to other journals in any form.

Authors must also ensure that they have the relevant Intellectual Property Rights to publish the material contained in their submissions and have not copied someone else's work without the relevant permissions and attribution.

All articles must be submitted online through Scholar One Manuscripts.

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The online submission process is straightforward. If you haven't used Scholar One Manuscripts (formerly Manuscript Central) before, first you must register as a new user (see top right hand menu on Scholar One Manuscripts, below 'New User'). Once registered as a new user, click on 'login' and then upload your manuscript in the Author Center of Scholar One Manuscripts. If you experience problems, instructions can be found here.

Authors will be notified as soon as possible of the Editors' decision on the acceptability of their paper. The Editors will be happy to advise in advance on the suitability of a synopsis of the proposed article.

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.


Manuscript files should be submitted in Microsoft Word or rtf format. They should include the author's details, including title and job description and affiliations as these are to appear in the Journal; address, telephone, fax and e-mail details. Each paper should contain an Abstract no longer than 150 words, as well as 5–10 keywords.

When the files are ready, please follow the Online Submission instructions.

Language Editing
Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


This journal follows The Oxford Standard for Citation Of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style. OSCOLA is designed to facilitate accurate citation of authorities, legislation, and other legal materials.

Please ensure your manuscript adheres to OSCOLA by using our mini style checklist.


Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and should not be embedded within the text. References should be included in the footnotes. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all footnotes and references.


Authors will receive proofs of their article for correction. No major changes are permissible at this stage and alterations should be limited to typographical errors only. Authors should return corrected proofs to the Publisher within 48 hours of receipt. Offprints can be purchased using the Oxford Journals Author Services site at the same time as signing your licence to publish.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright 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.

You will need to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article (please contact the Commissioning Editor for further details).

This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible.

In granting this exclusive license contributors may use the material in reworked form in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.


International Journal of Law and Information Technology 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. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

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

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licenses.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

  • Regular charge - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
  • Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
  • Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour 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. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

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.

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