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Information for Authors

General enquiries should be addressed to the editor, Professor Simon Deakin .


Articles, notes and reviews for consideration should be sent to the relevant subsection editor. Please see below for a list of the editors and their contact details. The journal welcomes submissions for all these sections. Submission by email is preferred.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts submitted electronically should be sent in MS Word format.

Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words. Text should be A4, double-spaced with numbered pages. Each new paragraph should be indented using the indent key except for the first paragraph under a heading. Final versions of articles should be in the style of OSCOLA . However, preliminary submissions need not be in this format.

Section submissions should follow the relevant section for style. Please refer to a recent issue of the journal.

Articles should not generally exceed 12,000 words, commentaries 6,000 words, and case notes and legislation notes 5,000 words, in each case inclusive of footnotes.

If more specific guidance is needed on the above matters, please contact the relevant section editor.

All submissions must contain full contact details (email, postal, telephone, fax) of the corresponding author with institutional affiliations for all contributors.


The assignment of copyright form has now been replaced by an exclusive licence. Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form. In addition to allowing authors to retain copyright for the material, a number of significant rights concerning the future re-use of their article is granted back to them. This is with one proviso that any activity does not conflict directly with the business interests of the journal. For further details, please visit our permissions website or email: journals.permissions@oup.com

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 submission process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Author Self-Archiving Policy

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page .

Editor Contact Details

Professor Simon Deakin
Centre for Business Research
University of Cambridge
Judge Business School Building
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG, UK

Recent Legislation
Dr Tonia Novitz
School of Law
University of Bristol
Wills Memorial Building
Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK

Recent Cases
Professor Lizzie Barmes
Department of Law
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS, UK

European Developments
Deirdre McCann
Durham Law School
Durham University
Palatine Centre
Stockton Road

Research and Reports
Dr Sonia McKay
123 Lauderdale Tower
London EC2Y 8BY, UK

Social Security
Professor Simon Deakin
Centre for Business Research
University of Cambridge
Judge Business School Building
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG, UK

Book Reviews
Dr Wanjiru Njoya
Faculty of Law
Queen's University
Kingston Ontario
K7L 3N6

Open Access Options for Authors

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 this journal can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

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

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 for a list of qualifying countries.

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. 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.

Comission on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). 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 .

Pre-Submission 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.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources in the manuscript. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .

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