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Instructions to authors

Manuscripts must be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission web site. Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here.

SCOPE AND AIMS OF THE JOURNAL

JECLAP carries subject-matter primarily focused on EU Competition Law, but also includes within its scope key developments at the international level and also at the national EU member state level, where they provide insight on EU Competition Law. Coverage includes

  • the full range of substantive Competition Law topics;
  • practice-related matters such as litigation and enforcement;
  • issues in fields that impact upon or are related to competition law, such as intellectual property, commercial law and EU law, as well as issues in specific sectors such as energy, technology, transport, financial services and healthcare;
  • summaries of the economic issues or arguments applicable to a particular case or development.

The journal is specifically designed for EU Competition lawyers both in private practice and working in industry and the corporate sector. It is likely also to become an essential source of reference for domestic lawyers in EU countries, non-competition-specialist lawyers, members of the judiciary, officials in enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies, and academics specialising in competition /antitrust. Content will be chosen for its quality of analysis and practical relevance, with a premium upon concise and accessible presentation.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Editorials

Contributions should informally address a current issue and finish with a proposal or a question. Maximum 1000 words. Editorials do not contain any footnote, but references can be placed in the text (in limited number).

Lead Articles

Contributions should be in the range of 7,000 to 10,000 words. Contributions must include a short abstract in the form of 3-4 key points (single sentence bullet points). Please see below for further details on how these should look.

Current Intelligence

Contributors should keep their Current Intelligence articles, analysing recent key cases, legislation and topical matters, to between 500 and 1,500 words (but in exceptional cases a greater word length may be agreed with the Editor). Footnotes should not be used: references should be given only for the citation of cases, legislation and literature, which should appear in brackets as part of the main text. All Current Intelligence pieces should be written to the following template of headings:

  • Title in the following format: “name of the case: nominal sentence, with no verb, describing the object of the case ", for instance: “Netherlands v Commission: possibility for the Commission to refuse access to the full version of a cartel decision”.
  • Name/citation of relevant case/legislation/material
  • Single sentence summary
  • Legal context
  • Facts
  • Analysis
  • Practical Significance

Surveys

Surveys should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words and summarise the developments in a given area over the preceding 12 months. They must include a short abstract in the form of 3-4 key points (single sentence bullet points). Please see below for further details on how these should look.

International and National Developments

These articles should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and should relate to developments or cases in non-EU jurisdictions, and should outline the significance of that development for the practice of competition law in Europe. They must include a short abstract in the form of 3-4 key points (single sentence bullet points). Please see below for further details on how these should look.

Economist’s Note

This article should be kept to between 3,000 and 4,000 words and should be written in non-technical language and in a tone that is relevant to and accessible by lawyers without economics training. It should summarise the main economic points within a particular case, development or issue in competition law in succinct fashion. Contributions must include a short abstract in the form of 3-4 key points (single sentence bullet points). Please see below for further details on how these should look.

Round Up

This is a commissioned piece that should summarise the main cases of note and main developments in the field of EU Competition law over the preceding 2 month period (ie the period. The Round Up should be no more than 5,000 words and should follow this template of headings:

  • Cartels and Horizontal Agreements
  • Vertical Agreements
  • Abuse of Dominant Position
  • Mergers
  • State Aid
  • General Issues
  • Looking Ahead

Key points (abstract)

All articles except Current Intelligence and Round-up must include a short abstract in the form of 3-4 key points (single sentence bullet points). The bullet points should be short (100 words in total), concise, and capture only the broad themes of the article, for example:

  • Extraditions are generally limited to situations where conduct amounts to criminal behaviour in both the requesting and the requested states.
  • The European competition rules do not by themselves impose criminal sanctions but allow Member States to introduce criminal sanctions for anti-competitive conduct at national level.
  • While only a few EU Member States have a broad criminal cartel offence comparable to the equivalent offence in the USA, more than half of all 27 EU Member States now have some form of criminal sanctions for at least some forms of cartel conduct by individuals.
  • The risk of extradition in European cartel cases is now no longer merely a hypothetical possibility but a new fact of life in such cases.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Contributions should conform to the guidelines as to style and layout set out below. Footnotes are permitted in all articles except Comments (see above), but should be kept to a minimum, and not be used for making subsidiary arguments, which should be handled in the main body of the article.

REVIEW OF CONTRIBUTIONS

All contributions will be reviewed by the Editor as to their suitability for inclusion in the journal and articles will be subject to appropriate peer review. Contributors may be asked to revise their contributions before final acceptance and will have an opportunity to review proofs before publication. However, no major changes can be included at proof stage, and corrections must be limited to typographical errors only.

COPYRIGHT

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.

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 paper and electronic form. They also need to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article.

OPEN ACCESS OPTION FOR AUTHORS

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice 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 Journal of European Competition Law & Practice can use the following Creative Common licence 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 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 - £2150/$3400/€2800


Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £1075/$1700/€1400


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.

FREE COPIES AND ONLINE ACCESS TO THE CONTRIBUTION

All contributors of published articles will receive a free copy of the issue in which their article appears, following publication. All contributors will also have free online access to a PDF file of their article, to which links can be created from a firm or institutional website. If paper offprints are required, these can be ordered using the Oxford Journals Author Services site (see here).

PREPARATION OF TYPESCRIPTS

Style and spelling: Oxford English spelling should be used.

Check the final copy of your paper carefully, as any spelling mistakes and errors may be translated into the typeset version.

General format: Prepare your typescript text using a word-processing package, ideally Microsoft Word (save in .doc or .rtf format). Please do not submit text as a PDF file. Typescripts should be double-spaced, including text, tables, legends and footnotes. Number each page. Type unjustified, hyphenating only compound words. Use the TAB key once for paragraph indents. Where possible use Times New Roman for the text font and Symbol for any Greek and special characters. Use the word processing formatting features to indicate Bold, Italic, Greek, Maths, Superscript and Subscript characters. Please avoid using underline: for cases use italic; for emphasis use bold. Clearly identify unusual symbols and Greek letters. Differentiate between the letter O and zero, and the letters I and l and the number 1. Mark the approximate position of any figure or table

Headings: The use of sub-headings at regular intervals through each article is encouraged, as it makes articles more easily readable. If you need to use more than one level of heading, please use a consistent hierarchy of headings to ensure that the relevant importance of each heading is clear, for example I. CAPITALS, then A. Bold, then (1) Italics.

Figures: Where articles are to be accompanied by illustrative material, the review process will not begin until all figures are received. Figures should be limited to the number necessary for clarity and must not duplicate data given in tables or in the text. They must be submitted in electronic format and in a separate file to that of the typescript. Figures should be no larger than 125 (height) x 180 (width) mm (5 x 7 inches) and should be prepared at publication quality resolution (a minimum of 300 dpi at final printing size).

Photographs: Photographs should be of sufficiently high quality with respect to detail, contrast and fineness of grain to withstand the inevitable loss of contrast and detail inherent in the printing process.

Line drawings: Please provide these as clear, sharp illustrations, suitable for reproduction as submitted. All labelling should be on the original.

Tables: Tables should be typed with double spacing, but minimizing redundant space, and each should be placed on a separate sheet. Tables should be submitted, wherever possible, in a portrait, as opposed to landscape, layout. Each Table should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals. Tables should also have a title above and an explanatory footnote below.

Acknowledgements: All sources of funding and support, and substantive contributions of individuals, should be noted in the first footnote to the Article.

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.

REFERENCE FORMAT

In Current Intelligence articles, references should be kept to a minimum and given in brackets within the main text of the article. In all other articles, references should usually be given in footnotes. Footnotes should be identified in the text by Arabic numerals and numbered in the order cited. Complete information should be given for each reference cited.

Citation examples:

Books:
JH Baker, An Introduction to English Legal History (3rd edn, 1990) 419–421

Articles:
SC Manon, ‘Rights of water abstraction in the Common Law’ (1965) 83 LQR 47, 49–51
J Griffiths, ‘Copyright in English Literature: Denying the Public Domain’ [2000] EIPR 150, 151

Contributions to books:
A Ashworth, ‘Belief, Intent and Criminal Liability’ in J Eekelaar and J Bell (eds), Oxford Essays in Jurisprudence (3rd Series, 1987) 1, 6

Cases:

UK: Bowman v Fussy [1978] RPC 545, HL

ECJ: Case C-67/13 P Groupement des Cartes Bancaires v Commission, EU:C:2014, 2204

OHIM: R7/97-3 Orange Personal Communications Services/Orange [1998] ETMR 343

In general when citing other legal materials, authors should use the approved form that is standard in the jurisdiction in question; above all consistency within the article is paramount.

For further guidance on points of citation style, contributors should consult the Oxford Standard Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) which is online at: http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/publications/oscola.php.

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

When articles are provisionally accepted, the corresponding contributor will be asked to return a signed letter (including signatures of all co-contributors) stating that all contributors have seen and approved the article and that the work has not been, and will not be, published elsewhere. Articles will not be published until the Editorial Office has received this faxed letter.

It is a condition of publication in the journal that contributors grant an exclusive licence to the publisher for both paper and electronic publication. 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 licence contributors may use the material 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.

PERMISSIONS INFORMATION

If illustrations or figures are to be duplicated from previously published work, written permission must be obtained both from the publisher and the author, and a credit line giving the source added to the relevant Figure Legend. If text material (over 250 words) is to be reproduced from published sources, written permission is required from both publisher and author. For shorter quotations, it is usually sufficient to add a bibliographic credit. The letters containing the permission for the reproduction of either text or illustrations must accompany the typescript. If you have been unable to obtain permission, please indicate this. For more information, please see the Guidelines for Authors section on the Oxford Journals page, or contact the Rights department on journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org.

PROOFS

Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding contributor. Please provide an e-mail address to enable page proofs to be sent as PDF files via e-mail. These should be checked thoroughly for any possible layout or typographic errors. Significant alterations instigated at this stage by the contributor will be charged to the contributor.

It is the intention of the Editor to review, edit and publish your article as quickly possible. To achieve this it is important that all of your corrections are returned to the Production Editor in one all-inclusive email or fax. Subsequent additional corrections will not be possible, so please ensure that your first communication is complete.

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