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Instructions To Authors

General Information

The Journal publishes three times a year and considers submissions of articles and analysis pieces as well as publishing book reviews. Information about all three can be found below. In all cases, the Journal is committed to publishing pieces of the highest academic quality. Please note that because of the distinct nature of articles, analysis pieces and book reviews they all have a different submission, reviewing and preparation process. Note however that all submissions share the same policies in relation to formatting (style), production, licence to publish, open access, self-archiving, and conflict of interest. Work submitted for publication must be previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere and, if accepted, it should not then be published elsewhere in the same form or language. Please discuss with the Editor in Chief if a submission has previously been published elsewhere in another language. If previously published parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder's permission must have been obtained prior to submission. In submitting a piece for consideration by the Journal you must let us know if there is any conflict of interest. For more information on the journal's Conflict of Interest policy, please refer to the following page .



Book Reviews

Review Articles *NEW*

House Style - OSCOLA

Production and Copyright

Open Access

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The Journal welcomes submissions of articles that pertain to law and environmental problems in any jurisdiction. Articles are only accepted for publication after a double blind refereeing process. The key criterion for acceptance is scholarly rigor and quality. Besides reading through the journal, you may find reading E. Fisher, B. Lange, E Scotford and C. Carlarne, ‘Maturity and Methodology: Starting a Debate About Environmental Law Scholarship’ (2009) 21 JEL 213 and E. Fisher, ‘Environmental Law as ‘Hot’ Law’ (2013) 25 JEL 346 useful to get an overview of the rich range of scholarship the journal publishes. Of those articles that are ultimately accepted for publication, most are accepted with the need for some revision. The length of time between submission, final acceptance and publication can thus vary significantly.

Articles should be submitted online through the Scholar One system. All article submissions are double blind peer reviewed so it is essential that the piece is anonymised. The main document should be uploaded, with a title page document uploaded separately containing the name of the author(s) under the title, with an asterisked footnote giving the present affiliation and position of the author(s) and a contact address and email address.

Articles should be between 10,000 and 12,000 words and definitely no more than 14,000 words in length inclusive of footnotes and abstract. Please include an all-inclusive word count at the end of the text, along with the date of your manuscript. Articles should be consistent with our House Style.

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

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 .


The Analysis section of the Journal has a rich and interesting history. Prospective contributors may be interested in reading about this, and about possible future directions for the Analysis Section in Robert Lee and Donald McGillivray, ‘Analysing Analysis: Reporting, Reviewing and Re-appraising Environmental Law ’, published in the 25th anniversary issue of the Journal. A particular point to keep in mind is that analyses can act as pithy but valuable pieces of scholarship, and ambitious efforts to analyse recent developments within a broader frame of scholarly reference – comparative, doctrinal, socio-legal – are encouraged.

In that spirit, we welcome analysis of significant case-law, legislative or policy developments on environmental issues from any jurisdiction. We also welcome analysis of cases which that are under appeal, particularly where it is possible to publish the analysis online, ahead of the printed issue. A single analysis may cover a number of related cases or policy papers. Discussion with the Analysis Editors, Bob Lee and Eloise Scotford, on potential material for inclusion, is encouraged.

We encourage contributions from senior and junior academics alike. In particular, we are open to analysis writing from doctoral students, who are focusing their work in a particular area of environmental law and building a research profile. Note that the Analysis section generally no longer publishes the full judgment of cases. Similarly, the text of legislation and policy documents is not likely to be included. This allows the analysis to concentrate on the implications and wider context of the item under discussion. Where the relevant judgment of a case is not reproduced, authors should give a brief summary of the facts of the case and the holding.

Editorial Process and Guidelines for Analysis Authors

Analyses should be in the region of 1500-4000 words. Where possible, the Journal is keen to encourage a larger number of shorter analyses per issue. All analysis manuscripts received will be refereed by both the editors and at least one external academic. Authors should provide a title for the case analysis, and a list of up to 6 keywords. Where appropriate, the Journal will consider accepting analyses which have originally been published other than in English if all the appropriate permissions for this are granted and if this would bring an analysis of an important recent development of general interest to an English-reading audience. Responsibility for any translation lies with the author.

Correspondence for the Analysis Section should be addressed to:

Professor Bob Lee

Law School

University of Exeter

Amory Building

Rennes Drive






Dr Eloise Scotford

Dickson Poon School of Law

King’s College London





Book Reviews

The Journal’s Reviews section carries reviews of original works in the area of environmental law, policy, and practice. We welcome contributions offering critical commentary upon newly published books and other significant publications.

In support of the Journal’s broad remit, the section encourages review contributions which promote scholarly discourse across a spectrum of themes related to environmental law principles, policy and practice, or draw out the relevance of connections to work in cognate disciplines. Prospective reviewers seeking insight into the Journal’s aims in inviting submissions may find it useful to read Mark Stallworthy’s article, ‘The Review in Environmental Law Discourse’, published in the 25th anniversary issue of the Journal.

Book reviews should be in the region of 1000–1500 words (with 2000 words as an absolute maximum). Reviewers are encouraged not to use footnotes or to use them with restraint. Submissions are refereed, and edited as appropriate, by up to two of the section’s editorial team. Aside from being commissioned, offers of review are also welcomed.

Review Articles

The Journal now also publishes Review Articles. Part of the spirit of this innovation is the wish to accommodate the changing character of environmental law scholarship as the discipline matures. One aspect of this is the increasing variety of perspectives that the current literature offers, and the consequential interest in and delicacy of framing the scholarly analysis. Review articles should be in the region of 5000 words. For the articles we would expect some submissions to focus on one book, but there are possibilities for two or even more books to be covered where appropriate.

Please contact the Reviews Editors with any ideas or questions:

Dr Benjamin Pontin,

Bristol Law School,

University of West England



Dr Jona Razzaque,

Law School,

University of the West of England,



Dr Carolyn Abbot,

Law School,

University of Manchester, carolyn.abbot@manchester.ac.uk

House Style - OSCOLA


Articles and analysis pieces should be in English, double spaced (including footnotes) and should include page numbers. As well please comply with the following.

  • An abstract of the paper, of around 150 words, should be included at the start of the article, followed by up to six key words.
  • Article titles should be UPPER CASE AND CENTRED
  • Author names should be Title Case and Centred
  • Article headings:

    H1> 1. Numbered, Title Case and Ranged Left

    H2> 1.1 Numbered, Title Case and Ranged Left

    H3> 1.1.1 Numbered, sentence case and ranged left
  • Please use the tab key when indenting for a paragraph.


Footnotes and references should be numbered consecutively and should use OSCOLA citation style . Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references. On publication, all footnotes appear at the bottom of each page. Authors are encouraged to use footnotes for the elaboration of text as appropriate, and in particular to explain the context of national laws and policies, bearing in mind the international readership.

Besides the information on the OSCOLA website the following may be useful to know.

For material from jurisdictions not covered by OSCOLA authors should use the approved form that is standard in the jurisdiction in question; above all, consistency within the article is paramount.

Please note that the 4th edition of OSCOLA does not give guidance on international materials. In relation to international treaties, cite the treaty series in the following order of preference:

  • primary international treaty series, eg UNTS (United Nations Treaty Series), CTS (Consolidated Treaty Series) or LNTS (League of Nations Treaty Series);
  • official treaty series of one of the States parties, eg UKTS (UK Treaty Series), (ATS) (Australian Treaty Series); and
  • other international treaty series (eg British and Foreign State Papers).
  • For post-1960 treaties not yet published in an official series, the usual source is International Legal Materials (ILM). Prior to January 2000, the ILM volumes were given in roman numerals. However, the ILM itself uses arabic numerals in its own citations of ILM volumes; therefore, always cite in arabic numerals.
  • When citing documents from the major bodies of the United Nations, include the unique document reference numbers that identify both the body from which the document issues and the nature of the document. Cite UN documents in the following order: author, ‘title’ date document number. Italicize the title of a UN document only if it has been published as a book (ie, it has an ISBN), in which case the UN Doc number is not necessary.

While websites can be an important source of information, please cite them with care. The general principle is only include cites to webpages when the information can only be found there and is more authoritative than more traditional sources. Websites can often disappear overnight and it is thus vital to include the ‘last accessed’ date as this can provide a tool to finding the information on that site. Do not cite webpages for pdf documents but rather cite the webpage on which the pdf document can be downloaded. With policy documents, please provide as much information as you can besides the webpage address.

If you use EndNote and/or Reference Manager to facilitate referencing citations (not required for submission), this journal's style is available for use on the OSCOLA website.

Production and Copyright

Authors will receive a link to the PDF proof of their article by email and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with the manuscript. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately and returned to the editorial office by the deadline indicated. No major changes can be accommodated at this stage and alterations should be restricted to correction of typographical errors. Where major developments have taken place it is sometimes possible to incorporate postscripts—authors should discuss this with the editor at the time.

Copyright and Offprints

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

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press. 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 the licence, authors may use their own material 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. In consideration for granting the exclusive licence, the publisher will supply the author with a gratis issue in which their article appears (if claimed through the Oxford Journals Author Services site) together with free url access to their article. The free url allows readers free access to the full text of your paper whether or not they are a subscriber to the journal. Offprints may be ordered at extra cost from the Oxford Journals Author Services Site.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to quote material from copyright sources.

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.

Open Access

Journal of Environmental Law 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 Environmental Law 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 might 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.

Preprint use of Oxford Journals content

A preprint is defined here as the un-refereed author version of an article. For the majority of OUP journals, prior to acceptance for publication, authors retain the right to make a preprint version of the article available on their own personal website and/or that of their employer and/or in free public servers of preprints and/or articles in their subject area, provided that where possible they acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows:

This article has been accepted for publication in [Journal Title] ©: [year] [owner as specified on the article] Published by Oxford University Press [on behalf of xxxxxx]. All rights reserved.

Once the article has been published, we do not require that any preprint versions are removed. However, we do ask that these are not updated or replaced with the final published version. Where possible, the preprint notice should be amended to:

This is an un-refereed author version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the Article as published in the print edition of the Journal.]

Once an article is accepted for publication, an author may not make a preprint available in this way or replace an existing preprint with the final published version.

Postprint use of Oxford Journals content

A postprint is defined here as the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication by a journal, including modifications based on referees’ suggestions, before it has undergone copyediting and proof correction.

Authors may upload their accepted postprint manuscript PDF to an institutional and/or centrally organized repository, provided that public availability is delayed until 24 months after first online publication in the journal.

When uploading an accepted manuscript to a repository, authors should include a credit line (see below) and a link to the final published version of the article. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from public repositories, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].

A PDF of the final published version of the article as it appears in the journal following copyediting and proof correction may not be deposited by authors in institutional repositories.

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