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Instructions for Authors


Prepare your manuscript, including tables, using a word-processing program and save it as a .doc file. A short abstract of 220 words or less that concisely outlines the substance of the paper and states its principal conclusions should be included at the beginning of the manuscript. The journal adopts a guideline of 10,000 words of text for an article, excluding endnotes, but does not encourage lengthy endnotes.

All contributions should be sent to Mr. John Eekelaar: john.eekelaar@law.ox.ac.uk

Articles submitted for publication must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Literature references in the text should state the author's name followed by the year of publication. The full citation should appear in alphabetical order of author in a Reference section at the conclusion of the article and should consist of the author's name and initials, year, title of paper (or book), title of journal, volume, and initial and terminal page numbers (or, in the case of books, place of publication, name of publisher, and page or chapter numbers).

If you use Reference Manager to facilitate referencing citations (not required for submission), this journal's style is available for use.

Reference to legal materials (for example, legislation, case names, or law reports or code references) may be made by sequential numbering at the relevant point in the text, the full citations being listed numerically in a Notes section preceding the Reference section at the conclusion of the article. The mode of citation of legal material employed by the system of origin of the article will be acceptable.


Tables and illustrations should be provided at the end of the manuscript and the approximate position in the text indicated.


Materials for review should be sent to Mr. Jonathan Herring, Exeter College, Oxford OX1 3DP


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

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign copyright 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 assigning copyright, 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.


IJLPF 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 IJLPF 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.

Open Access charges

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 / €1225
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.


Authors will receive electronic access to their paper free of charge. Prices for purchasing offprints can be found on the online order form. Orders for printed offprints received after the issue has been sent to press will be subject to a 100% surcharge.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the EU, we 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.


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.


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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