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Authors are encouraged to complete their copyright licence to publish form online

Submitting authors should bear in mind that the journal is a multidisciplinary journal, intended to be read by lawyers, mathematicians and statisticians.

  • Please include an abstract of no more than 200 words, and up to six keywords.
  • The bulk of material must not be too technical; place technical details in footnotes.
  • Some formulae are permitted: general formulae in the text, particular formulae in footnotes.
  • Papers should contain some explanation of what they are about that can be understood by everyone. However, the Editors accept that not all papers need to entirely intelligible to all readers.
  • References: Name and year in the text, in the text. Full references given at the back in alphabetical order by first named author. An alternative is acceptable with footnotes, numbered (with a superscript) by place of first appearance in the text. Look at earlier issues for examples.
  • Footnotes: These should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Footnotes in text, tables and legend should be identified by arabic numbers appearing in the text in superscript, for example 5 or 5- 7 or 5,16 for unrelated footnotes.

Submission of papers

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word, Wordperfect, LaTeX or on paper, in which case the original and three copies should be submitted. In either case (paper or electronic submission) before a paper is finally accepted, a signed letter from the corresponding author is required specifying the name, full mailing address and telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address of the person who will act as corresponding author. The covering letter should also specify, if applicable, information about possible duplicate publication problems, financial or other relationships that could give rise to conflicts of interest and any other information the editors may need to make an informed decision in accordance with established policies and practices.

Manuscripts may be submitted to any one of the seven editors. However, it would ease processing of submissions if the following general rules were followed: all submissions of a legal nature should go to Professor Cheng; those of a behavioural nature to Professor Koehler; those of a mathematical or statistical nature should go to Professor Gastwirth (North American submissions) or to Dr. Nordgaard, Professor Aitken, or Professor Franklin; those of a forensic science nature to Professor Taroni. If in doubt, send the submission to Dr. Nordgaard who will decide how to process it.

1. Dr. Anders Nordgaard (Editor-in-Chief), Swedish Police Authority-National Forensic Centre, SE-58194 Linköping, Sweden, Tel. +46 10 5628013. E-mail: anders.nordgaard@liu.se

2. Prof. C. G. G. Aitken, School of Mathematics, The King's Buildings, The University of Edinburgh, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 4877; Fax: +44 (0) 131 650 6553; E-mail: C.G.G.Aitken@ed.ac.uk

3. Prof. E. Cheng, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN 37203, USA. Tel: 615 322 2615; Fax: 615 343 8467; E-mail: edward.cheng@vanderbilt.edu

4. Prof. J. Franklin, School of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia. Tel: +61 2 93857093; Fax: +61 2 93857123; E-mail: jim@maths.unsw.edu.au

5. Prof. J. Gastwirth, Department of Statistics, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 20052, USA. Tel: 202 994 6356; Fax: 202 994 6917; E-mail: jlgast@gwu.edu

6. Prof. J. J. Koehler, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL 60611-3069, USA. Tel: 001 (312) 503 4469; E-mail: jay.koehler@northwestern.edu

7. Prof. F. Taroni, Ecole des sciences criminelles, University of Lausanne, B.C.H. 1015, Lausanne-Dorigny, Switzerland. Tel: +41 21 692 4646; Fax: +41 21 692 4605; E-mail: franco.taroni@esc.unil.ch

Books for review should be sent to either Professor E. Bura, Department of Statistics, George Washington University, Washington DC, 20052, USA, E-mail: ebura@gwu.edu, or Dr. D. Lucy, School of Mathematics, the King's Buildings, The University of Edinburgh, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK, E-mail: d.lucy@ed.ac.uk

Manuscript Layout

Manuscripts must be written in English. The manuscript should be typed double-spaced, including the title page, abstract, text, acknowledgements, footnotes, tables and legends.

Tables and figures

For paper submissions an original and three complete copies of all tables and figures (including photographs and line drawings) must be included.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].

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.

Licence to Publish, and Offprints

It is a condition of publication in Law, Probability and Risk that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press ("OUP"). 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 an exclusive licence, authors may use their own material in publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance. 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 OUP may retain your e-mail 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 e-mail address you have used in the registration process. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce verbal or visual material from copyright sources. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Optional open access. Authors have the option, at an additional charge, to make their paper freely available online immediately upon publication, under the Oxford Open initiative. After your manuscript is accepted, as part of the mandatory licence form you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay to have your paper made freely available immediately. 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 Law, Probability and Risk can use the following Creative Commons licence for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)

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 for Trusts and Trustees are:

Regular charge - £1850/ $3000 / €2450

Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225

Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

Discounted rates are available for authors based in some developing countries (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Please note that these charges are in addition to any color/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.

If authors wish to order any offprints or copies of the issue in which their paper will appear, they can do so via the Oxford Journals Author Services site.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy

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


This Journal takes publication ethics very seriously. If misconduct is found or suspected after the manuscript is published, the journal will investigate the matter and this may result in the article subsequently being retracted.

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