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The Medical Law Review is established as an authoritative source of reference for academics, lawyers, legal and medical practitioners, law students, and anyone interested in healthcare and the law.

The Review presents articles of international interest which provide thorough analyses and comment on the wide range of topical issues that are fundamental to this expanding area of law. In addition, commentary sections provide in depth explorations of topical aspects in the field.


All papers published in the Review are subject to peer review. Papers that are outside the scope of the journal, that do not comply with the guidelines below or are otherwise judged to be unsuitable by the editor will be rejected without peer review. Appropriate papers are sent to at least two independent referees for evaluation. Referees advise on the originality and merit of the paper; the editors decide on publication.


Writing should be clear and simple, avoiding excessive use of the passive, and written in good clear 'international' English.

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. If you would like information about one such service please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


In order to be processed by our production team, all files should be editable, prepared in an appropriate word processing package and saved as .doc or .rtf. Please note: PDF (.pdf) is not a .doc or .rtf file format and is therefore not an appropriate file type. Manuscripts should be double line spaced with 1inch margins.


A. Title head
Style: Centred. CAPITALS. Bold

B. Section heading
Style: Centred. CAPITALS (precede by roman I, II, etc, if required)

C. Subheading level 1
Style: Centred. Title Case (Capitalise Important Words). Italic (precede by A, B, etc, if required)
Example: A. Subheading in Italics

D. Subheading level 2
Style: Align left. Sentence case (Capitalise first word only). Italic (precede by arabic numbering if required)
Example: 1. Subheading in Italics


More than about 30 words (unless in footnotes) should be indented from the text without quotation marks. In quotations that are indented, single quotation marks should be used for quotations within quotations. Single quotation marks should be used around quotations that are kept within text and double quotation marks for quotations within quotations that are kept within the text.


Such as full stops should be outside closing quotation marks. Full stops should also be outside closing parentheses unless the parenthesis is a complete sentence.


Consisting of initials (such as BMA, D or H and CSM) should omit the full stops, including references to a law report or journal or in a case citation (as in Med LR, LQR and All ER). Otherwise abbreviations should retain the full stop (ed., L.J., J.).


Should be in the style 1 January 1993; 1993-94; 1990s.


Should be used for case names, latin words except those in common legal usage, for example, prima facie; ultra vires or (obiter) dictum. Also the following abbreviations should be italicised: cf., e.g., ibid., i.e., loc.cit., op.cit., per, viz, supra, infra.


References should be given in footnotes, identified in the text by Arabic numerals and numbered in the order cited. Complete information should be given for each reference cited.


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


JH Baker, An Introduction to English Legal History (Publisher: Place of pub, 3rd edn, 1990) 419–421

Contributions to books

A Ashworth, ‘Belief, Intent and Criminal Liability’ in J Eekelaar and J Bell (eds), Oxford Essays in Jurisprudence (Publisher: Place of Pub, 3rd Series, 1987) 1, 6

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

ECJ: Case C–427/93 Bristol-Myers Squibb v Paranova [1996] ECR I-3457

EPO: T585/92 Unilever/Deodorant Detergent [1996] OJEPO 129

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 available online here.


DO NOT embed your figure files in the main document.

Figures should be prepared in an appropriate image package, saved as follows and named according to DOS conventions, e.g. 'figure1.tif':

Line Illustrations

Saved as(vector images) - .ai (Adobe Illustrator)/ Encapsulated PostScript (.eps). There is a ‘save as’ function in most statistical/ spreadsheet packages such as Microsoft Excel that allows files to be saved in eps format.

The optimal resolution for these images is 600-1200dpi.

Lines should not be thinner than 0.25 pts and in-fill patterns and screens should have a density of at least 10%. Use 10pt Helvetica font for labels.


Saved as high resolution (300dpi) .tif files at 1.5x desired print size. Lower resolutions (<300 dpi) may compromise output quality.


Permission to reproduce material within the manuscript must be obtained in advance by the corresponding author. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors or email Oxford Journals Rights department on journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org. Once granted, upload a copy of the approval as a supporting file. An acknowledgement to the source must be made in your text, exactly as stipulated by the particular institutions.

The following information may be useful for obtaining permissions:
Journal: Medical Law Review
IP address: medlaw.oxfordjournals.org/
Method of limiting access: password or IP address depending on subscription type
Users: individual subscribers and members of licence holding institutions
Fees charged: depends on subscription – see: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/medlaw/access_purchase/price_list.html
Rights required: World rights, one language (English), print and online publication in perpetuity.

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.


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.



The Review is a DOUBLE blinded (author anonymised) journal. Self-referencing that would give away the author’s identity should be excluded. All submissions should adhere to the following:

Title Page Document

File designation ‘Title Page’1. Title and running head (short title);
2. Article category – choose from: Original Article/ Invited Review/ Commentary/ Book Review;
3. First name, middle initial (if any) and family name of all authors – no degree/ titles/ positions of responsibility;
4. Affiliations should be written after the authors line as follows: Department/Division/Unit name, if any; affiliation name/City (without state)/Country;
5. Corresponding author should be written after the affiliations list as follows: write only the title of one corresponding author (Dr/Prof/ etc), Initial Only fist name(s), and followed by the last name – e.g. Dr. J. E. Smith; add Department/Division/Unit name, if any/ affiliation name/Street address/ City/ postal code /Country/ Email address;
6. Declarations/ Acknowledgments (if any): 1. Any necessary ethical approval(s); 2. Any conflict of interest. This includes ownership of shares, consultancy, speaker's honoraria or research grants from commercial companies or professional or governmental organisations with an interest in the topic of the paper. If in doubt, disclose.

Main Document

File designation ‘Main Document – Anonymous’
1. Title;
2. Summary
3. Six appropriate keywords in alphabetical order;
4. Main body containing sections on background, methods, results and conclusions, with the appropriate heading.
5. Tables – if any, in tabulate text. Do not embed tables.
6. Figure legends – if any, in a list following the tables. (Figures must be uploaded additionally as individual image files. Do not embed figures).
7. References as Vancouver style foot notes (numbered, Arabic).

Other Files

Permissions - File designation ‘supplementary data for review’
Figures - File designation ‘image’


Original Articles

Summary to include: Sections on introduction, main body and conclusions.
Maximum words – 6,000– 12,000/ maximum figures and tables – 5/ minimun
references – 20.

Invited Reviews

Summary giving information on methods of selecting the publications cited.
Maximum words – 12,000/ maximum figures and tables – 5/ maximum references – no limit.


In depth explorations of topical aspects of the field.
Maximum words – 3000-5000/ maximum figures and tables – 5/ maximum references – no limit.

Book Reviews

Title, name of author, publisher, date, number of pages, number of illustrations, price, binding, ISBN.
Maximum words – 2,000– 4,000/ cover figure/ maximum references – 10.


Submissions must have been read and approved by all authors. Submission of a manuscript implies that it reports unpublished work and that it is not under active consideration for publication elsewhere, nor been accepted for publication, nor been published in full or in part (except in abstract form). All material to be considered for publication in the Review should be submitted via the journal's online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/medlaw. Submission of a manuscript implies that it reports unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Full submission instructions are available here: http://www.academic.oup.com/medlaw/pages/submission_online and support is available on the site. A user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you have any queries please contact Lou Whelan, Medical Law Review Editorial Office: medlaw.editorialoffice@oup.com

Once you are ready to submit, check:
Your main document conforms to our requirements;
Figures are uploaded separately as image files;
Supporting documents are uploaded: eg consent/ permission (if any); and
You have completed all submission steps.

Failure to do so will result in your files returned to your author centre. You will receive an email detailing corrections required.



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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.

Information about the New Creative Commons licence can be found here.


The corresponding author will receive a PDF proof of their article by email Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately and returned to the production office within three days; authors are encouraged to use E-annotation tools available in Adobe Acrobat Professional or Acrobat Reader (version 7.0 or above) to e-annotate the PDF copy of their proofs.



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Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Medical Law Review can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
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Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

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