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Notes for Contributors

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What are we looking for?

  • • Outstanding, original, argumentative contributions to legal studies. 
  • • Work that will stand the test of time.
  • • Work that will make worthwhile reading for the general reader who may not be an expert in the field of the article. We are also interested in publishing highly specialised work that makes an excellent contribution to its own field.

Review Articles:

  • • We do not publish book reviews. 
  • • We do publish ‘Review Articles’, which are extended, argumentative articles discussing a particular book or books. We expect Review Articles to make an original contribution to the subject. 
  • • We ordinarily expect Review Articles to be roughly 8000 words long.
  • • Submitted articles discussing a particular book or books will be referred to the Review Articles Editor if they may be suitable for the review articles section.

Things we do not publish:

  • • Articles longer than 10,000 words (without footnotes) or 15,000 words (footnotes included).
  • • Case notes. We will only publish an article devoted to discussing a single case if the argument meets the same expectations as other articles. 
  • • Articles that amount to replies to previously published articles in the OJLS or elsewhere. But if an article makes the sort of contribution to legal studies that we are looking for, we do not exclude it on the ground that it incidentally replies to other work.
  • • Doctrinal articles about the law of non-UK jurisdictions, unless they have a broader theoretical, comparative or historical argument. 
  • • Articles about legal education, or about the funding and conduct of legal research, or about the legal professions. 
  • • Moral and political philosophy that is only distantly related to law; if it is to be published in the OJLS, it must make a significant contribution to legal studies. 
  • • Anything previously published in another journal or in a monograph.
Because of the volume of submissions, we do not ordinarily publish an article by an author who has published in OJLS within the last two years. 

Author self-archiving/public access policy

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

Submission Guidelines

Articles should be submitted electronically via the online submission web site. Please note that the Journal only accepts submissions via the website and cannot consider articles received by any other means.

Manuscripts should not be longer than 10,000 words excluding footnotes, and should not be longer than 15,000 words including footnotes (please observe both of these limits).

Decisions to publish a submission are based on double-blind review (that is, the authors do not know who the reviewers are, and the reviewers do not know who the authors are). We will not send papers for review that are outside the scope of the journal or do not comply with the guidelines for authors. If a manuscript complies with the guidelines and is within the scope of the Journal, the editors will decide not to accept a manuscript for publication without sending a manuscript for review, when it is evident that this is the right editorial decision.

Any editorial or submission queries may be sent to the General Editor, Professor Timothy Endicott.

Books for review, and proposals for review articles should be sent to the General Editor, Professor Timothy Endicott


Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words.

Copy should be double-spaced and on one side of the page only. The first paragraph after a heading or a new sub-division should be flush to the margin. Subsequent paragraphs should be indented.

Footnotes should be marked clearly in the text in numeric order after a point of punctuation (...possible to resist..1), and listed at the bottom of each page.

General Style

The OJLS uses the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Please refer to OSCOLA for detailed information on citation style.


The main headings should be centred and numbered 1, 2 and so on; first letters of main words should be in upper case.

The next level headings should be aligned on the left and be lettered A, B, C and so on; first letters of main words should be in upper case.

The next level should be aligned on the left and be numbered (i), (ii), (iii) and so on. Only the first letter of the heading should be in upper case.


Quotations within the text are enclosed within single quotation marks, and quotations within quotations are given double quotation marks. If quotations run for three lines or more, they should be separated from the rest of the text, and should not be enclosed within any quotation marks.


Any figures submitted to the journal in colour can be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to publish their figures in colour in the print journal: you will be asked to approve this cost after your article is accepted for publication. Black and white figures will be printed without additional cost, but figures that may be converted from colour to black and white should be well prepared with high contrast, and must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final size. Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article. If applicable, you will be issued an invoice at the time of publication.

Note: Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.


In order to reproduce any third-party material in an article, including figures or tables, authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and comply with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse.

When seeking to reproduce any kind of third-party material authors should request the following:

(i) non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;
(ii) electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;
(iii) the right to use the material for the life of the work; and
(iv) world-wide English-language rights.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found at: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/permissions_guidelines.doc.

Authors should also include a statement indicating that permission has been obtained in the relevant legend/footnote and provide the Editorial Office with copies of any relevant paperwork.

A template permissions request letter can be found at the end of the above document.

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.



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Type references in the correct order and style of the journal.

Type unjustified, without hyphenation, except for compound words.

Type headings in the style of the journal.

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Where possible use Times for the text font and Symbol for Greek and special characters.

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Use double spaces after each sentence within a paragraph.


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.

Oxford Open

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 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 the        Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 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 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.


The corresponding author is entitled to receive 25 printed offprints free of charge. These can be claimed using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


If your first language is not English, you may wish to retain the services of a commercial language editor 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. 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.


We require authors 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.

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