Author Guidelines

Preparing your manuscript for submission


Articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words long, including references. A 150-word abstract providing a concise statement of the purpose of the article and a broad indication of its findings or conclusions must be submitted. Shorter articles (3,000 to 5,000 words) may be considered to include comment and discussion on recent developments in criminal law. No abstract is required. Articles and comments should also include up to five "keywords". Each keyword or short phrase should indicate the contents of the contribution, without merely replicating its title or textual sub- headings.

Case notes
Case notes should ordinarily be between 1,500 and 2,500 words long. For particularly important cases a longer note may exceptionally be permitted. Within case notes all references should be included within the main body of the text and footnotes are not used. The format of the case note should be as follows: Main subject heading; Case name and citation; Text: (1) the facts, (2) the decision/HELD paragraph, and (3) the commentary on the case. Case notes should include up to five "keywords". Each keyword or short phrase should indicate the contents of the case note, without merely replicating its title or textual sub-headings.

Artwork, figures and other graphics

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs after receipt of your accepted article.

Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article.s.

Reference style

All references should be placed in footnotes. End notes will not be accommodated.

Cases should be cited in the following forms:
Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council [1986] QB 809
If specific pages are referred to:
Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council [1986] QB 809 at 811
No full stops should be used in the law journal abbreviation, e.g. All ER, WLR, EGLR etc.

Abbreviations should be used for familiar legal journals. Otherwise the title should be given in full in italics:
J. Cohen, 'A Theory of the Stability of Punishment' (1983) 64 Journal of Criminal Law 198

The following styles should be used:
M. A. Jones, Textbook on Torts, 2nd edn (Blackstone Press: London, 1989) 234
G. Richardson, 'Judicial Intervention' in M. Maguire (ed.), Accountability (Tavistock: London, 1985) 113

Modern statutes should be cited in the form:
The Landlord and Tenand (Covenants) Act 1995, s. 3(1)(a)

Official publications
These should be cited in the form:
Law Commission, Family Law: The Ground for Divorce, Cm 192 (1990) para. 4.5

Cross references
References should be cited in full on the first occasion they are mentioned. Subsequent cross-references should take the following form:
See Walter, above n. 4 at 23
If Walter is referred to in the text after it has been cited for a first time, the cross-reference will be:
Above n. 4 at 23
If the cross-reference is to the immediately preceding note, the reference will be:
Ibid. at 23

Quotations within the text should use single quotation marks and quotations within quotations use double quotation marks. If quotations are three lines or more they should be separated out from the rest of the text and should not be enclosed by quotation marks.

Footnotes should be collated at the end of the article, but will be published at the foot of each relevant page. Footnotes to the title and author(s)' names should be designated as *, † etc. Footnotes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. and follow any closing punctuation, e.g.
…limitations are possible.¹
The asterisked footnote should give the author's position, institutional address and any brief acknowledgements if required.