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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be formatted as anonymised word documents, double spaced in 12pt type with numbered pages to aid reviewers in making comments. Images, figures and tables, where used, should be in the body of the text and appropriately numbered. Footnotes rather than endnotes should be used. References should be in the OSCOLA, or similar, style, and should be used consistently throughout the article.

Please see: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/publications/oscola

Articles should be divided into sections and subsections.

Most articles will be reflective in nature, and we encourage use of the first person and formal-conversational style.

Academic articles

Academic articles of up to 8000 words in length on a topic of legal research methodology. Articles can be either discursive articles considering particular methodological approaches or methods, or research articles with findings provided there is a significant self-conscious consideration of the methods of the study suitable for the aims and scope of the Journal.

Review articles

Review articles of up to 5,000 words in length. Review articles provide a critique of another’s published work. Review articles will focus on a critique of the methodology employed.

File drawer papers

The Journal invites papers of up to 8000 words in length confronting the ‘file drawer problem’ i.e. research which is never published / completed due to unsatisfactory results or methodological problems. Did you abandon a research project or have papers rejected due to flaws with your methodological approach? We invite reflective papers in which you ‘self-review’ your own unpublished work, especially if you have altered your methodological approach.

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