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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.  We do not enforce a particular citation style, recognising that our diverse authors prefer to make use of a standard referencing format, such as Harvard or APA that is in common usage in their professional or academic context. Please make sure that it is used consistently in your paper.

Frequently Asked Questions
“Is there a strict word or character limit for submissions?”
JLTT as an online journal does not have strict minimum/ maximum character counts for submitted work. However, we are an academic peer-reviewed journal and our readers will have certain expectations about the length of different types of article and for this reason we offer guideline lengths as follows:
Reviewed Articles – 5,000-8,000 words
Case Reviews – 3,000- 5,000 words
Future thinking pieces – 3,000- 5,000 words
Policy reports – 1,000- 2,000 words.

If your work does not fit into these categories, please contact the editor in the first instance to discuss it.

“When should I submit my paper and when will it be published?”
The journal currently appears two times a year. All content is subject to some form of review: everything is initially reviewed by the section or managing editor and then Policy Reports given direct feedback, normally within four weeks. After the initial editorial check (usually within one week of submission) reviewed articles, case reviews and future thinking pieces are assigned to blinded peer review by two reviewers, one of which may be a member of the editorial team. The peer-review process is dependent upon the generous contribution of our reviewers and while we aim for the first round of reviews to be completed within a month, this is not always possible. There then follows a process of proof-reading and copy-editing for publication. This means that pieces judged to need no revisions at all could be ‘in press’ after a minimum 6-8 weeks. However, the quality of the feedback given by our reviewers means that many authors wish to make minor amendments to enhance their papers. Many papers are accepted subject to minor revisions, a process which can take as little as a few weeks. More substantial revisions are occasionally requested and this may, of course take considerably longer. Once a paper is ‘in press’ it is likely to appear in the next edition, with the caveat that the editors may choose to hold papers over so as to place them alongside others in order to create debate or enhance the discussion. This process takes place in transparent communication with the authors.


We expect articles to be between 5,000-8,000 words, with limited illustrative or graphical material included (examples of such material might include graphs or diagrams).

Peer reviewed.

Case Reviews

Reports or reviews of case decisions, looking at reasoning and consequences. Case reviews should be 3,000-5,000 words.

Peer reviewed.

Future Thinking Pieces

Pieces analysing and predicting future developments or arguing for the rewriting of current law, policy and/or practice. Pieces would be between 3,000-5,000 words.

Peer reviewed.

Policy Reports

Reports of current policy changes and issues. Policy Reports should be 1,000-2,000 words.

Reviewed by the section editors.

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