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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).
  • If your submission is to the Refereed Articles section, ensure that there is no author identifying information in the submitted file. How to ensure all files are anonymised
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

For word limit policies, see Focus and Scope.

EJLT AUTHOR GUIDELINES: A general guide to style and formatting

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all the following items. Submissions will be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Note: the information contained here should be read in conjunction with the (Submission Preparation Checklist) on this website. For more information, see: ( Where there is any apparent conflict, the information contained herein is to be considered as the correct information for the purpose of submissions.


The EJLT can accept publications written only in English language. Articles must be written using British English throughout (e.g., -ise, not ize, as in ‘nationalise’). The only exception to this is where ‘z’ is used in official names of organisations and when quoting text verbatim that follows American spelling.

It is the author’s responsibility to provide a clean, thoroughly proofread version for publication, which is free from all typographical, grammatical, and syntax errors. The article should be formatted in a manner conforming to the template guidance found at the end of this document.

The EJLT will not be able to proofread articles on behalf of the author; please obtain the services of a professional proof-reader where necessary. The journal will not be able to accept your article unless the final version provided is proofread to a professional standard of English. Failure to comply with this may result in the article being declined, even if it has been accepted by the editors for substantive merit.


The usual permitted word length for research articles is a maximum of 12,000 words, including footnotes, and should be adhered to. Commentaries tend to be of a shorter word length. 


The EJLT strongly recommends the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) as our preferred style, although this is not mandatory. Please consult for the OSCOLA quick guide, and here for the full guide.

There is no need to provide a Bibliography if you have followed the OSCOLA style providing full footnotes.

For further guidance, especially for other referencing styles, please see below:

In order to keep footnotes to a minimum, references to sources should where possible appear in the body of the article following social science conventions.

Where an article/author is quoted directly e.g., Smith and Jones (1996) argue ...., the year of publication alone should appear in parentheses.

If an article/author is referenced indirectly e.g. Many sources indicate this is not true (Carter J, 1996, p.5) the surname, then the year of publication and the page reference if it relates to a specific part of the text should appear in parentheses.

If there is more than one reference to work by the same author in the same year, the references should be distinguished by adding the suffix 'a', 'b', 'c' etc. to the year of publication e.g. (Smith, Y, 1995a, pp.5-7).


 If the referencing style you have adopted requires providing a bibliography, a full citation of all references should appear in the bibliography according to the form below. As noted above, if you have followed OSCOLA, there is no need to provide a bibliography. 


Smith, D (1988), The Information Society (London: Polity Press).

Smith, D (1987a), 'The Information Society and Public Policy' in Gregory, F (ed) Information Technology: The public issues (Manchester: Manchester University Press). Smith, D (1987b), Law and Information (London: Polity Press).

 Journal Articles

Davies D (1995) 'Law and the Internet', Computer Law and Practice 110.

Conference Proceedings

Bruce, T (1995), 'Legal Information, Open Models, and Current Practice', Montreal Conference on Crown Copyright in Cyberspace, May 1995.

Multiple Authors

Smith, D and Blanc, R (1988), The Information Society (London: Polity Press).

Smith, D, Blanc, R and Floyd, K (1995), The Information Society (London: Polity Press).

Cases and Paragraph Numbers Within Cases

Where there exists a neutral citation system, this should be used as the sole citation for the case:

Navitaire Inc v Easyjet Airline Co. & Anor [2004] EWHC 1725 (Ch)


 Data Protection Act 2018, s.10.

The abbreviation 's' should be used only following the title of an Act or in parentheses; otherwise 'section' should be written in full. In both cases the 's' is lower case unless it begins a sentence.


 Single quotation marks should be used. Where there is a quotation within a quotation, double quotation marks should be employed. Punctuation follows the closing quotation mark, unless it is an essential part of the quotation.

Present quotations longer than three lines in an indented paragraph, with no further indentation of the first line. Do not use quotation marks, except for quotations within quotations, in which case single quotation marks should be used. Leave a line space either side of the indented quotation (See OSCOLA guidance).


Only one space (rather than the conventional two spaces as with a word document) is required between the end of one sentence and the start of another.

Numbers under one hundred and per cent to be spelt out.



Once you are satisfied that all aspects of substantive proofing have been met, please make sure that the final version is presented in a Word document (set in Size A5) using this template as well as the guidance below.

 Article Title

 Primary words should begin with a capital letter, for e.g., The Future of Technology Law in Europe.

Font: Calibri (light), Typeface 18, Bold.  

Author Name

The name of the author and their affiliation should be listed with an asterisk (*) - and this should be underneath the article title. These are intended to appear as footnotes above the numbered footnotes from the substantive text.

Font: Calibri (body), Typeface 9, bold.  


Please provide an abstract of circa 250 words.

Font: Calibri (body), Typeface 8.


Please provide between three to six keywords.

Font: Calibri (body), Typeface 8, bold.


 Headings should appear as follows, using Word’s automated heading function.

  1.   Main heading (Font: Calibri (body), Typeface 9, bold)

    1.1 Subheading (Font: Calibri (body), Typeface 8, bold)

    1.1.1 Sub-subheading (Font: Calibri (body), Typeface 8)

Headings below the sub-subheading level are discouraged. If absolutely necessary, they should appear in italics without any numbering.

Body/Main Text

The text is single-spaced. It should employ italics, rather than underlining where appropriate; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Font: Calibri (body), Typeface 8.


Word’s automatic footnote function must be used for footnotes. Please use footnotes for referencing purposes, rather than for extensive discussion which are better placed in the main body.

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.

Footnote reference must appear after punctuation marks.

Every footnote should end with a full stop.

Font: Calibri (body), typeface 7.


This section contains papers which have been produced as part of conferences or workshops.  The papers are not peer reviewed, but are made available to the community as 'ideas in draft'. They may apper in more polished formats later.

Workshop/Conference Papers

The journal will sometimes, with the collaboration of the organisers, provide a platform to publish papers from conferences or workshop which represent ideas in development. This section will not be refereed and will be edited by the conference/workshop editor.  Papers will appear together as a seperate section in the journal.

Review Essay

A review essay focuses on a text or a series of texts.  The text is usually a book or a number of them, but could also be a series of articles.  The review will be 5,000 words or more, normally.  It will be peer-reviewed.  It does not require an abstract, but should have a title and state the citation of the text(s) under review at the start of the Essay.

Conference Reports

This section is devoted to conference reports that provide a meaningful and informative account of a relevant conference, seminar, or workshops. This section will not be peer reviewed and decisions will be made by a relevant editor. 

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