Key facts about Legal Issues Journal


It is not-for-profit

All the work is carried out on a pro-bono basis by leading academics and practitioners


Makes work available on Open Access for a nominal fee

This is made possible due to the managing of the Legal Issues Journal being subsidised by the UKLSA – The UK Law and Society Association and TAGC – The Accessible Genetics Consortium.


Enjoys a diverse editorial board from across the globe

The Legal Issues Journal has:

  • a multi-disciplinary editorial board, composed of world-leading researchers in a number of fields, including Law, Ethics, Psychology, Genetics, Sleep, and Human Development.
  • representation from both practice and academia.
  • a multi-national editorial board; in the order of joining, countries of editors include: The UK, The USA, The Russian Federation, Columbia, United Arab Emirates, India, Albania, Bulgaria, China, Italy, and Nigeria.


Follows a double-blind peer review process

This is to minimise subconscious biasses and any other potential influences.


Adheres to Ethical standards

Key management and editorial board members of the journal are experts on Ethics and serve as Head of Ethics in a number of Universities and other boards.



Aims and scope

The primary aim of the Legal Issues Journal is to disseminate knowledge which contributes to improving justice – free from commercial considerations.

The Journal publishes original research in law; as well as inter-disciplinary research at the intersection of Law and other disciplines, including Psychology, Genetics, Biosciences, Philosophy, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Medicine. 

The Journal publishes original papers, case comments, short reports, debates and book reviews. The Journal also provides important news and interpretation on changes in the legal world and coming trends affecting law, lawyers, and society. Contribution to the society, nationally and internationally, is the focus of LIJ.

In the area of law and genetics and law and biosciences, we welcome papers on ethical, legal and societal implications of genetic science and of biosciences in general, including discrimination (employment, insurance genetic/bioscience, setc.); genetic data protection and privacy; and commercialisation of genetic research.


LIJ is published twice a year, in January and July. Accepted papers are published online upon being accepted (First View), and then formatted and published in Issues. Generally, each Issue will contain 4-6 articles, 1-2 case comments, and 1-2 book reviews, making about 44,000-55,000 words in total.


What we publish

Full papers (research and reviews)

There is no strict word limit for full papers, but for papers longer than 10000 words (including references and footnotes), authors needs to explain in the cover letter why a longer paper is justifiable. There are no strict formatting requirements, but the recommended structure is Abstract, Introduction, Main text (e.g. Methods, Results, Discussion), Conclusion and Reference sections, but deviations from this format are acceptable. Section headings and subheadings should not be numbered. Rank of headings/subheadings should be clear.

Case comments / Short reports

Short Reports should be of an overall maximum length of 2500 words, including Summary and References; and 2000 words if tables and/or figures are included (proportionate to length). Verbosity is strongly discouraged. The formatting requirements are the same as those for full papers.

Debate articles (and short Opinions)

LIJ publishes responses to papers appearing in previous issues, and authors of the original paper will be given the opportunity for simultaneous response.

Book reviews

Must be concise. Formatting requirements are the same as for full papers.



The Journal began in 2011 as the UK Law Student Review. In order for the name to better reflect the Journal’s aim, mission, and cross-border coverage, it was renamed Legal Issues in 2015.

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