Thank you for your interest to publish your work in LIJ. To submit an article for consideration, please follow the instructions below. Submissions not conforming with instructions may not be considered for publication.
Aims and scope
Legal Issues Journal publishes original research on all legal matters affecting justice, equality and other pressing issues for societies. The journal welcomes interdisciplinary work at the intersection of law and other disciplines, such as genetics, biosciences, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, medicine, and business.
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.
Instructions for Preparation of Papers
The Legal Issues Journal (LIJ) publishes original papers, case comments, short reports, debates and book reviews dealing with matters of law and society, including law and science (e.g. law and genetics), justice, philosophy, politics and development (e.g. business). Preference is given to material that is interdisciplinary and with international application.
Legal Issues Journal operates an exclusive submission policy. Authors will need to confirm that their manuscript has been submitted solely to LIJ and is not currently published, in press, or submitted elsewhere.
Submission of papers
Manuscripts should be submitted by email and for submissions to be considered for publication, the following files must be included:
- Cover letter
- Title page
- Main Document
- Figure files (if any) – attached separately.
Cover letter must:
- state the matter(s) the paper addresses and how, and why the paper is important to the wide readership of LIJ
- include the affiliations and email address of the corresponding author
- confirm the material is original research, has not been previously published and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere while under consideration.
Title page must include:
- brief title of no more than 120 characters with spaces;
- a running head of maximum 4 words;
- the sources of support for the work received in the form of grants etc.; and if no support has been received, include confirmation accordingly.
- names and affiliations of all authors;
- corresponding author email address (if necessary to have two main authors, please identify both using an *). The abstract should NOT be included in this document.
Main Document: A single Word document file, comprising the text (including title and abstract) and tables. Name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) should NOT be included.
Abstract/Summary: A short summary of the paper of no more than 200 words. It should summarise the aims and objectives, methodology, sample (if any), results and conclusions of the study. The Abstract should be included in the Main Document.
All submissions must be in .doc or docx format.
Accessibility to diverse audience
Authors are strongly encouraged to use language that is accessible to a wide readership. Papers should be succinct and omit unnecessary words. Papers that are difficult to follow will not be not be accepted for peer review. Authors who have not received professional training in Academic Writing and Publishing are encouraged to do so.
Non-native English speakers should have their manuscripts checked by a native English speaker before submission. Alternative language editing services are also available here. Either American English or British English spelling can be used, but not interchangeably.
Types of LIJ articles
All submissions must include an abstract that can be read as stand-alone text.
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.
LIJ publishes responses to papers appearing in previous issues, and authors of the original paper will be given the opportunity for simultaneous response.
Must be concise. Formatting requirements are the same as for full papers.
Referencing must be consistent throughout the paper. We recommend using Zotero or similar. Quotes must include page numbers.
– In the text references – original papers only (e.g. research papers, reviews, meta analyses). DO NOT ENTER ORIGINAL PAPERS AS FOOTNOTE.
Up to two authors: given in brackets and by author’s last name and year of publication, divided by comma, e.g. ‘(Jones & Kalam, 2017). Two of more authors: in brackets, with first author followed by et al, full stop and year. No comma should be used. E.g. (King et al. 2017).
– All other references as footnotes
End of text references: Listed alphabetically at the end of the text. If two or more publications are from the same author, then they should be listed as to the year of publication, the latest coming first.
Style – Journal:
One author: Kokoya, F. (2013). The future of equality. Legal Issues Journal, 2(1). No comma after the last author, and the journal name in italics.
Two or more authors: Kokoya, F., Jones, S. & Bilioti, K. (2010). Justice and politics. Legal Issues Journal, 4(2). No comma before the last author (only a full stop).
Style – Books:
Similar to journal citation, except that the book title will be in italics and not the publisher. E.g. Hasani, K. (1998). Law and Genetics. Oxford University Press. Oxford.
Style – Online sources:
Must provide an accessible link and must state the date it was retrieved/accessed. E.g. The World Bank. Gini coefficient 2014. www.wb/gini (accessed 4th June 2014)
Online reports should state copyright holder and year of publication. E.g. Ministry of Justice. (2016). Access to justice report 2014 www.js/aj (accessed 4th June 2014).
Acknowledgments may be included at the end of the main text.
Ethical statement/approval, Conflicts of interest and Funding statements should be added before the Reference section of the submitted paper.
To be publishable, research must comply with accepted ethical standards. A confirmation that: a) informed consent of participants (or their legal guardians) was obtained; and b) that the relevant institutional approval was obtained, is essential.
In relation to secondary, a confirmation that authors assert adherence to ethical requirements, would suffice.
Conflicts of interest
Disclose at the time of submission any competing interests that they may have, providing for each co-author, details of all known financial, professional and personal relationships with the potential to bias the work.
Where no known conflicts of interest are known to exist, please include the statement:
The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
Identify the sources of funding, providing name of funder and reference.
- Formatting and ethical requirements are complied with.
- Author(s): names, affiliations and order of contribution, have been provided, and one author has been designated as corresponding author.
- The structure of the paper is clear, and the abstract can be read as stand-alone text.
- Manuscript has been checked for spelling and grammar.
- All References mentioned in the References list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
- Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources including the Web.
- All necessary declarations have been made.
Submitting your article
To submit your article for consideration, email the required documents (listed above) to the Editor-In-Chief.