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Guidance and requirements

Thank you for your interest to publish your work in LIJ. To submit an article for consideration, please follow instructions below.



To submit your article for consideration, email the required documents (listed below) to Submissions not conforming with instructions may not be considered for publication.

Submission Policy

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.


Types of LIJ articles

All submissions must include an abstract that can be read as stand-alone text.

Full papers

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

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.


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.

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Additional requirements

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.


Acknowledgments may be included at the end of the main text.

Disclosure statements

Ethical statement/approval, Conflicts of interest and Funding statements should be added before the Reference section of the submitted paper.

Ethical Approval

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.


What do you need to submit

Manuscripts should be submitted by email and for submissions to be considered for publication, the following files must be included:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Main Document
  3. Figure files (if any) – attached separately.

Cover letter:

  • state the matter(s) the paper addresses and how, and why the paper is important to the wide readership of LIJ
  • confirm the material is original research, has not been previously published and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere while under consideration.
  • the sources of support for the work received in the form of grants etc.; and if no support has been received, include confirmation accordingly.

Title page must:

  • title of the article
  • include for all authors: names, affiliations, addresses, email address;
  • include email address of the corresponding author and identify the corresponding author with an *
  • confirmation of compliance with ethics


  • 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.


Submission checklist

  • 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.

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