The King’s Student Law Review Forum
Thank you for your interest in contributing to the King’s Student Law Review (KSLR) Forum. Please read the following guidelines before submitting a proposed blog piece to us.
The KSLR Forum aims to be at the forefront of legal developments and debates whilst encouraging new and upcoming writers to join the discussion. We welcome original contributions which provide high quality legal analysis of legal developments across the globe, including case law, current litigation, legislation and policy-making.
Who Can Contribute?
The KSLR is an inclusive space. Submissions are assessed and accepted based on their merit alone.
We welcome submissions from every level of legal study and practice (e.g. current/former students, undergraduates, taught and research postgraduates, lawyers, judges, arbitrators, mediators, and paralegals). We welcome also submissions from students who do not study law, early career researchers, policy-makers, senior academics, lawyers and members of civil society organisations.
However, we only publish submissions that are of high quality and that comply with the Style Rules set out on this page.
Guidelines for Contributions:
Length: Posts must be between 500-1,500 words in length. Posts which are longer than 1,800 words will not be considered. We encourage those interested in writing longer contributions to consider submitting to the KSLR Journal.
Referencing: Posts must include hyperlinks to relevant legal sources and background information, including any judgments, laws, treaties or other legal texts which are mentioned. Hyperlinks must link only to legal or respected news sources. The Editors make the final decision over what constitutes a respectable source. If your sources cannot be accessed online, please reference using OSCOLA. Please note that you should use single quotation marks instead of double and italicise Latin words and phrases.
Clarity: Posts should be clear and concise, leaving out jargon and verbiage. Posts must be fully proofread and must conform to good legal academic style as our core focus is on legal analysis.
Title: Posts should have informative titles from which a reader can tell what the post is about.
Originality: Posts should reflect original, unpublished work. They should not have been published, or be under consideration for publication, elsewhere.
Coursework: We have a strong presumption against publishing material based on coursework where it concerns cases or questions already extensively analysed in the literature. An exception would be made for genuinely new analysis or argument.
Style: Please refer to the style guidance on the Journal submissions page for guidance on UK spelling, formatting and use of UK English.
Cross-posting: Cross-posting or publication on other platforms is permissible only:
- Provided that the author acknowledges first publication in the KSRL Forum;
- With the permission of the Editors of the KSLR Forum; and
- A minimum of 48 hours after the post has been published on the KSLR Forum.
We thank our contributors in advance for sticking to these guidelines, which help us maintain our standards and ensure the Forum is a space which authors to show fresh ideas to a wide audience.
Areas of Law
Your article should be relevant to those studying or practising law in the UK and, in particular, to those based at King’s. This is a broad area and by no means limited to English law, since King’s is a diverse institution with a global outlook. Whilst submissions on international law, including international human rights law are, of course, relevant to those studying and working in the UK, we are unable to accept submissions focussed on points of law relevant only to non-UK or non-EU jurisdictions unless the piece has a substantial comparative element to UK or EU law. (Substantial would mean that similar depth of analysis was applied to the comparative element as to the jurisdiction of your interest.) If you are uncertain as to whether your article fits our submission guidance please ask advice from firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Contribute
If you would like to contribute, we’d be thrilled to receive your submission! Please email it to email@example.com, and include in the subject line your blog post title and your name. If you would like your blog piece to include a photo and a short biography, please include this information in your submission email.
The Editors will not approve posts in advance of seeing the text. Please do not send abstracts, as we will not be able to tell from an abstract whether your post complies with the Style Rules and meets the Forum’s requirements. If you are unsure whether a topic is suitable for the blog, please email us on the address above. An indication that a topic may be suitable does not amount to advance acceptance of the post.
Once you have submitted your draft post, the Editors will be in touch. We endeavour to respond quickly to submissions and you can anticipate a response within a week.
If the Editors reject a submission, we will communicate this decision and provide brief feedback.
If the Editors consider that your post has potential to be published, but is not currently of the required standard, then we will send back your work with editorial suggestions in tracked changes. This does not amount to acceptance of the post, and the Editorial Team may decide, upon seeing revisions, that the submission is not suitable for publication on the KSLR Forum.
If the post is accepted for publication, there may be, for the reasons set out above, a delay between acceptance and publication. We aim to minimise this where a post covers a very recent or urgent issue.
The Editors may, in their absolute discretion, waive any of the above rules or amend this process.
We pride ourselves on the high quality of our blog posts and will not publish a post if we are not satisfied that it is of sufficiently high quality, both in terms of presentation and argument. If you feel unable to accept the Editor’s proposals after discussion, or do not wish to participate in the editorial process, then you are free to withdraw your submission.
Dialogue and Promotion
The KSLR Forum aims to stimulate dialogue and debate, so once your post is published please watch for comments and enter into the discussion. To expand your readership, we also encourage you to share your post with colleagues through email and social media sites.
By submitting a post to the Forum, the Contributor guarantees that the post is a product of their work and is unpublished. Contributors also permit the KSLR Forum to use their post, with full attribution but without further consent, on a non-commercial basis in online and offline publications.
We look forward to receiving your contribution!
The King’s Student Law Review Team