The King’s Student Law Review (KSLR) requests that authors comply with the following submissions guidelines. The KSLR is unlikely to consider submissions which substantially deviate from the requirements set out below.
Who Can Contribute?
Submissions are welcome from all current law students, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, as well as, recent law graduates and legal researchers. As the KSLR prides itself on being an inclusive journal, we also welcome submissions from students and non-students who are not associated with KCL. However, the KSLR aims to provide a platform for student work. Thus, priority is given to current student and researchers.
What We Are Looking For
- Outstanding, original, argumentative contributions to legal studies.
- Work that will stand the test of time.
- Work that will make worthwhile reading for the general reader who may not be an expert in the field of the article.
- We are also interested in publishing highly specialised work that makes an excellent contribution to its own field.
What We Do Not Publish
- Articles longer than 12,000 words (without footnotes).
- Moral and political philosophy that is only distantly related to law.
- Anything previously published in another journal.
- Coursework that has not been adapted to follow the KSLR’s Submission Guidelines.
Areas of Law
Your article should fall within one of the following areas of law:
- Business Law
- Commercial Law
- Comparative Law
- Competition Law
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- EU Law
- Family Law
- Financial Law
- Human Rights
- Intellectual Property Law
- Legal History
- Legal Theory
- Private International Law
- Private Law
- Property Law
- Public and Constitutional Law
- Public International Law
- Tax Law
- Tort Law
- Legal History
If you would like to contribute to the Law Review, we would be glad to receive your submission. Please email it to email@example.com, and include in the subject line your article’s title and your name.
Our Editors will not approve articles in advance of seeing the text. If you are unsure whether a topic is suitable for the Law Review, please email us on the address above. An indication that a topic may be suitable does not amount to advance acceptance of the article.
Once you have submitted your article, our Managing Editor will be in touch. We endeavour to respond as quickly as possible to submissions. You may anticipate a response within two weeks.
If the Editors reject a submission, we will communicate this decision and provide brief feedback.
If the Editors consider that your article 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 article, and the Editorial Team may decide, upon seeing revisions, that the submission is not suitable for publication.
If the article 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.
We pride ourselves on the high quality of our journal and will not publish an article if we are not satisfied that it is of sufficiently high quality, both in terms of presentation and argument.
Please adhere to the following general guidelines, in addition to OSCOLA standards:
Length of Submissions
- If your submission is an article, it must be no less than 5,000 words and no more than 7,000 words (excluding footnotes) barring exceptional circumstances.
- If your submission is a Case Note, it should be between 4,000 – 6,000 words.
- If your submission is a Book Review, it should be between 1,000 – 2,000 words.
- If your submission is a ‘Letter to Editors’ it should be between 900 – 1,500 words.
Anonymous Peer Review
All submissions are assessed through a double-blind peer review procedure. In order to ensure the integrity of the blind review, your manuscript must not contain your name, university or any other means that can be used to identify you.
Style and Format
- Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words.
- As mentioned above, all references should conform to OSCOLA standards. You may find a short guide to OSCOLA standards at the following hyperlink.
- Please use British Spelling and British Punctuation.
- Quotes of more than 40 words in length should appear as indented double-spaced paragraphs without quotation marks. Otherwise, single inverted commas (‘for example’) should be used throughout, except for quotes within quotes, which will be double inverted commas (“for example”).
- Illustrations, Figures and Tables are only to be included if they are essential to the manuscript’s content and should be placed within the body of the text at appropriate places, rather than at the end.
- Your submission must be sent in via email in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please ensure that your submission is in the format of Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx). We do not accept PDFs.
Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines outlined above are unlikely to be accepted by the Law Review.
By submitting an article to the KSLR, the Contributor guarantees that the manuscript is a product of their work and is unpublished. Any work originating from others, is properly identified and referenced. Contributors also permit the KSLR to use their article, with full attribution but without further consent, on a non-commercial basis in online and offline publications.
Contributors are able to enter into separate, additional distribution arrangements regarding work already published in the KSLR, provided a Non-Exclusive Licence is given to the subsequent distributor, and the Contributor expressly acknowledges in writing that their manuscript was published in the Law Review first for any subsequent publication.
Your name, email address and other personal information submitted to the Law Review will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the KSLR and will not be made available for any other purpose or to third parties.
If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us by email:
We look forward to receiving your submission.
The King’s Student Law Review Editorial Board.