Contributing to the Law Review

Stop press: Our Spring edition has been POSTPONED.

Alongside many other academic journals we have found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on journal submissions.  As a result the Editorial Team took the difficult decision to postpone this issue.  

The planned publication date of the next issue, Volume XII Issue II, has been moved from March 2021 to late July 2021. 

The call for papers for this edition closed on May 20th 2021. We expect our next call for papers to be issued in October 2021.

 

Submissions are welcome from all current law students, recent law graduates, teachers and legal academics at King’s and at other Institutions. 

Like most Journals, we expect exclusivity when you submit. If your article is not within our submission guidance, either because of content or length, or because you first need to format it to our guidance, we will let you know within 7 days.

Please read the style and submission guidance below.  In particularly, please spellcheck for UK (not US) English.

How to submit

Submissions should be emailed to kclstudentlawreview@gmail.com.

When submitting please state in your email where you are studying/working, and make sure that we have an email address for you that will be functional throughout 2021. Please include a statement to the effect that the submission is all the work of the named authors, that you have any other authors’ permission to submit to us, and that the submission is not being considered by, nor has it been submitted to, any other journal.

What We Are Looking For

  • Articles of 4,000 – 6,000 words excluding footnotes.
  • Footnotes, whilst not strictly limited, should not generally add a further 25% of the word count of the article itself.
  • Original contributions to legal studies.
  • Topical or timely work concerning new developments in the law.
  • Work that will be of interest to the general reader who may not be an expert in the field of the article.
  • We also sometimes publish more specialised work that makes an original contribution to its own field.
  • Articles written in UK English.
  • Articles whose primary focus is law.

What We Do Not Publish

  • Anything previously published in another journal or under consideration by another journal.
  • Subject areas that are beyond our focus and expertise (see Areas of Law below).
  • Essays that have been submitted as coursework. This is because coursework usually concerns questions of law that have already been extensively analysed in the literature. An exception would be made for genuinely new analysis or argument.
  • Dissertations, although we would consider new or topical articles that are based on, or draw reference from a dissertation.
  • Moral and political philosophy that is only distantly related to law.
  • Book reviews.

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, since King’s is a diverse institution with a global outlook; a list of subject areas is given below. It includes submissions on international law, EU law and human rights law, and comparative pieces focussed substantially on UK or EU law.

We are, however, generally unable to accept submissions focussed mainly on non-UK/non-EU jurisdictions unless the piece has a substantial comparative element (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 kclstudentlawreview@gmail.com

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 Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal History
  • Legal Theory
  • Medical Law
  • Private International Law
  • Private Law
  • Property Law
  • Public and Constitutional Law
  • Public International Law
  • Tax Law
  • Tort Law
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy

Submission Guidelines

Please email your submission to kclstudentlawreview@gmail.com, and include in the subject line your article’s title and your name.

Please submit in accordance with our style guidance.

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. Like most Journals, we do not approve articles in advance of seeing the text.

Style and Formatting Guidelines

Please adhere to the following general guidelines, in addition to OSCOLA standards:

Length of Submissions

  • If your submission is an article, it should usually be no less than 4,000 words and no more than 6,000 words (excluding footnotes).
  • Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words in length, identifying the focus of the article and summarising the contribution which it makes.
  • Referencing should conform to OSCOLA standards.
  • Footnotes should be numbered Arabic 1,2,3.
  • Footnotes are excluded from the word count, but we would not expect footnotes to exceed 20% of the word count of the main article.
  • Footnotes cannot be included in case notes; essential references should be included in the main text.
  • If your submission is a Case Note, it should be between 2,000 – 4,000 words.
  • If your submission is 1,500 words or less it maybe suitable for submission to our Forum or Blog.
  • 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.

Spelling and use of English

  • Please use English (UK) Spelling except in quoted matter, and British Punctuation. 
  • If UK English is not the author’s first language, please consider having the manuscript checked for use of English before submission.
  • Latin (and other non-English) words should be italicised.
  • Case names and ship names should be italicised.

Style 

  • Font: Times New Roman, Font size 12.
  • Please ensure that your submission is in the format of Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx). We do not accept PDFs.
  • All author-identifying information should be removed from the manuscript to allow for anonymous peer-review.

Format

  • Paragraphs start flush left after headings.

Title: Centred, Capitalise Main Words, bold text.
Once accepted, the Author’s name will appear, centred, below the title, in italic text.
The Author’s affiliation will be added as a linked reference.

Main Subheading
Centred. Bold. Precede by Roman I, II, III etc., if required

Second level Subheading
Centred. Bold. Type with initial capitals for main words. Precede by A, B, etc. if required.

Third level Subheading
Flush left. Bold. Precede by Arabic numbering 1, 2, etc., if required.

Quotations of more than c.50 words (unless in footnotes) should be indented and set off from the text without quotation marks.
Otherwise, double quotation marks should be used. Quotations within quotations should use single marks. The footnote indicator should be placed after the quotation.

Punctuation marks should be outside closing quotation marks except for an exclamation mark, question mark, dash or parenthesis belonging only to the quotation, or a full point at the end of a grammatically complete sentence beginning with a capital letter. Full stops should be outside closing parentheses.

Footnote indicators in the text follow punctuation marks.

Capitals should be used when a specific reference is intended: the Act, the Bill, the Government (but government and industry), Parliament (but parliamentary). Unless the writer is referring to a court by name (e.g. the Supreme Court), “court” should not have a capital.

Abbreviations: No full points should be used with abbreviations consisting of initials (EC, USA). Otherwise full points are retained (ch., Dr.,Ltd.,)

Dates. Use the style ’16 September 2020′.

Numerals. If below 10, these should be spelt out. E.g. ‘the three judges’.

Illustrations, Figures and Tables

These should only be included if essential to the manuscript’s content and should be placed within the body of the text. You will be asked to confirm that you have permission to publish any such materials.

What to expect

Acknowledgement: Once you have submitted your article, we will aim to respond as quickly as possible, and usually within 7 days, advising either

  1. That your article does not meet our submission guidance or
  2. That your article has been sent for double-blind peer review.

Your article will then be 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.

First review: We aim to respond to you with 21 days of commencing this process, although during busy periods and exam periods we may need to extend this, with one of two outcomes;

  1. If the Editors reject a submission, we will communicate this decision and provide brief feedback.
  2. If the Senior Editors consider that your article has potential to be published, we will send back your work with editorial suggestions. This does not amount to acceptance of the article, which is conditional upon satisfactory progress through the editing process (which is intended to be a constructive and collaborative process.)

Article editing:

The editing process will be coordinated by a Managing Editor, who will return your work to you with a deadline for return requested changes. If you cannot meet this deadline, please advise us immediately. Deadlines vary from 7-14 days, depending on the  amount of work required.

Final Proofreading:

Once articles have been edited they will be proofread, and  you may be asked to accept proofreading changes (which usually concern minor points  of grammatical style, although occasionally a new issue is raised at this stage).

Publication:

If the article is accepted for publication, it will be published in our next Edition. The Journal publishes  twice a year. (The Forum and the Commercial and Financial Law Blog publish shorter articles throughout the year, so if you wish to write on a highly topical or urgent matter, please consider these instead. The Journal does not normally publish articles between editions, although the Editorial team reserve the right to do so in exceptional circumstances.

Contributor’s Agreement:

  • 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, must be 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 may 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, in any subsequent publication, that their manuscript was first published in the King’s Student Law Review.

Privacy Statement

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us by email:

kclstudentlawreview@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your submission.

The King’s Student Law Review Editorial Board.