Guidelines for Submission

We request that authors comply with the following submission guidelines. We do not consider submissions which substantially deviate from these requirements.

Who Can Contribute?

Submissions are welcome from all current law students, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, at King’s and at other Institutions. We also welcome submissions from recent law graduates and from legal researchers, although the KSLR primarily aims to provide a platform for student work.

What subject matter can I contribute?

We welcome submissions relating to corporate law, financial law, governance and regulatory issues, tax law, intellectual property law, banking law, investment law and competition law.

Your article should be relevant to those studying or practising law in the UK and, in particular, to those based at King’s. As a UK student-run publication, this is our area of expertise and we only accept articles that we are able to properly and fairly peer review. Within those boundaries, we aim to publish the best of legal scholarship within the broad area of commercial and financial 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.  We may make exceptions where a piece has a substantial comparative element to UK or EU law, provided the piece would be interesting and understandable to those studying or practising law in the UK.

Posts should be clear and concise, leaving out excessive jargon. They must be fully proof-read, and must conform to good legal academic style as our core focus is on legal analysis.

They should be written in UK academic English – if this is not your first language, please consider having your manuscript proofread by a UK English speaker before submission. Please spell in UK, not US English.

Posts should have informative titles from which a reader can tell what the post is about and should reflect original, unpublished work.

When Are Contributions Invited?

We aim to publish on the Blog each month, so submissions are welcome at any time.

What We Are Looking For

  • Articles of 500 – 1,500 words excluding footnotes. 
  • Original contributions to legal studies.
  • Work that will be of interest to the general reader who may not be an expert in the field of the article.
  • We also publish more specialised work that makes an original contribution to its own field.
  • OSCOLA referencing.
  • Articles written/spelled in UK English.

What We Do Not Publish

  • Anything previously published in another journal.
  • Material based on set coursework. An exception would be only made for genuinely new analysis or argument.
  • Articles longer than 1,800 words 

Please note as of September 2020 we have received numerous submissions significantly focussed on Indian law. We are unable to accept these articles as we lack the jurisdictional expertise to edit them.

Submission Guidelines

Our style and formatting guidance is detailed below.

  • Please email your submission to kslr.commercial.financial@gmail.com and include in the subject line your article’s title and your name.
  • Please include a statement that the article is submitted exclusively to the Blog and is not being considered elsewhere.
  • Our Editors will not approve articles in advance of seeing the text. 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 article.

Once you have submitted your article, our Managing Editor will be in touch.

  • You may anticipate an initial response within 7 days (sometimes longer during exam periods). 
  • If the Editors reject at this point we will provide brief feedback. 

If the Editors consider that your article has potential to be published, your article will be peer reviewed. This takes up to 21 days (sometimes longer during exam periods). After peer review your article will be either

  • Accepted without changes.
  • Accepted subject to your working with editorial suggestions. This does not amount to acceptance of the article, which is conditional upon satisfactory progress through the editing process. This is intended as a constructive and collaborative process.
  • Rejected. Articles rejected after peer review will be returned with a more detailed explanation of why this is.

If your article is accepted for publication, there is likely to be a delay before publication. We aim to minimise this where a post covers a very recent, topical or urgent issue.

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 Formatting Guidelines

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

  • Footnotes are excluded from the word count, but we would not expect footnotes to exceed 20% of the word count of the post.
  • Footnotes cannot be included in book reviews or case notes; essential references should be included in the main text.
  • If your submission is a Book Review, it should be between 1,000 – 1,500 words.

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.
  • Any 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, Author’s name will appear, centred, below the title, in italic text. The authors affiliation may 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 which should use single marks. The footnote indicator should be placed after the quotation.

Punctuation marks should be outside closing quotation marks except 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’.

Spelling

  • 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 before submission. 
  • Latin (and other non-English) words should be italicised.
  • Case names and ship names should be italicised.

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.

Contributor’s Agreement:

By submitting an article to the King’s Commercial and Financial Law Blog, 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 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: kslr.commercial.financial@gmail.com We look forward to receiving your submission.