Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed:
To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:
• The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
• The authors of the document have removed personal information from the file properties by taking the following steps:
o Microsoft Word for Windows:
Go to File
Click on Check for Issues
Click on Inspect Document
In the Document Inspector dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the type of hidden content that you want inspected.
Click Remove All
Save the document
o Microsoft Word for MacOS:
Go to Tools
Click Protect Document
Select Remove personal information for this file on save
Click OK and save the file
Go to File
Remove any name in the author field
Save the document
Academic articles of up to 8000 words in length on a topic of legal research methodology. Articles can be either discursive articles considering particular methodological approaches or methods, or research articles with findings provided there is a significant self-conscious consideration of the methods of the study suitable for the aims and scope of the Journal.
Review articles of up to 5,000 words in length. Review articles provide a critique of another’s published work. Review articles will focus on a critique of the methodology employed.
File drawer papers
The Journal invites papers of up to 8000 words in length confronting the ‘file drawer problem’ i.e. research which is never published / completed due to unsatisfactory results or methodological problems. Did you abandon a research project or have papers rejected due to flaws with your methodological approach? We invite reflective papers in which you ‘self-review’ your own unpublished work, especially if you have altered your methodological approach.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).