Editors cordially invite contributions which may be articles,
case notes, and book reviews.
Dr Eilís Ferran
St Catharine's College
1. Contributions should conform to the JCLS
style guidelines shown below.
2. Contributions should be provided word-processed and double-spaced by email to the address above. The only exception to electronic
submission is where this would be impracticable or cause undue hardship.
Contributions may be provided in Word, WordPerfect or rich text format.
Please virus check your disk before submitting it.
3. One hardcopy, double-spaced and printed on A4/letter paper (using one side
of the page only), may accompany the electronic version. A hardcopy should be
supplied in addition to the electronic version wherever a contribution
contains graphs, tables or any other significant formatting.
4. In the case of articles, an abstract of not more than 150 words should be
submitted with the contribution, together with keywords. These will appear in the journal and on the website if the
article is published.
5. Contributions should usually be no longer than 12,000 words (for articles),
6,000 words (for shorter articles and reviews), 4,000 words (for notes) and
2,000 words (for book reviews). These figures exclude footnotes, which as a
guide should not cover more than one-third of the printed page.
6. Contributors' autobiographical details should appear as the first footnote
of each contribution, marked with an asterisk(*), and include the name, position, and institutional
affiliation for each author.
7. The JCLS will not usually publish any contribution which has been submitted
or accepted for publication elsewhere in any form (e.g. tangible or
electronic). However, if a contribution is only published on the internet
in draft or as a working paper, and the version published was clearly marked
as a draft or working paper, then the contribution will still be eligible
for publication in the JCLS. On submission of a contribution to the JCLS
for consideration, its author should indicate any prior or anticipated
publication of the submission outside the JCLS, in whatever form. This
includes publication on the internet as a draft or working paper. The Editors and
Publisher do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to the disks or
hardcopies supplied. Regretfully, disks and hardcopies cannot be returned.
8. It is the contributor's responsibility to ensure that all references and
citations are correct, and that the contribution does not contain any material
that infringes copyright or is defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful or
9. All contributors receive a free copy of the issue, together with a pdf of their article. All contributors may purchase additional copies of the issue directly from Hart Publishing at a 33%
discount. A reviewed book will become the property of the reviewer once the
review is published.
10. As a condition of publication, contributors grant licences
to publish to the JCLS and the Publisher for the
purpose of administering rights and permissions in all contributions.
These licences include the licence to publish in hardcopy,
as well as electronically, by the JCLS, the Publisher,
or by any assignee, for non-profitable and/or profitable purposes.
Copyright nevertheless remains the property of the contributor.
I GENERAL INFORMATION
1. Although JCLS is published in the UK, it is an inclusive journal that
invites international contributions. Because some matters such as vocabulary,
spelling, and punctuation vary to some extent from one English speaking
country to another, in the interests of consistency, the journal will use UK English throughout (see Stylistic
Conventions, Section II).
2. When an article is accepted for publication, authors will be expected to
ensure that it complies with the guidelines in this document to the greatest
extent possible. JCLS conventions for citations, quotations and other
stylistic matters are outlined in sections II and III. The Editors strongly
encourage contributors to consult sample issues of JCLS as well as the journal
style guidelines when revising accepted articles so as to avoid significant
changes to the article at proofs stage. A sample paper and a copy of the
guidelines are available on request from the publisher.
3. The Editors reserve the right of final decision on matters of style,
grammar, punctuation, citation etc that are not dealt with explicitly in this
4. All articles should be preceded by an abstract of approximately 150 words
summarising its central theme(s). The abstract should be followed by a maximum
of ten keywords to assist indexers in cross-referencing the article.
5. All articles published in the JCLS are copyrighted
by the journal and the author. A fuller statement of the copyright
agreement to which authors must agree, is available on request
from the publisher.
Papers should be accompanied by a statement that they have not already been
published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere and that, if
accepted for publication in the Journal for obtaining permission to reproduce in their articles any material enjoying copyright protection. The letter granting such permission should be attached to the manuscript.
II Stylistic Conventions
1. Headings should be of the following form:
A. LEVEL ONE
1. Level Two
(a) Level Three
2. Quotations should be clearly indicated by double quotation marks, with
single quotation marks used for quotes within quotes. Where a quotation is
more than 40 words long, it should be indented as a separate
paragraph, with a line space above and below. Formatting and spelling of
quotations should remain exactly as in the original.
3. Numerical form should be used for numbers both in text and footnotes, and
"%" symbol used rather than "per cent" or "percent".
4. 'US' should be used when referring to the United States
instead of 'U.S.', 'U.S.A', or 'USA' and 'UK' when referring to the
United Kingdom instead of 'U.K.' or any other form
5. Citations must always be given in any submission, whether an article, a
note or a book review.
Citations in articles and notes should appear in the footnotes.
Citations in book reviews should be kept to a minimum and appear in the
text of the review.
For subsequent citations in articles and notes, a cross-reference may be
used in the following form: "supra n 3, 35", except that
"Ibid" should be used when the immediately preceding citation is
repeated (eg "Ibid, 14"). Please refer to the Annex for information
about how to write citations in footnotes.
6. Full points should not be used for abbreviations or acronyms.
7. Cross-references to the text should if possible identify the place not by
page number (which may alter more than once during printing) but by the
relevant section of the article or nearest footnote number, eg:
"See infra, section D", "See supra n 9 and accompanying
text" and "See supra text to nn 3-5." When referring to your
article use 'article' instead of 'paper' and 'Section A' instead of 'Part 1'.
8. Where reference is made to part of a cited source, first and last page
numbers should be given, eg Re Sevenoaks Stationers (Retail) Ltd 
Ch 164, 183-5 (not "183 ff" or "183 et seq").
9. Where frequent reference to one or more citations (particularly lengthy
ones) is necessary, it may be convenient for the first footnote to specify an
abbreviation or list of abbreviations to be used subsequently.
10. As well as direct citations, reference may be made to sources in the
- For sources which are not primary authority for the proposition
- For examples of sources supporting a particular proposition:
"See, eg" or less specifically, "See generally".
- For references to sources that do not support the proposition made
in the text: "Cf"
11. Tables and figures.
Authors may present tables and figures, which are essential to an
understanding of the text. References in the text to tables and figures should
always be by number (e.g. Table 1, Fig. 3).
Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and presented on
separate pages with clear, concise titles. They should be grouped in sequence
at the end of the text, not incorporated into the text, and contained in
separate electronic documents. Authors should indicate clearly the location of
figures and tables in the text.
Citations should be given in the following forms:
First and Second Initial and Surname, Title of the book italicised,
each word in the title has an initial capital letter
(Place of publication, Publisher, xth edn, Year). Examples:
- A Berle and G Means, The Modern Corporation and Private Property
(New York, Harcourt, Brace & World Inc, 1932), 150-57.
- PL Davies, Gower's Principles of Modern Company Law
(London, Sweet & Maxwell, 6th edn, 1997).
Where the publisher is either the Oxford or Cambridge University Press,
reference to place of publication may be omitted. Thereafter a suitably
abbreviated form may be used, eg: Berle and Means, supra n 15, 203-7.
(b) Chapters in Books
D Sugarman, "Reconceptualising Company Law-Reflections on the Law
Commission's Consultation Paper on Shareholder Remedies", in B Rider
(ed), The Corporate Dimension (Bristol, Jordans, 1998), 180, 182.
(c) Journal Articles
The first citation to journal articles should give the
name of the journal in full:
DG Baird, "The Uneasy Case for Corporate Reorganizations" (1986)
15 Journal of Legal Studies 127, 137-38.
Thereafter, an abbreviated form may be used, eg Baird, supra n 10,
140-42. eg: BR Cheffins, "Using Theory to Study
Law: A Company Law Perspective" (1999) 58 Cambridge Law Journal 197.
(d) UK Statutes
- In the text: section 35 of the Companies Act 1985.
- In footnotes: Companies Act 1985, s 35.
(e) UK Statutory Instruments
Full title should be given in the text the first time the Instrument is
referred to, with an accompanying footnote of the following form:
Title (abbreviated where appropriate) should be given in the text, with an
accompanying footnote of the following form: Directive 23/995 EC 
OJ L35/173. Subsequent citations may omit the reference to the OJ.
Salomon v A Salomon & Co Ltd  AC 22.
Marshall v Southampton and South-West Hampshire HA
(Case C-152/84)  ECR 723. Where possible, case citations should be
given of the official series of Law Reports (eg AC, Ch or QB or, failing
that, WLR or All ER, in that order).
Where a neutral citation is available for a judgment, this should be
given in accordance with the Practice Direction on Form of Judgment given, with the neutral citation first.
For European cases the citation should be to the ECR or CMLR. For older
cases, there should be citation of both the nominate reports and (on the first
citation only) the English Reports (eg "Moses v MacFerlan (1760)
2 Burr 1005; 97 ER 676").
Where an unofficial series of reports is commonly used internationally, that
citation should generally be included along with the reference (if any) in
the official reports (eg "Deglman v Guaranty Trust of Canada
 SCR 725;  3 DLR 785").
Thereafter, a suitably abbreviated form may be used, eg:
- Salomon v Salomon, supra n 3, 35-7.
- Marshall, supra n 2, 724-5.
- Smith, supra n 3, .
US cases may be cited in the American manner:
Rubin v Manufacturers Hanover Trust 661 F 2d 979 (2d Cir 1981)
(h) Command Papers
The title should be italicised and cited as follows:
Report of the Company Law Amendment Committee, Cmd 2657 (1926).
Command papers are abbreviated as follows:
- 1836-1899 C 1956-1986 Cmnd
- 1900-1918 Cd 1986 to date Cm
- 1919-1956 Cmd
(i) Law Commission and DTI Reports
Land Registration for the Twenty-First Century (Law Com No 271,
TSO, 2001). Modern Company Law for a Competitive Economy: Final
Report (URN 01/942 (vol 1) and 01/943 (vol 2), DTI, 2001). References
may be either to page or paragraph number.
The URL for electronic references is followed by "accessed on
(k) Newspaper articles
"Bidding for the Future", Economist, 12 February 2000,
97. P Abrahams, "A Sudden Increase in Demand Has Caught Everyone by
Surprise", Financial Times, 8 May 2000, 2.
12. All references, citations and quotations should be verified before submission. The accuracy of the contribution and of the proof is the author's responsibility.