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Notes for Contributors

1. KLJ welcomes unsolicited contributions for all sections of the journal. In the case of material intended for the Analysis and Reviews sections, preliminary enquiries should be made in advance to the relevant section editor. In the case of longer articles, the general editor is always pleased to hear from intending contributors and to offer general advice on the preparation of articles for publication. Names and addresses for the editorial team appear inside the front cover of the journal or can be accessed at www.kcl.ac.uk/law. Every contribution should be accompanied by a statement that it is the author's own original work, that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and that it does not constitute a substantial repetition of work published or to be published elsewhere.

2. The Analysis and Reviews sections are designed to contain shorter works, which are nevertheless long enough to make an argument. Contributions in the region of 2,500 to 5,000 words are ideal. Contributions to the Analysis section may take the form of a case comment or an update on recent legislation or legal policy, but could equally comprise a short discussion of issues of general interest, including theoretical, comparative or historical points. An abstract of between 100 and 150 words should be submitted with any contribution intended for the Analysis section. The Reviews section covers only recently published books. Material for the Analysis and Reviews will be considered for publication by the relevant section editor in consultation with members of the editorial board.

3. Articles for the main body of the journal may be on any subject of legal interest, but KLJ editorial policy favours material which will be of interest to generalist as well as specialist audiences within the worlds of law and legal scholarship. Articles will normally be between 8,000 and 12,000 words, but contributions outside this range will be considered at the general editor's discretion. Unlike contributions to the Analysis and Reviews sections, all full-length articles will be subject to blind refereeing as well as consideration by the general editor in consultation with the editorial board. Authors of articles are asked to submit two typescript copies, one of them without the author's name and affiliation, together with any other indication of provenance (eg in cross-references to other work by the same author). In the case of articles, an abstract of between 100 and 150 words should be submitted with the contribution. This will appear on the journal's website if the article is published. With all contributions, a list of 4 or 5 keywords should be submitted, which encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the paper.

4. All typescripts should be printed single-sided, using a clearly legible type and a solid black ink. There should be ample margins and type should be double-spaced throughout, including any notes. Notes must be presented as consecutively numbered footnotes. Notes should be kept to a minimum. Contributions to the Analysis and Reviews sections may have notes but these should be kept to a minimum. Contributions to the Analysis and Reviews sections will show the name of the author at the end, while Articles will carry the author's name beneath the title. Autobiographical details should be attached as a footnote to the contributor's name, marked using an asterisk symbol, and include the contributor's position and institutional affiliation. Degrees and other personal accomplishments should not be included. All other footnotes should be numerical, starting with number 1. Contributors should strive to keep to two levels of heading within an article wherever possible. A third is acceptable in extremis. In any case a numbering or typographical system should be adopted which makes it clear on the typescript which heading belongs to which level. In contributions to the Analysis and Reviews sections at most one level of heading should be used.

5. In addition to the printed typescript, contributors should submit an electronic copy of their piece on disk or by email. The electronic copy must exactly match the paper copy. Please write clearly on the disk or on an attached piece of paper the word-processing software used and the name of the file(s) in which the contribution is stored. Please virus-check your disk and/or files before submission.

6. The house style follows OSCOLA (Oxford Standard Citation for Legal Authorities) for citing legal authorities, except where OSCOLA conflicts with the house style guidelines for the journal that are set out below. OSCOLA can be downloaded at www.law.ox.ac.uk/publications/oscola.php.

Please note the following general house style guidelines:

(a) Full stops indicating abbreviations should be omitted (including after the 'v' for versus in case names).
(b) Case references should be in full the first time they are mentioned (giving the neutral citation plus an official law reports citation where available). The name of the case may thereafter be shortened either to a commonly recognised form or to a form explicitly specified. The same principles apply to the shortening of names of books, articles, official reports, etc.
(c) Books should be cited in the following form: Andrew von Hirsch and Andrew Ashworth, Principled Sentencing: Readings on Theory and Policy (Hart Publishing, 2nd edn 1998). Article citations should look like this: John G Fleming, 'Product Liability De-Constructed' (1996) 16 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 185.
(d) Cross-referencing between notes should be kept to a minimum, but where unavoidable the form '(n 12)' should be used (eg 'Mitchell (n 12)'); 'ante', 'post', 'op cit', 'loc cit', 'supra' and 'infra' should all be avoided. 'Ibid' is permitted where the reference is to the immediately preceding note.
(e) Quotes of more than 40 words in length should appear as indented double-spaced paragraphs without quotation marks. Otherwise, single inverted commas should be used throughout, except for quotes within quotes, which will be double.

7. Submissions are considered for publication on condition that an exclusive licence to publish any material included in the journal is assigned to Hart Publishing. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles can be efficiently and consistently handled. After assigning copyright authors may still use their own copyright materials in other publications jointly or solely authored or edited by them, provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Hart Publishing is notified in writing in advance.

8. All contributors will receive an electronic version of their contribution and a free copy of the issue. Contributors are permitted to print and distribute no more than 25 copies of their contribution. All contributors may purchase additional copies of the issue directly from Hart Publishing at a 33% discount.