Submission: Papers should be submitted to the General Editor
Melbourne Law School
University of Melbourne
or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Ethics is a peer reviewed, exclusive submission journal, and the editors
will not consider for publication papers that have been submitted elsewhere.
As a condition of publication, contributors grant exclusive licences to publish to Legal Ethics and the publisher for the purpose of administering rights and permissions in all contributions. These licences include the licence to publish in hard copy, as well as electronically, by Legal Ethics, the publisher, or by any assignee, for non-profitable and/or profitable purposes. Copyright nevertheless remains the property of the contributor.
Articles (between 8000-10000 words) and Ethics in Practice pieces should be accompanied by a short abstract (max 200
words and 100 words respectively) and a list of key words (max 10), and all files must be submitted
by email. Abstracts will be mounted on the journal’s website.
All contributors will receive an electronic version of their contribution and a free copy of
the issue. Contributors are permitted to print or otherwise 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.
Please identify the authorship of your contribution by inserting your name(s) immediately
beneath the title, attaching institutional affiliation in an asterisked footnote. Degrees and
other personal accomplishments need not be included in the footnote.
House style: The house style follows OSCOLA (Oxford Standard Citation for Legal
Authorities), which can be downloaded at www.competition-law.ox.ac.uk/published/
oscola_2006.pdf. Please note the following general guidelines, including some exceptions to OSCOLA:
Spelling: We use British as opposed to American spelling: -ise, -ising, -isation, not -ize,
-izing, -ization. Also colour, favour not color, favor. The exception is quoted material or titles, which should match the original.
Italics: Italics are used for Latin terms, and book, journal and film titles. Law reports, Acts
of Parliament and other legislation are set in roman—including Australian legislation.
Quoted material: Single quotation marks are used throughout, reserving double ones for
quoted matter within a quotation. Quotes of more than 40 words in length should appear as
displayed quotations (ie indented paragraphs), without quotation marks. Quoted matter must
reflect the original source exactly in spelling, punctuation and capitalisation. Please doublecheck
all quotations against the sources from which you have taken them to ensure that they
have been copied accurately. A citation of the source work, with a page reference, must be
Headings: 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.
Abbreviations and initials: Full stops should be omitted in abbreviations, initials, and
within case names: eg, ie, Co, Ltd, HLA Hart, R v Massey. ‘eg’ and ‘ie’ should not be used
in the text but are acceptable in notes.
Footnotes: 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.
Please pay particular attention to style in bibliographical citations. Books: JR Spencer, Evidence of Bad Character (Hart Publishing, 2009) 145. Chapter in an edited collection: DSJ Clegg, ‘The Perfect Brain’ in W Townend and JAV Spilling (eds), How to Build a Lawyer (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Journal articles: David B Wilkins, ‘Who Should Regulate Lawyers?’ (1992) 105(4) Harvard Law Review 801, 829. Journal titles are spelt out in full, however common: Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, not OJLS.
Cross-references between notes should be kept to a minimum, but where unavoidable the form ‘(n 12)’ should be used: See Farrow (n 12). Avoid ante, post, op cit, loc cit, supra and infra. Ibid is permitted where the reference is to the immediately preceding note. Other than the asterisked note indicating contributors’ institutional details, all footnotes should be presented as consecutively numbered footnotes, starting with 1.
Numbers: Spell out numbers up to and including ten, and use figures from 11. Exceptions are units of measure (3 metres), dates (5 November 2010) and ages (he was 9 years old).
Number ranges appear in the form 25–26, 80–81, 131–3, 204–5, 396–404: below 100, they
appear in full; above 100, use as few numbers as possible. Exception: between 10 and 19 in
any hundred, include the ‘teen’: 212–14, 116–19. .
Dates are formulated in the following order: day, month, year, without commas: 15 November 2010.