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Notes for Contributors

Notes for Contributors

Contributions should conform to the Law and Humanities style guidelines shown below.

1. Contributions should be provided word-processed and double-spaced by email to the editors. 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.

2. 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.

3. In the case of articles, an abstract of not more than 150 words should be submitted with the contribution. This will appear on this website if the article is published.

4. Contributions should usually be no longer than 8-10,000 words for articles, 6,000 words for shorter articles, and at least 4,000 words for review articles. These figures exclude footnotes, which as a guide should not cover more than one-third of the printed page.

5. Contributors' autobiographical details should appear, marked with an asterisk, as the first footnote of each contribution and include the name, position, and institutional affiliation for each author.

6. Law and Humanities will not usually consider for publication contributions that have been submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication. 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.

7. 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 litigious.

8. Contributors of articles will receive a free copy of the journal issue and a pdf of their article. All contributors may purchase additional copies of the issue directly from Hart Publishing at a 33% discount.

9. As a condition of publication, contributors grant licences to publish to Law and Humanities 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 Law and Humanities, the publisher, or by any assignee, for non-profitable and/or profitable purposes. Copyright nevertheless remains the property of the contributor.

Style Guide


1. Although Law and Humanities 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. Law and Humanities conventions for citations, quotations and other stylistic matters are outlined in sections II and III. The Editors strongly encourage contributors to consult the journal style guidelines when revising accepted articles so as to avoid significant changes to the article at proofs stage. Sample papers 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 document.

4. All articles should be accompanied 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 Law and Humanities 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, they will not be submitted for publication elsewhere without the agreement of Hart Publishing. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce in their articles any material enjoying copyright protection. The letter granting such permission should be attached to the manuscript.


The house style follows OSCOLA (Oxford Standard Citation for Legal Authorities), which can be downloaded at http://www.competition-law.ox.ac.uk/published/oscola_2006.pdf.

Please note the following general guidelines:

(a) Full stops indicating abbreviations should be omitted including the "v" for versus in case names).

(b) Case references should be in full the first time they are mentioned (giving the neutral citation pluse 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: A von Hirsch and A Ashworth, Principled Sentencing: Readings on Theory and Policy (2nd edn Hart Publishing, Oxford 1998). Article citations should look like this: JG Fleming, 'Product Liability De-Constructed' (1996) 16 OJLS 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 cir', '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-speced paragraphs without quotation marks. Otherwise, single inverted commas should be used throughout, except for quotes within quotes, which will be double.