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a.     forms of scholarship accepted


De Lege Ferenda accepts articles and case comments. Book reviews are not accepted. Articles should be between 4,000 and 12,000 words, inclusive of footnotes. Case comments should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words, inclusive of footnotes. We prefer Case comments on newer cases, but we also welcome Case comments that take a new approach to, or shed new light on, an important older case.

b.     content


We welcome submissions on English law, the law of other common law jurisdictions, European law, and international law; comparative pieces; as well as interdisciplinary legal scholarship that has regard to economics and political studies. Our most important criterion for publication is that your submission relates to a contemporary legal issue, though we will also consider outstanding historical or jurisprudential pieces. Your submission should provide critical insight into the area of law you have chosen.

We do not publish submissions on the legal profession, legal education, or the conduct of legal research. We also do not publish submissions on moral and political philosophy or politics which are only distantly related to law.

c.     citations and formatting


De Lege Ferenda uses the following style guides:


From the outset, your submission should be fairly compliant with OSCOLA, though it need not be perfectly so. Your submission need not be compliant with our Style Guide's formatting style; if your submission is selected for publication, it will be edited to comply with our Style Guide.

d.     submission and review process 


Please make your submission using the form available here and ensure that you have filled in all relevant sections of the submission form.


Please include an abstract of up to 250 words and up to five keywords with your submission. 


Please remove any identifying information (name, university, acknowledgements, etc.) from the Microsoft Word document containing your submission in order to facilitate our blind review process. You can do this by going to File > Info > Check for Issues > Inspect Document > Inspect, and clicking on 'Remove All' next to 'Document Properties and Personal Information' (on Windows devices), or by going to Tools > Protect Document, and clicking on 'Remove personal information from this file on save' (on Apple devices).


De Lege Ferenda reviews all submissions carefully, and our editing process is intensive. All submissions will be read by multiple members of the Editorial Board. Shortlisted pieces will then be read by the Managing Board to select the final pieces for publication. The reviewing editors will not be aware of the name, credentials, or academic institution of an author. We will notify all authors of the status of their submission after we have finalised the selected pieces for publication.


If your submission is accepted for publication, the Managing Board, Editorial Board, and members of the Honorary Board may suggest structural and substantive changes where necessary. After such changes are made (if any), we will work with you to edit and prepare your piece for publication.​

e.    exclusivity


De Lege Ferenda does not accept submissions that are being considered by, or have been published in, other journals, law reviews, or blogs (other than personal SSRN pages). Authors must agree not to submit pieces submitted to De Lege Ferenda for consideration to any other journal, law review, or blog until the end of the review cycle (the end of February for submissions made to Issue 1; and the end of August for submissions made to Issue 2). Submissions made to multiple journals will not be considered for publication.

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