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a. forms of scholarship accepted and content
Submissions do not strictly have to adhere to the format of an article, case note, or essay, but we do expect them to be between 3,500 and 7,000 words (inclusive of footnotes). Our most important criteria for publication is that your submission presents a critical focus on contemporary issues relating to undergraduate law topics. Such criticality may be demonstrated through original theoretical insight into issues which recent cases address, commentary on excellent or poor judicial decisions, and their corresponding impact on the law, reasoned policy suggestions to improve the law, amongst many other possibilities.
b. 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 the Redbook’s formatting style; if your submission is selected for publication, it will be edited to match the Redbook.
c. 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 remove any identifying information (name, university, acknowledgements, etc.) from the Microsoft Word document containing your submission in order to facilitate our blind review process.
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 Editor and 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.