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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • Any electronic versions of manuscripts (such as working papers on SSRN) have been removed.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Author Guidelines


All manuscripts must be unpublished work, which is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions should be typed, double-spaced and on A4-sized paper. Contributors must supply a copy of their manuscript in Microsoft Word format. Style and referencing of submissions should conform to the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, available electronically here.


Articles should not ordinarily exceed 12,000 words (excluding footnotes), although exceptions may be made in appropriate cases. An abstract of not more than 120 words should be entered via this site.

Case Notes and Book Reviews

The Journal occasionally publishes Case Notes and Book Reviews. Neither should generally be longer than 2,000 words, although exceptions may be made in appropriate cases.


A Comment is a short piece of scholarship (typically between 1,500 and 3,000 words), which examines an issue of interest to the Journal’s readership. A Comment will ordinarily:

  1. examine a recent (or pending) important judicial decision;
  2. examine a recent or future development in the law (such as a draft bill);
  3. respond to recent scholarship;
  4. offer academic guidance on a contemporary and pressing social issue; or
  5. advance a novel legal idea.

Generally speaking, the editors will only consider publishing work as a Comment if it is NOT suitable for publication as a peer-reviewed Article or a Case Note.

Comments are NOT necessarily blind peer-reviewed and authors should be aware that they may not be countable as peer-reviewed research outputs. All published comments are nevertheless reviewed by the editors and, where necessary, experts in the relevant area.

Anti-plagiarism and Artificial Intelligence Detection

By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the author(s) accept and acknowledge that the editors might, at their discretion, choose to employ anti-plagiarism or artificial intelligence detection software, or both, to ensure that the manuscript is the author(s) own and original work.

Submission Timeline

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no specific deadline for submission.

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