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Style Guidelines

Please Note

All submissions must adhere to the Style Guidelines. We cannot accept submissions that do not follow the Style Guidelines. Your work will be automatically sent back to you for formatting if it does not adhere to the Style Guidelines.

Abstract: A brief summary (100-150 words) of the topic and arguments presented in the article that shall be published with your article.

Word limit: The word limit for each submission should not exceed the upper limit by more than 10 percent. The word limit for each INCLUDES footnotes.

All submissions must comply with the OSCOLA citation system.

Word Limits

Articles: 5000

Case Note: 2000-4000

Notes: 2000-4000

Reviews: 1000-1500


Quotations: Incorporate quotations of up to three lines into the text, within single quotation marks. Quotations within short quotations take double quotation marks. Present quotations longer than three lines in an indented paragraph, with no further indentation of the first line. Do not use quotation marks, except for single quotation marks around quotations within quotations. Leave a line space either side of the indented quotation.

Italics: Only the following should be in italics:
Case names
Titles (of a book, report, newspaper etc.)

Latin phrases such as habeus corpus, intra vires, bona fide, ratio decidendi, ulta vires .

Note: avoid the use of ‘Latin gadgets’ such as supra, infra, ante, id, op cit, loc cit , and contra , which are not widely understood. The abbreviation ‘ibid’, which is short for ibidem , meaning ‘in the same place’, can be used to repeat a citation in the immediately preceding footnote. Standing alone, ‘ibid’ means strictly ‘in the very same place’ while ‘ibid 345’ means ‘in the same work, but this time at page 345’. Never italicize or capitalise ‘ibid’.

Pinpoints: Note that page numbers stand alone, without ‘p’ or ‘pp’. A general principle for pinpoints is that a comma can be inserted to prevent numbers running together. For detailed rules for pinpoints in different primary and secondary sources, please refer to OSCOLA 4th edn.

Dates: Dates should be expressed in the following manner: 7 December 2005; 1977-1978; 1960s.

Numerals: Below the number 10 numerals should be spelt out; nine, eight, seven, six, etc.

Cross References: All numbers should be highlighted in order to allow for alterations when proof correcting.

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