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Instructions for Authors

General

The Bond Law Review invites contributions from practitioners and legal scholars worldwide in the form of articles (between 6,000 and 12,000 words excluding footnotes) and case notes and book reviews (up to 3,000 words) . In exceptional circumstances, the Editorial Committee may consider longer or shorter manuscripts, depending on their quality. Although no formal limit is placed on the number and length of footnotes, these should not be excessive having regard to the nature of the topic, the extent of prior scholarship, and so forth.

Manuscripts should be submitted as an email attachment addressed to the General Editor at .

Manuscripts must be original, unpublished work. The Bond Law Review does not consider manuscripts that are currently being considered by other journals. Authors should clearly state that their manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere when submitting.

The BLR accepts submissions on a rolling basis — that is, there are no formal submission dates. Articles are published on the basis of merit and the order in which they are submitted.

Abstract and Key Words

All manuscripts must be preceded by a short abstract of no more than 200 words. Authors should also include in their email a list of 5–6 keywords. Abstracts will be printed in the journal, and abstracts and keywords may be posted on-line to enhance visibility and accessibility.

Citation Style

The manuscript should conform to the most recent edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC), as published by the Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc The AGLC may be downloaded at http://law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/aglc/about.

Authors should pay particular attention to the proper style for citing cases, legislation, books and journal articles, and ensure that pinpoint references are accurate. While the Editorial Committee endeavours to check all references, authors bear ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of all references contained in their manuscript.

All quotes should accord with AGLC [1.5]. In brief, this means that:

  1. short quotes (less than 3 lines) should not be separated from the main text and should be identified by single quotation marks. Quotes within short quotes should be identified by double quotation marks; and
  2. long quotes (more than 3 lines) should be separated from the text, indented from the left margin, and should not be identified by quotation marks. Quotes within long quotes should be identified by single quotation marks.

Submission Format

All manuscripts must comply with the following formatting requirements.

  1. Manuscripts must be word processed, double-spaced and with a margins of at least 2.5 cm.
  2. Manuscripts should be presented in one or other of the following font styles: Iskoola Pota, Times New Roman or Arial. The font size should be no less than 10 point (for the main text) or 8 point (for footnotes).
  3. Footnotes (not endnotes) should be used and indicated by Arabic numerals.
  4. Footnotes should be indented from the left margin and fully justified.
  5. Headings should be used where appropriate and should be formatted in accordance with AGLC [1.15.2].
  6. Abbreviations may be used provided that the name is set out in full, followed by the abbreviation in brackets, at the first usage (e.g. United Nations ('UN')).
  7. Internal cross-referencing should be to footnotes or parts (e.g. see above, n 1, 11; see above, Part IA), and not to page numbers.
  8. Internal references to the manuscript should be to the 'article' (not 'paper', 'essay', etc).
  9. Manuscripts may include tables, diagrams and other graphics; however, these should be set out as clearly as possible, in black and white only, and must be of sufficient quality to reproduce and, if necessary, reduce.

Anonymity

In order to maintain anonymity in the review process, authors are required to submit two separate documents. The first document should include all information that the author intends to be published (including her or his credentials, current position, and so forth). In the second document, all information that might identify the author to potential reviewers should be removed (including his or her credentials, references to his or her other publications (unless included as a general reference), and so forth).

Authors must also remove all electronic versions of their manuscript from the internet, including any working papers (such as those on SSRN) on which the manuscript is based. These must stay down for the duration of the refereeing process, and authors should clearly state when submitting their manuscript that this has been done.

Review Process

On submission, manuscripts are subject to an initial review by the General Editor, the Editorial Committee, or another delegated person, at which stage a preliminary decision is made as to whether the article might be suitable for publication in the Bond Law Review. The Editorial Committee may at this stage reject any article that, in its opinion, has little relevance to the Bond Law Review's readership, or for any other reason.

All manuscripts that pass the first stage of review are double-blind refereed by at least two specialists in the field. If approved for publication, articles undergo a rigorous internal editing process conducted by a staff and student editorial team.

While the Editorial Committee endeavours to ensure that the review process (not including editing) is carried out as quickly as possible, authors should plan for this process to take anywhere between 6-10 weeks.

On publication, authors will be sent 1 hard copy of the Bond Law Review in the post and a PDF copy of their article by email.