1. All article submissions and book review contributions should be word-processed,
double-spaced. Contributions must be provided in electronic form by email to the address firstname.lastname@example.org or, in the case of book reviews, to email@example.com.
Contributions may be provided in any of the following software formats: Word, WordPerfect, or Rich Text Format. Two versions should be submitted: (a) a complete version with no redactions; and (b) a version redacted so that all references to the author's name, all autobiographical details, and all citations of the author's previous work have been removed.
2. Contributors' autobiographical details should appear as the first footnote of each contribution, using an asterisk symbol, and include the institutional affiliation, current title and position for each author. Per paragraph 1(b), this information should be removed from one version of the submitted article. All following footnotes should be numerical, starting with number 1.
3. A hardcopy may be supplied in addition to the electronic version wherever a
contribution contains graphs, tables, or any other significant formatting. The cover
note in the email conveying the electronic version should indicate that such hardcopy
has been mailed separately to: Professor Craig Scott, Convening Editor,
Transnational Legal Theory, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto,
Ontario, M3J 1P3, Canada. The hardcopy should be double-spaced and printed on
letter paper (using one side of the page only).
4. In the case of articles, an abstract of not more than 150 words should be submitted
with the contribution.
5. Book reviews are generally commissioned by the journal's Book Review Editors. However, unsolicited book review proposals may be considered. The Book Review Editors should be queried by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. The optimal length for an article is 10,000-15,000 words (including footnotes), but shorter submissions as well as submissions up to 25,000 words will be considered. Book reviews will generally range from 1,500 to 2,500 words. Any work that falls into the category of a 'review essay' is categorised as an article not a book review.
7. The house style adopts OSCOLA (Oxford Standard Citation for Legal Authorities) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford for citing legal authorities, except where OSCOLA conflicts with the house style guidelines for the journal that are set out below. OSCOLA can be downloaded at http://denning.law.ox.ac.uk/published/oscola.shtml. The OSCOLA rules are currently the 2006 version; it is expected that they will be updated in 2010.
Note the following house style guidelines:
a) Omit full stops indicating abbreviations and initials. Do not insert a space between abbreviated letters or initials: ECHR not E.C.H.R or E C H R; HLA Hart not H.L.A. Hart or H L A Hart.
b) Case references should be given in full the first time they are mentioned (for UK cases, giving the neutral citation followed by an official law reports citation where available). Do not include a full stop after the 'v' in case names.
c) Books should be cited in the following form: Andrew von Hirsch and Andrew Ashworth, Principled Sentencing: Readings on Theory and Policy Hart Publishing, 2nd edn 1998). First names should appear in full unless the common convention for a given author is to use initials only: for example, use initials only with HLA Hart or FW Maitland but use Hans Kelsen not H Kelsen. This applies to all bibliographic references.
d) Article citations should be set out as follows: John G Fleming, 'Product Liability De-Constructed' (1996) 16 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 185. All journal titles should be given in full and italicised.
e) Footnote cross-references to works already cited within the footnotes should be set out as follows: 'Mitchell (n 12) 57-69'. That is, use surname only, followed by the note reference in parentheses, then specific page reference where required. 'Ibid' should be used where a reference is to the immediately preceding note, while 'ante', 'post', 'op cit', 'loc cit', 'supra' and 'infra' should all be avoided. Do not include a full stop after 'n' or after 'ibid'.
f) In book reviews, to refer to page numbers within the work under review, insert the page number in parentheses within the text. Do not precede this with 'p' or 'pp'. For example: 'The content of a human right is also the content of the corresponding duty (97).' Should the review be of more than one title, use the author or authors' names, or the title of the book, as a short form, followed by the number, in parentheses. For example: '(Fleming, 185).' References to all other works should be supplied as normal, in footnotes.
g) Quotations of more than 40 words in length, or particularly significant quotations, should appear as indented paragraphs without quotation marks. Otherwise, single inverted commas should be used throughout, except for quotations within quotations, which will be double.
h) Images and graphs must be supplied electronically as black and white TIFF files, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Images of lesser resolution cannot be accepted for publication. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission from the respective copyright holder to reproduce any image and for paying for such image, and should ensure that due acknowledgement is made to the copyright holder within the body of their contribution.
8. Transnational Legal Theory (TLT) is refereed and employs a double-blind peer review procedure (ie manuscripts are rendered anonymous prior to review, and referees are not identified to authors). Members of the Editorial Committee and Board of Editors serve as referees in addition to scholars who are not editors of the journal. TLT reserves the right to decline to send submissions out for review if the Convening Editor determines either that the submission is clearly not of a sufficient standard or that it does not fit well with the journal's mandate.
9. Editorial evaluations consider both (a) scholarly excellence in light of referees' reports
and (b) publishing concerns related to such criteria as the need for a balance of
theoretical approaches, the degree of fit with the journal's mandate, and the journal's
prior acceptance of articles on similar topics.
10. Submissions to TLT must be exclusive to TLT: the journal does not accept submissions that are, or will be, under submission elsewhere. The journal will not publish articles that have appeared previously or that will appear in another journal or similar venue. The journal is, however, open to occasional publication of translations of articles that have previously been published only in a language other than English and which the editors determine are significant articles deserving of wider readership.
11. Ordinarily, TLT responds with its decision on acceptance or non-acceptance within eight weeks.
12. The Author warrants to Hart Publishing ('the Publisher') that the Contribution does not in any way infringe
an existing copyright, or confidence or any proprietary or other actionable rights and that
all reasonable precautions have been taken or will be taken to ensure that it contains no
libellous, defamatory or obscene material of an actionable character and that publication of
any information in the Contribution obtained while in the service of the Crown will not
contravene the Official Secrets Acts and that the Author is entitled as owner or prospective
owner of the copyright to authorise publication.
13. Copyright remains with the Author, subject to the following contractual conditions: (a) once the Contribution has been published, the Author may not publish the same or substantially the same work as published in TLT in any other journal or like context (eg a working paper series); (b) the Author may use their Contribution only in book publications jointly or solely authored by them or edited by them, provided that TLT is acknowledged as the original place of publication and the Publisher is notified in writing in advance; (c) for use of the Contribution in any other venue, such as an anthology not edited by the Author, the Publisher must give its agreement; (d) the Author shall honour conditions set out in the next paragraph with respect to circulation of PDFs of the Contribution; and (e), as a condition of publication, the Author grants an exclusive licence to the Publisher to publish in all forms, whether hardcopy or electronic, and further grants a corresponding licence permitting the Publisher to administer all rights and permissions (ie grant sub-licences to third parties) in relation to the Contribution. Any income derived by the Publisher from licences or sub-licences remains with the Publisher.
14. The Author will receive an offprint of their Contribution in PDF form, which PDF may be circulated by the Author to selected colleagues (wherever located). The Author may also use their own Contribution freely in their own teaching, including providing students in their classes with PDFs of the Contribution. The PDFs may not be posted online other than on a password-protected web page used solely by the Author themselves for teaching purposes. The contract between the Publisher and the Author will indicate a date after which the Contribution may be posted online, subject to specific conditions. The Author may order hard copy offprints of their Contribution, in advance of their Contribution going to press, for a fee.
15. TLT will launch a parallel website at www.TransnationalLegalTheory.com. As well as providing information on the journal, the website will serve the following functions: (a) it will provide an academic networking platform for scholars who are interested in the field(s) addressed by TLT and who have created profiles on the website; (b) it will serve as a source of information for building up a pool of referees external to the Board of Editors as well as potential book review contributors; (c) it will serve as a venue for announcements of conferences, symposia and like events in fields addressed by TLT; (d) it will provide a notice facility so that website members are informed by email of the release of a new issue of TLT; and (e) it will provide a blog facility for members to publish comments, critiques, replies and similar short notes in relation to articles or book reviews that have been published in TLT.
16. For any questions not answered above, send queries to email@example.com.