Submissions

The Adelaide Law Review is a refereed journal. Submissions, which may address any area of law, will be reviewed by the Editorial Board, before being sent for double-blind peer review prior to acceptance.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and may be sent at any time of year. A guide for the submission of manuscripts is set out below.

The Adelaide Law Review requires exclusive submission. Authors should submit only manuscripts which are not currently under consideration at any other journal, and must undertake not to send a submitted manuscript for consideration elsewhere until the Review has either accepted or rejected it. This is due to the time and expertise involved in the peer review process.

The Review prefers to publish articles of fewer than 12,000 words (including footnotes), although we are willing to consider longer submissions where the topic warrants it

The Adelaide Law Review welcomes comments (suggested length 2,000-3,000 words) and book reviews (suggested length 1,500-2,000 words) which are reviewed by the Book Review and Comments Editor (but are not peer reviewed). The Review also welcomes longer review essays (up to 5,000 words) that critically engage with the ideas and argument in current publications, and these are sent to peer review in the same manner as article submissions.

Please note that the Review does not accept submissions of case notes other than from its Student Editors.

We discourage the sending of unsolicited books for review. However, we welcome inquiries by email offering new publications for review.

Manuscript Requirements

In preparing manuscripts for submission, authors should be guided by the following points:

  1. Submissions should be made by email to the Editor in Chief (matthew.stubbs@adelaide.edu.au) or via ExpressO or Scholastica.
  2. Authors are expected to check the accuracy of all references in their manuscript before submission. It is not always possible to submit proofs for correction.
  3. Biographical details should be starred (*) and precede the footnotes. They should include the author's current employment.
  4. Submissions should comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne University Law Review Association, 4th ed, 2018).
  5. An abstract of between 150 and 200 words should also be included with submissions (excluding case notes and book reviews).
  6. Any figures in manuscripts that are of too low a resolution to produce a suitable print quality will be re-drawn by the Adelaide Law Review's typesetters at the author's cost.
  7. If the submission is accepted by the Adelaide Law Review, it will be published in hard copy and electronically.
  8. Authors must sign an Author Agreement prior to the publication of their submission. The Editors prefer that a signed Author Agreement be included at the time of submission.