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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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1,5 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • This is a new submission, not a revised version of a manuscript already under review within JLSD.

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Instructions to Authors: Journal of Law, Society and Development

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Because JLSD is a multi-disciplinary journal that will contain articles both of a law and a non-law nature, a hybrid house style with regard to referencing must be followed. In the first instance, the Chicago manual of style (author–date system) of in-text referencing should be adhered to and where any law-specific references or elucidations are required in notes, they should take the form of footnotes, not endnotes. Footnotes should not be longer than 12 lines of text; anything longer will be considered for conversion to an annexure to the article. Law-specific references could include case citations and other precedents, author commentary or elucidation, and references to legislation of various kinds. In footnotes, primary sources (eg case law, legislation) take precedence over secondary sources (eg journal articles and other published texts). Where necessary, a hybrid list of references should be subdivided into (a) published works, including official reports and unpublished theses, (b) case citations and (c) legislation, with appropriate sub-headings.

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