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Submission Preparation Checklist

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. Please see the Author Template for a guide on how to format your document.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text follows the formatting requirements outlined in the Editorial Style and Format Guidelines (PDF, 475KB) and the AGLC3 (PDF, 3MB)

  • Referencing and citations adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, Version 3 as outlined in 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 and two copies have been submitted, one being anonymous.
  • The author has obtained ethical clearance for any empirical research used in the paper and this is clearly noted in a footnote.

Author Guidelines

The QUT Law Review invites contributions from legal scholars and professionals, QUT staff, practitioners and students across a range of legal and transdisciplinary fields under the following sections:

  • Articles (blind peer reviewed),
  • Book Reviews,
  • Postgraduate Section,
  • Case Notes

The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject articles with little or no relevance to our readership.

Special Editions - Calls for submissions will be placed on the 'Announcements' page. If you would like to receive notifications of the 'Call for Submissions', please Register your details with this journal.

General Editions - Submissions will be accepted at any time of year for the General Edition.

Submissions must:

  • be of a high professional standard with clarity of style and expression;
  • include information on ethics approval granted if human or animal ethics clearance was required to undertake the research;
  • refer to relevant published works and utilise current materials (legislation, cases, literature, surveys etc);
  • have a well developed argument that is supported by related and compelling evidence;
  • be proof-read and publication ready - please see our Author template (DOC, 637KB) for guidelines on how to format your paper)
  • comply with the Editorial Style and Format Guidelines (PDF, 475KB) and meet referencing and citation methods used in AGLC3 (PDF, 3MB)
  • where an article is submitted for inclusion in a special edition, align with the theme prescribed for that edition.

Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be returned to authors for amendments before they can be sent out for review. This can delay submissions.

**Please note that we do not charge article submission fees.

Author's Responsibilities:

  • follow  submission quidelines outlined above and the Editorial Style and Format Guidelines (PDF, 475KB);
  • read through and complete the online 'Submission Preparation Checklist' (see below);
  • ensure the submitted work is not defamatory or litigious;
  • inform the Journal Manager if they choose to withdraw and submit to another journal for consideration;
  • ensure the submitted work is an original piece that does not infringe the copyright of any other author;
  • accept the Editorial Board decisions made to publish or not to publish a submission; and
  • accept editorial changes made to submissions to ensure their compliance with the editorial style of the journal.

Peer Review

All papers which are deemed suitable to be sent to peer review will be sent to at least 2 reviewers via a blind peer review process.


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