Submission Guidelines

| April 8, 2013

Brief Submission guideline:

Detailed Style Guide

The International Journal of Legal English is a fully peer-reviewed section of the journal, reviewed by a team of experts in ESP from all over the world. The  Journal welcomes submissions written in different varieties of world Englishes. The reviewers and Associate Editors come from a wide variety of cultural and academic backgrounds and no distinction is made between native and non-native authors.

As a basic principle, the Journal does not define competence in terms of native ability, but we are a strictly reviewed journal and all our reviewers expect a high level of academic and written competence in whatever variety of English is used by the author. Every effort will be made to accept different rhetorical styles of writing. The  Journal also makes every effort to support authors who are submitting to an international journal for the first time. While major revisions may be requested, every effort is made to explain to authors how to make the necessary revisions.

Each submission is first assessed by the publisher, then further screened by the Senior Associate Editor, before being sent to an Associate Editor who supervises the editorial review. The  word minimum is 4,000 words up to 7,500. Authors should note that it may take 6-14 weeks for a review to be completed. All authors who comply with the requirements below receive an acknowledgement upon receipt to confirm the safe arrival of the paper. The International Journal of Legal English  publishes the most recent data and research on many areas of EFL studies.

Papers that refer to the latest research will receive priority. **Authors must include an undertaking in the initiating email that the “…paper has not been sent to any other journal nor is under review by any other journal” and include bios. It is also important to point out early in the paper (in the e-mail message) what is new about your study – a common reason given by associate editors for rejection is that the paper doesn’t contribute anything new or relevant to a broad international audience. Routine studies, even if efficiently conducted, may pass exams but they do not get published unless they have something new and relevant to say.

There are two basic categories of paper:

Full research papers, which report interesting and relevant research. Ensure that you point out in your discussion section how your findings have broad relevance internationally and contribute something new to our knowledge within this field of study.

* Non-research papers, providing detailed, contextualized reports of aspects of Legal english  such as curriculum planning. Very well documented discussions that make an original contribution to the profession will also be accepted for review. We cannot accept literature reviews as papers, unless these are “state of the art” papers that are both comprehensive and expertly drafted by an experienced specialist.

**When submitting please specify if your paper is a full research paper or a non-research paper. In the latter case, please write a paragraph explaining the relevance of your paper to the Journal

Authors are encouraged to conform with international standards of drafting, but every effort will be made to respect original personal and cultural voices and different rhetorical styles. Papers should still be fully-referenced and should use an APA format. Do not include references that are not referred to in the manuscript.


Summary for preliminary acceptance for review.
a) have you included the ‘no prior submission’ undertaking? “This is an original publication and has not been published elsewhere and has not been submitted elsewhere.” 
b) only MS Document format is accepted
c) All URL addresses in the text are active
d) specified if your paper is a full research paper or a non-research paper
e) The text is single spaced: uses 12 point font and underlining only where underlining is required in the final publication.
f) Tables are included in the manuscript at the point they are intended to appear, preceded by a table caption
g) All permissions have been cleared for any copyrighted material.
h) In the e-mail message indicate what is new about your study
i) provided your bio data
j) included an email “header” | Your name, article title, research – non research – innovative articles section
k) l) APA indexing.
i) procedures for submissions

*All submissions are reviewed by the Chief Editor or Snr Associate Editor at the preliminary review stage.
**papers that pass the preliminary review go to an  Associate who supervises the blind review process.

No fees apply to submissions.

Referencing: APA style – 

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