Submissions

The EJLS accepts submissions for General Articles and New Voices Articles on a rolling basis. Articles should be sent as Word files to [email protected]

If practicable, we recommend that authors send their submissions from validated email-addresses. For most authors, this means sending their submissions from their institutional address. For authors with no institutional affiliation, it means ensuring that their personal email has been validated by an online service.

Below is a summary of our guidelines, but we also invite authors to consult our Style Guide and Author Guidelines for more details.


Scope of the Journal

The EJLS is particularly interested in contextual and/or interdisciplinary approaches to legal scholarship, but also welcomes well-written doctrinal law pieces. All articles must be within the fields of:

  • European law.
  • International law.
  • Comparative law.
  • Legal theory.

We do not publish:

  • Report-style descriptive pieces.
  • Articles dealing mainly or entirely with a single national jurisdiction.

Types of Publications

The EJLS publishes the following types of publications:

  • General Articles (9,000-12,000 words)
  • New Voices Articles (4,000-5,000 words) – only for early-career scholars. See the Author Guidelines and the New Voices tab for more details.
  • Book reviews (1,500-3,000 words) Please contact the Editor-in-Chief at [email protected] before writing a book review to ensure that the book is within the scope of the Journal. We may also be able to assist in acquiring a copy of the book.
  • For suggestions for book symposiums or special issues, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at [email protected].

Commitment to Double-Blind Peer Review

The EJLS is committed to double-blind peer review, which means that we require articles to be anonymised. To safeguard the impartiality of our review process, we do not, under any circumstances, accept pieces that include suggested reviewers. We therefore ask authors to ensure that their submissions:

  • Include an anonymised version of the article (no mention of the author’s name or affiliation in the document itself)
  • Include a title page in a separate file which contains:
    • Name and affiliation of the author
    • Email-address
    • Any dedications or thanks that the author would like to include.
    • ORCID iD
    • The author’s social media handles for promotion

Formal Requirements

At the time of submission, all articles must comply with the following formal requirements:

  • Be submitted as .doc, .docx or .txt files which can be opened in Microsoft Word.
  • Not contain any material which the author does not have permission to use, or which is not properly referenced.
  • Length of article including footnotes:
    • 9,000-12,000 words for General Articles
    • 4,000-5,000 words for New Voices Articles
    • 1,500-3,000 words for Book Reviews
  • Formatting in accordance with our Style Guide.
  • Contain an abstract of 150-200 words.
    • This abstract must be in English, even if the article itself is in another language. Please see our Author Guidelines for more on our commitment to multilingualism.
  • Contain a table of contents.
  • Be original work, not previously published elsewhere.
    • For General Articles, we do welcome submissions that were previously published as working papers, provided that:
      • They are not part of an established working paper series.
      • That the authors make it clear when submitting the article that this was previously published as a working paper.
      • That the authors understand that the paper may still have to undergo significant changes when going through peer-review.
      • That authors, if the submission is accepted for publication, commit to replacing the working paper on all platforms where it appears with the final version of the paper as it will appear in the EJLS, with express acknowledgment that the paper is forthcoming, or was published, in the EJLS.
    • For New Voices Articles, we also accept articles that are based on:
      • Core arguments from a conference paper.
      • Key findings from a doctoral thesis.

Substantial Requirements

Both General Articles and New Voices Articles must comply with general academic requirements such as:

  • Containing a clearly formulated legal research question or hypothesis.
  • Responding coherently and based on all relevant information and legal facts to the formulated research question or hypothesis.
  • Being well-structured. The absence of logical connection between the different parts of a paper will lead to its rejection. The submission should not contain passages that are not related to the author’s argument.
  • Conversing with and referring to existing literature on the topic. In this regard, the EJLS encourages authors to cite early-career researchers and to reflect regional, gender, and linguistic diversity in their citations.
  • Being properly referenced in accordance with the EJLS Style Guide.

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions.