The McGill Law Journal welcomes unsolicited submissions of articles, case comments, book reviews, and book notes in French or English. Submissions are subjected to a rigorous editorial review process and are peer-reviewed before acceptance for publication. Only submissions that adhere to the following submission requirements will be reviewed. Please feel free to contact the editorial board for more information about the Journal's evaluation and editorial processes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission Instructions and General Requirements
The Journal is officially accepting submissions for Volume 58. While we accept articles year-round, in order to be considered for Volume 58 it is strongly recommended you submit your work as soon as possible: the recommended submission date in order to receive the best chance of publication is August 31st, 2012. Additional articles will be considered for future volumes on a rolling basis.
1. Submission Exclusivity
The Journal does not consider simultaneous submissions (all articles must adhere to the Journal's policy of submissions exclusivity). Upon reception of your submission, you will receive an acknowledgment and an estimated timeline for a publication decision. Please note that copyright in pieces accepted for publication will remain with the author. However, the author must sign an agreement granting to the McGill Law Journal an exclusive license to publish the piece for the first time, in addition to a non-exclusive license to reproduce and distribute the article or extracts thereof. Any subsequent reproduction or republication of the article must bear the legend that it first appeared in this Journal. Furthermore, our agreement prohibits online posting until 8 months after publication.
2. Electronic Submission
All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract or short synopsis of the article's content within the body of the email, in addition to an author's bio that includes institutional affiliation and recent publications. The Journal requires submissions to be free of any references identifying the author, in Microsoft Word format and emailed as attachments to email@example.com. Manuscripts will not be considered via fax or standard mail.
3. Citation Style
Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Articles must use footnotes that adhere to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th ed. The author must provide complete citations and ensure that pinpoints to specific pages or paragraphs are provided where required. Please cite only to proper sources (example: cite to the print version of a newspaper article or book instead of the online version), as citations accuracy is an important part of our selection process.
4. Abstract and Table of Contents
Submissions must be accompanied by an abstract or synopsis in order to be considered. All articles published in the Journal are also preceded by a table of contents; it is thus preferable that the author include one with their submission.
5. Requirements for Categories of Submissions
Articles: Preference will be given to articles that do not exceed 20,000 words including footnotes. The Journal will not accept submissions that are unfinished theses, preliminary drafts, or book chapters.
Book Reviews and Book Notes: Book reviews should not exceed 5,000 words including footnotes, and book notes should not exceed 1,000 words including footnotes.
Case Comments: Case comments should not exceed 10,000 words including footnotes.