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Instructions for contributors

The International Journal of Legal Information is the official publication of the International Association of Law Libraries. Publishing three times a year, it seeks to advance the exchange of legal information throughout the world. Under the direction of its international editorial board and advisors, the IJLI serves the global community of law librarians, legal scholars, and practitioners through the publication of original articles, conference papers, bibliographies, book reviews, the International Calendar of conferences and events, and other documents concerning all aspects of law and law-related information.

If you would like to submit a research article, please contact the Editor, Julienne Grant, at

If you would like to submit a book review, please contact the Book Review Editor, Caroline Osborne, at

Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscript files should be supplied as a Word document. The first page of each article should include the article title, the names of the author(s), their institutional affiliations and roles, a short article abstract (no more than 150 words) and up to five key words.

Any figures or tables should be submitted in a separate document or, if images, as separate, clearly labelled files. All figures should be a minimum of 300 dpi. Please indicate in the main manuscript where these figures and tables should be placed within the text.

Charges may apply for colour figures that appear in the print version of the journal. Authors should indicate whether a figure must be printed in colour at the point of submission. Those who choose to print figures in colour will be contacted by our partners at CCC-Rightslink, who will handle the transaction on our behalf.

General Stylistic Guidelines

Where otherwise unspecified, style should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition.

Spelling should be consistent, and preferably in American English. Double quotation marks should be used in both the body of the text and in footnotes. When necessary, single quotation marks should be used within double quotation marks, e.g. As John Smith notes, “The term ‘personal data’ is not defined in any law or regulation.”

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and/or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.


Chicago style referencing, with footnotes, should be used in preference to Harvard style.

Citing a book

Author, Title (Publisher location: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

e.g. Meryl Thomas, Blackstone’s Statutes on Property Law 2018-2019 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 312-15.

Citing a chapter in a book

Author, “Essay Title,” in Book Title, ed. Editor 1 and Editor 2 (Publisher location: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

e.g. Jeffrey Goldsworthy, “Legislative Sovereignty and the Rule of Law,” in Sceptical Essays on Human Rights ed. Tom Campbell, Keith Ewing, and Adam Tomkins (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), 56.

Citing a translated book

Author, Title, trans. Translator (Publisher location: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

e.g. Cicero, Selected Works trans. Michael Grant (London: Penguin Classics, 2004) 99-103.

Citing an e-book

Author, Title (Publisher location: Publisher, Year) page number/section title/chapter as applicable, URL/e-book format as applicable.

e.g. Campbell, Tom, Keith Ewing, and Adam Tomkins, eds. Sceptical Essays on Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), Chapter 1. Oxford Scholarship Online, 2010. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246687.001.0001.

e.g. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (New York: Penguin Classics, 2006), Chapter 7, Kindle.

Citing a journal article

Author, “Article Title,” Journal Title, volume, no. issue (date of issue): page number

e.g. Carol A. Watson, “Information Literacy in a Fake/False News World: An Overview of the Characteristics of Fake News and Its Historical Development,” International Journal of Legal Information 46, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 93.

Citing a news article

Author, “Article Title,” Newspaper/Magazine Title, publication date, page number/URL.

e.g. Jonathan Stempel and Jim Finkle, “Yahoo says all three billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft,” Reuters, October 3, 2017,

Citing an interview

Interviewee. “Interview Title.” Interview by Interviewer Name, Program Title, News Outlet Title (if applicable), date of interview. Audio, timestamp (if applicable). URL.

e.g. Laurence Tribe. “Interview with Laurence H. Tribe.” Interview by Janet Heininger. Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project, April 27, 2009.

Citing a dissertation

Author, “Dissertation Title” (PhD diss., University, Year), page number.

Citing website content

“Title of Content,” Website Proprietor, last modified date OR accessed date, URL.

e.g. “Cyber risk in 2017,” Deloitte, accessed October 12, 2018,

Citing social media

Author (@authorusername), “Social media post title or comment in full, depending on length,” Social Media Platform, publication date, URL.

e.g. Chicago Manual of Style, “Is the world ready for singular they? We thought so back in 1993,” Facebook, April 17, 2015,

Citing personal communication

Author, form of message and recipient, date of sending.

Citing a Supreme Court decision

Plaintiff v. Defendant, volume number, abbreviated law reporter title, page number on which the decision begins, specific page number cited if applicable (year the case was decided).

e.g. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) Co., 133 U.S. 1659 (2013).

Citing other U.S. court decisions

Plaintiff v. Defendant, volume number, abbreviated law reporter title, page number on which the decision begins, specific page number cited if applicable (abbreviated name of court, year the case was decided).

e.g. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) Co., 456 F. Supp. 2d 457 (S.D.N.Y. 2006).

Citing non-U.S. court decisions

Plaintiff v. Defendant, volume number, abbreviated law reporter title, page number on which the decision begins, specific page numbers cited if applicable (year the case was decided), URL if applicable.

e.g. Fagan v. Metropolitan Police Commissioner [1969] 1 QB 439 (1968).

Citing a treaty

“Name of treaty,” date of signing/date treaty was opened for signature, approved, ratified or adopted, the title, volume, and date of publication of the volume in which the treaty is found, the treaty number (if applicable), and the page numbers.

e.g. “Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” adopted December 11, 1997, United Nations Treaty Series Online 2303, no. 30822 (2005): 162-331.

Citing a U.S. federal agency document

Department, Subsection of Department, Title (place of publication, year), page number, URL.

e.g. U.S. Department of Justice, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, How to Protect Your Networks from Ransomware (Washington, DC, 2016), 4,

If the document has a personal author, insert the author’s name after the title like so, “Title by Author 1, Author 2, and Author 3 (place of publication, year)”.

Citing U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports

U.S. Government Accountability Office, Title, reference number (place and year of publication), date last modified/date accessed, URL.

e.g. U.S. Government Accountability Office, Cybersecurity: Actions Needed to Strengthen U.S. Capabilities, GAO-17-440T (Washington, DC, 2017), accessed February 14, 2017,

Citing United States Code

Name of Act, U.S. Code # (year passed), § # (or §§ # et seq. if applicable).

e.g. Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, U.S. Code 18 (2004) § 1028A.

Citing a U.K. Act of Parliament (pre-1963)

Name of Act, year passed, year of monarch’s reign, abbreviated monarch’s name, chapter.

e.g. The Poor Relief Act, 1601, 43 Eliz. 1, c. 2.

Citing a U.K. Act of Parliament (post-1963)

Name of Act, year passed, chapter number (UK): paragraph number.

e.g. Social Security Act, 1998, c. 14 (UK): para. 2.1(a).

Citing a non-U.S. government document

Country. Province/department/agency. Subgroup. Title. Place of publication, publisher (if different), date of publication. URL.

e.g. Australia. Bureau of Meteorology. Review of the Bureau of Meteorology’s Automatic Weather Stations. Melbourne, 2017.

Open Access and Copyright

Please visit for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Please contact the journal’s Editorial Office at for the author publishing agreement.

Last updated January 2020