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Previously, manuscripts could be submitted to the managing editor by e-mail. As of 2020, we now kindly ask all authors to ensure that they have also submitted their article through the journal's online system.
NB: Manuscripts should be written in clear English and adhere to the ULR style guide. If English is not your first language we advise that you have your manuscript professionally edited prior to submission. This may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Please note that language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.
The Utrecht Law Review does not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs), as these are currently covered by the Utrecht University School of Law.
The Utrecht Law Review provides immediate open access to its content. Authors retain copyright of their articles. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC-by).
If you have any questions you can contact the managing editor
Academic articles for the general issue must be submitted before 30 June.
Student Papers for the general issue must be submitted before 30 June.
Articles for special issues can only be submitted on invitation by the editors.
Manuscripts should average between 6,000 words and 10,000 words in length (including notes).
Manuscripts must be written in English (UK spelling) and be complete in all respects, including figures and tables.
If English is not your first language we advise that you have your manuscript professionally edited prior to submission.
Title, subtitles and biography
The title page must list the full title, names, academic or professional affiliations and complete addresses of all authors. In case of multiple authors of one article, all authors should be displayed on a new line, followed by organization details, separated by commas. A brief autobiographical note may be supplied. The name and address of the author to whom correspondence may be sent should be indicated, including an e-mail address which may be displayed publicly.
As a guide, the main title should consist of eight words or less. Notes are not allowed in the title, biography or any of the subtitles. Subtitles must be short and clearly defined. Only the first word of each subtitle should be capitalised (i.e. 'setence case').
Abstract and key words
A structured summary of about 100 to 200 words should be included with the manuscript together with 3-6 key words (lowercase) which encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the paper which will be used for indexing. The summary should be understandable to readers who have not read the rest of the paper. It should not contain any citations of other published work.
Final submission and copyright
Once accepted for publication, the final version of the paper must be provided. A completed and signed copyright form must accompany each paper. Articles published in the Utrecht Law Review are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
By signing the form the author states to accept the copyright notice of Utrecht Law Review. The copyright notice for authors (see below) is also included in the copyright acceptance form.
Points of style
Please make sure that the text adheres to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Utrecht Law Review style guide, which can be downloaded in pdf format here. Please note that, as of 2020, the Utrecht Law Review uses the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) available here.
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 is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and it contains work not previously published in English elsewhere. Articles originally published in another language might, in certain circumstances, be accepted for publication in the Utrecht Law Review in English. The author should indicate if this is the case. It is up to the editorial board to decide upon acceptance.
The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word file format.
Once accepted for publication, the final version of the paper must be provided. A completed and signed copyright form, which will be sent by the Managing Editor, must accompany each paper. By signing the form the author states to accept the copyright notice of Utrecht Law Review. The copyright notice for authors is also included in the copyright acceptance form.