Information for authors

  1. Manuscripts may be submitted by email to Cate Stewart, Law Publishing Unit. We prefer documents in the latest version of Word.
  2. The Sydney Law Review does not consider articles that have been either submitted to, or substantially published in, any other publication. This policy includes online publication of a finished piece, but does not cover exposure or comment drafts of pieces that have been substantially rewritten since.
  3. Submission text and citations must conform to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd edition), which can be accessed as a read-only PDF here.
  4. All submissions are assessed by at least one academic referee with expertise in the relevant field, as well as by all members of the Sydney Law Review Editorial Board. The process usually takes between 8 and 12 weeks, after which authors are notified of the Board's decision. Please be aware that there can sometimes be delays if reviews come in late.
  5. Please note: Our preferred article length is between 8 000 and 12 000 words (including footnotes). Articles over 12 000 words in length (including footnotes) are less likely to be accepted for publication. Articles over 16 000 words (including footnotes) will not be considered.
  6. The Sydney Law Review does not usually accept submissions originally written as an assessment (such as an Honours thesis or essays written for a coursework LLM unit) as these do not generally meet the Review’s requirements for originality and substantial contribution to legal scholarship.
  7. Submissions must include an abstract of 100–200 words that clearly indicates the original contribution to legal scholarship made by the submission.
  8. The author's name should appear at the beginning, under the title of the article. After the author's name an asterisked footnote should be added, giving the author's present position. Uncommon abbreviations should be explained, and footnotes numbered consecutively. The Sydney Law Review is committed to the use of gender-neutral language.
  9. Before the High Court pieces, review essays and book reviews are generally commissioned by the Editorial Board. For further information or to submit a proposal for the Board's consideration, please email Cate Stewart.
  10. Copyright of articles published in the Sydney Law Review is vested in the Sydney Law Review and its contributors. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no article or part may be reproduced by any process without written permission. Inquiries should be directed to Cate Stewart.
  11. All authors are required to sign an author agreement prior to publication.


Revised: 13 January 2015