Information for authors

The Sydney Law Review is a generalist law journal with a wide readership in Australia and internationally. The Review publishes original content that makes a substantial contribution to legal scholarship and is related in some way to Australian law, including comparative and interdisciplinary pieces with a substantive connection to Australian law.

Review content

The Review publishes original articles, case notes, review essays and book reviews.

Please note:

  • The Review does not currently publish case notes or law reform comments other than those written by students enrolled in the Sydney Law Review unit of study.
  • In general, Before the High Court column pieces, review essays and book reviews are commissioned by the Editorial Board.
    For further information or to submit a proposal for the Board's consideration, please email .
Submission requirements
  1. Submissions must have a substantive connection to, and explicit discussion of, Australian law.
  2. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word format.
  3. Submission text and citations must conform to the latest edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
  4. Spelling must comply with the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary.
    The Sydney Law Review is committed to the use of gender-neutral language.
  5. The Sydney Law Review does not consider submissions that have been either sent to any other journal, 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.
  6. The Sydney Law Review does not usually accept submissions originally written as an assessment (such as Honours theses 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. Articles over 16 000 words (including footnotes) will not be considered.
  8. Submissions must include an abstract of 100–200 words that clearly indicates the original contribution to legal scholarship made by the submission.
    All submissions except book reviews must also include 3–8 keywords to accurately describe the content and the aid indexing of submissions selected for publication.
  9. The author name/s should appear at the beginning, under the title of the article, with a footnoted biography giving the present position/s. Uncommon abbreviations should be explained, and footnotes numbered consecutively.
How to submit

Submissions must be submitted online.

You will need to provide two separate Word files:

  • an abstract of 100-200 words; and
  • a full original submission in Word, including the abstract and authors details.

Access our online submission form.

The Review process

The Review is published four times a year (March, June, September and December) and accepts submissions on a rolling basis (there are no submission deadlines). Submissions are first assessed by the Editors and, if considered suitable, will be sent for anonymous peer review. The submission and reviews are then considered by the Sydney Law Review Editorial Board. The review process usually takes 8-12 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.


All authors are required to sign an author agreement prior to publication. Copyright in 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.

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Revised: 9 October 2015