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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission complies with the Journal ethical standards (based on COPE standards).
  • I accept the privacy and distribution policies of articles mentioned here and in the Statement of originality and authorization for publication.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author

Author Guidelines

The Strathmore Law Journal welcomes original submissions for the present year’s volume. Articles sent after the submission deadline will be published in the next year’s volume. The Journal strongly prefers to receive submissions online via this website. Direct email submissions, however, will also be accepted at The Journal typically will not consider hard copy submissions.

The Journal prefers to publish full-length articles (i.e., 8,000 to 30,000 words, footnotes included) but will consider shorter essays or comments at its discretion. Books reviews, case commentaries, legislative commentaries are also welcome (up to 5000 words). Similarly, while the Journal prefers to publish law professors, it will consider submissions from practitioners, clerks, etc., at its discretion.

To publish in Strathmore Law Journal, authors should accept and fulfill the following requirements:

  • Stylistic and bibliographic requirements
  • Copyright License
  • Legal and ethical standards


Stylistic and bibliographic requirements. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. Its content should be organised as follows:

(Page 1)
– Title and authors.
– Author(s) name and last name; academic filiation (with its city and country) and his/her relationship to the institution (professor, researcher, etc.); email address and ORCID number.
– Research scholarships or funds received for the paper (if pertinent).

(Page 2)
– Title.
– Abstract (in original language and English). We recommend using 150-250 words, with the following content: scope, method, paper’s structure and conclusion.
– Five keywords in alphabetical order. We recommend that the authors rely on the  Unesco Thesaurus .

(Next pages)
– Title.
– The text of the contribution. Reference to the authors should be avoided, in order to allow anonymous evaluation.
– Style, citations and references should follow Strathmore Law Simplified Legal Citation (SLASLEC) requirements. Where available, URLs and DOI numbers for the references have been provided.
The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Book Reviews

Books reviews, case commentaries, and legislative commentaries should follow the aforementioned rules. However, abstracts are not required in a short book review.

Copyright Notice

Authors publishing in our Journal comply with the following terms:

  1. Authors keep their work’s copyrights, but they guarantee Strathmore Law Journal to be the first publisher of their papers. They grant the Journal a Creative Commons Attribution License, under which their work can be shared with the condition that it is appropriately cited.
  2. Authors are aware and accept that the Strathmore Law Journal staff will try to give the greatest diffusion to the Journal, which means, among other things, that its printed and electronic editions will be distributed among different databases and scientific indexes.
  3. Authors can establish further clauses for non-exclusive distribution, such as publication on a separate book or placing in an institutional database. Nevertheless, a note should be always added to explain that the paper was originally published in Strathmore Law Journal.
    4. We permit and encourage authors to share their work through Internet before and during the editorial process to receive further recommendations and wider references (we recommend you read the article The Effect of Open Access).

Legal and ethical standards

All articles must comply with our ethical standards (based on COPE standards) and, at the end of the review process, authors must sign a Statement of Originality and Authorization for Publication.

Submissions should pass the electronic plagiarism control
(i.e., ViperPlagiumQuetextGrammarlyPlagiarismaiThenticate or Copyleaks). To avoid ghostwriting practices (a failure to declare as authors who have written, spoken or contributed substantially to research), the Editor reserves the right to ask for some clarification about the individual contribution of each author in the research, in the acquisition of data, in analysis and interpretation, in drafting the article or in revising it critically, as well as information about sources of research funding.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. The user may at any time exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation, and opposition by contacting the following email address:


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