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Instructions to Authors

Articles published in the yearbook address issues of enduring interest for scholars and specialists in international law. Articles can cover any topic in public or private international law. There is no limit on the length of articles, so that some pieces that are too long for other journals can be accommodated without compromising important content. Shorter articles are however also welcome.

The yearbook publishes book reviews that are argumentative and innovative, as suits a major annual of record. There is no fixed form, and reviews include review articles (of about 10,000 words), thematic reviews that consider a number of books (of about 3-5,000 words) and reviews of key texts (of about 1-2,000 words).


Please read these instructions carefully and follow them closely to ensure that the review and publication of your paper is as efficient and quick as possible. The Editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that are not in accordance with these instructions.

As with all periodicals, the editors welcome ideas from prospective contributors to discuss ideas for articles and book reviews before submission.

Editorial procedure for articles

Articles and notes should be submitted to the Editors via the ScholarOne submissions site.

Authors should provide a short declaration that their work is unpublished and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, whether in print or through electronic media. Articles should include an abstract of around 200 words and 3-6 keywords.

All contributions of sufficient standard are read independently by at least two reviewers, who will not be given the name of the author and whose names will not be disclosed to the author (double blind review). Normally, articles and notes are reviewed within a period of 4-8 weeks after submission. An indication will be given at that time of acceptability or otherwise for the yearbook, and of any suggested changes.

All authors of articles and notes will receive free url access to their paper. Printed offprints may be ordered at a charge as shown on the form that is sent out with proofs.

Editorial procedure for book reviews

Book reviews shall be directed to the Book Reviews Editor via the ScholarOne submissions site.


The yearbook uses the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Please refer to OSCOLA for detailed information on citation style - click here

Variations on OSCOLA style guide

  • Cross-references: the yearbook prefers to avoid cross-references. Instead, mention a source the first time in full; in a subsequent footnote to the same source, it suffices to mention only author and an abbreviated title.
  • Authors are requested to submit a table of cases (without page numbers) and a table of abbreviations; there is no need for a table of legislation. For citing international law sources, pay particular attention to Part IV of the OSCOLA Styleguide.


  • The first page of the manuscript must give: title of paper, contributor names, and the full address (including email) of the author designated to receive proofs/correspondence, and total word count. The name of the author(s) should appear at the beginning immediately under the title, with an asterisked footnote giving the present position of the author(s) and an address (including email) for contact by readers, together with any desired acknowledgements.
  • Authors are permitted to include a table of contents (without page numbers) if this clarifies the structure of the article.
  • All articles should be accompanied by an Abstract and key words.
  • Compound words should be hyphenated.
  • Footnotes, indicated by superscript figures in the text, should be used for listing references. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively. Footnotes should be kept as brief as possible and used primarily for reference purposes.
  • Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all footnotes and references.
  • Tables should be typed with double spacing, but minimizing redundant space, and each should be placed on a separate sheet. Each Table should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals. Tables should also have a title above and an explanatory footnote below, if required.
  • Non-standard abbreviations should be defined at the first occurrence and introduced only where multiple use is made. Authors should not use abbreviations in headings.
  • Authors should follow the Oxford English Dictionary for British English spellings.
  • Italics should be used sparingly.
  • Initials should not be followed by a full stop; abbreviations such as art can do without out, too.
  • In footnotes, ibid should refer to the immediately preceding source. For example, if footnote 1 refers to sources A, B, C and footnote 2 refers to source A, ibid is incorrect.


  • Versus in cases is v (rather than v.)
  • There is no need to capitalise the word “state” other than where capitals are normally used
  • Use “article” (and not art. or Article) in the body of the text
  • Use art in footnotes.
  • Article 83(1) instead of article 83 (1)


The title should be in small caps, centred.

The author should be in title-case, small-caps, centred. Reference to the author’s current position and any acknowledgements should be made in an asterisked footnote.

The headings should not generally exceed three levels, as follows

  • Heading Level 1: Roman numeral prefix, Title-case, Small-caps, Centred. For example:
  • Heading Level 2: Alphabetical prefix, Sentence-case, Centred, italics. For example:
    A. The strategic crisis and the resurgence of ideology
  • Heading Level 3: Numerical prefix, Sentence-case, Flush-left, italics. For example:
    1. Strategy and terrorism


The title refers to details of the book or books under review, including author, title, publisher, place, year, number of introductory pages (in roman numerals) and pages and price, as follows:

International Organizations as Law-Makers. By Jose E Alvarez. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005. xlvii + 660 pp. £75

Details of the reviewer should appear at the end of the review.


References to the book under review are given in the main text rather than in footnotes. For example:

Alvarez provides a useful institutional perspective (610-617).

For reference to other sources, references should follow the suggested style for Year Book articles as set out above.


It is a condition of publication in the yearbook that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford Journals. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In granting an exclusive licence, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


British Yearbook of International Law authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in British Yearbook of International Law can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Click here for more information about Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Please note that obtaining copyright permission could take some time. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section at Should you require copies of this then please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department on

For a copyright prose work, it is recommended that permission is obtained for the use of extracts longer than 400 words; a series of extracts totalling more than 800 words, of which any one extract is more than 300 words; or an extract or series of extracts comprising one-quarter of the work or more. For poetry: an extract of more than 40 lines; series of extracts totalling more than 40 lines; an extract comprising one-quarter or more of a complete poem.


Authors are sent page proofs by email. These should be checked immediately and corrections, as well as answers to any queries, returned to the publishers as an annotated PDF via email or fax within 3 working days (further details are supplied with the proof). It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly.


Advance Access articles are published online soon after they have been accepted for publication, copy edited and corrected, in advance of their appearance in the printed yearbook. Appearance in Advance Access constitutes official publication, and the Advance Access version can be cited by a unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier - When an article appears in an issue, it is removed from the Advance Access page. It will be made available on the yearbook site.


Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources in the manuscript. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

Acknowledgements and details of non-financial support must be included at the end of the text and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies. Please note that acknowledgement of funding bodies and declarations regarding conflicts of interest should be given in separate Funding and Conflicts of interest sections, respectively.