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Manuscript Preparation Instructions

Submission
Language editing pre-submission
Manuscript format and structure
Journal copyediting style
Figures and illustrations
Permission to reproduce figures and extracts
Supplementary data
Copyright and licence
Open Access Option for Authors
Proofs
Offprints
Advance Access

SUBMISSION

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

All material to be considered for publication in The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (CJCL) should be submitted in electronic form via the journal's online submission system. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below, instructions on how to submit your manuscript online can be found by clicking here.

The Editors acknowledge receipt of papers, and aim to obtain referee-ing reports within eight weeks (when possible). Neither you nor the referee will be told who the other is (unless you clearly refer to your previous papers).

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LANGUAGE EDITING PRE-SUBMISSION

OUP offers pre-submission language editing through Oxford Language Editing, a service for researchers all over the world. Language editing, particularly if English is not your first language, can be used to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by the journal editors and reviewers. Visit www.oxfordlanguageediting.com to find out more about the freelance editors available and the different services offered. Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.

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MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE

Please prepare your typescript text using a word-processing package (save in .doc, .docx or .rtf format) or PDF if quite necessary. Typescripts should be double-spaced. Please number each page.

Any unusual characters (e.g. Hebrew, Greek or Arabic) or transcript/excerpts from linguistic journals which must not be altered during typesetting should be submitted in .pdf format so they may be treated as figures. Any Greek should be in a Unicode font, preferably Porson, and also in 12 pt. Transliterated Greek should only be used for words and phrases that are well established in English. Greek names and places should be Latinised as in OCD3: Socrates, Cyzicus.

Authors should submit online via the journal's online submission system, including the complete manuscript (i.e. title page, abstract, text). This applies to the original version of the manuscript and any revised versions. Please submit separate files for figures in tiff, eps or jpg format for print purposes. The location of Tables and Figures should be indicated in the text. Please also include the files for any other supplementary material to be submitted with your manuscript. It is recommended that authors spell-check all files before submission.

Please use short, simple filenames when saving all your documents, and avoid special characters, punctuation marks, symbols (such as &), and spaces. If you are a Macintosh user, you must also type the extension at the end of the file name you choose (.doc, .rtf, .jpg, .gif, .tif, .xls, .pdf, .eps, .ppt, .mov or .qt).

Other helpful hints are: (i) use the TAB key once for paragraph indents; (ii) where possible use Times New Roman for the text font and Symbol for any Greek and special characters; (iii) use the word processing formatting features to indicate Bold, Italic, Greek, Maths, Superscript and Subscript characters; (iv) please avoid using underline: for cases use italic; for emphasis use bold; (v) clearly identify unusual symbols and Greek letters; (vi) where there might be confusion, differentiate between the letter O and zero, and the letters I and l and the number 1.

The authors' names should not appear within the body of the manuscript or on the figures so that author anonymity may be maintained during the review process. Therefore, the title page should be uploaded as a separate file from the manuscript and given the file designation ‘Title Page’. This will ensure the title page is not visible to reviewers during peer review, but that the information will be relayed to Production if your paper is accepted.

Title page

Please provide a title page with the following information:

  • Title and running head (short title);
  • Article category;
  • First name, middle initial and family name of all authors;
  • Affiliations: linked to authors with superscript Arabic numeral – include only department/institution/town/country;
  • Corresponding author: include the details of only one corresponding author as follows: title, first and middle initial, family name (eg Dr K. Smith), department/institution/street/town/state/postcode/country, email.

It is important that authors ensure the following: (i) all names have the correct spelling and are in the correct order (first name, then family name); (ii) initials are correct. Occasionally, the distinction between surnames and forenames can be ambiguous, and this is to ensure that the authors’ full surnames and forenames are tagged correctly, for accurate indexing online.

Main document: File designation ‘Main Document – Anonymous’

The first page of the manuscript must give: title of paper, article category, six appropriate keywords in alphabetical order and total word count.

Abstract

The second page of the manuscript should contain the Abstract, which must not exceed 250 words. The Abstract should be comprehensible to readers before they have read the paper, and reference citations must be avoided. It is essential that the Abstract clearly states the manuscript’s importance to CJCL.

Abbreviations

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 unless the abbreviations have been well established in the field.

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements and details of non-authors and non-financial support must be included at the end of the text before references and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.

References

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.

References should be provided in accordance with the style of CJCL, which follows OSCOLA. Please view our mini style checklist for style guidance.

Tables

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. Units in which results are expressed should be given in parentheses at the top of each column and not repeated in each line of the table. Ditto signs should not be used. Overcrowding the tables and the excessive use of words should be avoided. The format of tables should be in keeping with that normally used by the journal; in particular, vertical lines, coloured text and shading should not be used. Please be certain that the data given in tables are correct.

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JOURNAL COPYEDITING STYLE

This journal follows OSCOLA style. Please view our mini style checklist for style guidance.

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FIGURES AND ILLUSTRATIONS

Please supply high-resolution .tif files of all figures when submitting your manuscript. Minimum resolutions are 300 d.p.i. for colour or tone images, and 600 d.p.i. for line drawings.

Figures will not be relettered by the publisher. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material. Any photomicrographs, electron micrographs or radiographs must be of high quality. Wherever possible, photographs should fit within the print area or within a column width.

For further information on figure submission, please click here.

Colour Illustrations

Authors are required to pay the full cost of print reproduction of colour figures (£350 per figure). Details of this will be provided after acceptance, where appropriate.

CJCL also offers free reproduction of colour figures in the online version (figures in the print version will appear in black and white). Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article.

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PERMISSION TO REPRODUCE FIGURES AND EXTRACTS

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 http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/rights_permissions.html. Should you require copies of this then please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department.

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SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, can be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online manuscript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include more detailed methods, extended data sets/data analysis, or additional figures.

It is standard practice for appendices to be made available online-only as supplementary data. All text and figures must be provided in suitable electronic formats. All material to be considered as supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main manuscript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication, and will not be edited. Please indicate clearly all material intended as supplementary data upon submission and name the files e.g. 'Supplementary Figure 1', 'Supplementary Data', etc. Also ensure that the supplementary data is referred to in the main manuscript where necessary, for example as '(see Supplementary data)' or '(see Supplementary Figure 1)'.

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COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE

It is a condition of publication for all Oxford Journals that authors either assign copyright or grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press or the sponsoring Society. This ensures that all of the necessary rights needed for publication of the article, including provision for any requests from third parties to reproduce content from the journals, are in place and are handled efficiently and consistently by OUP, enabling the content to be as widely disseminated as possible. No article will be published unless a licence has been signed. Any queries about the licence should be sent as soon as possible to Rights and Permissions so that any issues can be resolved quickly and to avoid any delay in publication.

As part of the terms of the licence agreement, Authors may use their own material in other publications written or edited by themselves, provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press as the Publisher. As the Author(s), copyright of the Article remains yours (or your employer’s if your employer claims copyright in your work).

Details of how to sign the licence using our online system will be sent after acceptance. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables, or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission. For more information on how to obtain permissions, please consult Rights and Permissions.

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OPEN ACCESS OPTION FOR AUTHORS

CJCL 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 CJCL 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)

Please click here for more information about the 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 - £1000 / $1600 / €1300
List B Developing country charge* - £500 / $800 / €650
List A 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 might 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.

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PROOFS

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 within 3 working days (further details are supplied with the proof). It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly.

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OFFPRINTS

Authors will receive electronic access to their paper free of charge. Printed offprints may be purchased in multiples of 100 using the same system used to sign the licence to publish.

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ADVANCE ACCESS

Advance Access articles are published online soon after they have been accepted for publication, in advance of their appearance in a printed journal. 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.

Articles posted for Advance Access have been copyedited and typeset and any corrections included. This is before they are paginated for inclusion in a specific issue of the journal. Once an article appears in an issue, both versions of the paper continue to be accessible and citable.

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