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Information for Authors

1. Submission and Preparation of Articles

It is preferred that articles for consideration should be sent as an email attachment (Word or Word compatible) to Rosemary McCabe Human Rights Law Centre, School of Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK. Articles of between 10,000 and 15,000 words are preferred but shorter or longer articles may be considered. These should be original, unpublished work and not under consideration for publication in another journal. The final decision on publication rests with the Editorial Board after submissions are refereed on the basis of anonymity. Substantive changes proposed by referees/editorial board will only be made in consultation with the author.

The first page 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. An abstract of no more than 150 words should be included with all submissions. Pages should be in numbered sequence. 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. Headings should be to journal style. British spelling of English-language is used. Footnotes should be kept brief as possible and used primarily for reference purposes; explanatory notes are discouraged. Scripts and disks will not normally be returned unless special arrangements have been made. Submissions should be original unpublished work and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

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2. Citations

Where in doubt, authors should provide as full a citation as possible.

Human Rights Law Review should be cited as (2003) 3 Human Rights Law Review 91.


Mowbray, 'The European Convention on Human Rights: Report of the Evaluation Group and Recent Cases', (2002) 2 Human Rights Law Review 127.

Graefrath, 'Reporting and Complaint Systems in Universal Human Rights Treaties', in Rosas and Helgesen (eds), Human Rights in a Changing East/West Perspective (London: Pinter, 1990) 290 at 295.


Harris, O'Boyle and Warbrick, Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, 2nd edn (London: Butterworths, 2000) at 67.

Treaties and Cases

US v Dann, 572 F2d 222 at 226 (9th Cir 1978).

IACtHR, Mayagna (Sumo) Awa Tingni, Judgment of 31 August 2001, at para 149.

3. Style

Quotations of more than about 30 words (unless in footnotes) should be indented from the text without quotation marks. Single quotation marks should be used (with double quotation marks for quotations within quotations).
Dates should be cited thus, 10 January 2000.
Footnotes: use ibid. for reference to the previous footnote and for subsequent references 'Authors surname, supra n X at Y'.

4. Language Editing

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about such services please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

5. Submission and Preparation of Recent Developments

Short notes (around 5000 words) on recent developments should be sent as an e-mail attachment to the Recent Developments Editor, Sangeeta Shah, School of Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK. Requirements as for articles above (including author's identification and citation). Submissions should follow journal style for articles.

6. Submission and Preparation of Book Reviews

Book reviews of between 1,500 and 3,000 words should be sent as an email attachment (Word or Word compatible) to the Book Reviews Editor, Stuart Wallace, School of Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK. Requirements as for articles above (including author's identification and citation). Reviews may cover more than one publication if appropriate. Headings should follow the following style:

Author, Title Edition No (if relevant) (publisher, place, year, number of introductory pages in roman numerals + number of pages/pp, price) ISBN number (pb/ hb).

For example:

Mashood Baderin, International Human Rights and Islamic Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003, xxi + 302pp, £60) ISBN 0 19 92665 X (hb).

7. Proofs

Authors will receive a PDF proof of their article by email and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all articles. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and return as per covering instructions. Only essential corrections should be made at this stage.

8. Offprints

Article contributors will receive free url access to their paper. The corresponding author is also entitled to receive 25 printed offprints free of charge. These can be claimed using the Oxford Journals Author Services site, and further offprints can also be ordered from this site. Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.

9. Copyright

Manuscripts submitted will be expected to contain original work and should not have been published in abridged or other form elsewhere. It is a condition of publication in the journal that licence is assigned to Oxford University Press. 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 assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that Human Rights Law Review 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.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Human Rights Law Review 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)

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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 - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
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 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.

10. Author Self-Archiving/Public Access Policy

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11. Conflict of Interest Policy

Please click here for information about the Conflict of Interest policy.