Instructions to authors
IDPL focuses on major issues of data protection and privacy law on a global scale, with a focus on issues of data privacy, data protection, and information privacy. Coverage includes:
• the full range of substantive data protection and privacy law topics (but note that we do generally not cover a number of legal issues that may fall under the rubric of ‘privacy’ in certain legal systems, but that are only peripherally related to data or information privacy, e.g., avoidance of being placed in a false light, protection of honour and reputation, reproductive rights, etc.);
• practice-related articles, which must, however contain legal analysis (i.e., articles merely containing checklists, practical tips etc. are not desired);
• discussion of economic issues, policy issues, and issues relating to the technical architecture of privacy, as long as they are primarily focused on legal topics;
• survey articles examining developments in the field over a particular time frame or in specific jurisdictions;
• thought-leadership pieces looking at trends and coming developments; and
• book reviews and notes on recent publications.
The journal prefers articles that are analytical rather than merely descriptive, and that have some practical relevance, though exceptions may be made in appropriate cases.
Authors should pay particular importance to observing the following rules:
• References should be in footnotes rather than in the text (except for editorials and comment articles; see below);
• There should be no boldface or italics in text, except in exceptional cases;
• OSCOLA style (NOT Harvard Blue Book) should be followed in the footnotes (see below);
• Headings should be numbered consistently;
• The article should be spell-checked based on UK English;
• Cross-references should generally be formatted as per our house style (‘see Blackstone (n 42), at 542’)
• Articles and comment pieces should have an abstract consisting of several sentences, in bullet-point format;
• The word limit should be respected (3,000 words for comments, 5,000 words for “Tomorrow’s Privacy” or thought-leadership pieces, and 10,000 words for articles);
• We refer to ‘data’ in the plural (e.g., ‘the data were processed for a variety of purposes’)
All articles should have a maximum of 10,000 words (including footnotes); articles shorter than this are favored. Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-250 words (set out in 3-5 full sentence bullet points). Footnotes should be kept to the minimum necessary.
Contributions for the “Comment” section, analysing recent key cases, legislation and topical matters, should be kept to a maximum of 3,000 words. Footnotes should not be used in Comment pieces: references should be given only for the citation of cases, legislation and literature, which should appear in brackets as part of the main text. Comment pieces should be accompanied by a short abstract set out in 3-5 full sentence bullet points. All Comment pieces should be written to the following template of headings:
• Title (descriptive)
• Name/citation of relevant case/legislation/material
• Single sentence summary
• Legal context
• Practical Significance
Thought Leadership Pieces
Articles for the section "Tomorrow’s Privacy" should be a maximum of 5,000 words, and should relate to major developments or coming developments in privacy law, regulation, or politics. Footnotes should not be used in this section: references should be given only for the citation of cases, legislation and literature, which should appear in brackets as part of the main text.
The journal will give preference to contributions that have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. If submission has been made elsewhere, it must be clearly indicated.
Contributions should conform to the guidelines as to style and layout set out below. Footnotes are permitted in articles except Thought Leadership and Comment pieces (see above), but should be kept to a minimum, and not be used for making subsidiary arguments, which should be handled in the main body of the article.
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.
Contributions should be submitted electronically via the journal's online submission system, online submission system.
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.
If you would like to submit a book to be considered for review in International Data Privacy Law, please send it to:
Publishing Assistant, Law Journals
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Or email a description of the book to email@example.com.
How to Contact the Editorial Office
The Editorial Office can be contacted as follows:
Dan Jerker B. Svantesson
Managing General Editor/Book Reviews Editor
Faculty of Law
Manuscript Format and Structure
Please prepare your typescript text using a word-processing package (save in .doc or .rtf format). Typescripts should be double-spaced. Please number each page.
The title should be short, specific and informative. The first name, initial(s), and surname of each author should be followed by his or her department, institution, city with postcode, and country. The fax, telephone number and Email address of the corresponding author should also be provided. It is editorial policy to list only one author for correspondence. Any changes of address may be given next to the Affiliations or Acknowledgements. A footnote stating 'The authors wish it to be known that, in their opinion, the first x authors should be regarded as joint First Authors' is permitted. Any deletions or additions to the author list after acceptance of the paper must be submitted in writing, signed by all authors, to the appropriate editorial office.
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.
Acknowledgements and details of 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. Please note that acknowledgement of funding bodies and declarations regarding conflict of interest should be given in separate Funding and Conflict of interest sections, respectively.
Further guidance on Conflict of interests is available at http://www.oxfordjournals.org/faq/for_authors/conflicts_of_interest.html.
In both the “Tomorrow’s Privacy” and “Comment” sections, references should be kept to a minimum and given in brackets within the main text of the article. In all other articles, references should usually be given in footnotes. Footnotes should be identified in the text by Arabic numerals and numbered in the order cited. Complete information should be given for each reference cited.
Citations are to be formatted in accordance with the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA 4th edition), http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/published/OSCOLA_4th_edn.pdf
Cedric Ryngaert, Jurisdiction in International Law (Oxford University Press 2008)
Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren, ‘The right to privacy’ (1890) 4 Harvard Law Review 194
Lee Bygrave, ‘Determining applicable law pursuant to European Data Protection Legislation’ (2000) 16 Computer Law and Security Report 252, 259
Contributions to books:
Bernard Oxman, ‘Jurisdiction of States’ in: Encyclopedia of Public International Law vol 3 (Elsevier 1997) 55, 59
Publications by regulators:
Article 29 Working Party, ‘Working document on determining the international application of EU data protection law to personal data processing on the Internet by non-EU based websites’ (WP 56, 30 May 2002)
Robert Gellman, Privacy in the Clouds: Risks to Privacy and Confidentiality from Cloud Computing (World Privacy Forum 23 February 2009),
UK: Bowman v Fussy  RPC 545, HL
ECJ: Case C–427/93 Bristol-Myers Squibb v Paranova  ECR I-3457
ECHR: Leander v. Sweden, Judgment of 26 March 1987, Series A, no 116, ECHR
US: Roe v Wade, 410 US 113 (1973)
Continental European, e.g.:
Belgium: Cour d’arbitrage, arrêt no. 16/2005,19 janvier 2005
France: Cour de cassation, Ch. soc., 11 décembre 2001, no. 99-43.030
Germany: Bundesverfassungsgericht, Urteil vom 15.12.1983, BVerfGE 65, 1
Continental Statutes, e.g.:
Hessisches Datenschutzgesetz of 30 September 1970 (Data Protection Act of the German federal state of Hessen)
Loi n° 78-17 du 6 janvier 1978 relative à l'informatique, aux fichiers et aux libertés (French Act N. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 on Data Processing, Data Files and Individual Liberties)
Swedish Data Protection Act of 11 May 1973
see Blackstone (n 42), at 542
In general when citing other legal materials, authors should use the approved form that is standard in the jurisdiction in question; above all consistency within the article is paramount.
Journal Copyediting Style
This journal follows OSCOLA style. An online style guide is available at http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/published/oscola/oscola_2006.pdf.
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