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Instructions to Authors



The Journal of World Energy Law and Business (JWELB) is the official journal of the AIPN. It is a peer-reviewed journal of record providing objective coverage of relevant issues. It provides high-quality articles that combine academic excellence with professional relevance and benefits from the expertise of a Board of internationally respected academic, lawyers, and other energy professionals.

The journal publishes articles on legal, business, and policy issues in the international energy industry. This includes upstream oil and gas transactions, finance, taxation, regulation, dispute management, alternative energy resources, energy policy and security, and international energy organizations.

The journal is aimed at legal practitioners, government, and international agency officials, experts from professional, industry, and non-governmental associations; and academics specialising in energy-related issues.


Quality standards for academic-style articles are rigorous, aiming at international leadership and without institutional preferences and authors may be asked to revise their articles before final acceptance.

  • Except in special circumstances, the Editor will not consider articles published or to be published elsewhere.
  • The language of JWELB is English. Authors, in particular authors whose first language is not English, should ensure that the language is edited to a satisfactory standard. JWELB does not provide language editing. If you would like information about one such service 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.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted online through Scholar One Manuscripts. The online submission process is straightforward. First you must register as a new user (see top right hand menu in Scholar One Manuscripts, below 'New User?'). Once registered as a new user, please click on 'login' and then upload your manuscript in the Author Center of Scholar One Manuscripts.
  • Authors are advised to use MS Word format.
  • Authors are requested to provide a word count (including footnotes) of any submissions, provide an email and postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and their professional and institutional affiliation.
  • Contributions should conform to the guidelines as to style and layout set out below. Footnotes should be numbered from 1-99 and be located at the bottom of each page
  • Please adhere to the following naming conventions for file attachment:
    Last name Short Title “for JWELB” day month year.doc (e.g.: Wälde ECT Arbitration for JWELB 1 January 2008.doc)


All contributions are reviewed initially by the General Editor as to their suitability for inclusion in the journal. If the editor deems a submission to be suitable for consideration he will send it to an appropriate peer reviewer. The reviewer, whose identity is not disclosed, will be an expert in the relevant field. Depending on the findings of the reviewer, contributors may be asked to revise their contributions before final acceptance and will have an opportunity to review typeset (electronic) proofs before publication. However, no major changes can be included at proof stage, and corrections must be limited to typographical errors only.


The Editors especially welcome contributions relating to the following general topics:

  • oil and gas upstream development, transportation, refining, and pipelines;
  • other relevant energy resources and energy industries;
  • practice-related matters, such as litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, including international arbitration, mediation and investment disputes, enforcement, negotiating, drafting, and transactions;
  • energy law and regulation;
  • business practices, corporate strategy, and governmental and intergovernmental policy (e.g. energy security and energy geo-politics and developments and economics);
  • relevant aspects of subjects dealt with in the international energy business, including competition, environment, trade, international conventions, and international guidelines, standards and codes of conduct.

Contributions should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words (in approx. proportion to the overall length of the contribution), a brief list of the most important publications and website references, as well as an author biography note. Contributions should be submitted for potential inclusion in one of the following sections:


In-depth articles on the full range of legal and commercial issues relating to the energy business, with a focus on upstream industry will be considered for inclusion. There is no absolute upper or lower word limit for submissions, but it is expected that the majority of accepted articles will be in the range of circa 4,000 to 8,000 words.


Short pieces dealing with current developments, up to 2,000 words long (not necessarily with footnotes). Abstracts for briefs should not exceed 100 words.

Book Reviews

Any parties interested in reviewing books for the journal should click here.


Contributors will retain the copyright in their work. They will, however, be required to grant the AIPN an exclusive license to publish the article in paper and electronic form, and to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article. Contributors will be asked to confirm that their work is original and has not been published elsewhere.

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.


Journal of World Energy Law & Business 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 JWELAB 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 - £1850/ $3000 / €2450

Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225

Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour 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.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


All contributors will have free online access to a PDF file of their article, to which links can be created from a firm or institutional website. If paper offprints are required these can be obtained via the Author Services website where licence agreements can also be completed.


Style and spelling Oxford English spelling should be used. Authors whose first language is not English are requested to have their typescripts checked carefully before submission. This will help expedite the review process and avoid confusion. Check the final copy of your paper carefully, as any spelling mistakes and errors may be translated into the typeset version.

General format Prepare your typescript text using a word-processing package, ideally Microsoft Word (save in .doc or .rtf format). Please do not submit text as a PDF file. Typescripts should be double-spaced, including text, tables, legends, and footnotes. Number each page. Type unjustified, hyphenating only compound words. Use the TAB key once for paragraph indents. Where possible use Times New Roman for the text font and Symbol for any Greek and special characters. Use the word-processing formatting features to indicate Bold, Italic, Greek, Maths, Superscript, and Subscript characters. Please avoid using underline: for cases, use italic; for emphasis, use bold. Clearly identify unusual symbols and Greek letters. Differentiate between the letter O and zero, and the letters “I” and “l” and the number “1”. Mark the approximate position of any figure or table.

Headings The use of sub-headings at regular intervals through each article is encouraged, as it makes articles more easily readable. If you need to use more than one level of heading, please use a consistent hierarchy of headings to ensure that the relevant importance of each heading is clear, for example I. CAPITALS, then A. Bold, then (1) Italics.

Figures Where articles are to be accompanied by illustrative material, the review process will not begin until all figures are received. Figures should be limited to the number necessary for clarity and must not duplicate data given in tables or in the text. They must be submitted in electronic format and in a separate file to that of the typescript. Figures should be no larger than 125 (height) x 180 (width) mm (5 x 7 inches) and should be prepared at publication quality resolution (a minimum of 300 dpi at final printing size).

Inclusion of colour figures is subject to a special charge (£350/US$600/€525 to print a figure in colour). Online colour figures are free of charge. 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.

Photographs Photographs should be of sufficiently high quality with respect to detail, contrast and fineness of grain to withstand the inevitable loss of contrast and detail inherent in the printing process.

Line drawings Please provide these as clear, sharp illustrations, suitable for reproduction as submitted. All labeling should be on the original.

Tables Tables should be typed with double spacing, but minimising redundant space, and each should be placed on a separate sheet. Tables should be submitted, wherever possible, in a portrait, as opposed to landscape and layout. Each Table should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals. Tables should also have a title above and an explanatory footnote below.

Acknowledgements: All sources of funding and support, and substantive contributions of individuals, should be noted in the first footnote to the Article.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

Reference Format

References should usually be given in footnotes unless agreed with the Editors and Publishers that the style of the proposed article is more similar to the news items in the Latest Developments section. In this case, the use of footnotes is discouraged. 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.

Citation examples

JH Baker, An Introduction to English Legal History (3rd edn, 1990) 419–421

SC Manon, ‘Rights of water abstraction in the Common Law’ (1965) 83 LQR 47, 49–51
J Griffiths, ‘Copyright in English Literature: Denying the Public Domain’ [2000] EIPR 150, 151

Contributions to books:
A Ashworth, ‘Belief, Intent and Criminal Liability’ in J Eekelaar and J Bell (eds), Oxford Essays in Jurisprudence (3rd Series, 1987) 1, 6


UK: Bowman v Fussy [1978] RPC 545, HL

ECJ: Case C–427/93 Bristol-Myers Squibb v Paranova [1996] ECR I-3457

EPO: T585/92 Unilever/Deodorant Detergent [1996] OJEPO 129

OHIM: R7/97-3 Orange Personal
Communications Services/Orange [1998] ETMR 343

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.

For further guidance on points of citation style, contributors should consult the Oxford Standard Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

Supplementary Data for the Online Journal

Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the typescript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, can be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online typescript. 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 analysis, extended data sets/data analysis, lists of related materials, or colour versions of additional figures.
All text and figures must be provided in suitable electronic formats on which the journal’s Commissioning Editor or Production Editor can advise. All material to be considered as Supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main typescript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication. Please indicate clearly the material intended as Supplementary data upon submission. Also ensure that the Supplementary data is referred to in the main typescript where necessary.

Permissions Information

If illustrations or figures are to be duplicated from previously published work, written permission must be obtained both from the publisher and the author and a credit line giving the source added to the relevant Figure Legend. If text material (over 250 words) is to be reproduced from published sources, written permission is required from both publisher and author. For shorter quotations, it is usually sufficient to add a bibliographic credit. The letters containing the permission for the reproduction of either text or illustrations must accompany the typescript. If you have been unable to obtain permission, please indicate this.

English Language Editing

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding contributor. Please provide an e-mail address to enable page proofs to be sent as PDF files via e-mail. These should be checked thoroughly for any possible layout or typographic errors. Significant alterations instigated at this stage by the contributor will be charged to the contributor.