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Instructions to Authors

The London Review of International Law is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to critical, cutting-edge research on international law. In evaluating manuscripts for publication, we consider not only the substantive contribution, but also the quality of the writing. We ask contributors to pay particular attention to the latter before submitting their manuscript.


Manuscripts submitted to the London Review should not normally exceed the following word limits (including footnotes):

Articles: 12,000 words
Review Essays: 10,000 words
Sectionthree: 5,000 words


Please prepare two separate documents:

1. an anonymised manuscript with any information or citations that reveal the identity of the author(s) removed; and

2. a separate cover page stating the title of the submission, the name(s) and email address(es) of the author(s) (and where there is more than one author, the name and email address of the author designated to receive correspondence regarding the submission (the ‘corresponding author’), and the section of the journal for which the submission is intended (articles, review essays, or sectionthree).

Information and citations that reveal the identity of the author(s) may be reinserted in the manuscript after review.


Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 50 words. (This does not apply to review essays and contributions to sectionthree.)


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.


Any acknowledgements should be included on the cover page.


All submissions must be in English. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to provide a translation in an accompanying footnote of any quotations that are in a language other than English.
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.

House style

Submitted manuscripts must be set out according to the London Review house style. Please consult our style sheet.


Please submit your manuscript to


All submissions are subject to double blind peer review. We will normally notify you of acceptance, rejection, or the need for revisions within two months of receipt of the manuscript.


London Review 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 London Review 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)

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 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.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication, you confirm that you are the author (and, if one of multiple authors, the corresponding author). Oxford University Press (‘OUP’) will retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately should your email address change. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

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.


Proofs will be sent by email to the author or, in the case of multiple authors, to the corresponding author. Please check these immediately and return the corrected proofs to the email address provided within one week of receipt.


The author(s) will receive free online access to their article. Printed offprints and single issues of the journal can also be ordered using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


Advance Access articles are published online soon after they have completed the production process, 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.


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. 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 totaling 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 totaling more than 40 lines; an extract comprising one-quarter or more of a complete poem.


Please be aware that the requirements for online submission and for reproduction in the journal are different: (i) for online submission and peer review, please upload your figures separately as low-resolution images (.jpg, .tif, .gif or. eps); (ii) for reproduction in the journal, you will be required after acceptance to supply high-resolution .tif files. Minimum resolutions are 300 d.p.i. for colour or tone images, and 600 d.p.i. for line drawings. We advise that you create your high-resolution images first as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission.

The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material. Wherever possible, photographs should fit within the print area or within a column width.

For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to

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.