General Submission Issues

  • Submissions must be in the form of an e-mail attachment to the editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Authors must provide: full names; institutional affiliations and contact details.
  • Submissions must be in Microsoft Word 2010.

Types of Contribution

  • All contributions should comply with both the IUCN Academy and the eJournal's mission statement as published on the IUCN Academy website.
  • All types of contributions may be submitted by authors and/or commissioned by the Editorial Committee.
  • Articles must be on a topic related to the theme of the issue of the eJournal, as selected by the Editorial Committee. Three or four articles will be published in each edition of the eJournal. Articles shall be a maximum of 8,000 words in length, including references.
  • Country reports shall comprise of a discussion of interesting developments in policy/statute/case law in the author's jurisdiction in the past 12 months. See the Guidelines for Country Reports regarding the purpose, structure and form of these reports. Country reports shall be a maximum of 3,000 words in length.
  • Insights or Opinion pieces allow authors to discuss matters of interest in a less formal format than an article and shall be a maximum of 1,000 words in length.
  • Book reviews shall be a maximum of 1,000 words in length. New books may be submitted to the Editors for review, which review shall be undertaken by an independent person commissioned by the Editors.


  • Articles and Country Reports - All sources must be duly referenced. The citation style to be adopted is the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), available at http://denning.law.ox.ac.uk/published/oscola.shtml. Electronic sources should be used wherever possible.
  • Insights or Opinion Pieces and Book Reviews – All references should be contained in the body of the text (ie. no footnotes).

Format of Text


Subtitle (Bold, Arial Size 12, First Letter in Capitals, Centre)

Author, Normal, Arial Size 12, Centred

Heading 1 (Bold, First Letters in Capitals Arial 11)

Heading 2 (Italics, First Letters in Capitals Arial 11)

Heading 3 (Underlined, First Letters in Capitals Arial 11)

Font: throughout-Arial 11

Line: spacing 1.5

Left and Right Justified

Long quotes- indented, size 10

For example “This is how a long quotation should appear. Although it is acceptable for short quotations to be included in the text using quotation marks alone, longer quotations should always be separated from the main text and contained in a paragraph which is indented and typed in 10 point arial. The purpose of this separation is to help the reader to distinguish quotations from the author’s own words.”

-Name of laws and policies-in italics

  • Bullets – simple black dot indented

Editing Process

  • Initial Screening – All submissions are screened by the Editors to ensure that they are suitable for publication in the eJournal.
  • Peer Review – All substantive articles are subject to a double blind peer review process.
  • Editing Process – All submissions selected for potential publication then go through the following process:
  • Initial Edit - Queries resulting from the editorial process will be addressed to authors electronically using track changes. Any significant changes should be made at this first stage.
  • Final Edit - A final electronic draft will be sent to authors containing the version to be published. Only minor changes should be made at this second stage.
  • Editing Timelines - Our guideline is four weeks turnaround by authors for the first stage of editing and two weeks by authors for the second stage.

Copyright Notice

  • The authors, upon submission, communicate their acceptance of the following conditions:
  • The work, upon publication, becomes the property of the eJournal.
  • Upon publication, the work is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial No Derivative Works 3.0 Unreported License.
  • Permissions for subsequent publication/reprint and/or derivative works must be obtained from the Editors of the eJournal.

Copyright and Permissions

  • The onus is on the authors to ensure that all relevant permissions have been obtained in respect of materials contained in their contribution to the eJournal.
  • Authors indemnify the Editors and the Editorial Committee of the eJournal in respect of any claims arising from infringement of copyright.
  • Given the electronic format of the eJournal, the Editors and Editorial Committee cannot be held liable for the distribution and/or re-use of the content of the material/articles appearing in the journal.


  • Authors must avoid making defamatory/injurious statements in their submissions that could result in libel claims and indemnify the Editors, Editorial Committee and publishers in respect of any defamation claims.
  • The Editors may elect not to publish or may request the author(s) to exclude material which, in the Editors' opinion, is of a defamatory nature.

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