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Author Guidelines

Amicus Curiae welcomes contributions, which should be accompanied by the name and contact details of the author.

The journal publishes articles on a wide variety of topics including human rights, commercial law, white collar crime, law reform generally, and topical legal issues both inside and outside the UK.

The journal can accommodate short pieces of approximately 700-1,200 words and longer articles of 4,000 words or so (the upper limit can be extended where appropriate). Articles should be written in an informal style and without footnotes. Anyone interested in submitting a piece should email Julian Harris, Deputy General Editor (julian.harris@sas.ac.uk)

When writing for Amicus Curiae, authors are asked to observe the following requirements:

Footnotes

The publication does not allow for any footnotes and all citations and additional material (e.g. bibliographic information etc.) should be incorporated into the body of the text.

Word Counts

Amicus Curiae contains 3 sections with the following word counts:

  • Articles: 2,000 - 3,000 words

  • Law by Law: 850 - 1,800 words

  • Letters from ...: 950 - 2,000 words

Your Details

Provide details of your name and title for the purposes of attribution of your contribution. Also provide details of the name of your firm/organisation as appropriate.

Additional details (e.g. of experience relevant to a contribution, forthcoming publications etc.) may be provided and may be included, space permitting, at the discretion of the editor.

A recent head and shoulders photograph (black and white or colour) of each author should be submitted with copy. Please print your name on the reverse of the photo.

Citing Cases/Other References

Ensure that at least one full citation is given for each case cited; if a case is as yet unreported, please ensure that this is stated. Give full details are given of any other referenced material. Acronyms The first instance of any acronym should be followed by a full explanation of the term, statute, organisation etc. to which it refers.

Additional Materials

Feel free to include diagrams, flowcharts, graphics, photographs etc. where this would be helpful to an understanding of the text. These can be supplied as PC compatible files or as hard copy. Details should be given of any third party with any copyright interest in such material.

Internet links

If additional or complementary information is available on a Website, please provide details of the relevant active URL or web link.

Shelf-life

Give a broad indication of the 'shelf-life' of any article provided, where the article is in any way time-sensitive.

SAS-Space E-repository and SAS Open Journals System

The School of Advanced Study has an e-repository on the Internet called SAS-SPACE (http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/). It is intended that the service include materials written by Institute staff and associated scholars and that materials will be made freely available to others for scholarly and archival purposes.

The Institute includes the articles published in Amicus Curiae in the e-repository and the associated SAS Open Journals System. The materials are made freely available for use on a non-commercial basis (under a Creative Commons licence allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to your entry in SAS Open Journals System or SAS-SPACE, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially).

For further information, please contact one of the publications team.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. Authors are particularly requested to insert references in the text, and not to use footnotes.
 

Copyright Notice

Those who contribute items to Amicus Curiae retain author copyright in their work but are asked to grant two licences. One is a licence to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study of the University of London, enabling us to reproduce the item in digital form, so that it can be made available for access online in the open journal system and repository and website. The terms of the licence which you are asked to grant to the University for this purpose are as follows:

'I grant to the University of London the irrevocable, non-exclusive royalty-free right to reproduce, distribute, display, and perform this work in any format including electronic formats throughout the world for educational, research, and scientific non-profit uses during the full term of copyright including renewals and extensions'

The other licence is for the benefit of those who wish to make use of items published online in Amicus Curiae and stored in the e-repository. For this purpose we use a Creative Commons licence (http://www.creativecommons.org.uk/) allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to your entry in Amicus Curiae and/or SAS-SPACE, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.

 

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