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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which can be found in About the Journal. Authors are particularly requested to insert references in the text, and not to use footnotes.

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:


The publication does not allow for any footnotes, thus 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 - 4,000 words

  • Law by Law: 850 - 1,800 words

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

Your Details

Please 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

Please 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. Please give full details of any other referenced material. 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

Please 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.


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

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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. This allows 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 the SAS-Space Manager (matt.phillpott@sas.ac.uk).

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