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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 1.5 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 Guidelines for Submissions, which can be found below. 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. Amicus Curiae is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their contributions.

The journal publishes articles on a wide variety of topics including those which help to promote better understanding of the theory and practice of the rule of law, access to justice (including ADR and ODR), good governance, sustainable development and inclusion, diversity and social equality. It considers the legal dimensions of issues in both domestic and foreign law and also encourages contributions on international law and comparative legal studies.

When writing for Amicus Curiae, authors should consult and follow the Guidelines offered at: Amicus Curiae Style Guide. Amicus Curiae expects initial submissions to be in correct AC style (especially, using author-date citations). The Editor reserves the right to return incorrectly formatted submissions to the authors for compliance prior to review/acceptance. 

The types of submission accepted for publication are as follows:


These should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words long, including footnotes and References, Cases and Statutes cited. They will be externally reviewed. Longer submissions will also be considered. Double blind external review may be requested by the author(s). For Articles, contributors are asked to follow the Harvard author-date in text citation system as adapted by Amicus Curiae for use in legal studies. Proposals for Special Issues should be submitted to the Academic Editor at

Others (Notes, Visual Law, Case Notes, Book Reviews and Obituaries)

Footnotes and references are not necessarily required for Notes, Visual Law, Case Notes, Book Reviews and Obituaries, but authors should follow the Articles style if they wish to include footnotes and references.

Notes: These should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.

Visual Law: These should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Visual law aims to provide legal analyses of media (including films, videos, photography, paintings, drawings, and so on).

Case Notes: These should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.

Book Reviews: These should be no longer than 2000 words.

Obituaries: These should be no longer than 2000 words. 

In any submission, it would be helpful it the author(s) could indicate the total number of words in the text, footnotes and References, Legislation and Cases cited. 

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. Note: all links/URLs are correct at time of publication, but cannot be guaranteed after that date.


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 ( 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.

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