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Instructions for Contributors

Asian Journal of Law and Society


The Asian Journal of Law and Society welcomes the submission of research articles from scholars and practitioners on socio-legal questions in an Asian context. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged which address law and society issues across Asia. In this respect, the geographical focus of the Journal stretches from East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia to Central Asia.

The Asian Journal of Law and Society will consider the submission of articles varying in length from 5,000 to 7,500 words (short articles – including footnotes) up to 10,000 to 25,000 words (long articles – including footnotes). Review essays up to 10,000 words are also welcome as well as book reviews between 1,000 and 1,500 words.

The Asian Journal of Law and Society adopts a single submission policy.

All articles are double-blind peer-reviewed.

Please visit for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Authors should submit their anonymized manuscript using the ScholarOne system ( Please add on a separate page before the title page of the same document the full contact details of the author, a bibliographical note of the author containing affiliation details and acknowledgements, an abstract of 100-150 words and five to six keywords. A references list should be included at the end of the article. Please submit in a single Word (.doc) document (Times New Roman) – 1.5 spacing for text (12 pt), footnotes (sequential numbering – 10 pt) and references (12 pt).

All submissions should respect the style sheet of the Asian Journal of Law and Society.


Articles should be written clearly in English and to a publishable standard. Authors for whom English is not their first language are encouraged to have their articles proof-read by a professional proof-reader or a native English speaker with publishing experience.


Headings: All words in the subheadings are capitalized. No more than four levels of headings should be used (excluding introduction and concluding remarks whose additional level of heading follows the First-Level Heading except for the number):

I. First-Level Heading and Preceded by Capitalized Roman Numerals – Centred

A. Second-Level Heading Italicized and Preceded by Capital Letters – Centred

1. Third-Level Heading Italicized and Preceded by Arabic Numerals – Flush Left

a) Fourth-Level Heading Italicized and Preceded by Lower-Case Letters – Flush Left

Paragraphs: A line space should follow first and second level headings before the start of the text. The first paragraph of each new section should be flush left. Subsequent paragraphs should be left-indented by 0.25" or 0.5 cm.

Spelling: Use British English and Anglicize American English (except for references and quotations).

Numbers and Dates: Spell out up to ten – from 11, use figures. Page references: pp. 345-6 but pp. 456-78 (i.e. do not repeat the last number that is identical, except in the thousands, e.g. 1390-94). Use figures for when followed by "%" and other forms of measurement. For dates, e.g. 1990s, 22 March 2013, etc.

Quotation Marks: Concepts, terms, and short phrases (less than or equal to 40 words) should use double quotation marks. Use single quotation marks within a quotation. Punctuation should be inside the quotation marks, with the exception when a single quotation mark is followed by a double quotation mark, then the punctuation goes in between. Indent quotations of more than 40 words (without double quotation marks) within a separate paragraph using the following style: 10 pt, left-indented and right-indented by 0.25" or 0.5 cm.

Punctuation: For enumerations, please precede the final item with a comma and the serial comma.

Foreign Words: Italicize uncommon foreign words or phrases.

Abbreviations: Use a full stop after abbreviations, for example, e.g., except for familiar abbreviations such as ASEAN, EU, IMF, UN, US, WTO, etc.

Capitalization: Capitalize place names, (geographical parts of) regions, organizations, government agencies, heads of states, important historical events, popular movements, titles of legislation, e.g. New Delhi, Northeast Asia, Political Bureau, President Obama, Second World War, May Fourth movement, etc.

Lists: Lists should be in 12 point Times New Roman, left-indented by 0.25" or 0.5 cm. For numbered lists the format should be as follows:

1. Point 1

2. Point 2

And for bulleted lists:

 Point 1

 Point 2

Tables and Figures

Tables, figures, and other charts should be numbered sequentially and with Arabic numbers and should be included after the references list. It is the author’s responsibility to seek permission to reproduce any materials subject to copyright.

Charges apply for all colour figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in colour in the online version only, or whether they should appear in colour online and in the print version. There is no charge for including colour figures in the online version of the Journal but it must be clear that colour is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Footnotes and References

Citations should follow the format below and take the form of a brief footnote and more detailed citation in the references list at the end of the article. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all citations are correct.




Dezalay & Garth (2010), p. xx.

Dezalay, Yves, & Bryant G. Garth (2010) Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers in the Shadow of Empire, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Book chapter

Burgess (2006), p. xx.

Burgess, Patrick (2006) “A New Approach to Restorative Justice: East Timor’s Community Reconciliation Processes,” in N. Roht-Arriaza & J. Mariezcurrena, eds., Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus Justice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 176-205.

Journal article

Gillespie (2011), p. xx.

Gillespie, John (2011) “Exploring the Limits of the Judicialization of Urban Land Disputes in Vietnam.” 45 Law & Society Rev. 241-76.

Newspaper article

Li (2005).

Li, Jing (2005) “World Bio Safety Standard Adopted,” China Daily, 20 May.

Thesis or


Rashid (1987), p. xx.

Rashid, Abdur (1987) “The Islamization of Laws in Pakistan with Special Reference to the Status of Women.” PhD diss., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Conference paper

Bhargava (2012)

Bhargava, Rajeev (2012) “How Should We Handle Religious Diversity: The Indian Way” Presented at

The Governance of Religious Diversity in China, India, and Canada: An International Symposium, University of Victoria, 22-24 November 2012.

Website (2013) (2013) “Poverty Reduction Strategies,” (accessed 7 February 2013).


- Separate multiple references in the footnote section with semi-colons.

- Insert (a, b, etc.) after the year of publication when an author has published different works in that same year – e.g.: Dezalay (2010a); Dezalay (2010b), etc.

- For repeated citations, use "Author, supra note x, p. xx." for subsequent citations and "ibid., p. xx." for repetition in the immediate preceding footnote. Capitalize "Ibid., p. xx." when appearing as the first word in the footnote.

- Leave archival references in the footnote section.

Last updated 18th January 2016

Tips for first-time authors

The Asian Journal of Law and Society encourages junior scholars to submit their work to the journal and has put these tips together to give advice on the mechanics of getting an article published.

Before submitting your article:

Is the Asian Journal of Law and Society the most appropriate journal for your work?

When choosing where to publish your article it is important to check whether the content of your article fits with the scope of the journal. Most journals publish their scope in the first pages of the journal or on its webpages. The Asian Journal of Law and Society publishes articles on law and its relationship with society in Asia, articles bringing an Asian perspective to socio-legal issues of global concern, and articles using Asia as a starting point for a comparative exploration of law and society topics. Its coverage of Asia is broad and stretches from East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia to Central Asia. Asian Journal of Law and Society is a journal that considers legal matters from a law and society perspective so it is important that your article does this rather than taking a purely doctrinal approach. The ‘Asia’ in the title should be taken to mean your article should have an Asian angle to it, be that the consideration of a law and society issue in an Asian country, the region or a comparison between Asia and other geographical regions.

Have you read articles previously published in the journal?

This will help you to determine if your article is appropriate to the journal as well as assisting you in following the journal’s style.

Intellectual content

This document has not been put together to give advice on the intellectual content of an article but do keep in mind that the journal is looking for articles that provide detailed analysis of a legal issue and will not publish articles that simply present a narrative on a topic or lists the relevant legislation and jurisprudence in a particular country. Make use of appropriate headings to give your piece structure and ensure your argument flows logically.

Have you asked colleagues for feedback on your article before submission?

They may pick up on the kind of things that might give cause for an immediate reject or help you to ensure the article is in its best possible shape before submission. If you know anyone on the editorial board of the journal they may provide particularly helpful advice.

Have you adhered to the journal word limit?

The Asian Journal of Law and Society has the following word limits: 5,000 to 7,500 words (short articles – including footnotes) , 10,000 to 25,000 words (long articles – including footnotes). Review essays up to 10,000 words are also welcome. Longer articles are likely to be immediately rejected or you will be invited to cut material before your article will be fully considered for the journal.

Is your article written in clear English?

The Asian Journal of Law and Society only accepts articles written in English and this is the case with many journals seeking to attract a global audience. If you are not a native English-speaker

you should consider using a professional editor or translator or asking a native to proof-read your article before submission. We list here a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and/or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate.

When checking your article think carefully about grammar.

Would you find it useful to attend a writing workshop?

Make good use of the increasing number of sessions on offer at conferences and meetings on how to get published and how to write for journals.

Have you followed the journal’s style?

Although not all articles are written with a particular journal in mind, a clearly written article conforming with the journal’s style guide will give a good first impression. Consult the journal’s ‘Instructions for contributors’ ( which outlines the journal’s style in detail including citation and reference format.

Is your article complete?

Your article should only be submitted when totally complete, there will not be the opportunity to add details and references later. Please be careful to check all citations and references and ensure they are presented in the journal’s style. Should your article be accepted the proofing stage is really just a chance to correct typos and you will not be given the chance to change your article substantially or add further text.

Have you followed the journal’s procedures for submission?

All potential Asian Journal of Law and Society articles must be submitted through its online submission system ScholarOne: Please follow the instructions on the submission system carefully.

Is this the only journal you have submitted to?

Unless expressly stated by a journal you should assume that a journal does not allow simultaneous submission and you should not submit to a second journal until your first journal has made its decision. The Asian Journal of Law and Society does not allow simultaneous submission.

After submitting your article:

Reacting to desk rejection

Some articles are rejected immediately without being sent out to peer reviewers. The most usual reasons for this are inappropriate topics for the journal and poor English. Should this happen to you think carefully about whether changes are needed before submitting to another journal and once more choose your journal carefully.

It is important to treat peer feedback constructively

All articles progressing to peer-review will be double blind peer-reviewed; that is the anonymised article will be read by at least two reviewers who will remain anonymous to the author. Treat comments given to you by these reviewers with respect and react to them constructively. After all, these reviewers are trying to help you write the best article you can write.

It is in your interest to treat revision instructions carefully

Some articles may be accepted without revision but it is more likely that it will be accepted subject to some revisions or that you will be asked to revise and resubmit. In both cases respond to such direction promptly and be careful to respond to every revision you have been asked to make. If you have chosen not to follow a reviewer’s suggestion make sure you explain why you have made that choice clearly and persuasively. If you ignore these revision instructions your article could well be eventually rejected.

If you are unsuccessful try again

In the case that your article is rejected please take on board any feedback given and try again. It is important to remember that many articles are being submitted to journals such as the Asian Journal of Law and Society and they have a high threshold for publication. Think carefully about the reasons for rejection. It might be wholly appropriate to submit your article to your next choice journal at this point. Don’t be put off submitting another piece to the Asian Journal of Law and Society in the future. It may be that you have one article that was not quite appropriate for this publication where another one might be just what it is looking for. Do also consider alternative types of submission such as writing a book review which can be a good way to show you are eager to write as well as increasing your profile.

After your article has been accepted:

Expect your accepted article to be edited

Should your article be accepted by the Asian Journal of Law and Society, it will be edited a first time by the journal editorial team and a second time by its publisher Cambridge Journals. Please expect your article to be amended. Substantial amendments will be shared with the authors. Remember all amendments are in the interest of bringing out the best in the article.

Check proofs and respond to queries promptly

After editing your article will be typeset. You will receive a set of typeset proofs and queries and you should check and respond to these quickly. It is in your interest for the article to publish promptly. As mentioned above, proofing is for correcting serious errors not for changing your text or adding additional material.

Complete any copyright documentation with care

All authors of the Asian Journal of Law and Society will be asked to transfer copyright to the journal. Please complete the form you will be given carefully. This is also a chance to ensure you have applied for any necessary permission for quotations from third sources; it is the author’s responsibility to seek permission to re-use such material not the journal.

Re-use and depositing your article

Note that the copyright form will also give you clear advice on how you can and cannot re-use your own article including posting on personal webpages, institutional repositories and SSRN. There is an obligation on many authors to deposit their article in a repository. It is the Asian Journal of Law and Society’s policy that the ‘Accepted Article’ (non-typeset version) can be posted on an institutional repository immediately after acceptance.

Asian Journal of Law and Society, November 2014