The European Journal of Legal Studies invites submissions in the field of European, international and comparative law, as well as legal theory, reviewed on a rolling basis, from professors, practitioners, and students. In particular, we welcome articles demonstrating a comparative, contextual and interdisciplinary approach to legal scholarship.  

As the European Journal of Legal Studies is an open-access journal, no publication fees are charged and all articles are freely available for research, download, copy and printing in PDF format.  

The Journal is committed to multilingualism and accepts submissions in any European language. However, authors are requested to submit an abstract (preferably of no more than 150 words) in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. As a condition of publication, authors may be requested that their article undergo further proofreading. The desired article length is 9.000 to 12.000 words.

Articles should be submitted in word format to Submissions.EJLS@EUI.euThe submission deadline for the Spring 2018 Issue is 15 January 2018

If it is not practicable to send an electronic copy, articles may be submitted in hard copy to:

The Editor-in-Chief
European Journal of Legal Studies
c/o EUI, Law Department,
Villa Salviati, Via Bolognese 156,
50139 Florence – Italy.

Review Process

The EJLS has a rigorous and transparent editorial policy to ensure that contributions meet the highest academic standards. The article review procedure is guided by the principles of impartiality and anonymity, with each article being subject to a double blind peer review.

Submissions are first screened by EJLS’ Managing Editors, who then notify the authors within one week from submission as to whether their work has been passed on for peer review, or rejected. If an article is rejected by the Managing Editors, the author will be notified about the grounds of such rejection. 

If the article is passed on for peer-review, it will be assigned to a Review Committee made up of two members of the Editorial Board with specific competence in the subject matter covered by the article under review. The Article Review Committee then has 2 weeks to evaluate the quality of the work and submits a written report to the Editorial Board, recommending either publication without changes, publication subject to suggested changes or the rejection of the contribution.The entire review process, from submission to final decision, should take no longer than one month. 

After peer review, authors are informed of the status of their submissions and, depending on the assessment of the article, are presented with a list of suggestions for improvement or with the reasons for its rejection. A Board member will liaise with the author to secure anonymity and provide any assistance the author may require in finalising the article for publication. The author will be given a specified time-frame by the responsible Managing Editor in which to make changes before final submission, including changes related to citation style. As a general guideline, this should be no more than one month from receipt of the decision. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us at should you have any further questions related to EJLS’ article submission and review policy. 


EJLS Citation Style

All submissions must conform to the Oxford Standard for Citation Of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style. If your paper is accepted by peer review but does not incorporate this style, we will request that you update your style accordingly.

To make the process easier, please refer first to the EJLS OSCOLA summary style sheet here.  

If subsequently required, you can download the OSCOLA 4th edition in PDF here. Additionally, for the citation of international sources, please refer to the International Law Sources Section available here.  

EJLS Copyright Policy and Publication Ethics

Please find specific information on our copyright policy here.

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