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Conditions to Publication

The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies welcomes contributions to any of its three sections:
  1. Submission Policy All submissions to the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies should be original and not under simultaneous consideration by another publication.

  2. Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice The journal is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and to take all possible measures against any publication malpractices. Authors submitting their works to the journal for publication as original articles, notes or reviews attest that the submitted works represent their contributions and have not been copied or plagiarised in whole or in part from other works. The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it.

  3. Indemnity for Liability Contributions are accepted for publication on the condition that they do not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third parties and that the work does not contain any obscene, offensive, defamatory, or racially prejudiced material and will not expose the publisher to any civil or criminal proceedings. Contributors agree to indemnify the editors and publisher for any liability whatsoever incurred as a result of publishing their contribution(s).

  4. Copyright Policy As a condition of publication, contributors grant the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, as agents of the National University of Singapore, an irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable, world-wide, exclusive, royalty-free right and licence to reproduce, publish and distribute their submission(s) in all media, whether currently existing or hereafter developed, including but not limited to print and any electronic services. The exclusive licence is granted for the duration of the subsistence of the copyright, including any extensions and/or renewals.

  5. Electronic Posting/ Uploading The journal is not an open-access but a subscription-based publication. Authors may, upon notifying the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, upload abstracts of their accepted works on SSRN/LSN prior to publication. Full texts of accepted works shall not at all times be uploaded onto any network or content provider without the prior consent of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies.

  6. Choice of Law and Jurisdiction These conditions which contributors agree to are governed by the laws of Singapore, and each contributor submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Singapore.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Form of Submission Submissions should be word-processed and double-spaced in Microsoft Word format. Manuscripts must be submitted by using the online submission form and be accompanied with the required information in the form.   

  2. Graphics The use of graphics, tables and charts should be kept to a minimum. Where the contribution contains such graphics, tables, charts or other significant formatting, one hardcopy, double-spaced and printed single-sided on A4 paper, should accompany the electronic submission. The hardcopy should be addressed to the appropriate editor and sent to:

    The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies
    Faculty of Law
    National University of Singapore
    Eu Tong Sen Building
    469G Bukit Timah Road
    Singapore 259776

  3. Maximum Length Contributions should generally be between 10,000-15,000 words (including footnotes and appendices). Submissions exceeding the word limit may be considered on their merits. Case and legislation comments should generally be around 5,000 words. Book reviews should generally be no more than 2000 words.

  4. Contact Details Contributors should include with their submission a delivery address, and an e-mail address through which they can be contacted.

  5. Complimentary Copies Contributors of articles and case and legislation comments will receive a digital copy of their article or comment and a copy of the issue in which their article or comment is published. Contributors of book reviews will receive a digital copy of the book reviews section of the issue in which their review is published.

  6. Book Reviews Books reviewed will become the property of the reviewer on publication of the review.
  7. Proposals for a Special Feature or Symposium The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies invites proposals for a symposium or special feature on a theme related to Singapore and/or the common law to be published in a future issue of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. Such symposia may be composed of between 4 to 7 articles, not including an introduction by a guest editor(s) who will convene the symposium. Strong proposals for symposia with fewer or more articles will also be considered. Symposium topics should fit well within the journalís focus areas. Articles submitted as part of a symposium will be subject to the normal peer review process. Submissions should be addressed to email:

    A symposium proposal should include the following:
    • A statement of a maximum of 1,500 words describing the subject-matter and the proposed contribution of the symposium to the relevant field of scholarship.
    • A draft table of contents identifying proposed contributors.
    • Abstracts for each of the expected papers indicating each paperís contribution to the theme of the symposium.
    • A brief biodata for each of the proposed editors of the symposium.
    • The proposed date for submission.

Style Guidelines

  • Titles Contributions should have a title which is both concise and descriptive
  • Titles to articles should be centred. Type in capitals and emphasise in bold. For example:

  • Titles to case and legislation comments should be centred and followed separately by the full name of the case or legislation if it is not already a part of the title. The title should be typed in capitals and emphasised in bold. In the case of a case comment, if the case name does not form a part of the title, it should be italicised and appropriately footnoted. For example:


    Royal Bank of Scotland plc v Etridge (No. 2) 20011

  • In the case of a legislation comment, if the title of the legislation does not form part of the title, it should be provided in full and appropriately footnoted. For example:
  • The Land Titles (Amendment) Act 20011

  • Abstracts In the case of articles, an abstract of not more than 150 words should be provided.

  • Name and Autobiographical Notes Contributors should supply their full name in whatever convention they prefer. Always highlight the family/last name in bold, eg John Smith or Tan Ah Chew. Contributors' name(s) should appear below the title in the main text. Autobiographical details should appear as a footnote to this and include the contributor's institutional affiliation and current title. Acknowledgements (if any) may also be included.

  • Headings The levels of headings should not exceed four.
  • First level headings should be centred. Type in capitals/small capitals. Precede by capitalised roman numerals, eg I, II, etc.

    I. First Level Heading in Capitals/Small Capitals

  • Second level headings should be centred. Type with initial capitals for main words only and italicise. Precede by capitalised alphabets, eg A, B, etc.

    A. Second Level Heading in Italics

  • Third level headings should be left-aligned. Type with initial capitals for the first word and proper names only and italicise. Precede by arabic numbering, eg 1, 2, etc.

    1. Third level Heading in Italics

  • Fourth level headings should be left-aligned. Type with initial capitals for the first word and proper names only and italicise. Precede by alphabets in parentheses, eg (a), (b), etc. End with a colon and run into text.

    (a) Fourth level heading in italics: [Run into text]

  • Quotations Quotations should be clearly indicated and it is vital that they are accurate.
  • Where letters or words are replaced or inserted within a quotation, the replacement or inserted letters or words should be indicated in brackets "[ ]".
  • Where words, phrases or sentences are omitted within a quotation, the omission should be indicated by ellipses 'Ö'. No indication of punctuation before or after the ellipse is necessary.
  • Where the quotation will run to more than forty words it should be typed as a separate paragraph and left-indented.
  • Double quotation marks should be inserted at the beginning and end of every quotation, but not when the entire quotation is indented or at the beginning of every new paragraph within a quotation.
  • Single quotation marks should be used at the beginning and end of quotations within quotations.

  • Use of Capital Letters Where reference is made to a specific office, organisation or body then capital letters should be used. Where the reference is general or non-specific then the lower case letter should be used.

  • Abbreviations and Contractions For example, "Company" is abbreviated to "Co", "exempli gratia" is abbreviated to "eg" and "Limited" is contracted to "Ltd".

  • Foreign words Foreign words not currently absorbed into the English language should be italicised, eg "inter alia", "bona fide" etc.

  • References and Citations Citations should conform as closely as possible to the McGill Law Journal, Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2014). The publishers are unable to check the accuracy of references and citations and it is the contributor's responsibility to ensure that all references and citations are correct.

  • Book Reviews Reviewers should include all relevant information relating to the book reviewed. It should include the title of the book reviewed in italics, followed by the name(s) of the author(s)/editor(s) in capitals/small capitals. This should be followed by the following publication information in brackets "[ ]": place of publication, name of publisher, year of publication, total number of pages inclusive of the index (separate sub-totals for the tables and main text should be provided where they are separately numbered), the type of binding (softcover/hardcover) and the price of the book. For example:

    McPherson's Law of Company Liquidation by Andrew R. Keay [London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2001. cxxii + 924 pp. Hardcover: £106]

    Footnotes are to be avoided in reviews and any relevant citations or references to specific passages in the book reviewed are to be included in the body of the review itself. Publication details of books referred to in the body of the review need not be set out in full. It suffices to refer to the year of publication and, where appropriate, the edition of the book in parentheses "( )". For example:

    Legal Philosophies (2nd ed, 1997)