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The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies welcomes contributions
to any of its three sections:
- Submission Policy All submissions to
the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies should be
original and not under simultaneous consideration by
- 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.
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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.
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for any liability whatsoever incurred as a result of publishing
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- Electronic Posting/ Uploading The journal
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Authors may, upon notifying the Singapore Journal of
Legal Studies, upload abstracts of their accepted works
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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.
- Form of Submission Submissions should be word-processed and double-spaced in Microsoft Word format.
Manuscripts must be submitted by using the
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- 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
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- 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.
- Contact Details Contributors should include
with their submission a delivery address, and an e-mail
address through which they can be contacted.
- 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.
- Book Reviews Books reviewed will become
the property of the reviewer on publication of the review.
- 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.
- 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:
MEDIATION CLAUSES AT THE
- 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:
UNDUE INFLUENCE: WHEN AND HOW IT MATTERS
TO BANKS AND SOLICITORS
Royal Bank of Scotland plc v Etridge (No. 2)
- 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,
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.
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,
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
- 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
- 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
- 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"
- 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
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)