Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

eLaw Journal is a general journal of law and legal issues. It publishes refereed articles, discussions of recent cases, legislation, book and electronic resource reviews as well as working papers of research in progress on any topic of law.

eLaw Journal is published in one volume of two issues each year. It is edited by selected students from Murdoch University School of Law as part of their studies. In 2009, they are under the supervision of the Managing Editor, Bruce Bott who is a Senior Lecturer in the Murdoch Law School.

From Volume 16, issue 1 2009, eLaw Journal will be managed and published using Open Journal Systems.

Each issue of eLaw Journal will contain articles in four sections:

Refereed Articles

papers which have passed through a formal process of peer review before publication;

Working Papers: Research in Progress

scholarly papers that describe work in progress, and published here to invite feedback from our readers with an interest in the subject;

Case and Legislation Comment and Current Developments

case notes, case comments as well as comment about legislative developments and any related areas of public policy;

Book and Electronic Resource Reviews

reviews of recently published books and electronic resources.

From Vol. 16, 2009, all material submitted must conform in style and citation to the latest edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation with such variations as we specify in the summary available at: >.

Material submitted that does not conform to our style may be returned to the author.

Contributions to eLaw Journal must be submitted in final form at the journal website:  >.
First, authors must register at the website and follow the steps to upload a submission. Once the process is complete, an author will receive an email confirming receipt.

All enquiries can be directed to the Managing Editor, Bruce Bott, School of Law, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 6150.

Email: B.Bott@murdoch.edu.au 

 

Section Policies

Editorial

This section will contain an introduction to the specific issue of the journal and comment briefly on its content. It will also mention any other significant matters relevant to the journal.

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Refereed Articles

This section contains scholarly papers that have passed through a formal process of double blind peer review before publication. Papers submitted to this section should be from 4,000 to 10,000 words long (excluding footnotes) and must conform to the requirements of our style guide. Concise and well-written submissions which exceed these limits will be considered by the editors. An abstract of between 100 and 150 words must be provided.

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Working Papers: Research in Progress

This section contains scholarly papers that describe work in progress. They are published here to invite feedback from our readers with an interest in the subject. We encourage you to convey your comments and criticisms directly to the authors (who may be students). The views expressed in this section are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the eLaw Journal editors or of Murdoch Law School. While papers in this section have not been subjected to the peer review process, we reserve the right not to publish any item submitted. Papers submitted to this section should be from 4,000 to 10,000 words long (excluding footnotes) and should be correctly referenced and conform to the requirements of our style guide. An abstract of between 100 and 150 words must be provided.

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Case and Legislation Comment and Current Developments

This section contains case notes, case comments as well as comment about legislative developments and any related areas of public policy. Items submitted to this section should be from 1,500 to 3,500 words long (excluding footnotes) and must conform to the requirements of our style guide.

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Book and Electronic Resource Reviews

This section contains reviews of recently published books and electronic resources. Items submitted to this section should be from 800 to 3,500 words long and must conform to the requirements of our style guide.

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Peer Review Process

The peer reviewing or refereeing process aims to verify that an article is worthy and capable of being published in the eLaw Journal.
eLaw solicits contributions from authors both in Australia and overseas. Previous authors have been legal academics, practising lawyers, law students and others.
Acceptance for publication involves a decision by the Managing Editor in consultation with the Editorial Team that a submission is worth publishing in one of the journal's four sections.
For contributions to be published in the Refereed Articles section there is a further requirement that they must have been recommended for publication by at least one referee. The referee is an independent expert in the subject field of the article. This expert is asked to read the article and provide an evaluation that indicates if the article is worthy of being published as a refereed article and suggests any changes (if any) that must be made prior to publication.
Referees are asked to provide a written report, ideally by email, within twenty days.

 

Publication Frequency

A single volume consisting of two issues will be published each calendar year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Copyright and Reprint Policy

 

eLaw Journal is © Murdoch University.  

 

Material appearing in eLaw Journal is accepted on the basis that it is the original work of the author or authors. Copyright in individual works contained in eLaw Journal is owned by the respective author(s), unless otherwise stated.  

 

Individuals accessing eLaw Journal may print a single copy of any work for their own personal, scholarly use, subject to proper attribution of eLaw Journal and respecting the moral rights of the relevant author(s).

 

A request to reprint an article published in eLaw Journal should be sent first to the author or authors of the article. When you have received the necessary permission(s) from the author(s), send your reprint request, together with evidence of the author permission(s), to the Managing Editor, eLaw Journal, B.Bott@murdoch.edu.au .

 

With your request, please provide the full bibliographic details of the article you wish to reprint as well as the full bibliographic details of the publication that will contain the reprint.

 

When you have satisfied our requirements, which include an undertaking to acknowledge the article's place of first publication in eLaw Journal, we will grant permission to reprint without charge.