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Author Guidelines

Citation Style
From issue 1, 2009, all material submitted must conform to the latest edition of Australian Guide to Legal Citation with such variations as we specify in the summary available from the link following: <>.

For an online copy of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation , see:

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

Layout and Formatting Style
Our layout and formatting requirements for submissions is demonstrated by two documents: a template and a sample submission. They may be downloaded from here:

Sample - <>

Template - <>



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format and its referencing uses footnotes in conformity with the latest edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

    For a summary showing the main features of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation and our variations to it see:

    For an online copy of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation , see:<>.

  3. All URL addresses in the text (for example, are activated and ready to click.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses 12-point, Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  6. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, for example, Refereed Articles, has had the author(s) name(s) removed. If an author cites their own previous work, 'author' and year are used in the footnotes and bibliography, instead of the author's name, paper title, etc. The authors name has also been removed from the document's properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

  7. I grant to Murdoch University a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to:  

    a)     publish the submitted work (‘work') in eLaw Journal (note that this may include communicating the work online or via electronic transmission);

    b)     reproduce the work in any subsequent Murdoch University publications, including reissues of eLaw Journal (note that this may include communicating the work online or via electronic transmission);

    c)      allow readers to each make one copy of the work for their own personal, scholarly use;

    d)     allow third parties to create an abstract of the work;

    e)     allow third parties in the business of indexing and/or distributing journal articles (for example, third parties who maintain online databases of journal articles) to reproduce or communicate the work in any form (whether written or electronic); and

    f)        reproduce the work for the purpose of inclusion in teaching materials used at Murdoch University.


    I agree that Murdoch University has the exclusive right of first publication of the work in eLaw Journal.  Any subsequent licence I grant to another party to publish the work must contain an obligation of the publisher to give appropriate credit to eLaw Journal and Murdoch University.

  8. I warrant that:


    a)     I am not party to an agreement or understanding and have not engaged in any activity, and will not enter into any agreement or understanding or engage in any activity that would be inconsistent with the licence noted above.


    b)     subject to paragraph (c) below, I am the author of the work.


    c)      to the extent that the work contains copyright material or other intellectual property of a third party, that this is noted within my work and I have obtained appropriate permissions from that third party.


    d)     the content of my work is not defamatory and does not contain personal information about another person.

  9. With my submission of a paper to the ‘Refereed Articles' or 'Working Papers' sections, I have included an abstract of not more than 150 words.


Copyright Notice

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, .


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.  





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