Journal of Law and Society

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Edited By: Philip A. Thomas

Impact Factor: 0.686

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 81/149 (Law); 90/142 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1467-6478

Author Guidelines

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to the Editor:

Journal of Law and Society

Cardiff Law School
The Law Building
Museum Avenue
CF10 1AX
Wales, UK

Electronic contributions are welcome, as Word document files. Please do not submit articles in pdf format. Please anonymise your file as all papers are read, both internally and externally, in an anonymised format.

Submission to the Journal of Law and Society is taken as a continuing representation that the article is not under consideration by any other journal. The Editorial Board will not consider for publication articles which are at the time of submission, under consideration elsewhere. Papers in excess of 12,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, will not be considered for publication, nor will papers already under consideration elsewhere.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Exclusive Licence Form
Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details). To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here.  

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication (i.e. Open Access), or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, please go to our OnlineOpen page. Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Authors of OnlineOpen articles are required to sign an Open Access Agreement, instead of the Exclusive Licence Form. Authors can choose from the following three agreements:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA (required for research funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK)

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

Signature of the appropriate licence is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Authors are also required to complete the OnlineOpen Form before publication.