European Law Journal

Cover image for Vol. 21 Issue 3

Edited By: Agustín José Menéndez

Impact Factor: 0.9

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 58/140 (Law)

Online ISSN: 1468-0386

Author Guidelines

The European Law Journal welcomes contributions fitting the aims and scope of the journal, and very specifically, manuscripts that reconstruct, analyse and assess European law in its political, social, economic, historical and social context.

The ELJ makes of its specific focus on supranational, transnational and comparative European law a core part of its identity. The ELJ consider articles dealing with the developments in national legal orders only when the said studies have salience for the study of European law as a whole. Manuscripts considering the relation between the European Union and other regional organisations or key regional players (China, India, Japan, Brazil) are very much welcomed.

The ELJ aims at covering all aspects of European law, ranging from theoretical analysis to highly specialized legal-dogmatic issues. In the latter case, the author should make a sustained effort to reconnect the specific legal developments with wider theoretical and policy debates, showing why and how what may look like idiosyncratic developments are relevant and resonate all across European law.

Purely descriptive pieces would only be considered when outstanding and filling a major gap in the literature.

The ELJ does not carry case notes, but is very keen on systematic analysis of the jurisprudence of supranational or national courts in a comparative perspective that contextualizes the judge-made law.

The ELJ does not carry short book reviews, but aims at publishing longer review articles which discuss one or several books and set them within the pragmatic, theoretical and policy debates on European law.

Contributions should be submitted with an abstract of 100-150 words in length. The length of the articles should usually not exceed 9.000 words including both abstract and footnotes. Articles should be submitted in English. In exceptional instances, it may be possible to arrange for translation.

The editors are open to explore in preliminary fashion proposals in other European languages, but the peer review process could only be started once the translation of the manuscript has been provided to the journal by the authors.

The ELJ aims at reaching a decision on manuscripts within 45 days of submission, except during the university holiday periods, when the time span between submission and decision is likely to be slightly longer (Easter, Summer and Christmas recesses).

The ELJ takes pride in its fully blinded review process, which, relying on the capacity of peer reviewers to send their reviews, may result in some delays, especially when manuscripts cover highly specialized topics.

Articles that do not fit within the aims and scope of the journal, or that are regarded as not reaching the formal and substantive quality standards of the journal, are rejected.

Please email any queries to

Preparation and submission of manuscripts

Submissions to the European Law Journal must be made using Scholar One Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central).  Please go to Follow the detailed instructions provided there. Submissions via other routes will not be considered.

If this is the first time you have used the system you will be asked to register by clicking on ‘create an account’. Full instructions on making your submission are provided. You should receive an acknowledgement within a few minutes. Thereafter, the system will keep you informed of the process of your submission through refereeing, any revisions that are required, and a final decision.

The editor is very keen to receive queries by email ( concerning potential contributions, but only submissions via Scholar One Manuscripts can be processed.

All contributions should be submitted in house style.

Whenever possible, alterations should be made to the manuscript and not on the proofs. Every correction to proofs results in resetting of the text, hence delay and increased cost. Revisions to proofs should be limited to essential new material which was not available at the time the contribution was initially submitted.

English rather than American spelling should be used, eg recognise, not recognize; labour, not labor; analyse not analyze.

All full points and commas should be placed inside quotation marks. Semi-colons and colons go outside quotation marks. Footnote numbers should be placed outside quotation marks except when they are part of the exact quoted.

The first letter of the words ‘Member States’, as in Member States of the European Community, should be capitalised, following the practice of the Official Journal of the European Communities.

Quotations should be indicated by single quotation marks. A quotation within a quotation should be indicated by double quotation marks. A quotation that is more than about five lines long should be indicated as a separate paragraph, with a line space above and below and no opening or closing quotation marks. All quotations should remain exactly as in the original.

Latin phrases
Latin phrases and other non-English expressions should always be in italics unless they are so common that they have become wholly absorbed into everyday language: eg etc bona fide, but amicus curiae, pouvoir constituant.

These may be used provided that the name is set out in full, followed by the abbreviation in brackets, at the first usage, eg European Court of Justice (ECJ). The abbreviation can then be used throughout. Latin abbreviations as follows:

et seq
op cit


(No full points or comma)

The following, additional, abbreviations should be used:

Court of Justice of the European Communities: Court of Justice
Court of First Instance in full, never CFI
European Court of Human Rights: Court of Human Rights
International Court of Justice: International Court

All reference should be put in footnotes. A separate bibliography should not be included. References should be numbered sequentially throughout the text and should appear at the bottom of the page. Authors are asked to keep footnotes as short as possible and to make cross-references within the text as sparingly as possible. The name of the author(s) and an abbreviated form of the title should be used for cross-references.

Footnote numbers in text should follow punctuation marks – comma, full point etc. The first letter of footnote will be capital except:
where it is part of Latin abbreviations: ibid. eg ie cf
where it is a cross reference to another footnote, eg ‘n 4 supra’.

Page references
These are set out in full eg 123–124 (not 123–4)
Page numbers should not be preceded by ‘p’ or ‘pp’

A logical system of headings and subheadings, of descending levels of importance, should be used throughout. If headings and subheadings are numbered, the numbering should be consistent. The preferred style is as follows:

I Introduction
II Style Sheet

A Quotations
B Headings

III Citation of Published Works

A Books
B Edited Books
C Articles

IV Conclusion

Authors are asked to avoid the use of further subheadings if at all possible. Headings and subheadings are designed to guide the reader through the paper, so all headings and subheadings which do not add substantially to clarity should be omitted.

Books should be cited as in the following examples, with the titles italicised:

M. Jones, European Law in Context (Blackwell, 1995)
M. Jones and J. Smith, European Law in Context Revisited (Blackwell, 1995)
M. Jones, J. Smith and A. Rowe (eds), European Law in Context: Selected Readings
(Blackwell, 2nd edn, 1995)

Contributions to edited books should be cited as follows:
M. Jones, ‘Social Regulation’, in M. Jones, J. Smith and A. Rowe (eds), European Law in Context: Selected Readings (Blackwell, 1995), at 64 (nb: Include chapter author’s initial and the start page number of the chapter)

Article titles, like the titles of contributions to edited books, should be in single quotation marks and not italicised. The titles of books and journals should be italicised and spelled out in full. (nb: do not use common abbreviations)

For example:
M. Jones, ‘Subsidiarity and Social Regulation in Europe’, (1995) 1 Journal of Social Regulation Studies 63

A reference to a specific page should be as follows:
(1995) 1 Journal of Social Regulation Studies 63, 67

References to Court of Justice or Court of First Instance cases should give the European Court Reports (ECR) citation, except if the case has not yet been published in the ECR, in which case the reference should give the Common Market Law Reports citation if possible. Cases should not be cited to both the ECR and the CMLR.

Cases should be cited in the following way:

(a) for ECR citations:
Case 132/82, Commission v Belgium [1983] ECR 1649
Case 188/89, Foster v British Gas [1990] ECR I-3313

(b) for CMLR citations:
Case 246/89, Commission v United Kingdom [1991] 3 CMLR 706

TEU and Community treaties

TEU eg Article A TEU
EC Treaty eg Article 30 EC
ECSC Treaty eg Article 2 ECSC
EAEC Treaty eg Article 3 Euratom

EC, ECSC or Euratom legislation should be cited as follows:

(a) in the text: written out:
Article 2 of Regulation 11/89
Article 3 of Directive 89/21
Article 4 of Decision 89/31

(b) in footnotes: abbreviation:
Art 2, Reg 21//89
Art 3, Dir 89/21
Art 4, Dec 89/31

References in Articles
There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Copyright Transfer Agreement 

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For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Online production tracking

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscripts 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.