You must read these Guidelines before lodging your submission using the Call for Papers Application Form below.


The Journal of the Australasian Law Academics Association (JALAA) (ISSN is 2652-6573) is an electronic, double-blind peer reviewed journal. JALAA aims to publish a broad range of research that reflects the varied interests of ALAA members. We are particularly interested in publishing work authored or co-authored by new and emerging researchers. JALAA is normally published annually, subsequent to the Association's annual conference. However, due to the cancellation of the 2020 conference, JALAA will publish a combined 2020-21 edition in the second half of 2021. We will give preference to presentations made by ALAA members at ALAA-supported events, including the 2020 Professional Legal Education Conference on 1-3 October 2020 (co-hosted by Bond University’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and ALAA).    


JALAA publishes articles of between 2,500-5,000 words in length (excluding reference footnotes). For the 2020-21 combined edition, the Editors will strictly apply the upper word limit to maximise the number of published articles. There is no prescribed number of articles for each issue of JALAA.

Submissions must be in double spaced 12-point Times Roman font. An Abstract of approximately 100 words must also be submitted.

All submissions for JALAA should be made using the Call for Papers Application Form below.

Questions can be emailed to admin@alaa.asn.au  


All submissions to JALAA are subject to double blind peer review by appropriate specialists in the field. JALAA satisfies the requirements to be regarded as being a peer reviewed scholarly journal.

Planned 2020 Publication Timeline

We will aim to adhere to the following timeline for the 2020-21 edition:

From July 2020

Submission of articles and abstracts via the application form – no later than 2 August 2021.

Early September 2021

Referees review articles. ALL articles go through a double-blind refereeing process, and are also reviewed independently by the Editors.

Mid October

Articles sent back to authors for revision.

Early November

Papers due back two weeks after they are sent to authors.

Papers reviewed by the Editors.

Papers sent to Proofreaders for review.

Mid November

Proofreaders return papers to authors to approve changes or make any required amendment. Speedy turnaround is expected.

Early December

Papers typeset.

​End December 2021

Papers published on the ALAA website, both individually and in a consolidated edition.

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 4th Edition

You must use the https://www.mulr.com.au/aglc/AGLC4-June-2020-v2.pdf when formatting and referencing your paper.

Image, Chart and Figure Guide

Please follow this guide when making these additions to your paper.

Images, Charts, Figures

  • The better the resolution, the better the result. Images, charts and figures should be submitted separately as:

  • .eps or similar files

  • At high resolution (300dpi) in commonly used formats such as .pdf, .jpeg or .tif

  • In the final version for typesetting, authors can simply place a note such as 'Insert figure 2 here'


Can be inserted into word documents as normal


If authors have used Endnote or similar referencing software, the field codes should not be live. For Endnote, use the 'Remove Field Codes' command.

Copyright Licence Agreement

Copyright in articles published in JALAA remains with the author. When lodging the Call for Papers Application Form, the author will be asked to agree to this Copyright Licence Agreement.

This Agreement

This Copyright Licence Agreement sets out the terms under which you, the author (or joint author), agree to permit the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA), the publisher of the JALAA, to publish your manuscript and to permit third parties to do so.

Your Copyright

You retain copyright in your manuscript. You grant ALAA a licence to publish your manuscript and to permit third parties to do so on the terms stated below.


You warrant that:

  1. The manuscript is an original work created solely by you and that no part of the manuscript violates any copyright;

  2. If you refer to material not created solely by you, such material is properly attributed to its respective authors;

  3. No part of the manuscript has already been published elsewhere;

  4. No part of the manuscript has been submitted for publication elsewhere, or will be submitted for publication elsewhere, until the Editors confirm in writing that ALAA does not intend to publish the manuscript;

  5. You have obtained approval from an Ethics Committee, where necessary;

  6. The manuscript is not defamatory; and

  7. The manuscript does not infringe any other rights of a third party.

You agree to indemnify ALAA and JALAA’s Editors for any loss or damage arising from the breach of any of these warranties or for any other liability which may arise in connection with the publication of your manuscript.


Publication in JALAA is primarily in electronic form (on the Internet and in downloadable PDF format). However, ALAA may publish your manuscript in print or other format. You license ALAA (without charge) to publish your manuscript in any format and allow third parties to do so on such terms as the Editors think fit.

Subsequent Publication of the Manuscript  

Although copyright in the manuscript remains with the author, you undertake to obtain the Editors' permission in advance of publishing the manuscript elsewhere. Permission for subsequent publication of the manuscript by you is usually granted, subject to identification of prior publication in JALAA including full citation information.

You are free to make copies of the published version of your manuscript as long as you distribute such copies at or below cost.  

Review of Your Manuscript

You agree that the Editors' decision on whether to publish your manuscript in JALAA shall be final. Your manuscript will be double blind peer reviewed and publication on JALAA will only take place after a positive peer review, subject to the final discretion of the Editors.

The Editors will edit your manuscript to correct any spelling or syntax error, to put footnotes into house style and, on occasions, to enhance expressions or to clarify meaning. You authorise the Editors to make such changes without seeking your prior approval. The Editors will usually consult you before making any major changes.

Governing Law

The law of the Commonwealth of Australia applies to this Copyright Licence Agreement.  

JALAA Contact Information

JALAA Editors: Jonathan Barrett (Editor-in-Chief), Sean Goltz, Jackie Mapulanga

JALAA Co-ordinator: Leylani Taylor

Email enquiries: admin@alaa.asn.au