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


Founded in 2008, the Journal of the Australasian Law Academics Association (JALAA) (ISSN 2652-6573) is an electronic, double-blind peer reviewed journal. JALAA is committed to ethical publication principles, and open access to excellence in legal academic research.

The Australian Business Deans Council categorises JALAA as a B rank journal. JALAA aims to publish a broad range of articles that reflects the varied research interests of ALAA members. We are particularly interested in publishing research authored or co-authored by new and emerging researchers. JALAA is normally published annually, subsequent to the annual ALAA conference. We will only consider articles for publication that have been developed from a paper presented at an ALAA conference or symposium.   


JALAA publishes articles of between 2,500-5,000 words in length (excluding reference footnotes). Longer articles may be considered at the Editors’ discretion. There is no prescribed number of articles for each volume of JALAA, but we will not publish more than one article by the same author in a single volume.

Articles must be in double spaced 12-point Times Roman font. You must also submit an Abstract of approximately 100 words.

To be considered for publication in the 2023 volume of JALAA, email your article no later than 18 August 2023 to


All submissions to JALAA are subject to double blind peer review by appropriate specialists in the field. To ensure the integrity of blind review, you should ensure your article is anonymised.

Citation and style etc.

You must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 4th Edition when formatting and referencing your paper. The Editors may decline to send for review a proposed article that does not comply with AGLC 4th Edition or, because of its style, errors in grammar, spelling etc, the article is not suitable for publication in an academic journal.

Image, Chart and Figure Guide

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

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 you have used Endnote or similar referencing software, the field codes should not be live. For Endnote, use the ‘Remove Field Codes’ command.

Copyright and subsequent publication

Copyright in articles published in JALAA remains with the authors. Publication is subject to the Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-ND. You may deposit the published version of your article in any open access repository but must acknowledge first publication in JALAA.


By submitting an article for review, you, as authors, warrant that:

  1. The article is an original work created solely by you and that no part of the article 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 article has already been published elsewhere;

  4. No part of the article 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 article is not defamatory; and

  7. The article 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 article.

Review of your manuscript

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

The Editors may edit your article to correct any spelling or syntax error, to put footnotes into house style and, 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 all matters relating to the submission and publication of your article.

Planned 2023 Publication Timeline

We will aim to adhere to the following timeline for the 2023 volume:

16 August 2023 

Submission of articles and abstracts at 

Early September 2023

Referees review articles

Mid October 2023

Articles sent back to authors for revision within two weeks

Early November 2023

Editors review articles

Articles sent to copyeditor

Mid-late November 2023

Copyeditor returns papers to authors to approve changes or make any required amendments. (Speedy turnaround by authors is essential.)

Early December 2023

Copyeditor finalises articles.

Mid-late December 2023

Articles published on the ALAA website.

JALAA Contact Information

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

Coordinator: Leylani Taylor

Guidelines for Authors: Text
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