The Journal of the Australasian Law Academics Association (JALAA) - formerly JALTA - is an electronic double blind peer reviewed journal.  Established in 2008, JALAA is published annually following the Association’s Annual Conference. 





























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) is an electronic double blind peer reviewed journal. JALAA is normally published annually and subsequent to the Association's annual conference.


JALAA publishes articles of between 2,500-5,000 words in length, though articles that are longer than this limit may be considered for publication on a case-by-case basis by the Editor-in-Chief. 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.

Only papers presented at the ALTA Annual Conference are eligible for submission for publication in JALAA, subject to editorial discretion and to the peer review process.

Please note that submission of articles for JALAA is separate to the process of submitting an Abstract to present at the conference.

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

Questions can be emailed to  


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.

2019 Publication Timeline

The Journal of the Australasian Law Academics Association endeavours to adhere by the following timeline for 2019:

Early October

Submission of articles and abstracts via the application form – no later than Monday 7 October 2019.

Early November

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

Mid November

Articles sent back to authors for revision.

End of November

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

Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board.

Papers sent to Proofreaders for review.

Early December

Proofreaders return papers to authors to approve changes or make any required amendment.

Mid December

Papers Typeset.

Mid January 2020

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

Please note: We must strictly adhere to these deadlines to ensure we can meet our production deadlines for the 2019 Edition of JALAA.

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 3rd Edition

You must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd Edition) 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 journal of the Australasian Law Academics Association (JALAA) to publish your manuscript and to permit third parties to do so.

Your Copyright

You retain copyright in your manuscript. You grant JALAA 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 Editor confirms in writing that the Journal does not intend to publish the manuscript;

  5. The manuscript is not defamatory; and

  6. the manuscript does not infringe any other rights of a third party.

You agree to indemnify JALAA and its Editor 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, JALAA may publish your manuscript in print or other format. You license JALAA (without charge) to publish your manuscript in any format and allow third parties to do so on such terms as the Editor thinks fit.

Subsequent Publication of the Manuscript by You

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 Editor.

The Editor 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 Editor to make such changes without seeking your prior approval. The Editor will usually consult the author before making any major changes.

Governing Law

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

JALAA Contact Information

JALAA Editor-In-Chief: Jonathan Barrett, Sean Goltz, Jackie Mapulanga

JALAA Co-ordinator: Sarah Parker

Email enquiries:

Telephone enquiries: +61 2 6125 4178


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