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GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Notification
The EJCL Editorial Board welcomes contributions that have been neither published nor submitted for publication elsewhere. The author of an article published in the EJCL is free to offer the article for publication elsewhere, provided proper reference is made to its publication in the EJCL. Both solicited and unsolicited contributions may be subjected to peer review.

General Information
Articles which fit into the aim and scope of the journal may be submitted, preferably by electronic mail to the Assistant Editor (EJCL@uvt.nl). There is no limitation to the length of articles, but the editors insist on conciseness in wording. Articles can be sent in either of the following two formats:

  • Word;
  • WordPerfect.

Authors are requested to keep the text as plain as possible; i.e., use a minimum of layout, avoid styles, etc., in order to facilitate the conversion process. Also, please use the footnote option of Word or WordPerfect when creating footnotes, again to facilitate conversion to HTML.

Illustrations should be submitted in separate files in common graphics formats in use on the Web: gif and jpeg. Please consult the Assistant Editor if this creates any problems.
Articles are accepted in English, French and German. Language revision is the responsibility of the author.

Copyright
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for the reproduction of any texts from third parties. The copyright of contributions remains with the authors. However, authors are expected to give the explicit permission that copies of their articles may be made for classroom use, provided that:

  1. the copies are distributed at or below the cost of reproduction;
  2. the author(s) and the EJCL are credited and identified as the copyright holders;
  3. proper notice of copyright is attached to each copy;
  4. the EJCL is notified of the use of the article.

Account should be taken of the fact that the journal is read by an international public.

Title and Abstract
The title of the contribution should be as accurate and informative as possible.
The contribution should be accompanied by an informative abstract, outlining the aim and method of the article and summarising its main conclusions, of 300 words at most. The abstract should not be considered to form part of the contribution; it should enable readers to decide whether or not to download the full text of the article. Authors give the EJCL permission to offer the abstracts to abstracting and indexing services.

Keywords
Preferably, authors supply keywords to describe the content of their contribution.

Headings and Subheadings
Please do not use more than three orders of headings (1.2.3) in the text.

Form and Style
Notes should be kept to a minimum and should follow general practices. Abbreviations and uncommon acronyms are to be avoided but should, if used, be explained at first instance.

The editors encourage the use of hyperlinks to articles published elsewhere on the World Wide Web, as well as to judicial and legal texts available on the World Wide Web. For guidelines concerning the citation of online articles, please consult the Basic Legal Citation Guide of the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute (http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/).

Also, authors may supply digitised judicial and legal texts in the original language and in translation, to be linked to their articles and published on the website of the EJCL. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for the reproduction of any texts from third parties.

References
The EJCL does not require a particular style of referencing. The only requirement is that a chosen style be maintained consistently throughout the article. References should be as clear as possible and easily understandable, also to foreign readers. In the case of references to court decisions, in addition to the exact publication data also the name of the court, the date of the decision or the name of the parties should be given. If a separate list of references or bibliography is added, please make sure that it contains all publications referred to in the text, and vice versa. Authors are also requested to make sure that (page) references are correct, as this check will not be done after submission of the article to the EJCL.

The editors welcome the discussion of articles published in the EJCL. The editors will decide whether or not discussions will be linked to the original article and will ask authors to react to a discussion within two weeks.




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