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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The author/s understand they retain copyright and grant the Journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International Licence (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • If submitting an article:  All information or text that could identify the author/s (and their institution/s) has been removed for the 'anonymous' version of the submission. Please note: de-identification means the identity of the author/s and the institution/s must be removed (or replaced in the text with a marker such as 'XXX')
  • Any URLs in the body of the submission or in the reference list have been checked as active.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. An additional document should be uploaded with figures and/or images displayed independent of the text to assist with layout editing. Please consult guidelines for information on figures/images and illustrations.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word. Please do not upload PDFs
  • The author/s have read the Journal's policies, specifically the Ethics and Malpractice Statement and the Journal’s Copyright notice and the Journal's policy on Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC). These all ensure the submission has not been previously published in full or in part (including via a conference), nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). If your submission is available on a preprint platform please let the editor know in the ‘Comments for the Editor’ having noted the Preprint Policy All articles submitted to the Journal will be subject to checks for plagiarism using iThenticate - plagiarism detection software.
  • Attempted to include Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) where possible. This Journal uses CrossRef - a reference linking service.
  • Inclusion of an ‘Acknowledgement’ section inidcates the source of research funding or other institutional support that facilitated the research (if applicable). If you are a current PhD or research thesis student, please add your supervisor name/s in the “comments to the editor” section to ensure the review process is blind and supervisors aren’t inadvertently sent your submission for review.
  • The submission has been proof-read, professionally edited and is publication ready - please ensure Endnote is disabled. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and complies with the Chicago Style referencing system - 17th Edition.

Author Guidelines

Law, Technology and Humans - Author Guidelines

Style summary

  1. Articles should be between 5,000 – 10,000 words in length (this includes abstract, footnotes and bibliography).
  2. Authors are reminded that the Journal’s focus is international, and articles should be written with this in mind.
  3. The article should also include an abstract of no more than 250 words.
  4. Please also include three to six keywords.
  5. Articles should be written in English following consistently either (i) the Oxford Dictionary or (ii) the Oxford American Dictionary. Either use American or British/Australian spelling and punctuation conventions in both footnotes and body text rather than mixing them.


  1. Register as an Author first
  2. Articles should be submitted electronically as a word doc – please do not upload PDFs
  3. Details for all authors should be provided when you register to submit your article under metadata. Please provide details including academic position and affiliation, a short biography, URL to your home page (if applicable) and email. Bio details are displayed on the abstract page of the Journal. If you are a current PhD or research thesis student, please add your supervisor name/s in the “comments to the editor” section to ensure the review process is blind and supervisors aren’t inadvertently sent your submission for review. You may also include an ORCID ID
  4. Please disable Endnote prior to submission for future copyediting work

 Style guide

Law Technology and Humans uses the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition with footnotes and a bibliography. Please disable EndNote prior to submitting for ease of copyediting.

In the footnotes the shortened form should be used for all notes (including first reference to that source). All subsequent references to the source should be the shortened form.

In footnotes the shortened form should just include first author.

In footnotes the shortened form should not include any titles with italics – except for legal material or where title is Latin.

No Latin abbreviations (such as Ibid, op cit) are used.

Division of the bibliography into sections between secondary sources and primary sources (denoted by appropriate subheadings) is only necessary where the manuscript has used a number of primary sources (for example primary legal material or primary cultural material like films).  There is no requirement to seperate the bibliography by type.

With each section of the bibliography sources are arranged in alphabetical author by surname of first named author, artist/director/producer (where appropriate) for cultural works, first named party for law case reports.

Individual bibliography entries are not numbered.


Please download the Author Guidelines for information on formating and referencing examples


Book Reviews are also accepted - please download the Book Reviews Author Guidelines

The Law, Technology and Humans book review editor, Dr Faith Gordon, invites scholars to review books.

Reviews should be written for a non-specialist audience and outline the strengths and any weaknesses of the book, taking into account the author/s aims in writing the book and supporting any evaluation of the book with relevant evidence. In evaluating the contribution of the book you might consider the thesis and/or purpose of the book, authors expertise, relationship of the book with other work in its field, use of evidence, its intended audience, its scope and structure.

A typical structure for a book review consists of introduction, background information, summary of the books main points, evaluation of the book and conclusion.

Book reviews should be 600-1000 words.  Please consult the Book Reviews Author Guidelines for more information.

Special Issues

Law, Technology and Humans publishes three issues per year: April, July and November.

All queries related to special issues or symposium collections should be sent to Prospective guest editors are required to complete an EOI. The Journal Editorial team will assist with the call for submissions. All submissions will come via the Journal website and authors are asked to indicate that the article is for the special issue or symposium collection.  Guest Editor(s), in liaison, with the Journal Editorial team, will ensure articles are within the scope of the Journal themes and are suitable for peer review.

The double-blind peer review policy requires a minimum of two independent reviews. The review process will be determined in consultation between the Editorial team and the Guest Editor(s).

Guest Editor(s) are provided with appropriate information (Guest Editor Guidelines and EOI template) to assist with the workflow.

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