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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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Online Submissions

All submissions to The International Journal of Speech Language and the Law must be made online. Please make sure you have read the full author guidelines before beginning the submission process.

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Prospective authors for The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law should register as authors (see the 'On Line Submission' details above).

First, click here to download the guidelines which you will find in PDF format. All articles are double-blind peer-reviewed. Please contact the Book Review editor before submitting a book review to ensure that the book you wish to review has not already been assigned. We will acknowledge your submission upon receipt and let you know the anticipated timeframe for a decision. If your article is accepted, we will send you further instructions for submitting the final manuscript of your article.

Submitting thesis abstracts

Thesis abstracts should be submitted using the Online Submission form from the Submissions page.

For general information, please read the author guidelines. These guidelines primarily contain information relevant to those submitting articles for the journal. However, they should be read by any author submitting to IJSLL.

Formatting your abstract
Guidance is provided in the Guidelines document to assist with formatting your abstract for IJSLL. This provides information about preparing your manuscript and a general style guide. The abstract should be formatted using the same style as that in the rest of the journal.

Additional information relevant to abstract submissions
Under ‘Journal Section’ in the Online Submission form please select ‘Thesis Abstracts’. Please include the email address of your supervisor in the ‘Comments for the Editor’ box as they will be contacted to verify the accuracy of the submitted information.

Your abstract should be around 1000 words in length and be relevant to the themes of the journal - speech and language in law. Your abstract should include details of your awarding institution, the date of your award and you should have completed your PhD within the last three years. Your PhD needs to have been examined for the abstract to be considered for publication.

If you have any further questions, please contact Alexandra Grey at [email protected]

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We have communicated these standards to our journal editors who share in our aims for ethical publishing practice and agree to work towards these standards throughout the editorial process. Together, we ensure the ongoing excellence and quality for which Equinox is recognised.

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Copyright Notice

The editors will not consider manuscripts which are under consideration by other publishers. It is assumed that once you have submitted an article to this journal, it will not be sent to other publishers until a decision about inclusion has been made. Only by special arrangement will the editors consider previously published material. Full details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.

Click Here for the contributor contract, which you should print, sign and post back to Equinox once your manuscript is accepted.

If your paper has been accepted for Open Access Publication after normal peer review and the OA fee paid, we will send you a different contributor contract reflecting the appropriate Creative Commons license. 

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