Writing for the JLS

Resources for Prospective Authors

What opportunities are there to contribute to the Journal?

The Journal is strongly committed to providing a supportive, inclusive space for a range of socio-legal debates and conversations through traditional academic articles, our renowned book review section, as well as our recently-established ‘Conversations’ online supplement. For all formats, we encourage prospective authors to draw upon the wealth of socio-legal resources available through the Centre of Law and Society for guidance with preparing contributions.

How do I submit an article for consideration by the Journal?

The Journal will consider articles submitted electronically, up to a maximum of 12,000 words inclusive of footnotes. All submissions should be prepared in line with the house style.

Editorial correspondence should currently be directed to In the near future, Journal submissions will move to the ScholarOne system. Information about submitting articles via the ScholarOne system can be found here.

What kind of contributions does the Journal seek to publish?

The Journal is committed to publishing interdisciplinary research from a range of legal cultures as well as theoretical and methodological perspectives. It is particularly interested in promoting meaningful, theoretically engaged contributions that address contemporary socio-legal issues and concerns, welcoming submissions from any area or background.

What resources are available to support prospective JLS authors?

The Journal works closely with the Centre of Law and Society at Cardiff University to provide a wealth of resources for socio-legal scholars, including prospective JLS authors. The Centre is a transnational research hub that sponsors and promotes a number of research streams consisting of lectures, conferences, seminars and postgraduate workshops across many areas of socio-legal studies, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies of law. We encourage prospective JLS authors to engage with the resources available through the Centre, and to consider engaging with these activities as a means of developing research into cutting-edge publications.

How does the Journal support open access?

The Journal of Law and Society holds strong commitments to the open accessibility of research and the promotion of opportunities through open access publications.

See a dedicated space for our Open Access articles on this page.