1. Each manuscript can have one or more authors.
  2. Manuscripts have to be submitted online through AJLP’s website.
  3. The submission file must be in Microsoft Word DOCX file format. Authors are encouraged to submit using the manuscript template available here.
  4. The manuscript must include:
    1. A title ideally of not more than 15 words. The title must be descriptive, reflective of the content, and contain most commonly searchable keywords,
    2. An abstract of not more than 200 words,
    3. Maximum of 5 keywords,
    4. An Acknowledgment section at the end of the manuscript, and
    5. A Funding Information section at the end of the manuscript. If the research is conducted without funding, then state "The research for this paper was not funded."
  5. The manuscript MUST NOT CARRY the names, affiliations, email addresses or any identifying information of the authors.
  6. The manuscript for research articles should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, and for case commentaries and legislative updates between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
  7. The language of the article must be in English. Foreign terms may be introduced but must be accompanied by an English translation.
  8. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the standard of the language is acceptable prior to submission of the manuscript. AJLP recommends non-native user of the English language to seek assistance from a professional language editing service if he is not confident with his command of the language. Authors are encouraged to use a good grammar checking software or web service, such as Grammarly, before submission of the manuscript.
  9. Manuscript text should be single-spaced, use a 11-point font, and employ italics rather than underline. All illustrations, figures, and tables are to be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. However, we request that the original illustration files to be uploaded separately for better quality.
  10.  Any quoted piece that exceeds 3 lines or 25 words should be clearly separated from the main text, indented.
  11. Use single inverted commas for in-text quotations. Double inverted commas are only to be used within quotations.
  12. The footnotes must be in 10 point font.
  13. Avoid using abbreviations, e.g. sec and para, in the text. AVoid abbreviating names of statutes.
  14. Citation referencing is to be done in the footnotes using the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) 4th edition style with some modifications as below. Instruction for OSCOLA can be found at https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/oscola.
    1. The full title of journals and law reports are used instead of abbreviations.
    2. The date when a website is accessed is not needed.
    3. Provide the DOI URL or official URL of the material if it is available online.
  15. If a submission does not follow the OSCOLA style at the time of submission, but is accepted for publication later, a conditional acceptance will be offered until the submission is formatted using the manuscript template and follows the OSCOLA style.
  16. AJLP recommends authors to create references using a bibliographic manager such as Mendeley, Zotero and EndNote. Do remember to unlink the references to the bibliographic manager in the manuscript before submission.
  17. For materials available only online, a URL is recommended as part of the reference. Where a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is available, please provide the URL for the DOI instead of just the DOI number. The date when a website is accessed is not needed in the footnote references.
  18. Manuscripts should be separated into several sections. Section headings should be numbered sequentially using Arabic numerals. One sub-level is allowable, being separated by a period symbol, e.g. 1.1. Section headings and sub-headings are to be in bold.
  19. AJLP prefers authors not to use Latin devices such as ibid and op sit in the manuscript. Please use short subsequent references as detailed in section 1.2 of OSCOLA. Authors should also use the cross-reference feature of their word processor to link the cross-references footnote numbers.