Submission Guide

The Perth ILJ welcomes submissions on a rolling basis.

Articles should include an abstract (maximum 250 words) and authors are encouraged to adhere to the guidelines set out in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. An electronic version of the AGLC3 can be found here.

Perth ILJ considers the following types of submissions:

  • Articles: A detailed exploration of topical and engaging international law issues with a suitable methodology. The word length should be in the vicinity of 2000-10 000 words (including an abstract of up to 250 words).
  • Case Notes: A detailed examination of developments in recent case law and the practical implications for that area of international law. The word length should be in the vicinity of 1500–3000 words.
  • Commentary: A discussion of significant, topical and recent international law developments and the practical implications for that area of law. The word length should be in the vicinity of 1500–4000 words.
  • Review Essay: A discussion that provides a summary of the contents of a recently published book and, most importantly, places it in the context of current trends or debates regarding the area of international law specific to the book. The word length should be in the vicinity of 2000–3000 words.
  • Book Reviews: A short discussion that provides a summary of the contents of a recently published book. The word length should be in the vicinity of 1000-2500 words.

All submissions must be fully referenced (footnotes are not included in word counts) and be relevant for an international audience of legal academics, students, policymakers and practitioners.


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 fits within the general mandate of the Journal, as described on the journal information page.
  • Biographical information is to be provided in a removable title page.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text follows the AGLC3 (PDF, 3MB).
  • Referencing and citations adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, Version 3.
  • The author(s) has obtained ethical clearance for any empirical research used in the paper and this is clearly noted in a footnote.

Authors are encouraged to submit their ORCID iD with their biographical information.

Submissions should be e-mailed in a soft copy to, the subject of the mail being ‘Submission for Perth ILJ’.


Publication Ethics

The Co-Editors and the UWA International Law Club as publisher, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of contributions where research misconduct has occurred.  In no case will the Co-Editors and the UWA International Law Club as publisher, encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that the Co-Editors and the UWA International Law Club as publisher, are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, these allegations shall be dealt with appropriately.


Peer Review Process

All contributions are subject to independent, anonymous and confidential peer review prior to acceptance for publication. Reviewers are experts of high standing.  The independent reviews are to be objective and by reviewers with no conflict of interest. Reviewers are required to point out relevant published works which have not been cited.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Articles in this journal are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY). This is to achieve more legal certainty about what readers can do with published articles, and thus a wider dissemination and archiving, which in turn makes publishing with this journal more valuable for authors.


Corrections, Clarifications, Retractions and Apologies

Where appropriate,corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies will be published as needed.

The retraction of a contribution will be considered where:

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (eg, data fabrication) or honest error (eg, miscalculation or experimental error);
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification (ie, cases of redundant publication);
  • it constitutes plagiarism;
  • it reports unethical research.

An expression of concern may be issued if:

  • inconclusive evidence is received of research or publication misconduct by the authors;
  • there is evidence that the findings are unreliable but the authors’ institution will not investigate the case;
  • an investigation into alleged misconduct related to the publication either has not been, or would not be, fair and impartial or conclusive;
  • an investigation is under way but a judgement will not be made available for a considerable time.

A correction will be issued if:

  • a small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading (especially because of honest error);
  • the author/contributor list is incorrect (ie, a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included).

Retractions are not usually appropriate if:

  • a change of authorship is required but there is no reason to doubt the validity of the findings.

Notices of retraction should:

  • be linked to the retracted article wherever possible (ie, in all electronic versions);
  • clearly identify the retracted article (eg, by including the title and authors in the retraction heading)
  • be clearly identified as a retraction (ie, distinct form other types of correction or comment);
  • be published promptly to minimize harmful effects from misleading publications;
  • be freely available to all readers (ie, not behind access barriers or available only to subscribers);
  • state who is retracting the article;
  • state the reason(s) for retraction (to distinguish misconduct from honest error);
  • care will be taken to avoid statements that are potentially defamatory.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses submitted to this Journal will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Last updated 11/11/2018