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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).
  • All author identification has been removed from the submission to ensure anonymity for the double-blind peer-review process.

  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

  • Author details (including co-author details) have been included in the metadata section of the author submission.
  • The reference style used is as specified in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Third Edition) for referencing. This guide can be found at: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/aglc .

  • The text provides all available DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to each source used as a reference. For assistance on locating the DOIs, please go to the free service http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery/ to retrieve all available DOIs to add to the references.

  • In addition to footnote citations, a bibliography is included at the end of the article. Each reference in the bibliography must have a DOI if one is available. For assistance on locating the DOIs, please go to the free service http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery/ to retrieve all available DOIs to add to the references.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Metadata of the author submission section has been comprehensively completed.
  • Uploaded a head and shoulders photo of each author (unless more than four authors), or indicated a preference not to have image shown.
  • All links, including those to referencing databases have been removed

This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge.

General guidelines:

  • Submitted manuscripts must be original and not published or under consideration elsewhere.
  • Submissions are generally open to those with specialist interests in rural social justice, indigenous, and environmental (including mining, soil, forestry, water, rangelands, farming) law and policy issues. Periodically the journal will publish a special issue on a theme.
  • All articles will be reviewed by the editor and two peers.
  • All correspondence must be carried out via e-mail and should be addressed to: Managing Editor  (mverbeek@une.edu.au).
  • Authors must complete all relevant metadata sections before submitting articles for consideration.
  • The preferance is to publish a head and shoulders image of the author(s) - except in cases where there are more than four authors.

Specific Guidelines

  1. FORMAT: Manuscripts must be submitted in .doc or .docx format. Any other formats will be returned to the author for reformatting.
  2. TYPEFACE/FONT: Black throughout. Any font is acceptable for submission but the font style will be changed to that of the journal's before publication.
  3. ABSTRACT: An ‘abstract’ of no more than 300 words must precede the body of work.
  4. KEYWORDS: Include a list of ‘keywords’ (separated by a semicolon) at the end of the article
  5. WORD LIMIT: There is a word limit of 8,000 words for each article, not including footnotes (though footnotes should be limited to citations and directly relevant tangential or extraneous matter) and appendices.

        6. HEADINGS:

  • Do not use more than three levels of headings.
  • Avoid stacked headings.
  • Use numbered headings (e.g. 1; 1.1; 1.1.1; 2, 2.1) to indicate level of heading.
  • Capitalise only first letter of first word in headings and proper nouns
  • Avoid long headings (no more than six words max)


  • Use singe quotation marks (and double quotation marks for quotes within quotes) for quotes within text.
  • Quotes longer than 40 words, should be set indented from the left margin, in a smaller font size, and without quotation marks.

         8. SPELLING: Use Australian English (choose this option 'English (AUS)' for your online Word dictionary.
         9. TABLES/FIGURES:

  • Each table, illustration and figure must have a consecutive number and caption (e.g. Table 1: xyz, Table 2: abc, Figure 1: ghi, Figure 2: jkl).
  • Table captions appear at the top of the table; Figure captions appear at the bottom of the figure.
  • Place tables, figures and illustrations at appropriate place in the body of the article (not at the end).
  • Embed clear .jpg or .tiff files for figures. If using drawing tools in Word, ensure that all items are ‘selected’ then ‘grouped’.

         10. REFERENCING: Use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC 4th ed)https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TGvYqdqQnOU-GtSV3I25ft6EyYIx_w4U/edit.

  • Referencing follows the numbered footnoting style.
  • Include a bibliography: invert author last name and first name for bibliography and list references in alphabetical order (see AGLC guidelines)
  • If using URLs, unlink them before submitting the manuscript.
  • Include DOIs for references where available.

   11. Include all author and author details in the metadata section of author submissions.

Complaints Procedure

Authors who wish to submit a complaint related to the peer review process or other editorial decisions should contact the Chief Editor as a first point of contact. Issues which cannot be resolved satisfactorily by the Chief Editor may be escalated to the Editorial Advisory Board or to the Publisher, UTS ePress by contacting utsepress@uts.edu.au.

For further information, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers.