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CJLS Submission Guidelines


Authors interested in publishing an article in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society should submit an electronic version of their manuscript. Manuscripts submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by another journal, or have been published or be pending publication elsewhere. The word limit for articles is 8,000 words including notes, abstract, title and appendices, although slightly longer articles will be considered, with the editor having the final say as to whether allocating additional space is warranted. In order to facilitate double-blind peer review, the manuscript needs to be anonymized. For citation purposes, the Journal has adopted the Chicago Manual of Style published by Chicago University Press.

Each manuscript is first read by the Editor to determine its admissibility. It is then submitted anonymously to at least three external reviewers, normally from different disciplines, whose reports are taken into consideration by the Editor in the decision and any modifications requested. The referees’ reports, which also remain anonymous, are transmitted to the author together with the editorial decision. Once the manuscript is accepted, the author should send to the Journal the final version of the article, following the editorial guidelines.

All articles should be submitted through ScholarOne Manuscripts at   For questions please contact Mariana Valverde, Editor, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Room D482, Loeb Building, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada, (613) 520-2600 ext. 2966, (613) 520-4467 (Fax),


Reference systems allowed:  

Manuscripts need to be properly referenced and formatted, and if accepted, English-language manuscripts will need to conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. However, for purposes of review and refereeing, any widely used scholarly system (e.g. APA, MLA, McGill Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation) is acceptable. Since our journal publishes work by both social scientists and by scholars in law and in humanities, we allow authors of accepted articles to choose between the two main Chicago systems (“author-date” and “notes and bibliography”), as long as the submission is internally consistent. Sample citations using both of these systems are available online at, and more detail is available in chapters 14 and 15 of the hard-copy Chicago Manual of Style. Note that in the Chicago system, “Cases cited” appear after the references, and “Statutes cited” after the cases.

For cases and statutes, authors should use either the McGill Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, or the system that is in use in law schools of the relevant country.

Authors should note that the online Chicago Manual of Style contains information on citing online sources such as blogs and e-books.

Style queries are best resolved in the first instance by inspecting the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) and/or a current copy of the journal. We also draw your attention to the following particulars, which address some of the most frequent style issues that arise in Canadian Journal of Law and Society manuscripts:

General (non-legal) citation:


  • After the initial citation of a source, use a shortened citation rather than "op. cit." or "loc. cit." (for details on short-form citation see 14.24-28 of CMS)
  • When used at the beginning of a note, "Ibid." is capitalized and followed by a period (for details on "Ibid.," see CMS 14.29)
  • When they accompany quoted material in text, note numbers are placed outside closing quotation marks.  Note numbers follow punctuation with the exception of the dash (see CMS 14.21)


  • "Ibid." and other foreign terms (such as "et al." and "vis-à-vis") are not italicized
  • When italics are added by the article author, this should be indicated in a parenthetical note or a footnote (i.e., "emphasis added," "italics added")

Legal citation:

  • For all legal citation, as advised by the CMS, authors should consult the 7th edition (the latest version) of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation ("McGill Guide")
  • Periods are omitted from abbreviations (as in "v," "c," "ss," "para")
  • After an initial citation, a shortened citation form is used ("Ibid." and "Supra" may also be used, as appropriate. For details, see E-11–E-12 of the McGill Guide)

Book Reviews:

The Canadian Journal of Law and Society publishes concise book reviews (about 750 words in length). They introduce, discuss, and evaluate the book in question. Book reviews are commissioned and evaluated by the Book Review Editors and should be sent to:

Book Review Editor (English) / Responsable des recensions en anglais

Professor Diane Crocker

Department of Sociology and Criminology

Saint Mary's University

McNally South 4th Floor

923 Robie Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3




Book Review Editor (French) / Responsable des recensions en français

Professor Liora Israël

École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales EHESS (Siège),

190-198 avenue de France

75244 Paris cedex 13,


Indexing/Abstracting The Journal is indexed in:

  • Canadian Periodical Index
  • Corpus Almanac & Canadian Sourcebook
  • Criminal Justice Abstract/li>
  • Cultures, Langues, Textes : La revue de sommaires
  • Current Legal Sociology
  • Dustbooks/The International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses
  • Felix Dietrich Verlag GmbH & Co KG, IBZ—Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur aus allen Wissensgebieten
  • IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (London)
  • Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • Oxbridge Data Center
  • Novaya Literatura po Sotsialistnym i gumanitarnym naukam, Gosudarstvo i Pravo (New Literature in the Social and Humanitarian Sciences, Government and Law)
  • Sociological Abstract
  • Standard Periodical Directory
  • Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory
  • HeinOnline