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The TMU Law Review is currently accepting submissions for its next volume. While submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, the deadline to be guaranteed considered for inclusion for Volume 2(1) is September 30, 2023.

Please direct submissions-related questions to submission.tmulawrev@torontomu.ca

scope

The TMU Law Review welcomes submissions from academics, practitioners, members of the judiciary, students, and recent graduates related to any area of law and legal practice, both public and private, but is especially interested in scholarly and creative work that engages with questions and issues relating to:

  • Social and racial justice

  • Access to justice and justice reform

  • Municipal governance and city building

  • Corporate law and accountability

  • Legal education and pedagogy

  • Developments in legal practice and the legal profession

  • Technology and innovation

  • Indigenous legal orders and decolonization

At present, given resource constraints, the TMU Law Review prioritizes the publication of original scholarly work, primarily in the form of research-based articles, but including creative works, stories, and narrative-based pieces. We also accept case comments on recent developments in the law, and special features that may take different forms are also accepted at the discretion of the Editorial Team. Depending on the form and substance of such special features, they may be exceptionally accepted outside of the regular external review process. While submissions from the international community will be accepted, our focus is primarily on content relevant to the Canadian legal community.

We hope to be in a position to accept additional submission types, including book reviews and French-language submissions, for future issues.

submission expectations

The TMU Law Review selects submissions on a holistic basis, based on alignment with our mission, scope and the quality of work. We seek submissions that reflect:

 

  • High quality research and originality of content and argument;

  • Persuasiveness of argument;

  • Advancement and amplification of perspectives and voices that have been systematically excluded; 

  • Excellence in organization and logical structure;

  • Relevance and timeliness for our audience; and

  • Excellence in grammar, spelling and adherence to formatting requirements.

 

The TMU Law Review does not publish unfinished theses, initial or incomplete drafts, course or seminar papers, or book chapters.

formatting requirements

  • Language: The TMU Law Review accepts submissions in English.

  • Length

    • Research Articles: 8,000 to 15,000 words, exclusive of footnotes. Pieces that meet the submission guidelines but are outside of this parameter may be accepted at the discretion of the Editorial Team.

    • Case Comments: 5,000 words, exclusive of footnotes. 

  • Formatting

    • 12-point font (Times New Roman or Arial);

    • Appropriate use of italicization within the text; and

    • Adherence to the TMU Law Review style guide.

  • Citations

    • Footnotes: Appropriate use and inclusion of footnote citations in line with the most recent edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (the “McGill Guide”) and the TMU Law Review style guide;

    • Endnotes and in-line citations are not acceptable; and

    • Citations must be complete, to proper sources and pinpointed where required.

  • File Format: MS Word.

submission requirements

​Please ensure that all requirements have been met before you submit your work via our Submission Form.

 

Failure to adhere to these requirements may lead to a delay or rejection of your submission.

Requirements:

  • Abstract of up to 300 words

  • 5 to 10 keywords

  • Formatting: The submission file is in Microsoft Word and adheres to the above Formatting Requirements (e.g., font size, margins, etc.).

  • Exclusivity: The submission is an original work that has not been previously published or accepted for publication, neither it nor a substantially similar version is simultaneously under consideration for publication elsewhere, and it will not be submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere unless and until the TMU Law Review renders a final decision.

  • The author possesses relevant permission to use and reproduce all information and source materials that are not publicly accessible or the subject of appropriate copyright for the reproduction.

  • Anonymization: The submission is free of references identifying the author(s), including the removal of the author's name(s) from the document properties and redaction of the author's name(s) in the body or the footnotes of the manuscript. Please see our guide on anonymizing Word documents if you need additional guidance.

  • Conflicts: Confirmation of institutional affiliations to assist in conflict management.

  • Citations conform with the most recent edition of The Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (the “McGill Guide”) and TMU Law Review style guide.

  • Optional: Suggestions of potential reviewers who are not conflicted at the time of submission and possess relevant subject matter expertise.

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