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Social & Legal Studies

Social & Legal Studies

An International Journal

Carl F Stychin City University, London, UK
David Campbell Lancaster Univeristy, UK
Linda Mulcahy London School of Economics, UK
Marie B Fox University of Birmingham, UK

eISSN: 14617390 | ISSN: 09646639 | Current volume: 26 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

The Board of Social and Legal Studies would like to remind readers of the journal that it is able to offer financial support to people organising a workshop or conference on a theme which would be of interest to readers of Social and Legal Studies. Proposals are considered at our board meetings in February, June and September of each year. Colleagues wishing to apply for funds should contact Carl Stychin ( with an outline of the conference theme and goals, the papers being given and details of the financial support requested. The Board is able to make contributions in the region of £500-1000.

Social & Legal Studies is a leading international journal, publishing progressive, interdisciplinary and critical approaches to socio-legal study. The journal is committed to feminist, post-colonial and socialist economic perspectives to the study of law. It offers an intellectual space where diverse traditions and critical approaches within legal study meet, and aims to promote greater understanding of work being carried out in less academically dominant countries.

Recently, in additon to its review section the journal has developed an innovative Debates & Dialogue section which allows more direct and immediate engagement between authors.

" is clear that the editors have worked hard to achieve their aims... However, the value of this journal goes beyond achieving these goals. Its real value lies in the quality, level, and kind of material being published within it." Times Higher Education Supplement

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SOCIAL & LEGAL STUDIES is a leading international journal, publishing progressive, interdisciplinary and critical approaches to socio-legal study. The journal was born out of a commitment to feminist, anti-colonial and socialist economic perspectives to the study of law. It offers an intellectual space for theoretically informed and empirically grounded work, where diverse traditions and critical approaches within legal study meet. We particularly welcome work in new fields of socio-legal study, as well as non-western scholarship.

Book Review Editors
Sharon Cowan Edinburgh University, UK
Maleiha Malik Kings College London, UK
Dialogue and Debate Editor
Emilios Christodoulidis University of Glasgow, UK
Social Media Editor
Tom Webb Lancaster Univeristy, UK
Founding Editors
Sol Picciotto University of Lancaster, UK
Carol Smart University of Leeds, UK
Editorial Assistant
Jeanette McCormick Keele University, UK
Associate Editors
Anette Ballinger Keele University, UK
Richard Collier University of Newcastle, UK
David Cowan University of Bristol, UK
Alison Diduck University College London, UK
Michelle Everson Birkbeck College, UK
Lindsay Farmer University of Glasgow, UK
Simon Halliday University of York, UK
Ambreena S Manji Cardiff University, UK
Kieran McEvoy Queen's University Belfast, UK
Vanessa E. Munro University of Leicester, UK
Alan Norrie University of Warwick, UK
Sol Picciotto University of Lancaster, UK
Sally Sheldon Kent University, UK
International Advisory Board
K B Agrawal Indian Institute of Comparative Law, Jaipur, India
Wanda Capeller Institute of Political Studies of Toulouse, France
Eve Darian-Smith University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Margaret Davies Flinders Law School, Australia
Dennis Davis Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland, USA
Yves M. Dezalay French National Center for Scientific Research, France
Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa, USA
Huri Islamoglu-Inan Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey and Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Ratna Kapur Jindal Global Law School, India
Dario Melossi University of Bologna, Italy
Qudsia Mirza Washington and Lee University School of Law, USA
David Nelken University of Macerata, Italy
Kevät Nousianinen University of Turku, Finland
Tamar Pitch University of Perugia, Italy
Monika Platek University of Warsaw, Poland
John Pratt University of Wellington, New Zealand
Boaventura de Sousa Santos University of Coimbra, Portugal
Austin Sarat Amherst College, USA
Julie Stewart Southern and Eastern African Centre for Women’s Law (SEARCWL), University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Alison Young University of Melbourne, Australia
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Social & Legal Studies

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Social & Legal Studies will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Social & Legal Studies, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Social & Legal Studies publishes papers and book reviews.

    Papers should preferably be written in English, although foreign language papers will be considered. Papers should not have been published already, nor be currently under consideration elsewhere. The maximum length should be 10,000 words, including notes and references.

    Each paper should come with the following information on a separate sheet:

      1. title of paper, date and word count;
      2. author's full name, affiliation, institutional and email address, telephone and fax numbers;
      3. an abstract of 150 to 200 words;
      4. a list of 5 to 8 key words.

    Empirical data
    Social & Legal Studies positively welcomes articles which report and reflect on the findings of empirical research undertaken by authors. However, we recommend that the following issues are addressed in articles prior to submission:

      • The methodology used and reasons for choosing this particular approach;
      • The methods adopted including choice of sample;
      • How participants were selected and why;
      • Whether any ethical issues arose in the course of data collection and how these were addressed;
      • A brief description of how data was analysed.

    Dialogue and Debate section
    In 1998, Social & Legal Studies introduced an occasional Dialogue and Debate section as a feature of the journal. The aim of the section is to encourage focussed discussion and engagement on important critical and socio-legal topics in a briefer and more flexible format than the normal 10,000 word essay. Possible formats for the Dialogue and Debate section include: direct dialogue through correspondence, shorter discussions around specific themes, extended book reviews and review articles with an author's response where appropriate, rejoinders to published papers and 'country reports' on the state of critical and socio-legal studies. The section might include a longer paper with a series of short responses, individual notes of up to 2000 words, or a grouped set of shorter thematized papers. All contributions would be subject to editorial review.

    If you have any suggestions which you think might fit within this format, or would like more details, then please contact Emilios Christodoulidis (

    Book reviews should be submitted electronically to Sharon Cowan ( Books for review should be sent to: Sharon Cowan, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH 9YL, UK or Maleiha Malik, School of Law, King’s College London, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Social & Legal Studies is a peer reviewed journal.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Social & Legal Studies requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Social & Legal Studies encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Social & Legal Studies and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Social & Legal Studies offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Social & Legal Studies adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Social & Legal Studies is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Social & Legal Studies editorial office as follows:

    Lead Editor, Carl Stychin:

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