Instructions for authors

The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy encourages authors to submit original scholarly manuscripts on any aspect of international law, trade policy or other areas of international relations that pertain directly to the international commercial or legal environment. Authors from the legal profession, international organizations, governments and the private sector as well as those from the academic community are encouraged to submit their research.

The objective of The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy is to be interdisciplinary and accessible to a wide audience. The editorial board is also aware that excellent research may require complex theoretical development, extensive background material and evidence or the articulation of arguments of logic. To serve both these aspects of scholarly research, the Journal requires that all submitted manuscripts be in the form of a short and complete readable paper (approximately 3600-4500 words). In addition, authors are encouraged to also provide a Technical Annex to their submission that includes the more formal research which supports the paper. The Journal will review and publish both the paper and the technical annex. The editor will not consider submissions that do not conform to the format described above. In particular, no mathematics, graphical analysis or extensive references to legal citations should be included in the paper, to improve its general readability. All such technical analysis can be included in the technical annex and authors are encouraged to provide it.

Authors should provide a brief abstract (approximately 100 words) and up to five keywords, in alphabetical order, at the time of submission.

The Journal does not insist on any particular referencing style, realizing that considerable differences in styles exist between disciplines. Authors should make every effort to ensure that their references are complete. They should refrain from using abbreviations in their references so that all potential readers, who might not be familiar with the conventions of abbreviation that apply in a particular discipline, will be able to locate the material referenced.

In keeping with the Journal's electronic format, all manuscripts must be submitted in electronic form. This will speed the movement of the manuscript through the review and publication process and decrease the lag between submission and publication.

Submissions should include the author's name, title, organization, address, telephone, and e-mail address.

Authors should submit double-spaced documents, 8-1/2 X 11 inch with 1-1/4 inch margins, left justified, 11 point Times or Times New Roman.

The preferred software is Microsoft Word; if you cannot submit in Word, a rich-text file format is acceptable. Please use character formatting, that is, formatting you can do on single characters or words (bold for vectors and matrices, italic for variables, superscript, subscript), but do not use your processor's other special features (auto-footnote placement, hanging indents, and so on).

Simple tables should be integrated into the text; you can use your table editor.

Please submit figures or graphs in GIF or JPEG fomat.

Please number footnotes consecutively throughout the paper, not page by page. Type all footnotes on a separate page following the article.

All submissions should be sent electronically to William A. Kerr, Editor, The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy at