How to Submit a Contribution to the Modern Law Review

The Modern Law Review is a generalist law journal that accepts submissions in relation to all areas of law and in relation to all approaches to legal inquiry.

To submit an article or legislation or case note, go to Modern Law Review at ScholarOne (

For review essay and book review inquiries and submissions, please contact: Please see our ‘A Quick Guide to Book Reviews & Review Articles’ for guidance on review essays and book reviews here.

For MLR Forum inquiries and submissions, please contact: Please also see our quick video introduction to the Forum here.

If you are having difficulties, please contact:

There are four sections to the main review: Articles, Legislation and Reports, Case Notes and Book Reviews, including review articles. Each section has a separate Editorial Team. All submissions should be set in the Modern Law Review’s House Style, which can be downloaded through the link on the right.

Additionally, there is the online-only MLR Forum. The forum invites submissions in response or reply to articles or comments published in the Review. The MLR Forum Style Guide has full details of the Forum and how to make a submission.

Word lengths

  • Articles should not normally exceed 12,000 words (excluding footnotes).
  • Legislation and Reports comments should not normally exceed 10,000 words (excluding footnotes).
  • Case Notes should not normally exceed 5,000 words (excluding footnotes).
  • Review Articles should not normally exceed 10,000 words (excluding footnotes).
  • Book Reviews should not normally exceed 2,000 words (no footnotes are allowed in this format).
  • Forum contributions should not normally exceed 4,000 words (including footnotes).

The Modern Law Review’s Review Process

The MLR provides an anonymous, fair, independent, expert and robust approach to the review of articles submitted to the different sections.

Our review process for articles is anonymous from the article’s point of entry. This means that all stages of the review of the article, including the initial ‘desk review’ by the Editorial Committee that decides whether to send an article to peer reviewers, and the full peer review by two (and sometimes three) referees, are based on an anonymised version of the article.

Articles submitted to the MLR’s Legislation section are anonymised and sent to two referees for review.

Case Note submissions are anonymised and typically sent to one referee. Prospective authors may reserve cases for a period of two months by contacting To preserve anonymity, authors should not contact Notes Editors directly. Authors should use the term ‘note’ or ‘case note’ throughout their submission (eg ‘This note argues that …’). Submissions to this section should normally make reference to the judgment to be discussed in either their title or subtitle. Please refer to the Style Guide for more information.

We aim to complete the review process, from submission of the article to a publication decision, within 10-12 weeks.

Please note, however, that there may be circumstances in which it is not possible to comply with this review process. For example, where, after a long delay, a referee fails to deliver a report and, in the interests of the author, we have to make a decision based on one report. However, we do our utmost to ensure that articles are subject to this review process.

Open Access to MLR Articles

The Modern Law Review is committed to ensuring that the articles we publish are freely available, so that everyone throughout the globe has access to them regardless of ability to pay, and to ensure that the articles we publish reach as many readers as possible.

There is zero embargo for Green open access (self-archiving) for accepted Articles and Legislation and Reports articles.

Authors who receive funding from a research body or work for an institution with a Wiley Open Access Account do not pay for open access directly. The “article publication charge” is paid by the institution or funder. For further details, and for full terms and conditions, please go to Wiley’s Open Access page. Open Access articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The “CC BY” license permits commercial and non-commercial re-use of an open access article as long as the author is properly attributed. Further information on licensing and copyright can be found here.

In relation to our Articles and Legislation and Reports sections, the MLR has created a fund to cover the costs of making the article open access. This fund is available where the article is not covered by an Open Access agreement with our publisher, Wiley, and does not otherwise benefit from funding to pay for an article processing charge. Our policy is to ensure that any author who expects to submit to the REF2029 will have their Articles or Legislation & Reports article available via Gold open access.

There is no requirement to inform our editors prior to acceptance that you intend to publish your paper open access. All articles are treated in exactly the same way.

MLR Exclusive License for Accepted Articles

The Review’s Exclusive License Form, which all authors of accepted submissions must sign, can be downloaded here.

MLR Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Policy

Please review the Modern Law Review EDI Policy.

MLR Privacy Policy

Please also review the MLR’s privacy policy for details of how your personal information is used in the submissions process.

MLR Submission Information Sessions

Members of MLR Editorial Committee Information Session on Articles Submission

This video follows on from the women’s panel of June 2020. It is a short discussion between Jo Braithwaite, Tatiana Cutts and Vanessa Munro about submitting a MLR article and designed to go along the panel video.

Modern Law Review Information Session for Female Academics, 10 June 2020

On 10 June 2020 members of the Modern Law Review Editorial Committee hosted a Zoom information session for women on publishing in the MLR. The session was attended by 217 women from 62 institutions and 16 countries.

Conor Gearty on the MLR Forum

Conor Gearty gives a quick outline of the MLR’s Forum. The Forum is for short replies and discussions of MLR content, open for anyone from students to professors, with a light touch review and editorial process and quick turnaround. Please get in touch with queries or proposals at

Modern Law Review House Style Guide

Click below to download the guide to the Modern Law Review Style Guide. This style must be followed for all submissions.