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 (

From 30 September 2019, we will now only take article, legislation and case note submissions via ScholarOne. If you made a submission via this site prior to 30 September it will be dealt with through our old process.

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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 or short pieces on current cases or developments which are linked to topics discussed 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. 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.

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.

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.