Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines as provided below. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.


Author’s Guide

  1. Journal’s Publication Policy
    • The Journal welcomes manuscripts in the form of articles, case notes and book reviews.
    • The Journal encourages critical and interdisciplinary approach to law and strictly publishes original submissions of a high academic standard.
    • The Journal does not give priority to authors from any particular. institution. The determining factor for a submission’s acceptance depends on whether it meets the quality standards of JALCLI and whether space is available for publication.
    • In order to be considered for publication, a submission must be the result of original research by the author(s), meets with all applicable legal principles in respect of publication (such as copyright, etc.), contribute something sufficiently new to the existing literature and conform to the linguistic, technical and stylistic requirements for publications in JALCLI. Authors are personally responsible to ensure that their submissions meet all these requirements.
    • The submission to JALCLI of a manuscript for publication implies that it is the result of original research by the author(s) and that copyright vests in The editorial board has to be timely notified if the author(s) wish to submit a manuscript partially or in its entirety to another publication or if it has been published previously.
    • Submissions are only accepted for consideration on the basis that while the editorial committee makes the final decision on publication, submissions will be subjected to appropriate peer and expert review, as well as review by members of the advisory committee when necessary. The editorial committee further reserves the right to edit all submissions accepted for publication in terms of the editorial policy, as well as to shorten submissions if necessary.
    • Submissions are reviewed by members of the editorial board, the editorial advisory committee and knowledgeable arbiters. If a manuscript does not comply with standards set by the editorial board and advisory committee with regard to linguistic, content-based or technical standards, it is sent back to authors for reworking, if tenable.
    • Manuscripts may only be submitted in electronic format (utilising MS Word) through the JALCLI website or journal official e-mail. In addition, authors-
    • must supply their relevant contact particulars, especially e-mail address(es) and telephone numbers;
    • guarantee that they are legally entitled to have the full submission published and that it, or a part of it, has not been published elsewhere before;
    • disclose whether it, or a part of it, has been submitted to any other journal for publication; and
    • undertake to give reasonable notice to the editor if the submission is withdrawn for any reason.
  2. Guidelines for Authors

    2.1 Manuscript

    Manuscripts have to be in Times New Roman; 1.5 spaced with 12 font size. That is the case regarding the text itself, quotes and footnotes.

    Unless prior arrangements have been made with the editor, an article (including footnotes and the summary) must range between 8000 and 10000 words and other contributions must range between 3500 and 5500 words.

    2.2 An Abstract

    An abstract of between 250 and 450 words must accompany an article. It must be indented by 0.5 both right and left; single spaced.

    2.3 Key Words

    A list of key words (between 3-5) must feature immediately after an abstract. They must be alphabetically arranged.

    2.4 Rules on Footnotes

    - Footnotes must start with a capital and end with a full stop.

           - Where footnotes are used, no list of bibliography and/or readings is provided at the end of the paper.

           - Do not use footnotes in case notes or book reviews; rather all references should be integrated (in brackets) in the text itself provided that a list of bibliography and/or readings is given at the end of the paper.

           - Use abbreviations in the footnotes especially with regard to provisions of the law. For example use “s.9” and not “section 9”. 

           - Where multiple sources are referred to in one footnote, they have to be separated by semi-colons and preferably chronologically.

           - Individual footnotes have to be presented flowingly; the text should not be divided into paragraphs.

          2.5 Titles, Headings and Authors

    • Headings and titles of articles, book reviews and notes must be as short as possible.
    • Lowercase is used in the main headings of articles. Headings of articles are presented in the following way:

Sexual violence, armed conflict and international law in                                                    Africa

                            Leonard Chimanda*


  • The asterisk (*) must have a corresponding asterisk footnote giving the particulars including the mail address of the author(s)
  • The title of the paper must be written with 14 font size.

         2.6 Sub (sections) and Numbering

Sections and subsections of articles, notes, discussions of case law and book reviews  are numbered in the following way:

  1. Introduction
  2. Phases of Refugee Influx

       2.1 The Open Door Phase

  1. Challenges facing Refugee Protection in Tanzania

       3.1 Limited Human Rights

       3.1.1 Right to Free Movement

       3.1.2 Right to Work Right to work in the Informal Sector Right to Work in the Formal Sector Right to Self Employment


     2.7 Other hierarchical orders are presented as follows:







     2.8 Citation of Sources

     All citations must be in accordance with the UDOM School of Law Citation and Referencing Guidelines.