Information for Prospective Authors
A scholarly article must embody compelling legal analysis which is sufficient to make an original contribution to the existing literature on a specific legal topic.
The maximum length of an article is 15,000 words (excluding footnotes).
A case comment is a creative and critical discussion of the impact of a noteworthy case.
The maximum length of a case comment is 10,000 words (excluding footnotes).
A book review is a formal evaluation of a notable book which was recently published and which goes above and beyond summarizing the contents of the work.
The maximum length of a book review is 2,500 words (excluding footnotes).
Both French and English submissions are accepted.
All submissions must be accompanied by a separate cover letter containing:
• Author’s full name,
• Full mailing address,
• Telephone number,
• E-mail address (the primary method of communication),
• Biographical information (see anonymity policy),
• Academic credentials,
• Current institution affiliation, if any,
• Names and titles of individuals who have already reviewed the submission or are familiar with it, and
• A 250 word (maximum) summary of the submission which also addresses why it is relevant to the legal community.
• Microsoft Word document (.doc)
• 12 point Times New Roman font
• Double-spaced text
• 0.5" margins
• Arabic numeral page numbers on bottom right corners
• The full title and a table of contents shall immediately precede the work
Footnotes must be used (not endnotes), and they must conform to the most recent edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (Toronto: Carswell), known as the “McGill Guide”.
Please do not include a bibliography.
Submissions by Students
Authors who are or have recently been students (within the past 10 months) must include a letter or email from a law professor supporting the publication of the paper in a law journal.
Further requirements upon acceptance
• A 200 word (maximum) abstract which will be translated into the other official language,
• Any acknowledgements that the author wishes to make and the author’s credentials, including any institutional affiliation (maximum 100 words).
The Ottawa Law Review provides disclaimers, upon request, stating that all opinions expressed are solely the author’s and not the institution’s.
Originality and Exclusivity
The Ottawa Law Review publishes only original material, meaning that a substantially similar version of the work has not been previously published. Authors must inform the Ottawa Law Review if their submissions relate to any prior work.
Additionally, the Ottawa Law Review only considers exclusively submitted material that is not simultaneously under consideration by any other publication.
It is the author’s responsibility to comply with the University of Ottawa’s policy on academic fraud, which is strictly adhered to by the Ottawa Law Review.
The Ottawa Law Review considers submissions anonymously, without regard to the author's identity, institutional affiliation, prior publications, credentials, or previous submissions.
To facilitate an anonymous peer-review process, no identifying information may appear in the submission, including credentials, biographical information, acknowledgements, or references/citations to the author’s previous works, that may identify him or her as the author of the submission.
The Editor-in-Chief (Articles) is the only member of the Editorial Board who has knowledge of the identity of the author. Neither the assessors nor the other Editorial Board members have knowledge of the author's identity during the evaluation process.
The Ottawa Law Review obtains a minimum of two independent assessments from peer-reviewers who have expertise on the legal topic before a submission is considered for publication by the Editorial Board.
In addition to style, organization, persuasiveness, coherence, conciseness, clarity, etc., the substance of the submission is evaluated based on the following criteria:
Does the article contain a clear idea or argument as its thesis?
Is the idea or argument discussed in a novel manner?
Does the article make a significant contribution to existing literature in the field?
Does the article seriously consider opposing arguments?
Are the supporting citations current, thorough and accurate?
Is the discussion of relevance to the legal community?
Does the article lay a foundation for further debate?
A majority vote determines the outcome.
Each Senior Board member can vote for one of four possible decisions regarding a submission:
b. Accept with conditions
c. Reject and Resubmit
Articles are generally accepted only if there is no need for the author to make changes. Conditions are usually added. If the necessary changes are sufficiently substantive that they would require the article to be re-assessed, the Editorial Board may vote to “Reject and Resubmit.” When the Editorial Board decides on “Reject and Resubmit”, the author is provided with thorough advice on how to improve the article and is strongly encouraged to resubmit.