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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Length Limitations

JLAS  strongly prefers articles under 25,000 words in length — the equivalent of 50 law review pages — including text and footnotes. Length in excess of 30,000 words — the equivalent of 60 law review pages — will weigh significantly against selection.

Anonymous Review

To facilitate our anonymous review process, please confine your name, affiliation, biographical information, and acknowledgments to a separate cover page. Please include the manuscript’s title on the first text page.

Citation Format

When preparing manuscripts for submission, JLAS authors must follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) or 2010 Harvard Citator/Bluebook (19th Edition). Please use footnotes rather than endnotes All manuscripts must be submitted in English and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins on all sides of the page throughout.

Expedited Review

If you would like to request an expedited review of your submission, please refer to the unique link provided to you in your Submission Confirmation Email. If you did not receive this message, be sure to check your Spam / Junk folder.

Seven-Day Offer Window

Authors of accepted works have seven days to accept publication offers.

Preference for Exclusivity

We strongly recommend that you submit your manuscript to us exclusively. However, non-exclusive submissions are permitted and will receive the same review process as exclusive submissions. As described below, our review process is lengthy; unlike many law journals, JLAS referees all manuscripts and those that are not desk rejected undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review. As a result, we are often unable to make quick decisions when faced with multiple offers from other journals.

Authors who choose to give us an exclusive submission should indicate in our electronic submission system the date that they expect to send the manuscript to other journals. We apply the same standards of review to all submissions, but submitting exclusively makes it more likely that we will have time to put the manuscript through all of stages of our review process.

Review Process

The Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport carefully considers all manuscripts that it receives. Our selection process has many steps: each manuscript is reviewed anonymously, two editors review every submission, and many manuscirpts go through double-blind peer review. The review process takes, at minimum, 30 days from the point of submission. The Editorial Board of JLAS prides itself on fast turnarounds, but authors should anticipate a review process that may exceed 30 days. At any point, authors are encouraged to contact the Editor or Associate Editor with inquiries on the status of their manuscript

Although we make every effort to honor requests for expedited review, we do not omit any of our review stages in response to such requests. When requesting an expedited review, please understand that our selection process takes time.

There is no best time to submit a manuscript to the JLAS. We will never reject an article for lack of space; rather, we will hold it over for consideration by the next volume.

We notify authors of our decisions by email. We normally do not inform authors of the status of their manuscripts other than through email. As a matter of policy, we do not discuss the reasons for our publication decisions.

Preference for Theoretical and Practical Contributions

The Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport is the preeminent peer-reviewed sport law journal. As such, JLAS gives preference for publication to manuscripts that advance existing knowledge on sport law issues. While JLAS will review for consideration manuscripts that focus on teaching sport law and book reviews, preference will always be given to articles that include within them significant theoretical and practical information that extends the extant sport law literature in new and exciting directions.

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