Author Guidelines


  1. General Guidelines to Authors
  2. a) Submissions to Law and Policy Review shall be original, previously unpublished scholarly articles, comments, notes, book reviews and case comments. The submissions shall be in English.
  3. b) The author of a submission shall confirm that it is not concurrently submitted to another journal.
  4. c) The timeline for submission is from November 30th to May 31st for the first issue of a volume (published in January), and from May 1st to November 30th for the second issue of a volume (published in December).
  5. d) The submission of draft articles shall be sent to the Editor-in-Chief or the Editor through the following contact details:

[email protected][email protected],

  1. e) Submissions shall be made in two separate Microsoft word document files, one with the author’s name, and a second Blinded Manuscript without author’s details. The text and footnotes of the Blinded Manuscript shall not use words that imply the author. The title page of the first file with author’s details shall include author's name, academic profile, institutional affiliation, e-mail address and telephone. 
  2. f) Authors whose articles are accepted for publication shall submit author identifier (ORCID) upon submission of the final version.
  3. Definition of author relating to the submission that emerges from a thesis
  4. a) Law and Policy Review use the realistic definition of authorship, and the journal shall not include the name of supervisor/s (advisor/s) of a thesis or dissertation as ‘corresponding author’ or ‘co-author’ in articles that emerge from chapter/s of theses.
  5. b) The author can –in the first footnote– acknowledge that the article has benefitted from the supervision and advising.
  6. c) Where the intellectual creation and writing up of specific section/s in the submission are done by the supervisor/advisor, this shall be stated to indicate co-authorship, and the text should not be part of the thesis.
  7. Article processing charges and subscription fees.
  8. Word count, font size and structure/ format for Referencing.
  9. a) Word count (including footnotes) of articles and short articles shall not respectively exceed 8000 words.

Referencing style;

APA 7th is an 'author/date' system, so your in-text references for all formats (book, journal article, web document) consists of the author(s) surname and year of publication.

The basics of an in-text reference in APA:

  • Include author or authors and year of publication.
  • Use round brackets.

Example: (Smith & Bruce, 2018)

If you quote directly from an author you need to include the page or paragraph number of the quote in your in-text reference. See the 'Quotes' section below for more advice on adding quotes into your work.

Include author or authors, year of publication and page or paragraph number of your quote.

Use round brackets.

Example: (Smith & Bruce, 2018, pp. 25-26)

Reference List.

All in-text references should be listed in the reference list at the end of your document. The purpose of the reference list entry is to contain all the information that a reader of your work needs to follow-up on your sources. An important principle in referencing is to be consistent. The number of references should fall between 15 and 50. Footnotes are not encouraged in APA style.

When compiling your APA Reference List, you should:

List references on a new page with a centred heading titled: References.

Include all your references, regardless of format, e.g. books, journal articles, online sources, in one alphabetical listing from A - Z.

Order entries alphabetically by surname of author(s).

List works with no author under the first significant word of the title.

Indent second and subsequent lines of each entry (5-7 spaces).

Use double spacing.

Note that all references in APA end with a full stop except when the reference ends with a URL or a DOI. Kindly follow the APA style formatting for your article by clicking on APA STYLE TEMPLATE

 Journal article

A basic reference list entry for a journal article in APA must include:

Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.

Year of publication of the article (in round brackets).

Article title.

Journal title (in italics).

Volume of journal (in italics).

Issue of journal (no italics).

Page range of article.

DOI (presented as a hyperlink, for example

The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.


Ruxton, C. (2016). Tea: Hydration and other health benefits. Primary Health Care, 26(8), 34-42.


A basic reference list entry for a book from a library database in APA must include:

Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.

Year of publication of the book (in round brackets).

Book title (in italics).

Edition (in round brackets), if other than first edition.


DOI (where a book has a DOI this must be included, even if you are referring to a print book).

The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.

Example: Arnott, G. D. (2017). The disability support worker (2nd ed.). Cengage Learning.

  1. b) The Editorial Team may allow publication of an article which exceeds 4,000 words where condensing or splitting it adversely affects depth and content.
  2. c) The maximum length for comments shall be 8,000 words.
  3. d) The text of submissions shall be in Times New Roman, 1.5 space, Font Size 12 (and Font Size 10 for footnotes).
  4. e) Articles shall contain an abstract of not more than 200 words, and a maximum of five key terms. Each key term is expected to have a single word, and shall not be more than two words.
  5. f) The structure of submissions shall include Introduction, thematic sections with numerical designations, conclusion and cited references.
  6. g) Section titles, Introduction and Conclusion shall be in Font Size 14, bold, and sub-sections (1.1, 1.2, etc) shall be in Font Size 12 bold. Footnotes shall be consecutive, and in superscript.
  7. h) ALL CAPS shall not be used in titles, text or footnotes of submissions other than Acronyms.
  8. Declaration on ethical standards

Authors shall submit a declaration that:

  1. a) the submission is not previously published;
  2. b) the submission is his/her/their original work and is not duplicate or excerpt of one’s own previously published work;
  3. c) the submission is not concurrently under review in another journal or publication;
  4. d) all sources are acknowledged, in addition to which quotation marks are used if 4(four) to 50(fifty) words are taken from a source in the same form and sequence;
  5. e) all direct quotations beyond 50 (fifty) words are indented to clearly distinguish the text from the paragraph;
  6. f) there is no financial or institutional conflict of interest or conflicting interests among co-authors.


Copyright Notice

  1. a) Copyright of the content of the articles shall be retained by the author subject to the condition that it cannot be republished in another journal. The reproduction of the article as book chapter requires the acknowledgement of its prior publication in Law and Policy Review.
  2. b) An author is entitled to deposit her/his published article in any Open Access repository subject to the condition that the format and layout shall not be changed. Depositing a post-publication version in any repository requires acknowledgement of the earlier version by indicating the Volume, Issue and page numbers of the version published in Law and Policy Review.
  3. c) Articles published in Law and Policy Review are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

Privacy Statement

  1. a) Where the Editorial Team deems it necessary, the editors may remove precise reference to names of individuals in case comments.
  2. b) The names and email addresses submitted to and published in Law and Policy Review shall not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Opinions expressed in articles, comments, case comments and sharing thoughts do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Team, or the publisher of the journal, i.e., School of law and Policy. UMT.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Journal Identifiers

The LPR aims to preserve all the published content on digital repositories. In order to follow that, the LPR commits to submit the metadata of all its manuscripts to LOCKSS as we have recently implemented the use of the OJS (Open Journal System). This service is free for OJS users and we are further discussing the process. This is to ensure the availability of the published scholarly content by LPR to the community despite any accidental loss of data in its personal archival records. LPR has further ensured that the metadata of all of its open access journals is compatible to all the well-known repository services and their digital crawlers may regularly collect it for record and preservation. Besides, LPR also assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to all its issues and the contents to facilitate reaching their permanent links on the internet.