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Author Guidelines

General guidelines:

Submissions to JOAL must respect some requirements, as follows:

JOAL accepts submissions for each section of the journal. Authors are kindly invited to choose the most suitable section for their submission.

During the submission process, authors are required to check that they are following the Submission Preparation Checklist, as it appears below.

JOAL welcomes papers in International English.

Authors are asked to provide metadata pertaining to their proposal in English. An asterisk marks mandatory metadata, as follows:

  • name and surname,
  • e-mail address,
  • title of the contribution,
  • abstract (max 150 words).
For each submission, the authors can suggest an academic discipline or sub-discipline, subject classifications for his/her paper, and they can propose some keywords for indexing. 

Accepted papers will be available for the final publication in PDF. 
Considering this fact, authors are asked to follow these instructions:

Notes (in the final paper they will result as endnotes) must be placed inside the text and not as annotation, this way:\footnote{annotation text}

Bibliography must comply to the MLA style, following the instructions at the end of this section.

Tables can be placed in text with a proper caption.

High resolution images must be uploaded separately as additional files: their name in the text has necessarily to be the same of the uploaded file. Authors should supply a caption for each image.


In the preparation of bibliography authors must:

Arrange entries in alphabetical order by authors' last names (surnames), or by title (for sources without authors).

Capitalize the first word and all other principal words of the titles and subtitles of cited works listed. (Do not capitalize articles, prepositions, coordinating conjunctions, or the "to" in infinitives.)

Shorten the publisher's name; for example, omit articles, business abbreviations (Co., Inc.), and descriptive words (Press, Publisher). When multiple publishers are listed, include all of them, placing a semicolon between each. When more than one city is listed for the same publisher, use only the first city.

Use the conjunction "and," not an ampersand [&], when listing multiple authors of a single work.

References must be formatted according to MLA style and comply with the following examples:

Book, one author:

Reed, Chris. Computer law. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011. Print.

Two or more authors:

Leenes, Ronald E., Koops, Bert-Jaap and De Hert, Paul. Constitutional rights and new technologies : a comparative study. The Hague : T.M.C. Asser Press ; Cambridge ; New York : Distributed by Cambridge University Press, 2008.Print.

Article in a book:

Kowalewski, Michael. "Jack Kerouac and the Beats in San Francisco." San Francisco in Fiction: Essays in a Regional Literature. Ed. David Fine and Paul Skenazy. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1995. 126-43. Print.

Journal article, one author:

Shefter, Martin. "Institutional Conflict over Presidential Appointments: The Case of Clarence Thomas." PS: Political Science & Politics 25.4 (1992): 676-79. Print.

Article in an online periodical. If pagination is unavailable or is not continuous, use n. pag. in place of the page numbers, eg.

Britt, Phillip. "Taking the Byte Out of Cybercrime." Information Today Dec. 2008: n. pag. Web. 8 June 2009.



The abstract, as a brief and accurate synthesis of the document content, should be no longer than 250 words. It should describe the topics of the article in a clear and exhaustive way. We suggest that you avoid any biographical references, and use an impersonal style.

Classification and Keywords

During the submission process, authors can propose a class for his paper using  academic discipline or sub-discipline, subject classifications or 4-5 keywords summarizing the themes of the article.

Modifications to published articles

The online publication represents the official publication of research results. As soon as an article is published online, it is citable and quotable. If changes are then made, confusion can easily arise, with authors citing different versions of the same publication.

JOAL has therefore decided not to make systematic use of the technical possibilities that an online publication offers and not to simply replace a published document with an updated one. After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyperlinked to the article.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

Copyright Agreement with Authors

Authors submitting a paper to JOAL automatically agree to confer a limited license to JOAL if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. This license allows JOAL to publish a manuscript in a given issue, by any means, anywhere in the world. Authors whose submissions have been accepted then have a choice of:

  1. Dedicating the article to the public domain. This allows anyone to make any use of the article at any time, including commercial use. A good way to do this is to use the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication Web form; see
  2. Retaining some rights while allowing some use. For example, authors may decide to disallow commercial use without permission. Authors may also decide whether to allow users to make modifications (e.g.translations, adaptations) without permission. A good way to make these choices is to use a Creative Commons license.
    • Go to
    • Choose and select license. Choose "generic" if you are in the U.S. and "text" for JOAL articles.
    • What to do next — you can then e–mail the license html code to yourself. Do this, and then forward that e–mail to JOAL’s editors. Put your name in the subject line of the e–mail with your name and article title in the e–mail.
    Background information about Creative Commons licenses can be found at
  3. Retaining full rights, including translation and reproduction rights. Authors may use the statement:  © Author 2013 All Rights Reserved. Authors may choose to use their own wording to reserve copyright. If you choose to retain full copyright, please add your copyright statement to the end of the article.



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