Editorial Guidelines

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  1. The De Jure Law Journal has the promotion of a critical and analytical approach to law as its main objectives and, towards this aim, publishes original contributions of a high academic standard.
  2. The De Jure Law Journal is a national and general legal journal to which academics, members of the judiciary and members of the different legal professions may contribute.
  3. No preference is given to authors from any particular institution. The decision whether to publish any submission depends on whether it meets the high quality standards of the De Jure Law Journal and whether space is available for publication.
  4. Contributions in English are published and may consist of articles, notes, discussions of recent cases and book reviews.
  5. In order to be considered for publication a contribution must be the result of original research by the author(s), meet with all applicable legal principles in respect of publication (such as copyright, etcetera), contribute something sufficiently new to the existing legal literature and conform to the linguistic, technical and stylistic requirements for publications in the De Jure Law Journal.
  6. Authors are personally responsible to ensure that their submissions meet all these requirements.
  7. Submissions are accepted for consideration only 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the editor, an article (including footnotes and the summary) may not exceed 8000 words and other contributions may not exceed 5500 words.
  10. Authors should supply a summary of their contributions of not more than 300 words, setting out the main findings and contribution to scholarship.

 Submission Requirements and Guidelines

  1. All manuscripts are to be submitted online at the following link: De Jure Law Journal online submission
  2. Authors must supply their relevant contact particulars, especially e-mail address(es) and telephone numbers.
  3. Authors of manuscripts must indicate their university degrees, professional qualifications and professional or academic status.
  4. If manuscripts are submitted by co-authors, it must be clearly indicated that all authors have significantly contributed to the research.
  5. Authors must 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. Authors must disclose whether it, or a part of it, has been submitted to any other journal for publication.
  6. The submitted manuscript must be original. Authors must indicate in a covering letter accompanying the manuscript that themanuscripts has not already been submitted for publication or published elsewhere. Only manuscripts that have not already been submitted for publication or published elsewhere will be considered.
  7. Authors must undertake to give reasonable notice to the editor if the submission is withdrawn for any reason.
  8. Authors must disclose all information that may be reasonably perceived to lead to a conflict of interest; and must declare any financial support related to the submitted manuscript.
  9. All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes when so required by the publisher or editors.
  10. All manuscripts selected through the process of anonymous peer-review will be made freely available online upon publication.
  11. Manuscripts must follow the Editorial Guidelines for Publication in De Jure. Manuscripts that do not conform to the Editorial Guidelines for Publication in De Jure will be rejected out of hand.
  12.   Manuscripts will not be considered if the English is below standard. In case of doubt about the correct use of the English language, authors are advised to have their text checked by a native English speaker before submission.
  13. Footnotes must be numbered consecutively.


The copyright of articles are retained by the author(s) who also retain publishing rights.

Page Fees

To provide Open-Access, the De Jure Law Journal uses a business model to offset expenses and is therefore compelled to charge page fees of ZAR250-00 per page for all articles that have been accepted for publication.

The De Jure Law Journal does not charge submission charges.

The editor will furnish the author with an invoice once the peer-review process has been completed and the article has been accepted for publication.

After Submission: Screening and Review Process

  • Screening for plagiarism: The De Jure Law Journal has a strict policy of screening manuscripts for plagiarism. The De Jure Law Journal uses the Turnitin software to detect plagiarism prior to considering a submitted manuscript for review. Manuscripts displaying plagiarism may be rejected on this ground alone. Authors not adhering to the De Jure Law Journal's policy that verbatim quotes must be clearly indicated as such may be requested to revise their articles in light of this requirement.
  • In-house substantive screening: All manuscripts then undergo an in-house substantive screening by the Editorial Team. Manuscripts may at this stage be rejected without undergoing anonymous peer review, on grounds such as: it falls outside the scope of the De Jure Law Journal; the De Jure Law Journal style guidelines were not followed; the manuscript does not conform to the formal submission requirements; the language use significantly impedes comprehension; the manuscript does not present a substantiated argument. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage are informed about the in-house screening decision.
  • Peer-review process: Selected manuscripts are then sent for anonymous peer review by at least two experts in the relevant field, for their views on whether the submitted manuscript is publishable. The review process is double blind, in the sense that reviewers are not aware of authors’ identity, and authors are not aware of reviewers’ identities. Reviewers are required to engage in an objective assessment and should indicate if they have any conflict of interest. After peer review reports are received, the Editors decide on whether to invite authors to submit a revised version of the article together with a report on how authors have implemented comments from the reviewers. On receipt of the revised version, the Editors decide on whether to publish.
  • The Editors reserve the right to modify manuscripts that have successfully passed through the peer-review process, to bring them in conformity with the house style, to improve accuracy, to eliminate mistakes and ambiguity, and to bring the manuscript in line with the tenets of plain legal language.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement of the De Jure Law Journal

Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out in the guidelines adopted by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), https://publicationethics.org/retraction-guidelines). Any cases of ethical misconduct will be treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with these guidelines.

In the event that the De Jure Law Journal publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, the publisher or editor will investigate and act upon such allegations.

When information comes to the attention of the publisher or editors of the De Jure Law Journal that requires the retraction or correction of a published article, the matter must be investigated and acted upon appropriately. The De Jure Law Journal is committed to publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when so required, in the issue immediately following, in line with COPE guidelines.

Conflict of Interest

Authors should declare if they consider that they may be reasonably perceived to have a conflict of interest in respect of the content of the manuscript they submit. The ground for the potential perception of a conflict of interest must be acknowledged in the manuscript. 

Editors must refrain from participating in the selection of articles about which they may reasonably be perceived to have a conflict of interest.

External reviewers are expected to refrain from participating in the selection of articles about which they may be reasonably perceived to have a conflict of interest.

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) states in its Guidelines on Good Publication Practice (2003) as follows:

‘Conflicts of interest arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgments on what is published. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived.’

Conflict of interest include any personal involvement in a case or other matter related to a manuscript under consideration for publication that may reasonably perceived to lead to bias, such as having a meaningful financial interest in a related matter, having received funding, having an interest in the outcome of a case being discussed in a manuscript, or having a personal relationship. 


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