Queen's Law Journal

Queen's Law Journal
Queen's Law Journal

The Queen's Law Journal publishes quality original academic work on all areas of law. We take a comprehensive view of legal scholarship—in addition to traditional legal writing, we endeavour to publish articles that intersect the boundaries between law and the social sciences. The Queen’s Law Journal publishes academic articles, book reviews, case comments, and essays, and welcomes submissions from experienced writers, as well as from new writers. 

Submissions Deadlines

The Queen’s Law Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis—there are no submission deadlines. Submissions will be considered for the next upcoming issue.

The editing process for the Fall issue begins in September, with publication in December. For the Spring issue, editing begins in January, with publication in May.

Given these time frames, and the fact that the submissions process takes approximately 3 to 5 months, generally, articles submitted between November and May will be considered for the upcoming Fall issue and articles submitted between June and October will be considered for the upcoming Winter issue.

These timelines are only guidelines and are subject to the number of articles already accepted for publication in a given issue, and the publication of special issues. 


For more information or to submit an article please contact the Managing Editors of Submissions at: 

Queen's Law Journal
Faculty of Law
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6

Submissions Process

The submissions process, from receipt of submission to offer of publication takes approximately 3 to 5 months. The submissions process is as follows:

1. Manuscripts should generally not be longer than 10,000 words excluding footnotes. Manuscripts longer than 15,000 words including footnotes will not be accepted. Citations must conform with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (the McGill Guide).

2. Article must be submitted exclusively to Managing Editors of Submission at qlj@queensu.ca.

3. Managing Submissions Editors confirm receipt of submission with the author.

4. Submissions Committee, comprised of the Managing Submissions Editors and Submissions Editors, conducts an internal review and recommends one of either: external review; revise and resubmit; or rejection. This process takes between 2 and 3 weeks.

5. Internal review report is submitted to the Editors-in-Chief and the Faculty Advisors to endorse or override the recommendation of the Submissions Committee. This process takes between 1 and 2 weeks.

6. Managing Submissions Editors communicate the final internal review decision to the author.

7. If the submission proceeds to external review, the Managing Submissions Editors secure external reviewers. The external review process is double-blind. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise in the subject-area of the submission. This process takes between 1 and 3 months, depending on reviewer availability.

8. On the basis of the external reviewer reports, the Editors-in-Chief and the Faculty Advisors will decide whether or not the extend an offer of publication.

9. The Managing Submissions Editor will communicate the publication decision to the author and provide them with blinded copies of the external reviewer reports.

10. Where a publication offer has been extended, the author will be given the opportunity to conduct a final edit of their submission before the article is turned over to the editing team.