Submission Process

Editorial Policy and Guidelines for Contributors

The JELP welcomes submissions in the field of environmental law and policy that are original, significant and relevant to Canada. The JELP’s purpose is to provide a forum for commentary and dialogue on current issues in environmental law. As such, the JELP welcomes responsible comment from all sides of any environmental legal issue.

Categories of Submissions

The JELP will consider five categories of submissions: articles, recent case or legislation comments, book reviews, practice notes and emerging scholar contributions.  All submissions should adhere to the Submission Guidelines provided below.

Peer Review, Editorial Process and Copyright

As a refereed journal, all submissions (except book reviews) are subject to an editorial and peer review process and no submission is guaranteed publication, including those that have been revised and resubmitted. While authors remain responsible for the accuracy of the content in their written work, the Editors reserve the right to any editorial changes necessary to ensure correctness grammar and syntax, clarity and conformity to style.  Authors of written work accepted for publication will retain copyright but will be required to assign to the Publisher the exclusive right to publish the written work for 9 months and a non-exclusive right to publish the piece thereafter.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submissions may be written in either French or English.
  2. Submissions must be original and unpublished.
  3. Submissions should be in MS Word .doc or .docx format and double spaced with 1″ margins. Headings and sub-headings should be used to assist with clarity.
  4. Submissions must use footnotes (rather than endnotes) which conform to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th ed. (aka the McGill Guide) Authors should ensure that pinpoints to specific pages or paragraphs are provided where required. Copies of unpublished sources cited by the contributor need not be submitted with the manuscript but may be requested in the course of publication.
  5. The JELP does not accept submissions that are simultaneously under consideration by other publications. The editors ask that authors confirm their compliance with this policy in their submission email.
  6. Submissions from JD students must be accompanied by a letter from a supervising Professor recommending publication and will be considered for publications as an Emerging Scholar Contribution.
  7. In general, submissions should not exceed the following word counts, inclusive of footnotes:
    • Articles: up to a maximum 20,000 words (although submissions under 10,000 words are encouraged)
    • Recent Case or Legislation Comments:  10,000 words
    • Practice Notes: 5,000 words
    • Book Reviews:  5,000 words
    • Emerging Scholar Contributions:  10,000 words

8.  Articles submitted for consideration must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words.

How to Submit

An electronic copy of your submission should be emailed to  Authors are asked to indicate in their covering email the category in which they wish their submission to be considered.

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