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Academic Articles

This section is peer reviewed.

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Author Guidelines

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1. Submitting a  manuscript.

Articles should be submitted by use of the Online Submissions system (above) of the Journal

Prior to submission, potential authors should carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned without review.

The editors of the International Journal for Court Administration welcome the submission of original high-quality articles that advance the IJCA aim to be the most respected and sought after periodical for practitioners and scholars of justice administration throughout the world. Originals or high-quality reproductions of photographs, graphs, charts, and forms in support of the text that enhance the article's presentation are encouraged.

Articles submitted for publication in the International Journal for Court Administration must not be under consideration or previously been published by any other publication.  Submitted articles may draw on a variety of research or other inquiry protocols of the social sciences and adhere to the highest professional standards of inquiry and reporting (e.g., reports of original research should document methodology including evidence of reliability and validity of results).

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus of the journal. Please read the information on the Peer Review Process and follow the below guidelines.

This Journal does not charge Article Processing Charges (APC).

The Journal provides immediate open access to its content. Authors retain copyright of their articles. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY 3.0) 

If you have any questions you can contact the Managing Editor.

Professional Articles and Academic Articles

The International Journal for Court Administration features professional and academic sections. Submitted manuscripts for the professional section are reviewed and evaluated by the editors. Submitted manuscripts for the academic section are evaluated anonymously by carefully vetted scholars and practitioners. IJCA has in place a policy of masked review for submissions for the academic section(double blind peer review). References that reveal the identity of authors should be deleted from the body of the manuscript's intended for the academic section.

2. Deadlines

Academic and professional articles for the December issue must be submitted before September 1. Articles for the June issue must be submitted before March 1.

3. Text

Articles published in The International Journal for Court Administration typically run 30 to 50 double-spaced pages (roughly 5,000 to 7000 words) in length including end material (i.e., appendixes, notes, references, tables, and figures). While substantially longer articles may be published, their importance (e.g. quantitative empirical research reports)  must justify the additional space required.  Shorter pieces, such as practice notes and book reviews, typically run  1500-3000 words.

IJCA also publishes articles from non-English speaking countries. It is the primary responsibility of authors to submit texts in adequate English. We advise non-native English authors to have their texts corrected by professional text editors prior to submission. In extraordinary cases the editors may make an exception to this rule and seek to engage our network of voluntary text correctors. Corrected texts will be sent to the author for approval before publication.

4. Title, subtitles and biography
Submitted manuscripts

Submitted manuscripts should have a title page listing the full title, names, academic or professional affiliations and complete addresses of all authors. In case of multiple authors of one article, all authors should be displayed on a new line, followed by organization details, separated by commas. A brief autobiographical note may be supplied. The name and address of the author to whom correspondence may be sent should be indicated, including an e-mail address and telephone number.

Manuscripts accepted for publication

Manuscripts accepted for publication should show the title and the author(s). In the first footnote, author affiliations and e-mail addresses may be shown.

When the editorial board decides to publish the manuscript, the author is required to submit a short biography of no more than six lines for inclusion in the personal details section. This biography should include: year of birth, education, professional position, areas of special interest, three recent publications and email address.

5. Abstract and key words

A structured summary of about 100 to 200 words should be included with the manuscript together with five  key words which encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the paper which will be used for indexing. The summary should be understandable to readers who have not read the rest of the paper. It should not contain citations to other published work.

6. Points of Style

Submissions of manuscripts should be in English and in MSWord or RTF format. References should be in footnotes. Sources should be listed in the References section.  Examples of basic reference formats are as follows:

Journal Article:

P. Albers, Improvements of Judicial Systems: European Experiences. International Journal for  Court Administration 1 (1) pp. 45-57

Authored Book:

H. Genn, Court-Based ADR Initiatives For Non-Family Civil Disputes: The Commercial Court And The Court Of Appeal, Department of Constitutional Affairs, 2002

Chapter in an Edited Book:

J. B. Auby, L. Cluzel-Métayer,  Administrative law in France, in: R.J.G.H. Seerden (ed.), Administrative Law of the European Union, Its Memberstates and the United States, Intersentia, Antwerp 2007, pp 61-92.

Internet (URL)
Use the full URL of the relevant website. Always indicate the date on which you last visited the site. Example: <> [accessed 19 March 2013]


Page references
Use p. for the starting page or the exact page where the information is to be found; use pp. to indicate several pages, e.g.: pp. 15-18.

The first reference to any source must be given in full (for format see 'Rules of Citation').
Authorities and textual sources cited elsewhere in the article may be referred to by using a condensed reference, adding 'supra' or 'infra'. This also applies to case names. For reference to the author, simply use the last name (no initials). Where more than two authors are cited, name only the first author, followed by 'et al.'.
Use 'note' or 'notes' when referring to other footnotes within the article. Do not use page numbers for references within the article, as they will change when the issue is typeset. Instead, refer to (sub)sections or text at notes. References such as 'op. cit.', 'loc. cit.', 'idem' ('id.') are not used; only 'ibid.' should be used, when referring to the source cited immediately above.
See Falk, supra note 17, p. 86.
See Roe v Wade, supra note 20, p. 12.
Ibid., p. 24.
Cf. Section 5, infra.
See note 10, infra.
See also text at notes 35-37, infra.
See notes 12-15 and accompanying text, supra.
See, e.g., cases cited at note 24, supra

7. Other points of style

Main text

Technical details
Please specify the type of computer and the version of MSWord used. Use only the MSWord format (.doc).
Manuscripts should be typed on pages of uniform size using double spacing and wide margins to allow room for comments.
Ensure that the letter 'I' and digit '1' (also letter 'O' and digit '0') have been used properly, and format your paper consistently.
Do not use bullets or numbering or other automatic functions to list items; use non-automatic Arabic numerals or hyphens instead.
Make sure all changes have been accepted and turn off 'track changes'.
If there are notes, insert footnotes (notes are not allowed in (sub)titles or biography). Footnotes must all end in a full stop. The footnotes should in general be placed after a dot. This might be different if a footnote only refers to a certain word in the sentence, but this should remain an exception.
Example: In the Badeck case, the Court concluded that these provisions did not apply.1

An article may be divided into sections, subsections, and sub-subsections, using Arabic numerals. Only the initial word and proper names should be capitalized.
1. Terrorism and financial supervision
1.1. Introduction
1.1.1. European Union

Punctuation should be consistent in the following ways: single quotation marks should be used, except for quotations within quotations (which will have double quotation marks).
Punctuation will follow closing inverted commas.
The serial comma (i.e. the one before 'and' in 'red, white, and blue') is not used.

The original capitalization, spelling etc. of the quotation should be preserved. Place any change made to a quoted text between square brackets, unless you use an ellipsis to indicate omissions within the quoted text: (...). Use [sic] to signify obvious mistakes in the quoted text.
If you wish to add specific emphasis to part of the quoted text, this should be done by the use of italics, and '(emphasis added)' should be added.
Quotations should always be followed by a footnote with a reference to the source.

The following should be italicized in the main text:
-    Case names (e.g.: The Court in Bosman held that (...); In the Kelderluik case, the Dutch Supreme Court considered (...)
-    Titles of publications: Wall Street Journal, International journal for Court Adminsitration
-    Words requiring special emphasis: 'never use bold type'
-    Words or phrases in languages other than English which are not in common use
-    First time references to national legislation, national bodies and institutions, etc. In these cases, give an English translation first, followed by the official name in the national language between brackets and in italics: Identification (Financial Services) Act (Wet identificatie bij financiële dienstverlening), Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank, DNB). Use only the English translation in future references, or the national abbreviation where supplied.

Abbreviations that are in common use (UN, EC, EU, US, UK) need not be given in full on first use.
Other abbreviations should be spelt out on first use with the abbreviation given immediately following in parentheses, e.g. 'World Health Organization (WHO)'. In future references use the abbreviation.
Acronyms and lettered abbreviations will be rendered with no stops.
Terms such as 'article', 'resolution', 'paragraph', and 'declaration' should not be abbreviated in the main text (cf. 'footnotes' below, however). Subsection or paragraph numbers of articles should be given in parentheses, e.g. 'Article 5(6)(b)'; 'Article XII(1)'; and Section 2(a), first item, second sentence, of the Sickness Benefits Act;

Numerals will be written out up to and including ten; 11 and above will be given in figures. If numerals up to ten and numerals above ten are included within the same sentence, all should be written out for consistency's sake. Numerals are always used to indicate percentages. Percentages should be given using %.

Use the form day-month-year, e.g. 2 November 2002.
Decades: always use '1960s', not 'sixties' or '60s'.

The following should always be capitalized: States Parties, Contracting Parties, Member States (but not state or states), Parliament, Government, Ministry/Minister and portfolio (e.g. Ministry of the Interior), Secretary General, State Secretary, Directorate General, names of established committees and commissions, working groups, etc., 'Article', 'Chapter', 'Section' and 'Paragraph', when followed by a number, and 'Resolution', 'Treaty', 'Act', etc. only when referring to a specific text. Otherwise, use capitalization sparingly.

8. After review

Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author(s) should provide a final version that takes account the reviewers’ comments. A completed and signed Copyright Acceptance Form, available from the Co-Managing Editors, must accompany each submission. By signing the form the author accepts the copyright statement of the International Journal for Court Administration 

9. Contacts

More information can be acquired by sending an e-mail to Tim Bunjevac: or Gar Yein Ng:

Submission Preparation Checklist

  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 author warrants and represents that the work does not infringe upon any copyright, proprietary, or personal right of any third party. If the work contains any material that is owned or controlled by a third party, the author certifies that he/she has obtained permission for its use and that the material is clearly acknowledged within the text.

    This warrant concerns the entire manuscript, text as well as pictures, sound, video, data sets etc. The author also warrants to us that he/she has full authority to enter into this agreement and that the rights he/she is granting to IJCA are done so without breaching any obligations he/she may have.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper. The corresponding author is authorized to speak on behalf of the authors
  5. The author declares the absence of any conflict of interest.
  6. All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal the submission has been anonymised.

Copyright Notice

The International Journal for Court Administration applies the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-by) to all articles that are published in IJCA. (See the human-readable summary or the full license legal code). Under the CC-by, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

This means that you are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work
  • to make commercial use of the work

Under the following conditions:

Journal policy on attribution:

Any person or organization that wishes to draw on the specific research or content of any article in any issue of the Journal for purposes of quoting from, paraphrasing, or otherwise utilizing it for scholarly, commercial, or other purposes should attribute such use by referencing the following:

1.  Author of the article

2.  Title of the article

3.  Issue/date of publication of the Journal from which the content is drawn and the specific page number(s).

Multiple references to the same article can be abbreviated as is customary and appropriate, such as author and year, but the bibliography must include items 1-3.

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