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Asian Journal of Comparative Law

CiteScore 2016: 0.04

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.101

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    Aims and Scope

    The Asian Journal of Comparative Law is now published by Cambridge University Press


    Type of Publication:

    The Asian Journal of Comparative Law is a definitive new peer-reviewed journal for Asian perspectives on the law and legal perspectives on Asia. An initiative of the Asian Law Institute, an association of thirteen leading law schools in Asia, the journal's editors and authors come from top institutions across the Asian-Pacific region and South Asia. The journal publishes articles from scholars with intimate knowledge of local practices that offer unique insight into how legal solutions are tailored to local culture and circumstance. Recent topics include Korean corporate governance, the political culture of blogging in Malaysia, and Asian discourses on legal education. One of the few English-language law journals based in Asia, and the only pan-Asian one, Asian Journal of Comparative Law is an invaluable resource for scholars of comparative and international law as well as scholars of Asian area studies.

    Publication History

    One issue/year, updated continuously
    Content available since 2006 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
    ISSN: 1932-0205

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors


    This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered ready for publication.

    The entire manuscript submission and review process is handled through an online system named ScholarOne. All manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgasjcl.


    Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.

    Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards.

    Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognising and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Publishers assume that no conflict of interest exists.

    Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to


    The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

    The Asian Journal of Comparative Law and De Gruyter do provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.


    All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English (spelling should be in British English instead of American English). If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.

    Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details. 

    • Alexandra Griswold
    Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics

    • Cyndy Brown
    Areas of expertise: political science, social sciences, humanities, ethics

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    • Steve Peter
    Areas of expertise: LaTeX, Linguistics, economics, mathematics 


    • Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files
    • If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc., please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file.  This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission process can be corrected accurately.
    • Write your article in English.
    • Use the following document structure:
    1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
    2. Text and References – All references should be contained in footnotes (follow the guidelines in the References/Footnotes section below). Your article should not contain a bibliography.
    3. Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.
    4. Appendices (if any).
    5. Explanation of symbols mentioned in the text.
    6. Please supply figures embedded in the text where relevant, as well as in separate files.  Please see the “Tables, Figures, and Graphs” section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.



    Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text:
    • Clearly indicate the heading hierarchy, i.e., “I, II or III” for first level headings, “A, B or C” for second level headings, and “1, 2 or 3” for third level headings.

    B. TEXT

    • The use of abbreviations and acronyms is permitted provided they are defined the first time they are used, e.g., The Asian Journal of Comparative Law (AsJCL).
    • It is permissible to use a short author method of citation, for instance, “As noted by Smith,1…” with the accompanying footnote reference.
    • Use double quotation marks instead of single quotation marks for quotes.
    • The following should be set in italics:
    1. Legislation;
    2. Case titles;
    3. Any non-English text;
    4. Titles of books or movies.
    • Titles of articles should be set within double quotation marks.
    • To indicate text you wish to emphasise, use italics (rather than bold text or underlining).


    The Asian Journal of Comparative Law largely adopts the legal citation formats set out in the McGill Law Journal, Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 5th ed. (Canada: Carswell, 2002), which authors should consult if in doubt. 

    • Citations, references, and sources should be fully set out in footnotes to the text, e.g.,:
    1. Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (U.K.), 2001, c. 24, s. 95.
    2. Public Prosecutor v. Norzian bin Bintat [1995] 3 SLR(R) 105 at 108.
    3. Peter W. Hogg, Constitutional Law of Canada, 4th ed. (Scarborough: Carswell, 1996) at 20.
    4. Arjun P. Aggarwal & Madhu M. Gupta, “Same-Sex Sexual Harrassment: Is It Sex Discrimination? A Review of Canadian and American Law” (2000) 27 Man. L. J. 333.
    • When there are two authors, use both names. For instance, Arjun P. Aggarwal & Madhu M. Gupta, “Same-Sex Sexual Harrassment: Is It Sex Discrimination? A Review of Canadian and American Law” (2000) 27 Man. L. J. 333. If there are more than three authors, give only the name of the first author and append “et al.” after it.
    • References to newspapers and other news sources should be in the format:  Caroline Davies, “War crimes suspect ‘has fled to Britain’” The Daily Telegraph (28 December 1999).
    • References to internet sources should be in the format: Caroline Davies “War crimes suspect ‘has fled to Britain’” The Daily Telegraph (28 December 1999), online: The Telegraph Group <http://www.telegraph.co.uk> (last accessed 3 January 2000).
    • Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.
    • Excessively long footnotes are better handled in an appendix.


    • General requirements: All illustrations must be of reproduction-ready quality and in EPS, TIF, or JPG format. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.).Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure. If figures are embedded within the text body of the manuscript, please submit these figures in separate files as well. Only figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, etc.) should be labeled as ‘figures,’ not tables or equations. 
    • Halftone figures (grayscale and colour) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit colour illustrations. Online publication of colour figures will be free of charge. We are pleased to offer both Print and Online publication of colour figures free of charge.  
    Line drawings must be of reproduction-ready quality. Please note that faint shading may be lost upon reproduction. When drawing bar graphs, use patterning instead of grey scales. Lettering of all figures should be uniform in style. A resolution of 1200 dpi is recommended.
    • Figure legends: Provide a short descriptive title and a legend to make each figure self-explanatory on separate pages. Explain all symbols used in the figures. Remember to use the same abbreviations as in the text body.
    • Permissions: It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce original or modified material that has been previously published.  Any permissions fees are the responsibility of the author(s).
    • Offprints: The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Paper offprints can be ordered in addition; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned with the corrected proofs immediately.
    • Any figures which are not embedded in the text should be referenced in the text and submitted in separate files.
    • Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Tables should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Provide a short descriptive title, column headings, and (if necessary) footnotes to make each table self-explanatory. Refer to tables in the text as Table 1, 2 etc. Use Table 1, etc. in the table legends.
    • Tables must not be displayed as images.


    • Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables must be italicised. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicised. Subscripts and superscripts must be a smaller font size than the main text.
    • Type short mathematical expressions inline.
    • Longer expressions must appear as display math, as must expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as fractions).
    • Ensure that Equations are typed or created with a plug-in, such as Word Formula Editor or MathType. Mathematical expressions must not be displayed as images
    • Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
    • Number your equations sequentially.
    • Insert a blank line before and after each equation.
    • Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, make sure to be consistent in this.
    • When proofing your document, pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other-than-standard fonts.


    • Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page in the format: Title of book, Author(s)/editor(s) (Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication) [no. of pages. Hardcover/softcover: price].


    For authors working with LaTeX files, please see the related files and documentation at http://www.degruyter.com/staticfiles/pdfs/DeGruyter_LaTeX_template_package.zip, including a template for author use and instructions for working with the files.

    V. FONTS

    • Only use Unicode fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial).


    • Set the font colour to black for the majority of the text. De Gruyter encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use colour in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colours in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

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    Abstracting & Indexing

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    Editorial Information

    AsJCL is now published by Cambridge University Press.

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