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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Each section begins on a separate page: title page, abstract, text, appendix(es), notes, references, biographical paragraph, each table, each figure.
  • Title Page includes all authors’ names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, vacations or other dates when authors might be unavailable and addresses and phone numbers for those dates, and any other pertinent contact information.
  • Abstract is around 100 words. Keywords are given.
  • End notes are grouped on a separate page.
  • All in-text citations are included in the reference list; all references have in-text citations.
  • Reference list follows Chicago-style formatting.
  • Tables are embedded at the end of the electronic article file.
  • Figures are high resolution, and an electronic version is provided; they appear exactly as they should in the journal.
  • Written, signed permission for copyrighted material has been obtained where necessary.
  • The manuscript is under 15 pages (between 6,000 and 8,000 words) or a special justification for the additional length is added for the editor's consideration
  • The manuscript has been read and corrected by a native English speaker.
  • Author of an article agrees to pay Publication Fee.

Author Guidelines

The Editors of Medicine, Law & Society welcome initial approaches from prospective authors. Acceptance of articles is subject to an anonymous refereeing process. Articles submitted to Lexsonomica should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publications at the same time. If another version of the article is under consideration by another publication, or has been, or will be published elsewhere, authors should clearly indicate this at the time of submission. Articles should be written on A4/Letter paper, double-spaced and with sample margins. All pages (including those containing only diagrams and tables) should be numbered consecutively. There is no standard length for the articles but 6,000 - 8,000 words (including notes and references) is a useful target. The articles should begin with indented and italicised summary of around 100 words, which should describe the main arguments and conclusions of the article. The author should provide brief bibliographical details including affiliation and full correspondence address, research interest and recent publications.

Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts conform to the journal style. 
Sub-headings should be in capitals (or Roman numerals); sub-sub headings in lower case italic. Quotations should be in single quotation marks, doubled with single. Long quotations of five or more lines should be indented without quotes. Capitals should be used sparingly, principally for proper titles and where they may be necessary to avoid ambiguity.

Simple references to be inserted in round brackets at the appropriate place in the text, stating author's surname, publication date of work referred to and, where appropriate, relevant pages. For example: (Adams, 2006: 34).
Comments to appear as notes, indicated consecutively throughout the article by raised numerals corresponding to the list of notes placed at the end of the manuscript.
Reference list to appear after the list of notes, containing all the works referred to, listed alphabetically by author's surname (or name of sponsoring body), stating author's surname, forename and/or initials, date of publication, title of publication, edition, place of publication and publisher, and pages if relevant. For example:
- Tan, Q. (2011) County Gorernment Reform in Urbanizing China, Lex localis - Journal of Local Self-Government, 9(4), pp. 353-371, doi: 10.4335/9.4.353-371(2011).
- Musgrave, M. R. (1959) The Theory of Public Finance (New York: McGraw-Hill).

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