About the Journal

The WCLR is an open access peer reviewed international journal focusing on wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice. While we are fundamentally a law review, we welcome submissions from other disciplines (e.g. criminology, sociology, psychology etc.). We aim to be the foremost repository of articles, book reviews and case commentaries in our field of endeavour. The Review has a preference for submitted papers to be between 8,000 and 15,000 words. Longer papers will be published where the length is justified. Matters of style and citation are governed by the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (8th ed.) for submissions of a legal nature; APA (7th ed.) for submissions primarily with psychological content or ASA (8th ed.) for submissions primarily with sociological content.

The WCLR is dedicated to maintaining the highest level of integrity in the work published. The journal and its publisher follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)'s Core Practices. It is expected of authors, reviewers, and editors that they follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behaviour contained therein. In addition, some key points are listed below.

This WCLR provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. As such, copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, under the terms of the Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, the Directory of Open Access Journals, or the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

There are no article processing charges for publishing in the WCLR.

All research articles, feature articles, review articles, classics, and evidence summary submissions are reviewed by two peer reviewers using a "Anonymous Reviewer/ Anonymous Author" process. This includes submissions from the editors or from reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that submissions are reviewed by members of the team with knowledge of the subject area but who do not have a conflict of interest.

We will publish high-quality, original, empirical and theoretical research. The WCLR publishes three times per year (per volume). Issues are released in the spring, fall and winter.

The editors of the WCLR will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In the event that the editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal, the editor shall follow the Committee on Publication Ethic’s guidelines in dealing with allegations.

The WCLR seeks to foster dialogue and collaberation between scholars, jurists and practitioners.