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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 Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1:5 spaced; uses 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Footnotes/endnotes to be 1:15 spaced 11-point font.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission is accompanied by a brief abstract (of no more than 250 words) and a table of contents
  • All tables and figures in the submission include a title, heading or reference such as "Table 1" or "Figure 1".
  • The submission should not contain the name or any identifying information as to the identity of the author. The abstract should be submitted on a separate sheet other than the submission.

Author Guidelines

The WCLR has a preference for submissions that are between 8,000 to 15,000 words. Longer papers will be published where the length is justified. Papers must be submitted as Word documents in English and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors must register with the WCLR on this website before making submissions. Each paper will be peer reviewed and if accepted for publication will be copyedited to conform to our citation guidelines.

Matters of style and citation are governed by the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (8th ed.) APA (7th ed.) or ASA (4th.). Contributors should avoid excessive use or stacking of headings. Headings should only be used to mark a significant change in content. Contributors should avoid excessive quotation of the work of others. Citing sources is sufficient in most instances. Papers may be submitted with either footnotes or endnotes. 

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