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Author Guidelines

1. Language

The language of the manuscript must be English (either American or British standards, but not the mixture of both).

2. Length of paper

The length of the paper should not exceed 7000 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices (if any). Articles should be typed in 1.5 line spacing (footnotes and references should appear in single line spacing) on one side of A4 paper only with wide margins. Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible, but not at the expense of clarity.

3. Title Page

The title page should include: (i) The name(s) of the author(s), (ii) A concise and informative title, (iii) The affiliation(s) and address (es) of the author(s), (iv) The e-mail address, and telephone numbers of the corresponding author.

4. Abstract

Please provide an abstract of 150 to 200 words which must include the objectives of the study, methodology, findings/results, method of data collection and summary of recommendations. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

5. Keywords

Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

6. Subdivision of the article

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1, 2. (then 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc). The abstract is not included in section numbering.

7. References

Author(s) should adhere strictly to the following referencing and documentation style:

Books by one author

C O Okonkwo, Criminal Law in Nigeria (2nd Ed, Ibadan: Spectrum Books Ltd, 2002) p.3.


Books by multiple authors

MN Peters & J Hospers, How to Investigate a Crime (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2012) p.9.

Chapters in Edited Books

S Kelly, ‘Allocutus’ in B Denis (ed), The Essence of Sentencing (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2012) p.3.

Journal Articles

P Edwards & J Shorter, ‘Defence of Unwilled Act’ (2014) 4 SJ, 304

Articles in magazine and Newspapers

F Bindell, ‘The Essence of Locus Standi’, Newsweek, November 11, 2014, p.40

Articles on the Internet

S Butler, ‘Standard of Proof in Criminal Trial’ (2013) 3 Web J Current Legal Issue. <> accessed on 5 April 2015

Law Reports

Chukwuma v The State [1993] 4NWLR (pt 287) 288

Unreported Cases

Ahmed v FRN (Unreported Charge No FHC/ABJ/M/210/2013, ruling delivered on 3/8/2006 by B.F.M. Nyako, J. at Federal High Court, Abuja FCT Division.


The citation of section 61, sub-section 3, paragraph b of the Evidence Act 2011, should read as follows: Evidence Act 2011 s. 61 (3) (b).

Statutory Instruments (Secondary/Delegated Legislation

Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations 1998 SI 1998/2573

Unpublished Works:

G Uzoechie, ‘Dress Code in Universities’, A Paper delivered at the UNIZIK 1st Public Lecture on 12th December, 2014, p.5.

Subsequent References

If referring for a second, third or more time to a previously cited work, it is not necessary to repeat all details in full. Assuming you cited ‘MN Peters & J Hospers, How to Investigate a Crime (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2012) p.9’ earlier in footnote no. 5, and you wish to cite the work again in footnote no. 10, simply write: MN Peters & J Hospers (n. 5) p…


Submission of Manuscripts

The interested contributors are to submit their manuscripts/papers to and copy to  and Papers are received all through the year.



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.

  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 submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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