Submission Guidelines

Authors are required to observe the following guidelines:

I. General Guidelines

a. All manuscripts submitted which are to be considered for publication in Trade, Law and Development “TL&D” must be original and should not have been published elsewhere.

b. The manuscript may be co-authored.

c. All manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism. If plagiarism is detected, the Editorial Board reserves the right of rejection (without review).

d. After the first publication of a manuscript with TL&D, permission for any subsequent publication in another forum must be obtained from the Journal’s Board of Editors.

e. Submission of an unsolicited manuscript to the editors does not secure a right of publication in TL&D. In case the manuscript is found suitable for publication, as per TL&D’s standards of quality scholarship, the author(s) will receive a notification of acceptance from the Editors.

f. Submission of solicited manuscripts, on invitation from the editors of TL&D, guarantees publication of the same. However, in the event that such solicited manuscript does not meet TL&D’s standards of quality scholarship, final discretion to publish the solicited manuscript vests with the Journal’s Board of Editors.

g. The Editors reserve the right to send contributions, whether solicited or unsolicited, to referee(s) for evaluation of content and quality, in which case the identities of both the Author and the Referee shall remain confidential (i.e. Double-Blind Peer Review).

h. All submissions to TL&D must be topical to the scope and theme of the Journal, as provided in the “Editorial Policies” section of the TL&D website.

i. The Editors reserve the right to request copies of any resources or authorities cited in the submitted manuscript. The publication of the manuscript remains subject to the Authors providing such copies.

j. It should be noted that the Journal does not accept any fees from authors for publication.

k. All correspondence must be done via e-mail and should be addressed to:

The Editor-in-Chief, Trade, Law and Development, Email: editors[at]

II. Specific Guidelines

a. Articles must deal with issues of interest and relevance and must demonstrate a high-level of analysis. Articles of a purely descriptive nature, unless about a development in a country or a region which may necessarily be of a descriptive nature, are not preferred.

b. Aside from Articles, we seek shorter Notes which cover a recent development or are issue-specific; Comments, which entail a critical analysis of an issue of relevance, including case laws and policy developments; and Book Reviews which are solicited by the Editors. The editors welcome any suggestions from academicians, scholars or publishers for Book Reviews.

c. Manuscripts with a word length of 10,000-20,000 words are published as Articles; however, any departures from this limit may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Editors. Shorter pieces of less than 10,000 words are published as Notes and Comments.

d. An “Abstract” must precede the body of the manuscript (except in case of Book Reviews).

e. The Journal follows the system of citation as prescribed in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Edition).

f. Contributions which are specifically concerning the theme of development and developing issues are encouraged.

g. As a convention, British English shall be followed.

III. Process of Submission

a. Authors may submit manuscripts in accordance with the above laid down guidelines either online or by way of e-mail.

b. Online submissions may be made through: (1) Our own TLD-OJ System; or (2) BEPress ExpressO Submission Service.

c. We accept submissions on a rolling basis.

d. Submissions made by way of E-mail must mention in the subject field – “Manuscript Submission [ARTICLE/ NOTE/ BOOK REVIEW]” and should be addressed to: 

The Editor-in-Chief, Trade, Law and Development, Email: editors[at]

IV. 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.

a. The submission has not been previously published elsewhere.

b. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) format with minimum use of Macros.

c. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in the Specific Guidelines.

d. In case this is your first submission, an updated C.V. mentioning the authors’ name, affiliation, qualifications and contact details, as well as a cover letter is to be submitted along with the Manuscript.

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