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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 Microsoft Word document file format (.docx).
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1.15 spaced; uses a 12-point font (Garamond); 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The publication authorization & disclaimer form has been compiled, ready to be uploaded in the step 4 of the submission process.

Author Guidelines

The submission must not have been previously published, or submitted simultaneously to another journal for consideration. Articles should range between 5,000–8,000 words (including abstract, notes and references). This range is valid for both Sections: Theme and Miscellaneous.

Authors must submit their manuscripts within the platform, using the 5 step submission process. The manuscript file must contain the main text, without the author’s name appearing under the title, in notes and references (it should be substituted with ***). Also the document’s properties must not contain the author’s name or other personal details, using the anonymizing functions provided by the different softwares (see also Ensuring a Blind Review).

The anonymous manuscript will be uploaded at step 2 of the submission process. The manuscript must comply with the guidelines in “Formatting.”

Submission metadata will be provided at step 3 of the submission process, and must include the following:

  1. For each author of the manuscript: first name and last name, email, ORCiD (recommended), personal website (if available), institutional affiliation, country, and a brief biographical note (50–100 words);

  2. Title (please use title case: principal words must start with capital letter);

  3. An abstract (150–200 words);

  4. Five keywords, separated by semicolons;


Submission files should be in Microsoft Word file format, or equivalent formats.

The text should be 1.15 spaced and use a 12-point font (Garamond).

Paragraph titles should be numbered using the Arabic numeral system. Numbering must have a maximum of two levels. Titles must be formatted using the appropriate heading style.

Notes should be limited and collected at the end of the text. Short quotations (<40 words) should be enclosed in double quotation marks (“ ”) and run on with the main text. For a quotation within a quotation, single quotation marks should be used (‘ ’). Longer quotations (>40 words) should be separated by a single line break before and a single line break after the quoted text, should be indented, and should not be enclosed within quotation marks.

All the links and URL addresses in the text have to be activated and ready to click. They must be exclusively included in the notes or in the references section, with no alternate text (plain URL must be visible).

Articles can be written either in American English or British English, provided that the choice is consistently employed throughout the text. Articles should be formatted according to these norms.


References are freely inspired to OSCOLA with several differences. For the original OSCOLA Quick reference guide see:


The full citation to a treatise, book or other non-periodic work contains the author’s name, any relevant information about editions, translations, the publisher, the date of publication and page numbers at the end of the citation.

It applies also to contributions to edited books.


Surname N., Title, Editor, Year of publication, page.

Edited books:

Carinci F., Trade Union, freedom, organization and activities, in Carinci F., Menegatti E. (eds.), Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Italy: update to the Jobs Act, IPSOA, 2015, 279.


Citations to articles in journals, law reviews, newspapers, newsletters, and other periodicals typically have the following structure:

Author, Title, in Journal’s name, Volume (if available), Issue (if available), Year of publication, Pages.

Carinci F., A proposito del Jobs Act, in Argomenti di Diritto del Lavoro, 6, 2015, 1109.

Electronic sources

A full citation to an internet site contains six components.

Author or Owner, Title, Pinpoint reference (if available), Year of publication, URL, (Last access).

Eurofound, Working conditions of workers of different ages, 2017, accessed 11 Dec. 2018.

If available report the DOI.

Subsequent citation

In a subsequent citation of a source, briefly identify the source and provide a cross-citation in brackets to the footnote in which the full citation can be found.

Surname N., (25)

If the subsequent citation is in the footnote immediately following the full citation, you can generally use ‘ibid’ instead.

Surname N., ibid

Subsequent citations of legislation may use abbreviations or other short forms. Subsequent citations of secondary sources require the author’s or authors’ surname(s), unless several works by the same author are being cited, in which case the surname and the title of the work (or a short form of the title) should be given.

Note that it is also acceptable to give the full citation every time a source is cited if the original citation is far in the text.

Legislation, cases and abbreviations

Legislation and cases should be cited in the original language. For what concerns cases, the Author should reported if published in open access source or in journals. Periodicals/Journals should be cited with their original name (no abbreviations). If available indicate the DOI or the link to the open access source.


Legge 20 maggio 1970, n. 300

Loi n° 94-126 du 11 février 1994

Ley de Contrato de Trabajo, N ° 20.744 de 1976

Consolidated Version of the Treaty on European Union [2008] OJ C115/13

Reg. no. 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertaking;

Directive no. 73/148 on the abolition of restrictions on movement and residence within the Community for nationals of Member States with regard to establishment and the provision of services;

CJEU - Case C–569/16 Stadt Wuppertal v. Maria Elisabeth Bauer; Volker Willmeroth v. Martina Broßonn [2016] ECLI:EU:C:2018:871, paras 12–18;

Cass. 21 maggio 1988, n. 3550, in Massimario di Giurisprudenza Civile, 1988, 8, 847;

C. Conti, sez. giur. Lazio, 25 settembre 2000, n. 1545,, accessed 03 Dec. 2018

Trib. Bologna 5 luglio 1997, in (open access source or journal)., 1998, II, 433.

TEU: Treaty on European Union

TFEU: Treaty on the Functioning of European Union

ILO: International Labour Organization

EU: European Union

ECJ: European Court of Justice

AG: advocate general

Dir: Directive

Reg/Regs: Regulation/Regulations

D.lgs: Decreto Legislativo

L.: Legge


All illustrations, figures, and tables must be embedded in the manuscript file at the appropriate reference points, rather than at the end of the article.

Each image must have a caption with essential information and must be inserted in order of appearance, numbered in Arabic numerals.

In addition, authors are require to upload their images as supplementary files (step 4 of the submission process), stored in a specific archive (.zip) and named with two-digit numbers following the order of their appearance in the text (01.jpg, 02.png, 03.jpg, 04.tiff…).

Illustrations, preferably in .TIFF or .JPEG format, must have a resolution of 300dpi or more, and a minimum width of 1750 pixels.

Diagrams must be in PNG format.

All the images must be accompanied by captions containing basic information. Moreover, they must be inserted according to the order in which they are cited, and numbered in Arabic numerals corresponding to the names of the associated files.


Two or more images cannot be placed side by side (unless they are submitted after having been previously merged into one single image: in these cases it will be possible to insert only one caption).

The position of each image in the final PDF version of the article may vary depending on the space available for every element on each page; in articles containing many images it is therefore likely that some of them could be inserted in a different position from what initially suggested by the author.


This section welcomes article proposals outsides the thematic call for essays.

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