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Transnational Environmental Law: Call for Papers

Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) is a peer-reviewed journal for the study of environmental law and governance beyond the state. It approaches legal and regulatory developments with an interest in the contribution of non-state actors and an awareness of the multi-level governance context in which contemporary environmental law unfolds.

TEL offers a forum for rigorous analysis and discussion of the impacts of globalization on complex environmental risks and norms. It welcomes scholarship that enriches our understanding of contemporary environmental law through comparative and cutting-edge interdisciplinary analysis. TEL's scope is broadly conceived in terms of disciplinary focus: its pages are open to scholarly contributions covering a wide range of environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity, emerging technologies, industrial pollution and waste management.

TEL also promotes the exploration of the evolving dynamics between environmental law and other legal disciplines (including but not limited to trade and competition law, financial law, and human rights).

TEL aims to support and contribute to a new generation of environmental scholarship that will bridge geographical boundaries, scholarly styles and generations. It warmly encourages participation by young and emerging talents from across the globe. TEL seeks to foster innovative synergies between different scholarly styles and traditions, and strives for the development of a new generation of environmental scholarship that will bridge existing divides, including notably the divide between North American and European approaches to environmental law scholarship. In the same spirit, TEL encourages the integration of theoretical and practical legal perspectives on current environmental issues, and aims to deliver scholarship of high salience to academics and practitioners alike.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. All manuscripts must entail original, previously unpublished work, and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Editors will also consider revised versions of previously released working papers, provided that such publication is clearly acknowledged upon submission of the paper for consideration to TEL. Authors wanting to submit a mostly identical version of publicly available working papers for review are required to indicate this clearly in the cover letter space provided in the online submission forms. They are moreover advised to contact the Editors via email prior to submission

  2. The length of manuscripts should normally range between 8,000 and 11,000 words (including footnotes) for full-length articles; 3,000-6,000 words for commentaries and case notes; and 800-1,500 words for book reviews. Exceptionally, shorter or longer works may be considered at the Editors' discretion.

  3. Manuscripts should be written in English (using 'Oxford spelling', i.e. using the American "-ize" instead of the British"-ise", but "neighbour" instead of "neighbor"), using footnotes and not endnotes or in-text citations referring to a list of bibliographic references at the end of the article. Manuscripts must include page numbers, be set in Times New Roman, font size 12, with double spacing.

  4. In order to guarantee full anonymity in the double-blind peer review process, submissions should not include the authors' name, affiliation, or any other information to identify the author(s). For a complete online submission, authors will need to prepare the following:

    • an anonymized version of the full manuscript;
    • an abstract of 100-150 words; and
    • 3-6 keywords for major themes/topics addressed in the article.

  5. Tables and/or figures should have short, descriptive titles, provide legends, be numbered consecutively, and should be cited in the text. They must be placed the end of the manuscript, with a clear indication for their placement in the text. For complex or detailed figures, please consult the Editors in advance by email about the appropriate formats and resolutions.

  6. Any material subject to copyright restrictions other than those owned or controlled by the contributor must be accompanied by appropriate permissions from the relevant copyright holder(s). Upon acceptance of their contribution, authors will be asked to assign copyright to Cambridge University Press. Any potential conflict of copyrights for previously published works on which submissions are based must be clearly notified to the Editors via email at the time of submission or as soon as possible thereafter.

  7. Proofs: only essential typographical or factual errors may be changed at proof stage. Any major revisions or substantive additions to the text at proofs stage will be disregarded, unless prior consent has been given by the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.

  8. Off prints: no paper off prints are provided, but authors will be provided with an electronic pdf file of their published article for their personal use subject to the conditions of the Copyright Assignment form. Print off prints may be purchased at cost at proof stage.

Submission Details:
Submissions of contributions to TEL should be made online at TEL's Scholar One platform: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tel_submissions

The Editors of TEL warmly invite the submission of manuscripts from scholars, lawyers and professionals active in fields related to environmental law and governance. Prior to electronic submission, prospective authors may also contact the Editors via email with proposals for planned submissions.

Before submitting their work online, authors are strongly urged to refer to the instructions for manuscript preparation (including house style, referencing format, and additional guidance).

All contributions in the journal are peer-reviewed (double-blind), and will be evaluated on their originality, analytical thoroughness, affinity with the mission and scope of the journal, and conformity with the highest standard of scholarly presentation. TEL strives to respect an expedient turn-around time of 6 weeks between receipt of the manuscript and first notification of acceptance, rejection or need for revision.

Consideration will be given only to original works that have not been previously published and that are not under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere. The Editors will also consider revised versions of previously released working papers, provided that such publication is clearly acknowledged upon submission of the paper for consideration to TEL.

Authors wanting to submit a mostly identical version of publicly available working papers for review are required to indicate this clearly in the cover letter space provided in the online submission forms. They are moreover advised to contact the Editors via email prior to submission.

No preference shall be given to submissions in respect of the professional rank or affiliation of the author. Submissions from younger scholars and authors in developing and newly developed countries are warmly encouraged.

All accepted works will be scheduled for publication both in print and online. To reduce time between acceptance and publication articles will appear online as First View publications in advance of their scheduled publication in print. As a rule, contributions will be published chronologically in accordance with the date of their original submission, although exceptions may be made to foster thematic cohesion or balanced coverage within individual issues.

Contact:
Mr. Thijs Etty
VU University Amsterdam
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) Transnational Legal Studies Department
De Boelelaan 1087
Amsterdam, 1081 HV
The Netherlands
Email: Thijs.Etty@vu.nl

Dr. Veerle Heyvaert
London School of Economics and Political Science
Department of Law
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
Email: V.Heyvaert@lse.ac.uk

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