World Association for Medical Law


 “Medicine and Law”

Information for Authors


Articles intended for publication should not exceed 20 manuscript pages, ideally 3000-4000 words including references.  They must be written in grammatically correct English and carefully checked before submission.  The use of WORD is essential. The printed text on A4 paper must be double-spaced, justified – using Times Roman sized 11 points type – and printed on a laser printer. There should be a wide margin on the left-hand side of the paper only.  All pages, including the title page, must be numbered consecutively.  Tables, figures and any annexes must be set out on separate sheets, appended to the article.  Please send your manuscript by e-mail as an  

Title Page

The first page of a manuscript must contain (a) a concise, informative title, (b) name(s) of each author, (c) institutional affiliation(s), and (d) email address for correspondence.

Abstract and Keywords

Each article must be prefaced by an abstract of up to 150 words summarizing the main objectives, findings and conclusions.  A maximum of ten keywords should follow the abstract.


Should be clearly defined the first time they are used.  Full stops should be omitted.

References and Bibliography

References should be numbered consecutively in the text with a superscript number, this number correlating with each citation set out in a smaller typeface at the foot of each page. All relevant bibliography should appear within the footnotes included in the article, and no separate list of bibliography is allowed to be attached. We ask authors to comply with the citation method OSCOLA.  Attached please find the information on this method.

Peer Review

Articles will be sent to one or more experts for review at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. In all matters of acceptance and publication of any article, the decision of the Editor-in-Chief is to be regarded as final.


Each table must be printed on a separate page, typed double-spaced and clearly headed with the title and number corresponding with that in the text.  Footnotes to tables should appear directly below the relevant table.


Illustrations and figures should be numbered consecutively and must be referred to in the text.  Each must be printed on a separate sheet, including the author’s name and a clear caption.  For clarity of reproduction, line drawings are preferable, and photographs may be transmitted digitally by e-mail, each with a separate caption.


Authors must obtain permission in writing to use previously published material, with the exception of brief quotations.  Correspondence about such permission must accompany the manuscript.  All authors are required to sign a declaration to this effect.


Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out (where such approval is required by the institute itself); that, if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher; and that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the copyright holders.

All articles published in this Journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to edit, reproduce and distribute the article (e.g. as off-prints), as well as all translation rights.  No material published in this Journal may be reproduced photographically or stored on microfilm, in electronic data-bases, video disks, etc., without first obtaining written permission from the publisher.

The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names or trademarks are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

While the advise and information in this Journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date of its going to press.  Neither the authors and editors nor the publishers can accept legal responsibility for any errors or omission that my be made.


Submission of a manuscript for publication in this Journal confirms that all standard ethics procedures were conducted; such as but not restricted to, voluntary informed consent of research participants when applicable and approval of the responsible Research Ethics Board(s).


If you have a query or need advice about presentation or submission of your paper, the Editor-in-Chief may be able to help you.  He may be reached by e-mail via

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