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notes and comments, is to be sent to Professor Cora Hoexter, School
of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, South
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Submissions should be sent to the appropriate editor by e-mail.
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Authors are requested to consult the section ‘To contributors’ below, where the conditions
under which manuscripts will be
considered for publication, as well as the rules of style to which authors
should adhere, are set out.
Please note that submissions not in house style will not be considered for
Authors of articles are required to prepare an abstract of no longer than
200 words. The abstract should summarize rather than introduce the
argument of the article, and should contain appropriate key words.

The editors welcome the submission of manuscripts in English for
consideration for publication.
A. A manuscript will be considered for publication
• only on the assurance that it has not in whole or in part or in substance
been published or offered for publication elsewhere
• on the understanding that it may be submitted in confidence to an expert
referee or expert referees for evaluation
• on the understanding that the editors reserve the right to make what
changes they consider desirable
(a) to bring the manuscript into the house style of the South African Law
(b) to eliminate errors of typing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling,
idiom and the like
(c) to eliminate ambiguity, illogicality, tautology, circumlocution and
(d) to produce accuracy and coherence
(e) to improve the mode of expression and style of writing
(f) to avoid possible criminal or civil liability.
Authors are required to read their manuscripts very carefully to avoid the
need for the editors to exercise these rights extensively. In particular, authors
are asked to check the typescript or computer print-out and to acquaint
themselves with the house style of the SALJ. Note in particular
• words in a foreign language are not printed in italics but in roman print; but
if they are in italics in a quotation, they must be left so
• the name of the author of a book or article cited should on the first
occasion it is mentioned be given in full exactly as the author gives it. The
title of a book is to be in italics (if need be, to be indicated by underlining),
with edition, year of publication, section or paragraph number (if any) and
page number (preceded by p if there is a section or paragraph number).
Thus: John Smith The Law of Contract 3 ed (1996) § 27 p 160; Peter J Bull
Servitudes (1996) para 17 p221; Mary Grey International Law 2 ed (1992)
270. The title of an article is to be in roman type, surrounded by single
quotation marks. The name of the journal is to be in italics, in full (except
for LJ, LR and Univ); but SALJ, THRHR, TSAR, CILSA, SACC and LQR.
The year and volume number (if any) are to be given. Thus Paul Brown
‘The meaning of culpa’ (1996) 89 Oxbridge LQ 107; Jane Green ‘Estoppel
in Arcadian law’ (1998) 115 SALJ 221; A L P Black ‘Agreement and
contract’ 1997 Erewhon LR 721
• ‘section’, with reference to an enactment, is spelt in full as the first word of
a sentence, but otherwise is ‘s’ (plural ‘ss’); subsection is ‘subsec’ (plural
• ‘section’ with reference to a book or certain foreign codes of law is § (plural
• cross-references — some hints: See note 21. Op cit note 21 at 367. In the
work cited in note 21. See also s 7. See text to note 21. At 367n23. In
Regal’s case supra note 65 at 667D--E. Loc cit [meaning ‘in the place
cited’]. Idem [meaning ‘the same’]. Ibid [meaning ‘in the same place’]
• quotation marks are single — ‘ ’—but within a quotation are double — ‘’ ‘’.
B. Generally, only articles carry footnotes. An article is a detailed analysis of
a legal issue. It should not exceed 10 000 words. Other material (case notes,
notes and comments, correspondence, book reviews) as a rule incorporates
references in the text.
C. A would-be contributor is urged to comply with these requests
• all material should be in computer print-out form, in double spacing
(subject to the next rule), with margins of at least 4 cm, on A4 paper, each
paragraph to start with an indented line. A computer disk with the file,
preferably in MS Word or Word Perfect, should be sent with the print-out
• short quotations are to be within the text; long quotations are normally to
begin on a new line to be indented one space, to observe the paragraphing
of the original, and typed preferably in one-and-a-half space
• the footnotes of an article should be numbered consecutively in arabic
numerals in superscript after any punctuation mark, and without any
surrounding bracket or full stop. Thus: ‘Regal’s case21 left the position
unclear. This was in conflict with the view of Jones J,22 but it was correct.’
• the footnotes should be reproduced separately, beginning on a new page,
in double spacing. with each footnote number in superscript without any
surrounding bracket
• the author of an article is to supply his or her university degrees,
professional qualifications and professional or academic status for
publication (consult a recent issue of the SALJ)
• any other author is to supply his or her professional or academic status for
• every quotation and every reference is to be carefully checked for
accuracy (shown by a tick in pencil in the left-hand margin against each
one); the editors will try to check once more, but are not always able to do
so, and accuracy is to be sought at all times.