Articles should not normally exceed 12,000 words including footnotes. They should begin with an indented and italicised abstract of around 150 words which sets out the main arguments and conclusions of the article. Authors writing in a language other than English or French should provide an English translation of the article’s title and abstract, and 3-4 key words for indexing purposes.

Shorter articles dealing with developments in recent legislation and case-law within the European institutions for the on-line edition of the European Review of Public Law should usually be in the vicinity of 1,500-3,000 words.

Book reviews should normally be of 1,000-2,000 words in length. Expressions of interest for specific book reviews or suggestions of books to be reviewed should be communicated in advance to the Book Review editor. Reviews are also considered from the review books sent to us by publishers. Contributions and proposals regarding literature of non-English publications are particularly encouraged. In order to ensure the widest possible readership of the review information about these publications, submissions for book reviews are accepted in English or French only.

To avoid any conflict of interest, authors should state their present affiliation and indicate any personal or professional involvement in the subject matter of their manuscript.

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that the work described contains original material that has been approved by all co-authors and is not under consideration for any other publication at the same time. If the manuscript, or another version of it, is under consideration by another publication or has been or will be published elsewhere, authors are required to state this at the time of submission. Once material has been accepted for first publication in the Review, it should not be submitted for publication elsewhere, either in print or electronic form, without the consent of the Editors.

Authors are requested to use the house style and formatting guidelines.

No proofs are submitted to the authors before publication unless explicitly required upon submission of the article/chronicle or if deemed necessary by the ERPL Editing Secretariat.


This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to our house style and formatting guidelines but it does offer a few key points that we would appreciate if respected. However, authors are kindly requested to note that their texts will be edited thoroughly for house style points by the ERPL Editing Secretariat.


• The texts should be presented in Times New Roman font, size 10, text justified. Paragraphs should not be indented. Please use footnotes rather than endnotes, using Times New Roman font, size 9.

• The text should start with the title of the article which is to be followed by the author’s name. The full first name of the author should be used (not only the initial) and a footnote marked with an asterisk (*) should refer to the author’s institutional affiliation (e.g. Professor at the University of Paris I).

• If there are more than one author, then the names should be separated by slashes (/), and separate asterisk footnotes (e.g. * for the first author, ** for the second author etc.) should be used referring to their institutional affiliation (see point above).

• If authors wish to present acknowledgements, disclaimers or other text of this kind, they are requested to insert an asterisk (*) footnote to the title of the article. In this case, the footnote to the author’s name referring to his/her affiliation (see points above) should be a double asterisk (**) footnote.

• Cross-references should refer to the relevant section of the article or to the exact footnote number and not to a page number of the article.

• All references, cross-references and citations should be checked by the authors before the submission of their articles.

• Final decisions on formatting matters, or matters of grammar, punctuation etc. that are not mentioned in this document are to be taken by the Editors.

ERPL Formatting Styles

• Bolds or underlinings are not used according to the ERPL formatting styles. If the author wishes to emphasize, he/she should use italics.

• Italics should be used for the following (italics are not used for the following cases when the relevant words or phrases are part of a wider sentence in italics):

1. The names of cases (e.g. affaire Dubreuil, Kherouaa case etc.)
2. Short phrases or individual words using another language than the one in which the article is written (e.g. Conseil d’Etat when the article is not written in French but in one of the other official languages of the ERPL)
3. Common Latin abbreviations or words (e.g., i.e., cf., ad hoc, per se, ibid., etc.)

• Special emphasis should be given to the formatting of the footnotes:

1. The names of the authors mentioned in the footnotes should not be written in capital letters (All Caps). According to the ERPL formatting standards, the author names are presented in Small Caps. However, if this is not possible, please use regular letters (e.g. Aster Veldkamp). In case there are two or more authors, please separate their names with a slash (/). In case there are more than three authors, the name of the first author can be used followed by: et al.
2. The titles of books are italicised.
3. The titles of articles are regular and they should not be between inverted commas.
4. The titles of periodicals are italicized (even their abbreviated titles).
5. Abbreviated Law Reports are not italicized.
6. If a reference is made to an article in a book, this should be made as follows: author, title of the article, in: editor, book title, etc.

• The footnote numbers should be placed before the punctuation mark. Endnotes should not be used.

• Footnoting should not be excessive.

• Hyphens used as a punctuation device should be short, with a space either side.

• It is advisable that when acronyms or abbreviations are used, items are spelt out in full when first appearing (e.g. European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) or (hereafter ECHR)).

• Website addresses should not be bold or underlined.

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