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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 file format.
  • The text uses a 12-point font; 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.
  • The submission is accompanied by a brief abstract (of no more than 250 words) and a table of contents.
  • All tables and figures in the submission include a title, heading or reference such as "Table 1" or “Figure 1”.
  • All hyperlinks in the footnotes and throughout the Word document have been double-checked to be functional and unbroken.
  • Given the nature of double anonymous peer review, please ensure the author’s name does not appear on the submission.
  • The author will be prepared to provide a succinct description to be used as alt text for any graphs, charts, diagrams, tables and images found within the submission. This is in keeping with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
  • Should the submission be published by the Canadian Bar Review, the author(s) accepts the terms and conditions of the Publication and Copyright Licence Agreement with the Canadian Bar Foundation.

Author Guidelines


The Canadian Bar Review welcomes submissions on a rolling basis. The Review has a preference for articles that are less than 10,000 words, though longer manuscripts may be published where the length is justified. Submissions of case comments and book reviews are also welcome. Papers must be submitted as Word documents in English or French and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The editors welcome queries from prospective authors.


Matters of style and citation are governed by Review house style and the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (8th ed.).

Abstract: Articles, but not Comments, are preceded by a short abstract (of no more than 250 words) in both English and French drafted by contributors or the editors. The Review will arrange for the translation of abstracts.

Headings: Contributors should avoid excessive use or stacking of headings. Headings should only be used to mark a significant change in content.

Quotations: Contributors should avoid excessive quotation of the work of others. Citing sources, rather than block quoting from them, is sufficient in most instances.

Footnotes: Manuscripts may be submitted with either footnotes or endnotes. Contributors should avoid using footnotes to extend textual discussion.


Copyright is reserved jointly by the Review and the author of any text published. Requests for permission to reproduce such text, in whole or in part, should be sent to the author and to the Editor. A fee of $250 must be paid to the Canadian Bar Foundation, except where the material is to be reproduced in and used solely for instruction in an educational institution.  Credit must be given to the author and the Review.

Published authors should consult the Publication and Copyright Licence Agreement with the Canadian Bar Foundation prior to posting or distributing their article.

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