Guidelines for authors

The Rule of Law Monitoring (RoLMM)

Guidelines for authors

If you wish to submit a blog piece, please ensure it complies with these Guidelines and send it as text to Blog pieces should focus on topics of societal interest aimed at a wide non-expert audience. Academics should avoid unnecessarily legalistic terminology or unduly theoretical concepts.  By the same token, lawyers and other professionals should avoid jargon. Before submitting a piece, please ensure that you have read the ‘Who we are’ section, and the scope of RoLMM.


  1. Formatting

    Submissions should be made in a Word document. The document should include a short biography of the author(s), including: name, position, affiliation if any, professional status, if any, qualifications. Providing a photograph is also welcome.

  2. Deadline

    There is no deadline to submit and no strict word limit; however, draft texts in the region of 1,500 to 2,000 words would be deemed the most appropriate.

  3. Peer Review Policy

    A peer review process will take place within reasonable time.  It will be conducted by the Editorial Team of RoLMM, other academics of the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus and, if necessary, external experts.  Such reviewers reserve the right to engage in editing, if and when needed, in consultation with the author.

  4. Authorship and Acknowledgements

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the piece should be listed as authors. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, but have provided support, should be acknowledged. Cross-posting of blog pieces published by RoLMM is acceptable, subject to proper acknowledgment as to where each text was first published and subject also to the receipt of prior permission from RoLMM.

  5. Funding

    All authors are required to acknowledge any funding used for the development of their piece.

  6. Declaration of Conflicting Interests

    Each author should include a declaration of any actual or perceived conflict of interest

  7. Publication Ethics

    Authors must also adhere to the other generally accepted principles of research ethics and integrity. (See the UKRIO-Code-of-Practice-for-Research and the UKRIO-Recommended-Checklist-for-Researchers). On the use of Copyrighted Material see the UK Government Licensing Framework and the Open Government Licence. Details regarding the re-use of Parliamentary Copyright materials under the Open Parliament Licence are available at Parliamentary Copyright and Open Parliament Licence.

  8. Contacts and further information

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    The UCLan Cyprus Law Blog is dedicated to freedom of expression within the law and, by extension, to academic freedom.  The UCLan Cyprus Law Blog is also an equal opportunity, non-discriminatory, and non-hate speech forum. Content that does not meet its standards will be rejected.