Submission Guidelines

We welcome innovative and original scholarship in the fields of international commercial law and arbitration. We also invite submissions on recent developments, case notes and book reviews.

We accept only electronic submissions by email at [email protected].

Submission Checklist
  • The manuscript has not been published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The manuscript file is in Microsoft Word format.
  • The manuscript file conforms to the VJ Style Guidelines (below).
  • The manuscript file is in English with both text and footnotes typed.
VJ Style Guidelines

Manuscripts to be submitted must follow the VJ Style Guidelines.

Manuscripts submitted in a style that are not in accordance with the VJ Style Guidelines, will be sent back to the authors for style adaptation. It is particularly important for authors to ensure the accuracy and completeness of any footnotes or references cited in any text submitted for publication, and authors should be prepared to supply any cited sources upon request.

Accordingly, we ask not to include more than three-level headings, and to provide an abstract of not more than 150 words in length. Authors are advised that this abstract may be printed in the journal and published on the website.

Furthermore, we generally recommend not more than 6,000 to 8,000 words (not exceeding 10,000 words) for articles and 3,000 words (not exceeding 4000 words) for case commentaries.


We accept submission on a rolling basis. (To be considered for the September/October issue, articles should be submitted by the end of June. To be considered for the March/April issue, it is best to submit articles by end of December.)

Contributions are considered in the order they are received, so it is important that you contact us as soon as possible, even to simply express an interest.


Manuscripts submitted to the VJ should not be submitted to any other journal for publication without prior approval. We will not publish material that has been published elsewhere except by mutual agreement with the copyright owner.

Authors retain copyright. It is important for authors to note the following:

  1. By submitting an article, authors are presenting and therefore warranting that they have copyright in or are otherwise entitled to publish the article; and
  2. Subject to an alternative agreement being entered into between authors and the MAA, authors are granting the MAA a worldwide, irrevocable and exclusive licence to reproduce and publish their article in the VJ in hard copy print and online form.

All manuscripts submitted become the property of the VJ and will not be returned to the authors.

The Selection Process

The VJ Editorial Team blind-reviews all manuscripts considered for publication with the VJ, by multiple rounds of reviews. The VJ’s Board of Advisers are occasionally consulted on the evaluation of the articles. Once an article has been selected, the Senior Editor-in-Chief or the Editor-in-Chief will contact the author with a contract and further information on the publication process. The VJ editorial process is a rigorous one, and authors should expect to work closely with the Editorial Team on substantive and technical revisions prior to the article’s final publication.

We have double, even triple when considered necessary, blind-peer review system with our editorial process.