Become an Author for EPPPL and view our Call for Papers
See also the Call for Papers for our new International and Interdisciplinary Section
Spontaneous contributions are welcome and should be sent by e-mail to the Executive Editor Nelly Stratieva.
II. Quality Statement, Editorial Review and General Terms of Publication
Only submissions of excellent quality will be accepted in EPPPL. Responsibility of the factual accuracy of a paper rests entirely with the author. All publications must clearly distinguish themselves from the status quo of discussions – in particular through sufficiently broad publication footnoting and referencing – and provide an added value to those discussions. Contributions should not have been published, nor be pending publication elsewhere.
Whereas country reports and case notes may be more factual and focussed, articles and international/interdisciplinary discussion papers must rely on pre-existing literature and jurisprudence, even if the positions expressed there are to be contradicted. Likewise, submissions relating to very recent developments require less footnoting and referencing than submissions relating to familiar topics.
Publications not up to this quality standard will be rejected.
After the manuscript is submitted, it will undergo a process of peer review for accuracy, quality, and relevance. Submission of a manuscript does not imply claim for publication. Optionally before submitting a manuscript, the editors may be contacted regarding the suitability of a given topic for EPPPL.
The manuscript must also be complete and final in terms of formulation and factual information so that no major corrections – only of type-setting errors or the like – will be necessary after typesetting, when an edited version will be returned to the author. Subsequent requests for corrections cannot be processed.
III. Format and Style
All contributions must comply with the minimum formatting requirements laid out hereunder. Contributions not respecting these formatting requirements will be returned to the author.
1. Format and Length:
Articles should be between 4000–8000 words (including footnotes) in length. (MS Word Format, in British English). All contributions use footnotes, but not a list of references. Longer articles are accepted on a case-by-case basis if more space is required by the topic. Each article is preceded by a short abstract (without heading) of five to six sentences.
b. Case Notes
Case notes should be between 2000–3000 words (including footnotes) in length. Their overall structure shall be divided in the Facts, the Judgment and the Comment. The case note shall be headed by a short headline in bold that summarises the main issue of the case and the reference of the case in Italics, including its publication in the official journal of the respective Court. Case notes discuss rulings by the European Courts; national judgments are covered as a country report. In cases where the judgment is not (yet) final, this fact shall be indicated.
c. Country Reports
Country reports should be between 2000-3500 words (including footnotes) in length. They highlight a topic of particular interest relating to legal developments in the EU Member States or third countries with a clear link to European public procurement law and PPPs. The reports provide readers with the facts, as well as some critical and personal comments.
d. International/Interdisciplinary Papers
Discussion papers for the section “International & Interdisciplinary” should be between 4000-5000 words (including footnotes, no reference list). Discussion papers should highlight international and interdisciplinary developments and implications for practice at a high level. Topics should either be of international relevance, discussing developments in jurisdictions outside the EU, or interdisciplinary. The section welcomes articles from scholars of different backgrounds, including law, economics, political and social sciences, technology, and science, if relevant for public procurement and PPP.
e. Book Reviews
Book reviews should be between 1000 – 3000 words (including footnotes) in length. The review should provide details about the contribution and structure of the book, as well as assess critically the books arguments focusing on key philosophical or theoretical issues.
2. Presentation Title
Every word in the title should be capitalised except for conjunctions (Headline Capitalisation). The title’s length should not exceed three lines after typesetting (max. 150 characters including spaces). Subtitles are allowed and should also not exceed the 3 lines rule (max. 200 characters including spaces).
3. Authors’ Details
Author(s) details should be included in a first asterisk footnote (*) inserted after the author’s/authors name(s).
Example: Article Title David Freestone ___ Prof David Freestone, Lobingier Visiting Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, George Washington University Law School. For correspondence: <firstname.lastname@example.org>To do so: In the References ribbon tab, click the Footnotes launcher (lower right corner in the Footnotes section). There, place an asterisk into the Custom mark: box, then click Insert, and type your footnote text. All further footnotes should be numbered sequentially in superscript in the text outside punctuation marks.
4. Tables and Figures
Tables and figures should be submitted on extra pages. Every table should have a title. The relevant sources of the data presented or of the tables or figures themselves should be indicated. Within the text, the position at which a table is to be included should be marked by ‘[TABLE …]’, the tables and figures being clearly numbered. Every table should be referred to. To ease the typesetting process, please keep formatting within tables to a minimum (e.g., avoid merged cells or the use of vertical text for headings).
All submissions, except country reports and book reviews, should be preceded by a short abstract (without heading) in italics of five to six sentences (approx. 200 words), without footnotes.
Every word in a heading should be capitalised except for conjunctions (Headline Capitalisation). The headings should be structured as follows:
H1: I. (starting with the introduction)
IV. Quotation and Referencing
All references should be included in the footnotes: no final bibliographies are allowed. The reference style is OSCOLA (4th edition), in brief: Quick Reference Guide. All contributions should be submitted in British English.