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Environmental Law Review

Environmental Law Review

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Environmental Law

eISSN: 17405564 | ISSN: 14614529 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

Environmental Law Review is a forum for critical discussion of current and developing ideas in environmental law. It maintains a dialogue between leading edge practitioners and academics in the fields of environmental law, environmental management and business.

Whatever your professional interest, you will benefit from the analyses, criticisms and recommendations of colleagues and competitors published in Environmental Law Review. The journal will keep you in touch with current issues in UK law and policy, as well as crucial new developments in European and international law.

Environmental Law Review is a peer-reviewed journal and forum for critical discussion of current and developing ideas in environmental law. It maintains a dialogue between leading edge practitioners and academics in the fields of environmental law, environmental management and business.

Aleksandra Cavoski Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, UK
Book Review Editor
Jason Lowther School of Society and Culture, University of Plymouth, UK
David Ong Nottingham Law School, Birmingham law School, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Case Note Editors
Gitanjali N. Gill Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University, UK
Colin Mackie School of Law, University of Leeds
Emily Webster Environmental Law at the Department of Land Economy, Queens’ College Cambridge
Editorial Board
Jerry Anderson Drake University Law School, Iowa, USA
Geert Van Calster Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Rowena Cantley-Smith University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Paul Davies MacFarlanes LLP, London UK
David Freestone The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
Peter Kellet Environment Agency, UK
Peter Kunzlik University of East Anglia, UK
Emily Meazell University of Oklahoma School of Law, USA
Karen Morrow Swansea University, UK
David Noble Parliamentary Counsel Office, New Zealand
Anthony Ogus School of Law, Manchester University UK
Christopher Rodgers Newcastle University, UK
Andrea Ross University of Dundee, UK
Anne-Michelle Slater University of Aberdeen, UK
Lynda M Warren Aberystwyth University, UK
Legislation and Policy Editor
Joanne Hawkins School of Law, Leeds University, UK
Update Editor
Anna McClean Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, UK
Opinion Editor
Jasbinder K. Ghag London, UK
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  • Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Environmental Law Review will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Environmental Law Review, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Environmental Law Review publishes original articles, opinions, case notes, legislation notes and book reviews.

    Articles should be approximately 10,000 words, including footnotes, in length and should contain a 200 word abstract. Longer submissions can on occasion be considered, at the editors' discretion.

    Opinions are up to 1000 words in length. They express a point of view on an issue of general or topical interest.

    Manuscripts of Opinions should be sent to:

    Jasbinder K. Ghag

    Case notes
    Case notes including footnotes are up to 4000 words in length. They should contain: (a) a brief title to indicate what the case was about. (b) The case name. (c) A short list of key words. (d) A short paragraph outlining the facts. (e) The key elements of the judgment. (f) A commentary which should be a succinct analysis and comment on the case.

    Case notes should be sent to:

    Dr Brian Jack
    School of Law
    Queen's University of Belfast,
    Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK
    Tel: +44(0) 28 9027 3451      Fax +44(0) 28 9032 5590


    Professor Karen Morrow
    Centre for Environmental and Enerfy Law and Policy, School of Law
    Swansea University
    Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales, UK
    Tel: +44 (0)1792 602623

    Book Reviews
    Book reviews are up to 1000 words in length. Very brief book reviews are also acceptable.

    Book reviews should be submitted to:

    Anne-Michelle Slater
    School of Law, Taylor Building
    University of Aberdeen
    Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB, UK

    Legislation notes
    Legislation Notes should be sent to:

    Professor Maria Lee
    Faculty of Laws,
    University College London
    Bentham House
    Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG, UK
    Tel. +44 (0) 207 679 1449

    Footnotes should not be collated at the end of the article, but will be published at the foot of each relevant page. Footnotes to the title and author(s)' names should be designated as *, † etc. Footnotes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. and follow any closing punctuation, e.g. …limitations are possible.¹ The asterisked footnote should give the author's position, institutional address and any brief acknowledgements if required.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Environmental Law Journal adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of reviewers and authors are concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Environmental Law Review encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Environmental Law Review and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Environmental Law Review offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    All references should be placed in footnotes. End notes will not be accomodated.

    Cases should be cited in the following forms:
    Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council [1986] QB 809
    Case 102/79 Commission v Belgium [1980] ECR 1473
    Case C-337/89 Commission v UK [1992] ECR I-1613
    If specific pages are referred to:
    Quick v Taff-Ely Borough Council [1986] QB 809 at 811
    No full stops should be used in the law journal abbreviation, e.g. All ER, WLR, EGLR etc.

    Abbreviations should be used for familiar legal journals. Otherwise the title should be given in full in italics:
    J. Cohen, 'A Theory of the Stability of Punishment' (1983) 64 Journal of Criminal Law 198

    The following styles should be used:
    M. A. Jones, Textbook on Torts, 2nd edn (Blackstone Press: London, 1989) 234
    G. Richard, 'Judicial Intervention' in M. Maguire (ed.), Accountability (Tavistock: London, 1985) 113

    The following forms should be used: The Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995, s. 3(1)(a)
    Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994, No. 2716)
    Council (or Commission) Directive 70/157/EEC (OJ L42/16 23.2.70) on waste disposal etc.
    Waste Disposal Directive when used subsequently in the text
    Council (or Commission) Decision C(91)440
    Treaty on European Union

    Official publications
    These should be cited in the form:
    Law Commission, Family Law: The Ground for Divorce, Cm 192 (1992) para. 4.5

    Cross references
    References should be cited in full on the first occasion they are mentioned. Subsequent cross-references should take the following form:
    See Walter, above n. 4 at 23
    If Walter is referred to in the text after it has been cited for first time, the cross-reference will be:
    Above n. 4 at 23
    If the cross-reference is to the immediately preceding note, the reference will be:
    Ibid. at 23

    Quotations within the text should use single quotation marks and quotations within quotations use double quotation marks. If quotations are three lines or more they should be separated out from the rest of the text and should not be enclosed by quotation marks.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Environmental Law Review is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Environmental Law Review editorial office as follows:

    All original articles must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    Professor Christopher P. Rodgers:

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