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New Journal of European Criminal Law

Published in Association with European Criminal Law Academic Network
Published in Association with European Criminal Bar Association

Editor in Chief
Scott Crosby Advocate, Brussels, Belgium
General Editors
Paul de Hert Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Holger Matt Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Valsamis Mitsilegas Queen Mary University, London, UK
Anne Weyembergh Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

eISSN: 2399293X | ISSN: 20322844 | Current volume: 8 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly
The New Journal of European Criminal law is the leading international journal on European Criminal Law. It aims at analysing, discussing, defining, developing and improving criminal law in Europe and in particular criminal law as it is drawn up by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

European criminal law is an established and recognised legal discipline. It is not confined to the European Union, but it extends to all forty seven States of the Council of Europe. Institutionally speaking European criminal law is driven by both the EU and the Council of Europe under the supervision and influence of the Court of Justice of the European Communities so far as the EU is concerned and by the European Court of Human Rights as regards the Council of Europe.

Although European criminal law is a recognised body of law, it constitutes by no means a perfect or even a mature system and it requires analysis and discussion, so that it may develop and improve. Analysis and discussion cannot be the exclusive preserve of the legislative and judicial bodies; others must contribute to ensure balanced solutions.

Nor is European criminal law confined to what is traditionally considered as criminal law at EU and national level. It covers any field to which the Engel criteria apply and so extends to administrative law where it applies instruments which by object or effect are punitive in nature. It thus contemplates sanctions in the foreign policy field (smart sanctions), environmental law and competition law, for instance.

As regards competition law the New Journal of European Criminal Law is especially interested the criminalisation of competition law and of hard core cartels in particular. It is thought to be the first ever legal journal to treat the criminal and competition law disciplines at their interface.

The New Journal of European Criminal Law has two patrons: the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) and the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN). It serves as a forum for both legal practitioners and academics interested in issues related to European Criminal Law. Its editorial board comprises as wide a cross-section of the legal profession as possible. The New Journal of European Criminal Law solicits articles from all those involved in criminal law in its European dimension. It seeks a large variety of articles, ranging from with short case notes with little or no comment, to opinionated comments on developments, to long in-depth critiques of judgements and legislative measures with proposals for reform or change.

To ensure originality, the New Journal of European Criminal Law has a double blind peer review system which is applied to long in-depth articles. This is necessary to maintain the position of the New Journal of European Criminal Law as the pre-eminent journal in its field and to guarantee the continued quality of its contents. For the same reason an Advisory Committee, composed of several authorities on the subject of European Criminal Law, supervises the Journal and its future development.

Each issue comprises an editorial, (generally written by the editor in chief on a matter of topical interest but sometimes by a guest editor), in-depth articles submitted to peer review, focused analysis & opinions, case law notes (especially on ECHR case law), legislative updates and book reviews.

Advisory Board
Sir Francis Jacobs QC King's College London, UK
Robert Roth University of Geneva, Switzerland
Ulrich Sieber Max-Planck-Institut, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
John Spencer QC University of Cambridge, UK
John Vervaele University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Assistant Editor
Gavin Robinson University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Niovi Vavoula Queen Mary University, London, UK
Irene Wieczorek Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Auke Willems Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Editorial Board Member
Heiko Ahlbrecht Wessing & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB, Düsseldorf, Germany
Ulrich Bauschulte  
Nicolas Boulay  
Stefan Braum University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Pedro Caeiro University of Coimbra, Portugal
Gerard Conway  
Serge de Biolley Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Astolfo di Amato Astolfo Di Amato & Associati, Roma, Italy
Stefano Filletti Filletti & Filletti Advocates, Malta
George Gebbie Connarty Advocates, Glasgow, UK
Jaan Ginter University of Tartu, Estonia
Sabine Gless University of Basel, Switzerland
Christopher Harding Aberystwyth University, UK
Kai Hart-Hoenig  
Marc Henzelin Lalive Lawyers & Partners, Geneva, Switzerland
Louise Hodges Kingsley Napley LLP, London, UK
Han Jahae Jahae Advocaten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Robert Kert Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Roberto Kostoris University of Padova, Italy
Richard Lang University of Brighton, UK
Adam Lazowski University of Westminster, London, UK
Katalin Ligeti University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Stefano Manacorda Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy
Jonathan Mitchell Barrister, London, UK
Caroline Morgan  
Anna Oehmichen Knierim & Krug, Mainz
Kristine Strada-Rosenberga  
Katja Sugman University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Annika Suominen University of Bergen, Norway
Gintaras Svedas  
Alex Tinsley Barrister, London, UK
Jorn Vestergaard University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Whelan University of Leeds, UK
Ben Wild  
Christoffer Wong Lund University, Sweden

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: New Journal of European Criminal Law

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of New Journal of European Criminal Law will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

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 Funding
    2.5 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 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 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 New Journal of European Criminal Law, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article Types

Full papers should not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes, but excluding the abstract. Shorter articles, including comments and case notes should not exceed 6,000 words including footnotes, but excluding the abstract. All contributions must be in English and use the UK written standard. Do not use abbreviated forms of verbs. Dates are to be expressed as day/month/ year: 1 January 2010.

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

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

New Journal of European Criminal Law operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Analysis & Opinions, Updates, Book Reviews and Editorials are not peer reviewed, but checked by the Editor or a nominated party for quality.

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.

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.

2.3.1 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

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

2.4 Funding

New Journal of European Criminal Law requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

New Journal of European Criminal Law 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

New Journal of European Criminal Law 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

New Journal of European Criminal Law offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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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

New Journal of European Criminal Law adheres to the OSCALA reference style. View the OSCALA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

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

New Journal of European Criminal Law is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nje 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.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Editorial Secretary: Dr Irene Wieczorek, irene.wieczorek@vub.ac.be

5.1 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).

5.2 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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos. 

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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 New Journal of European Criminal Law editorial office as follows:

Editor-in-Chief: Scott Crosby, advocate/solicitor, scott.crosby@eurojura.be

Editorial secretary: Dr Irene Wieczorek, irene.wieczorek@vub.ac.be

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