Queensland Law Society

Proctor article submissions – frequently asked questions

Where do I send submission?

Submissions should be emailed to proctor@qls.com.au. An acknowledgement of receipt is usually sent within a day or so. 

When is the submission deadline?

The official deadline for all Proctor material is the 20th of the month six weeks prior to publication. For example, July 20 for the September edition, August 20 for the October edition etc.

What is the approval process?

All legal submissions are reviewed by the Proctor editorial committee, which meets toward the end of each month. The committee may approve or reject a submission, or request modifications (for example, a reduction in length or clarification). Non-legal submissions are reviewed by the editor. If multiple submissions are received on the same topic, the committee will accept the article it considers best meets the needs of practitioners.

What does the committee look for in a submission?

The primary concern of the committee is that the article provides useful practical advice for practitioners. It will also need to be easy to understand (plain English) and written without bias.

When will I know if my article has been accepted?

Authors are usually advised of the committee’s decision in the first week of the following month.

How long should my article be?

Clear and concise articles are preferred. For ‘minor’ topics, 600-800 words is fairly standard, while 1200-1400 words is common for more significant topics. The upper limit is around 2400 words for articles on major topics containing very useful advice for practitioners. So while there is no specific length to write to, you will need to keep in mind the likely ‘value’ of the content when deciding how much to write. Articles should always be succinct and never ‘padded out’ to meet a specific word count.

When will it be published?

Publication is based on many factors, including the available space, the ‘balance’ of legal articles in a single issue, the importance of the article’s content and its timeliness (for example, if it is about legislation to be enacted on a specific date). Sometimes articles do not appear for some months.

What do I do if my article is accepted?

If your article is accepted, you will be sent a Proctor contributor form to complete (a necessary prerequisite to publication) and may like to find a high-resolution head and shoulders photo to accompany  the article (optional). Once the article has been scheduled for a particular edition, it will be edited to conform with Proctor style and the final edited version will be emailed to you as a Word document for review. As the timeframe for preparing each edition is quite short, it is appreciated if you can confirm your approval of this version as soon as possible.

More questions?

If you have any further questions, please email the editor, John Teerds – j.teerds@qls.com.au