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Author Guidelines

TechReg aims to become a leading scholarly journal devoted to Technology and Regulation. It provides fast-tracked double-blind peer-review. Its PDF papers are available for download (Open Access).

TechReg does not charge any processing fee from authors, nor charges readers. TechReg aims to publish pieces of the highest quality and will hence be selective.

We do welcome submissions from both established authors and new authors. We have a rigorous but fair review process that considers each manuscript carefully before making a publication decision.

TechReg requires exclusive submission. Please do not submit your article if it is currently under consideration by another journal.

All material to be considered for publication in TechReg should be submitted via the journal's online submission system at Submission by e-mail cannot be accommodated.

All papers submitted to TechReg are subject to anonymous, double-blinded (author and reviewer anonymized) peer review.

Papers that are outside the scope of the journal, that do not comply with the guidelines below or are otherwise judged to be unsuitable by the editor will be rejected without peer review.

Appropriate papers are sent to an independent referee for evaluation, who does not know the identity of the author. Referees advise on factors such as the originality and merit of the paper; the editors decide on publication.

We aim to have short processing time for papers, typically below three months. Since we use the rolling publication model, published papers will become available on the site after they have been typeset for publication. 

Articles should be around 8000-12000 words (including footnotes) in length. Articles can be submitted in MS Word, OpenOffice or RTF. For articles longer than 15000 words , please contact the editors prior to submission.

Each article should start with a short abstract of around 120 words. It should also contain some 10 keywords (counting separate words). Abstract and keywords need to be uploaded in the submission system as well.

Author affiliation needs to be provided in the form, e.g.: "Ronald Leenes is professor of regulation by technology at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society at Tilburg University, the Netherlands."

Prior to publication, TechReg will provide the author(s) with a proof of their paper. This is for correcting minor mistakes, not for revision.

All contributions use footnotes for both text outside of the main argument as well as the references (legal citation method), but not a list of references. Common references to legal sources:

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), OJ 2016 L 119/1.

EU Directive 95/46: Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, OJ 1995 L 281/31.

Papers of the Article 29 Working Party (example): Article 29 Working Party, ‘Opinion 2/2003 on the application of the data protection principles to the WHOIS directories’ (WP 76, 13 June 2003), at 4EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, OJ 2010 C 83/389.

European Convention on Human Rights: European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Sept. 3, 1953, ETS 5, 213 UNTS 221.

Judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU (example): Bodil Lindqvist, Case C-101/01, [2003] ECR I-12971 (ECLI:EU:C:2003:596), at para. 74.

Council of Europe Convention 108: Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data 1981, ETS 108.

Articles should be preferably submitted in British English. The headings should be structured as follows (maximum 3 levels):




The journal follows OSCOLA (Oxford Standard Citation for Legal Authorities) (no ibid), which can be downloaded at

Use of a reference manager such as Zotero is advised.

Submissions must be linguistically correct and the references in the footnotes must be complete and properly (OSCOLA) formatted.


Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics and/or bold, rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format (8000 - 12000 words. If longer, consult editors before submitting).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements (Oscola, no ibid) outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text of the submission does not include author name or affiliation (in view of double-blind review).

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