Australasian Law Teachers Association

Promoting Excellence in Legal Academic Teaching and Research

ALTA Law Research Series 

The ALTA Law Research Series, housed on AustLII, was formally launched at the 2010 ALTA Conference in Auckland by Mr Robert Orr PSM QC. Mr Orr, who holds the position of Chief General Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor, congratulated ALTA and spoke of the possibilities for research provided by this important addition to the AustLII database.

The ALRS assists ALTA members in making their research available internationally. When loaded in rtf, the articles will be fully searchable by the AustLII search engine, and results, including footnotes, will be included in Lawcite citation searches. The aim of the series is to provide citation indexing for each document. This means that law academics will be able to determine if their work has been used in judgments, policy documents, or any materials housed on the AustLII site. This is an exciting and revolutionary project benefiting all Australian law academics and is yet another achievement for AustLII and its pioneers – Professor Graham Greenleaf, Professor Andrew Mowbray and Philip Chung.

The ALRS Editorial Committee includes Professor Michael Adams and Professor Rick Sarre with the assistance of Professor Rosalind Mason, Emeritus Professor David Barker AM and other members of the ALTA Executive.

The ALRS Editorial Advisory Board includes Professor Bryan Horrigan, Professor Peter Macfarlane, Professor Kim Economides, and Professor Brian Opeskin, together with Professor Andrew Mowbray, Philip Chung and Professor Graham Greenleaf from AustLII.


  • Articles are to be submitted in .doc or .rtf format and must be at least one standard page in length. 
  • Powerpoint presentations are not acceptable for submission. 
  • Authors must only submit materials for which they hold copyright and will be asked to sign an authority to this extent.
  • A template of a letter requesting permission from a publisher to republish material on the ALRS.

To submit to the ALTA Law Research Series, please email

Editorial guidelines & FAQ

Which types of articles are suitable for the ALRS?

Publications included in the series include conference papers, submissions to law reform bodies, journal articles, and reports. However, owerpoint presentations are not acceptable for submission. 

Do I have to have permission to republish on the ALRS?

Submitted articles must be those which the author/s holds copyright of as authors will be asked to sign an authority to this extent. It would not be advisable for authors to submit papers to the ALRS if there is a chance that they will still be published in a regular refereed journal in a substantially similar form.

A template of a letter requesting permission from a publisher to republish material on the ALRS.

Which format should an article be submitted in? 

Articles are to be submitted in .doc or .rtf format and must be at least one standard page in length. 

If a submission needs to be converted from PDF to RTF

Please be advised that this conversion is the responsibility of the academic uploading their material.

Will an article published solely on ALRS qualify for a C1 classification under the annual HERDC audit?

No, publication on ALRS does not constitute a refereed publication. The papers that are placed on the website are those papers that have already been published (and for which the author has permission to republish) or those which have not yet been published elsewhere but where there is no intention to do so. 

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