The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities is designed to facilitate accurate citation of authorities, legislation, and other legal materials. It is widely used in law schools and by journal and book publishers in the UK and beyond. OSCOLA is edited by the Oxford Law Faculty, in consultation with the OSCOLA Editorial Advisory Board*.
OSCOLA has been shortlisted for the Halsbury Legal Awards, 2013 Award for Academic Contribution.
OSCOLA (4th edn, Hart Publishers) is available in book stores, from Hart Publishers and other online bookstores (ISBN13: 9781849463676).
A free PDF version may be downloaded: OSCOLA (4th edn, Hart 2012)
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The hard copy version of OSCOLA (4th edn, Hart Publishers) is the same as the fourth edition PDF published in November 2010, with the following exceptions: there is now an index; section 2.1.7 on Judges’ names has been amended to say that all Supreme Court Justices are called Lord or Lady; section 2.6.2 now refers to the Judgments of the European Court of Justice and General Court, rather than the Court of First Instance; and examples in sections 3.3.4, 3.4.1, 3.4.8 and 3.4.9 no longer include http:// in web addresses that begin with www.
- Quick Reference Guide for key reference types
- OSCOLA 2006: Citing International Law section; OSCOLA (4th edn) does not cover International Law
- OSCOLA styles for EndNote, Latek, Refworks and Zotero
- Frequently asked questions about using OSCOLA style (updated 5 March 2013)
- Complete previous edition of OSCOLA: OSCOLA 2006 (pdf)
- About OSCOLA: (2011) 11 Legal Information Management 111, and on Oxford Research Archive
- Citing the Law using OSCOLA - an online tutorial by Information Services staff at Cardiff University
- Newcastle Law Faculty OSCOLA tutorial
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OSCOLA has been adapted and amended
by academics at the University of Limerick, Dublin Institute of Technology and the National University of Ireland Galway, with the support and approval of other Irish Law Schools, providing the first comprehensive citation system for Irish lawyers and law students. OSCOLA Ireland is now available at www.legalcitation.ie.
- Donal Nolan (Fellow and Tutor in Law, Worcester College, Oxford University)
- Sandra Meredith (Departmental Lecturer in Legal Research Skills, Faculty of Law, Oxford University)
* Advisory Board Members
- Ruth Bird (Bodleian Law Librarian, Oxford University)
- Naomi Chapman (LexisNexis Butterworths Text Resources Manager)
- Dr Peter Clinch (Former Senior Subject Librarian for Law, Law Library, Cardiff University)
- Professor Timothy Endicott (Dean of the Law Faculty, Oxford University)
- Richard Hart (Managing Director, Hart Publishing)
- Aparna Rao (2010-11 Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Oxford University)
- John Louth, (Senior Editor, Academic and Scholarly Law, Oxford University Press)
- Gareth Ryan (Law, Maps and Official Publications Librarian, Andersonian Library, University of Strathclyde)
- Tracey Varnava (Associate Director, UK Centre for Legal Education)