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Submission Guidelines

Submissions are welcomed from students, academics, professionals, and practitioners alike. Please follow the guidelines below to write guest-posts for Law School Policy Review.

 

  1. The submission should deal with a relevant/topical issue concerning any area of Law/Policy. Only original content developed by the author(s) will be accepted. Submissions will be screened for plagiarism.
  2. Submissions must be emailed to lawschoolpolicyreview@gmail.com in the form of a word document. The subject of the email should be ‘SUBMISSION – GUEST POST’. In case of articles on very recent developments which may lose novelty or relevance within days, authors may request an expedited review by adding the words “Expedited” in the subject line.
  3. The submission should preferably be between 1500-1800 words. This stipulation is flexible at the Editors’ discretion in exceptional cases.
  4. The body of the email must contain a short bio of the author(s) and the name of the institution that they are affiliated to. Co-authorship of up to three authors is permitted.
  5. The submission should contain a title and a subtitle. The subtitle can be in the form of a question or an assertion. For eg., Title – My Data is Mine: Data Control & the GDPR; Subtitle – The EU’s GDPR will bring an end to the corporates’ casual attitude towards data by treating it as a factor of production.
  6. References must be in the form of hyperlinks, linked to keywords and phrases in the body of the submission. Use of Footnotes should be limited to offline sources only. Authors are advised to be precise while referencing, such as by hyperlinking the relevant statutes and judgements, and citing the precise provisions and chronology in brackets.
  7. Authors are also requested to attach an image to accompany the piece. The Image should be representative of the submission’s topic, area or argument. It should be high quality (upwards of 1000p) with an aspect ratio of 2:1. Please mention the image source in the email, for the purpose of giving creator credits.
  8. Important: The authors must include a declaration in the body of the mail, as to the bona fides of their submission. A sample declaration to that effect can be: “The article is an original work of the author/s. I certify that the intellectual content of this article is the product of my own work. No part of this article has been copied from any other source without acknowledgement of the source.”

About the Review Process

The Editorial Board reserves final discretion over whether a piece shall be accepted or rejected for publication on the blog and will review the submissions in the manner described as follows, insofar as possible.

 

  1. The board will evaluate submissions on the basis of criteria including but not limited to originality, argumentation, language, structure and analysis. Purely descriptive pieces are discouraged. Editors shall compare submissions with existing literature available elsewhere to assess novelty. The Board reserves the right to reject a piece at any stage, if it is noticed that these criteria are not duly met.
  2. Authors must ensure that their chosen theme/arguments have not already been substantially covered in past articles (the search tool on our website can be utilized for this). Such submissions will be rejected without review. However, this does not apply to responses/contrary opinions/different perspectives to existing content.
  3. As per our 2-stage review cycle, the Editorial Board may take up to 7 days to respond to submissions. Once accepted, the submission shall be published within 3 days of acceptance. “Expedited” articles shall be reviewed within 3 days.  Such exception shall be granted solely on the discretion of the Editorial Board, otherwise, the submission will be relegated to the normal review cycle.
  4. While responding to the Editor’s comments, authors are requested to retain the comments and make all edits in “track changes” mode in the review document itself.
  5. Please note that editors will directly respond with the verdict to each submission, as per the stipulated timeline.  Due to our volume of submissions, we do not send formal acknowledgements of receipt.
  6. Once posted on LSPR, a submission may be cross-posted on other platforms. The cross-post must carry the words ‘First posted on Law School Policy Review’, with a link to the LSPR post.

Please reach out to us at lawschoolpolicyreview@gmail.com for any clarifications.

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