How to submit
The Academy Law Review welcomes submissions of unsolicited Main Articles, Essays, Case Critiques and Book Reviews (all of them together referred to herein as “Articles”). The contributors of the Articles are to comply with the following standards.
Soft copy Submissions
The authors have to submit their articles in soft copy through e-mail by attaching the Article in Microsoft Word format in firstname.lastname@example.org .Hard copy of the article, at the option of the author, may be send to the address:
Academy Law Review,
Centre for Advanced Legal Studies,
KLA, CALSAR, Heather Tower,
Please note that we will not accept articles submitted through hard copy alone.
Style and Citation
The text and footnotes of the article in the soft copy submission should be in Microsoft Word format in Times New Roman (font size: 12) with double spacing for text and 11/2 spacing for footnotes. The text and citations of the submission should conform to the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th edition 2015), (copyright of which is being held by the Columbia Law Review Association, the Harvard Law Review Association, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal).
The submission of articles made to us should be exclusively submitted to us. The process of initial peer review would take place as per the Guidelines for Peer Review within one month and you will be informed of initial acceptance (conditional or otherwise) or rejection. We strongly recommend that you submit your manuscript to us exclusively. As described in the Guidelines for Peer Review, our review process is lengthy; unlike many other journals, we conduct reviews through a panel of academic experts before we convey initial acceptance and it is succeeded by a process of editing as provided hereunder. Consequently, often, we may not be able to make quick decisions even when you have offers from other journals. Therefore submitting your articles exclusively to us places us in the advantage of having your article assessed without haste in the review process in accordance with the guidelines and hence we give preference to articles submitted exclusively to us.
Articles initially accepted (conditionally or otherwise) by the peer review team will be subject to editing by the editorial team and will be classified into two categories.
(i) Minor Editing
In such category, the minor changes in the contents or foot notes or additional minor requirements will be informed to the author within 6 weeks of the communication of the initial acceptance by the peer review team. The author is bound to inform acceptance to the said minor changes/modifications/ additions within a week of communication of the same or else, the said minor changes/modifications/additions will be deemed to be accepted by the author. Consequently, the Article will be finally accepted and the same will be communicated to the author. If the Author refuses to accept the said minor changes/modifications/ additions, the same has to be communicated to the Chief Editor within a week of communication of the minor changes/modifications/ additions by the Review.
In case of conditional initial acceptance by the Peer Review team suggesting resubmission by the author based on changes suggested, suggestions to the author would be communicated within 4 weeks of the date of conditional acceptance. If the author is not willing to add or make the changes suggested or the substantive editions suggested, he may withdraw his submissions and the same has to be communicated to the Chief Editor within 2 weeks of communication of the suggestion for resubmission. If no such withdrawal is made by the author may be asked to resubmit the articles with the additions/modifications/changes/editions suggested by the Editorial Team/Editorial Board within 8 weeks thereof. The Peer Review team would finally accept or reject the resubmitted version within 4 weeks of the submission of the resubmitted version and communicate the same to the author. In the event of satisfaction by the Peer Review team, the same will be placed before the Editorial Board which may finally accept the submission for publication and communicate the same to the author.
(iii) Major Editing
In case of conditional initial acceptance by the Peer Review team suggesting major editing by the Editorial Board and Editing team, the suggestion would be communicated to the author within 2 weeks of the initial conditional acceptance. If the author is not willing to such editing, he may withdraw his submissions by communicating to the Chief Editor within 2 weeks of communication of the suggestion for editing. If the author doesn’t withdraw his submission within the period prescribed aforesaid, the author will be deem to have accepted the suggestion for editing by the Editorial Board/Editing team. Then the article will be forwarded to the Editorial Board and Editing team for editing and finalization and the edited version of the article would be communicated to the author within 8 weeks thereof. If the author doesn’t consent to the edited version within 2 weeks thereof, the matter will not be proceeded further and original submission returned to the author. The author will be still entitled to resubmit his submission in new form which will be subjected to the same review process again. If consent to the edited version is not refused by the author within time period prescribed above, the edited version will be deemed to be consented by the author. Thereafter, the same will be forwarded for approval by the same, Peer Review Team which may finally accept or reject the edited version within 4 weeks of the submission of the edited version by the Editorial Board. If the edited version is approved by the Peer Review Team, the same will be placed before the Editorial Board which may finally accept the submission for publication and communicate the same to the author.
In the event of conditional initial acceptance by the Peer Review Team suggesting major editing by the Editorial Board and the author accepting the Editorial Board to make substantial editing and the author leaving it to the editing team for finalization and submission for approval by the Peer Review team, the following procedure is mandatory. Once, the author accepts or is deem to accept to the Editorial Board/Editing team making substantial editions, after such substantial editions, the edited article would be sent to the author in the edited form and if the author disapproves publication of the article in such edited form, the author will be disentitled to publish the same in any other Journal or Review of that article in a form resembling the edited version forwarded by the Editorial Board/Editing team of the Academy Law Review.
Limitations on length
Articles in each category should comply with the limitation on the number of words as hereunder:
(i) Main Articles
The main article submitted by the author including the text and foot notes should preferably not exceed 25,000 words (approximately 50 Law Review pages) and preferably not less than 15,000 words (approximately 30 Law Review pages).
The essay submitted by the author including the text and foot notes should preferably not exceed 12,500 words (approximately 25 Law Review pages) and preferably not less than 5,000 words (approximately 10 Law Review pages).
(iii) Case Critiques
The case critiques submitted by the author including the text and foot notes should preferably not exceed 7,500 words (approximately 15 Law Review pages) and preferably not less than 2,500 words (approximately 5 Law Review pages).
(iv) Book Reviews
The book review submitted by the author including the text and foot notes should preferably not exceed 5,000 words (approximately 10 Law Review pages) and preferably not less than 1,500 words (approximately 3 Law Review pages).
Other requirements for submission
Since we adhere to the policy of blind and anonymous review, your submission should strictly conform to our Guidelines for Blind and Anonymous Review, Double Blind Review and Confidentiality provided in Guidelines for Peer Review as well as our Ethics Policy
Each submission by the author must necessarily be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 500 words along with a minimum of 6 keywords (approximately 1 Law Review page).
Co-authorship up to 5 authors is permitted. However, all the authors will be required to strictly conform to our Guidelines for Blind and Anonymous Review, Double Blind Review and Confidentiality provided in Guidelines for Peer Review as well as our Ethics Policy.