Society of International Law and Policy

National University of Juridical Sciences

SILP Submission Guidelines

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A. MANDATE OF THE BLOG

  • The Mandate of the Society of International Law and Policy Blog (‘SILP Blog’) is to engage with contemporary international issues of legal importance. In order to do so, the analysis provided in the submitted manuscripts must engage with relevant spheres of Public International Law, Private International Law, or International Policy. A manuscript is welcome as long as it fits within the general mandate of the SILP blog.
  • Interdisciplinary manuscripts are allowed as long as they are linked to the broad themes mentioned above.
  • The manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis from students, legal professionals, teachers, researchers, policy-makers, senior academicians, and any member of a related field.
  • We invite the following types of contributions from students, and scholars alike:
  1. Responses to manuscripts in the print journal or previous submissions published on the Blog and other platforms.
  2. Comments on contemporary legal developments and cases relating to International Law.
  3. Book Reviews engaging with recent literary works.

B. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Contributions should be mailed only in a soft copy (.doc or .docx format) to [silp@nujs.edu], the subject of the mail being ‘Submission for SILP Blog’.
  • The mail accompanying the submission shall include a cover letter with the following details:
  1. Name
  2. E-mail-id
  3. Contact number
  4. Institutional affiliations (if any)
  5. Academic Qualifications
  6. Professional Status (if any)
  7. A declaration that the submitted work has not been published elsewhere and is original in nature
  • All information of authors collected for the purposes of publishing the manuscript shall be strictly used for the same. Further, such information shall be treated with the best possible care, and the authors are free to approach us for any deletion or amendment in the collected information.
  • We accept simultaneous posting of a manuscript but contributors must intimate us about any submissions of the draft post with other publishers during the time of submission. We reserve the right to cease collaboration with respective contributors, if they fail to do so.
  • Cross-posting or publication on other platforms is permissible only:
  1. with the permission of the Editors of the SILP Blog;
  2. a minimum of 48 hours after the post has been published on the SILP Blog and;
  3. With due credit to our platform that the manuscript was originally posted on the SILP blog.
  • We shall send an email acknowledging receipt of the draft post within 48 hours of receiving your entry. If the same is not received, do email us at [silp@nujs.edu].

C. CONTENT GUIDELINES

  • Manuscripts are accepted only in the English language. They must have a clear structure. The authors are encouraged to have informative headings and sub headings from which a reader can tell what the post is about. It must be written in simple language which can be followed by a common person.
  • We discourage manuscripts that are merely descriptive. The manuscript must contain some amount of novel analysis/perspective and the author must exhibit critical understanding of the topic, or explore particular themes of wider resonance.
  • Manuscripts must have a brief introductory paragraph summarizing the key aspects and objectives of the manuscript.
  • The contributions should ordinarily be between 1500 words in length. However, we recognize the fact that some issues require a longer treatment due to which they will be accepted if the topic warrants so in the judgment of the editors. The same should be specified while contributing the post.
  • In order to draw reference, the manuscript must hyperlink within the text. Hyperlinks must link only to legal or respected primary/secondary sources. The editors reserve the final decision over what constitutes a respectable source. In case this is not feasible, the author must use end notes as the appropriate form of citation. End notes must conform to a uniform citation standard. Footnotes and Speaking end notes are not allowed.
  • The content must be written in Times New Roman in font size 12 for the main body and font size 10 for the end notes, with a line spacing of 1.5.
  • If the topic has already been covered on the blog, then the manuscript must introduce in a new angle, dimension, or perspective. You may search our blog [https://silpnujs.wordpress.com/] to check if a topic has already been covered.
  • The manuscript should be unpublished and must be the original work of the author.
  • Co-authorship is permitted subject to a maximum of two authors.

D. REVIEW POLICY

  • The Review Policy includes a thorough process with multiple stages that we undertake to complete within 10-15 days of submission. While we will try to review your manuscript as soon as possible, the review of posts on recent or current developments will be  prioritized over that of other posts.
  • Contributions that do not comply with our submission guidelines will not be considered by the editorial team. If the manuscript is rejected based on those grounds, the author shall be informed by a rejection email within 5 working days.
  • Requests for expedited reviews can be made when the manuscript is being considered for publication by other blogs, or in case the topic is of such contemporary relevance, that it shall lose relevance if not reviewed in a short duration. In such cases, please mention a date by which the author(s) expect our response. Regardless, the blog team shall take a minimum of 5-7 days for communicating its decision on blog submissions asking for expedited reviews.
  • The communication by the Editors post the review can be as follows:
  1. If the Editors reject the manuscript, the decision shall be communicated with a brief feedback.
  2. If the Editors consider that your manuscript has potential to be published, but is not currently of the required standard, then we will send back your work with editorial suggestions in tracked changes. This does not amount to acceptance of the post, and the Editorial Team may decide, upon seeing revisions, whether the submission is suitable for publication on the SILP Blog.
  3. If the Editors consider it to be fit, they may provide conditional acceptance at any stage of review, post which, the editorial team may work with the author to make the manuscript publishable on the platform which is guaranteed.
  • Please note that suggestions from the Editors may need to be incorporated by the contributors within 7 days of notification. In case the authors are not able to comply with it due to certain reasons, the same should be intimated.
  • We reserve the right to edit the submitted manuscripts to correct grammar, usage or punctuation or make any changes in their title, style, format etc. as necessary to conform to the editorial usage, format and style of the blog before publication.
  • All submissions approved in the review process shall be sent for a plagiarism check, confirming to which only shall they be published on the Blog. Plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) shall entail immediate disqualification.
  • The Editorial Board holds absolute discretion to decide whether the manuscript shall be published or not. In case of any dispute, the decision of the Editorial Board will be final and binding.
  • As a condition of or electronic publication, the author agrees to grant SILP a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free copyright & license to publish and reproduce the article in any format, including written on publication.
  • SILP shall also have the ability to make available the submitted material/ publication in this blog, as well as other media/ social media belonging to SILP, upon due credit to the author(s). However, the author reserves the right to intimate us about any reservation they may have with the semantics of the post published on social media platforms which will be taken into due consideration.
  • If the post is accepted for publication, there may be, for the reasons set out above, a delay between acceptance and publication. We aim to minimize this where a post covers a very recent or urgent issue. We will always work with authors to try to comply with any specific timing requirements which may be specified post acceptance of manuscript.
  • The Blog aims to stimulate dialogue and debate, so once your post is published please keep an eye out for comments and enter into the discussion.
  • All articles published on the SILP blog shall be freely available on our website from the time of publication without any prior charges for access or viewership.

The Editors may, in their absolute discretion, waive any of the above rules or amend this process.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our contributors for sticking to the guidelines, which help us to publish posts of high quality and ensure that the SILP Blog remains a space where authors can disseminate their ideas out to a wide audience.

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