DOUBLE BLIND PEER REVIEW POLICY

DOUBLE BLIND PEER REVIEW POLICY

About the NMIMS Student Law Review

The NMIMS Student Law Review (“the Journal”) was conceptualised in 2018 as an annual, multi-disciplinary, student-edited and peer-reviewed journal. The journal aims to provide a platform for engaging in multi-disciplinary discussions on various themes of law. The Student Law Review primarily seeks to promote a culture of research, scholarship and academic writing among students and promote meaningful discourse on contemporary legal issues. Since its inception, the journal has attracted a large number of submissions from students across universities and has successfully published thought-provoking articles on a plethora of contemporary legal issues.

The remit of the Journal is not restricted to any particular field of law but is broad enough to include national as well as international legal and policy-related issues. The Journal accepts submissions annually.

Editorial Process

  • The Journal review process is two tiered, comprising ‘Board of Student Editors’ and ‘Board of Peers’, collectively referred to as ‘Editorial Board’. It follows a double blind peer review process. That is, the identity of the author/s is strictly not to be revealed to the reviewers and vice-versa.
  • Submissions are evaluated based on including but not limited to language, structure, analysis, contribution to existing literature, contemporary relevance, depth of research and other such relevant criteria. Purely descriptive pieces are discouraged. 
  • Upon submission of the manuscript by the author/s, the same is allotted to Associate Editors if the manuscript appears prima facie eligible for consideration.
  • The Associate Editors then review the manuscripts for compliance with style guidelines, plagiarism, its originality, quality, contemporary relevance and coherence and make a written report (“Associate Editor’s Written Report” or “AEWR”).
  • If the AEWRs are in concurrence, the manuscript is then forwarded to the Board of Peers for their opinion and consideration.
  • If the Board of Peers is in concurrence that the manuscript is eligible for publication, the manuscript will be published in the earliest possible issue of the NMIMS Student Law Review.
  • The Board of Editors retain complete discretion over acceptance or rejection of manuscripts. The Board of Editors does not entertain requests for advance decisions based on abstracts, topic proposals or outlines. Editorial decisions shall be based solely on review of the final manuscripts submitted by the author(s).
  • After initial acceptance, manuscripts may be returned to the author(s) with suggestions related to substance and/or style. Final acceptance of a manuscript for publication is contingent on the incorporation of such suggestions to the satisfaction of the Board of Editors.
  • Upon final acceptance of the manuscript for publication by the Board, the copyright over the manuscript is vested in the Journal. The manuscript which is published on any other platform must not be submitted for publication. The Journal accepts only exclusive and original submissions. The author(s) shall exclusively remain liable for any liability arising out of their submission and agree to undertake to indemnify the NMIMS Law Review, Editors, or any associated persons for any liability incurred arising out their submission.

Conditions of Publication

  • Submissions not conforming to these guidelines may be returned or rejected. While we strive to provide substantive feedback for every submission we receive, it may not always be possible to do so, given the large number of submissions. We reserve the right to reject submissions without providing substantive feedback.
  • Please note that, if a contribution submitted to the Journal has been submitted and accepted by any other journal or online platform, the author must withdraw their contribution from the Journal. If the Journal accepts the contribution first, the author must withdraw it from all other journals and online platforms. Failure to do so will lead to removal of the piece from consideration for publication.
  • If the manuscript has been selected for publication, the authors will be expected to perform any necessary revision in good faith. Authors are also expected to be cooperative when it comes to minor editorial changes which might be necessary even after the submission of edited manuscript by the author(s).