NLSIR is now accepting submissions for Volume 31(1)

Conditions for Publication:

  1. All submissions should be original and should not be under consideration for publication by any other journal simultaneously.
  2. The submitted work must not infringe any existing copyright or any other rights of any third parties or contain any obscene, offensive, defamatory, or racially prejudiced material.
  3. All submissions will be checked for plagiarism. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject manuscripts (without review) that are infringing or plagiarized.
  4. The License Agreement should be submitted once the submission has been accepted for publication. Manuscripts shall not be published without this form.

Guidelines for Submission:

  1. Submissions should be made only in an electronic form and emailed to under the subject heading “31(1) NLSIR – Submissions.”
  2. All manuscripts should be submitted in .doc or .docx format.
  3. The manuscripts should not contain the name of the author, their institutional affiliation or any other identification mark.
  4. A cover letter containing the name of the author, professional information, the title of the manuscript, and contact information should be provided.
  5. All manuscripts must also contain an abstract of not more than 150 words.
  6. Submissions are accepted for the following categories:
    1. Long Articles – Between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Papers in this category are expected to engage with the theme and literature comprehensively, and offer an innovative reassessment of the current understanding of that theme. It is advisable, though not necessary, to choose a theme that is of contemporary importance. Purely theoretical pieces are also welcome.
    2. Essays – Between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Essays are far more concise in scope. These papers usually deal with a very specific issue and argue that the issue must be conceptualized differently. They are more engaging and make a more easily identifiable, concrete argument.
    3. Case Notes and Legislative Comments – Between 1,500 and 2,500 words. This is an analysis of any contemporary judicial pronouncement or a new piece of legislation whether in India or elsewhere. The note must identify and examine the line of cases in which the decision in question came about and comment on implications for the evolution of that branch of law. In case of legislative comment, the note must analyze the objective of the legislation and the legal impact the same is expected to have.
  7. All word limits are inclusive of footnotes. The journal is flexible regarding the word count depending on the quality of the submission.
  8. Pieces in any of the above categories with relevance to India or Indian law are particularly welcome. This, however, is not a pre-requisite.
  9. Contributors are requested to comply with this Style and Citation Guide.

NLSIR accepts pieces for the first of its bi-annual volumes on a rolling basis. However, for pieces to be considered for Volume 31(1), the deadline is December 1, 2018. After this date, it shall be considered for Volume 32(1). This volume will be based on theme of our XII Annual Symposium.

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