Submission Guidelines

DIRECTIVES

  1. Because of the inter-disciplinary nature of the blog, it will not accept submissions that are purely legal or literary assessments.
  2. The entries must exhibit a clear connection between law and literature. All authors are requested to submit only original content.
  3. Entries that are not interdisciplinary will be dismissed without a thorough review of the article.
  4. Furthermore, all submissions must include some novel analysis of the author(s) ‘perspectives that adds to the existing literature on the subject, rather than being a simple descriptive/informative piece or a collation of information from multiple sources.
  5. Submissions shall go through a mandatory Plagiarism Check before being shortlisted for further review.
  6. Submissions should be sent as a MS Word (.doc) attachment with the title of the article as the file name.

Letter of Interest:

  1. Submissions should be emailed to sll@nluo.ac.in.
  2. All submissions must be supplemented by a cover letter that includes the name of the author/s, organisational affiliation, headline and category of the submission.
  3. The author’s contact information, including e-mail and phone number, should also be included in the cover letter.

Specifics of Identification:

  1. The body of the submission must not display any kind of identifier, such as the author’s name and institutional affiliation, which must be included in the cover letter.
  2. That being said, if the author wishes to send a picture representing the submission’s topic or area, they may do so with a 1:1 aspect ratio.

Publication Decision:

  1. The blog team shall subsequently acknowledge receipt of the submission within 24 hours, and a decision on a blog shall take approximately 7-10 days.
  2. All blog entries will be subjected to a two-stage blind-peer review process.
  3. Applications for expedited reviews can be made when the article is being considered for publication by other forums, or when the subject matter is of such relevance that it will lose significance if not evaluated quickly. In such instances, please specify a deadline by when the author (s) expects to receive our response.
  4. Irrespective, the blog editorial team will take at least three days to communicate its decision on blog submissions requesting prompt feedback.
  5. Once the article has been submitted, acknowledgement mail will be sent in one day’s time. From that moment of submission the author will have three days to retract their submission.
  6. It is the discretion of the editorial board to either accept or reject an article. Any easing of submission rules is at the discretion of the editorial board.

Policy on Rolling Submissions:

The society is following a rolling submission policy till 31st July 2021.

Guidelines for Style

Word Count: All blog submissions should be between 800-2500 words in length, excluding footnotes.  In exceptional circumstances, the word limit may be eased.

The body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1.5-line spacing. The heading/(s) should be in Times New Roman, font size 14.

Citations: Footnotes or hyperlinks (preferably) are the only acceptable forms of citations. Speaking Endnotes are not permitted. All footnotes must be in Times New Roman font, size 10, single-spaced, and justified. Citations must follow https://www.scconline.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20th-Harvard-bluebook.pdf  format or Oscola 4th edition https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxlaw/oscola_4th_edn_hart_2012.pdf

Note: Any blog published on the SLL Blog website may be republished on another blog only after giving proper credit and a reference to the original publication on the SLL Blog. Such re-publication on another site must acknowledge SLL NLUO as the original blog of publication at the outset. In any arising concerns, the decision of the editorial board or the faculty advisors in consultation with the society of law and literature executive team will be binding and final.