By FutureLaw Desk
The SCLS Law Review is a freely-available open-access online journal publishing scholarly articles, run by the Society for Critical Legal Studies (“SCLS”). This journal will provide a unique forum for all those who are interested in legal studies to present their scholarly contributions. The unique offering of the SCLS Law Review is that it allows for publication on multi-dimensional legal studies. In addition, it proactively encourages analytical and comparative studies. Papers that investigate legal issues from single or multiple vantage points whether topically or jurisdictionally are equally welcomed, as are papers examining law-related interdisciplinary work.
The journal is intended as a showcase for legal scholars from undergraduate and postgraduate students and early career scholars to well-established academics and legal practitioners.
Print Version of the First Issue of SCLS Law Review Vol 1 [January 2018] has been published recently. For the online version of the SCLS Law Review Vol 1 No 1 [January 2018], please click here
Print Version of the First Issue of SCLS Law Review Vol 1 [May 2018] has been published recently. For the online version of the SCLS Law Review Vol 1 No 2 [May 2018], please click here
The SCLS Review is run by Senior Law students assisted by an Academic member of SCLS.
The journal is published in three issues a year.
The first issue is published in January (Submission period is 01 July – 31 October of the previous year).
Second issue is published in May (Submission period is o1 November of the previous year- 28 February of the same year).
The third issue in September (Submission period is o1 March – 30 June of the same year).
Submission and Editorial Process
All submissions are subject to a blind-review process. After an initial reading by the Editorial Board to establish suitability, we shall operate a two stages peer review process. Firstly, an appointed editor is invited to comment on the manuscript. Depending on their recommendations, we accept, advise minor revisions, request major revision and resubmission, or reject. When amendments are advised, we will agree a deadline with the author for returning the revised manuscript to us. In the case of major revision, we will approach one of the previous peer reviewers to consider the piece again. Once their comments have been returned then we make a final decision: accept further minor revisions or reject.
All submissions must be submitted online and through e-mail. The journal does not accept hardcopy submissions.
Authors must submit their details, titles, abstracts and manuscripts through SCLS email account: firstname.lastname@example.org. To assist with blind peer review please anonymise the manuscript by giving your name and contact details in the text of your email message.
Long article: Up to 6,000 words. Short article: Up to 4,000 words. Note, book review, and case note: Up to 2000 words.
Those who contribute items to SCLS Law Review retain author copyright in their work but are asked to grant a licence to the SCLS enabling us to reproduce the item in digital form, so that it can be made available for access online in the open journal system and repository and website. Articles accepted for a Volume will be published as a pdf bound whole volume as well as in hyperlinked HTML version. The terms of the licence which you are asked to grant to SCLS for this purpose are as follows:
‘I grant to the SCLS the irrevocable, non-exclusive royalty-free right to reproduce, distribute, display, and perform this work in any format including electronic formats throughout the world for educational, research, and scientific non-profit uses during the full term of copyright including renewals and extensions’
Preparation of Submissions
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words.
- You promise warrant that the article is your original work and submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- If it contains material which is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner (please attach evidence of this) and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text. You also promise that the article does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything which is libellous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights.
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- Style of submissions must be of academic standards and constant throughout the manuscripts. American English spelling should be used.
- All submissions must comply with the latest version of Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). OSCOLA Citation Manual (4th Edition) is available here: http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/published/OSCOLA_4th_edn_Hart_2012.pdf