The GNLU Student Law Review (GNLUSLR) is the flagship student journal of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. The Review is an annually published, student-edited, blind peer-reviewed, online, open-access Law Review.
The Law Review is open to academics, scholars, practitioners, and students. The Law Review focuses primarily on Indian law. The journal encourages comparative law and international law research, however, the same must be related to Indian legal developments and challenges. The Law Review also promotes an interdisciplinary approach to research in law, combining allied disciplines.
Call for Papers
GNLUSLR is hereby calling for papers for its Volume III. The deadline for the submission is August 31, 2021, 11:59 PM.
The following categories of submissions will be considered for publication:
- Articles: Between 4500-7500 words. We expect authors to comprehensively engage with the foundation of the chosen topic, aiming to underline its relevance for present times through legal policy.
- Case Notes: Between 1500-4000 words. A Case Note would analyse a recent judgment or landmark decision of Indian courts, informing on the background of the matter and substantive implications for future adjudication.
- Legislative Comments: Between 1500-4000 words. Legislative Comment would analyze or critique legislation or bill before the Parliament or any state legislature, facilitating a cross-jurisdictional comparative analysis and suggesting improvements.
- Book Reviews: Between 1500-4000 words. A Book Review would capture the essential literature in a legal book and present its principles and arguments in a cohesive manner.
There would be special slots reserved for the case notes, legislative comments, and book reviews for the final publication. GNLUSLR encourages the authors to send their submissions for these slots.
- All submissions to the GNLUSLR must be original and should not contain any plagiarized content. University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations 2018, would be applicable in terms of the acceptable limits of plagiarism.
- The submission must mandatorily contain an abstract of 200-250 words. The other essential components of the submission include an Introduction, the Body and the Conclusion.
- Word limits, as provided above, are exclusive of footnotes. The Law Review aims to strictly enforce the above word limits with an extension of maximum 500 words permissible, only if it is justified with the quality of the submission and with the discretion of the Editorial Board. Authors are advised to adhere to the limits, since no flexibility would be granted.
- Co-authorship is permissible up to three authors only for the category of ‘Articles’. For other categories, a maximum of two co-authors are permitted.
- The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject the submission on a preliminary basis if these instructions are not adhered to.
- All submissions must strictly adhere to the formatting guidelines. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject submissions after a preliminary review if the prescribed formatting guidelines are not adhered to.
- The body of the manuscript must be in Garamond, font size 12 with line spacing 1.5. The footnotes must be in Garamond, font size 10 with line spacing 1. The footnotes must be formatted in accordance with the Bluebook (20th Edition) citation style. Speaking and substantive footnotes are discouraged.
- The submission must not have any endnotes, bibliography, and references. Authors are advised to use only footnotes. A one-line gap must be maintained between all paragraphs and headings.
Submission Guidelines and Deadline
GNLUSLR accepts only electronic submissions made through its submission portal, on the GNLUSLR website. The following guidelines must be strictly followed:
- The manuscript must be in .doc or .docx format.
- The manuscript should not contain the name of the author, institutional affiliation, or any other identification mark.
- The Editorial Board expects authors to adhere to an academically accepted style of legal writing. Hence, all submissions must contain an introduction, main body containing the primary argument, and a conclusion.
- The GNLUSLR requires exclusive submission. Authors must confirm through the submission form that the manuscript being submitted has not been submitted for consideration to another journal and must undertake not to send it for consideration elsewhere until the GNLUSLR has either accepted or rejected the piece.
- All decisions of the Editorial Board would be final and may not be subject to further review. We expect authors to make suitable changes as suggested by the Editorial Board before final acceptance.
For detailed guidelines and more information about the Law Review, please visit the webpage through the link given at the end of this post.
In case of any queries, kindly contact the Editorial Board of the Law Review via email at [email protected]