Submission to Legal Journals
october 28, 2019
Innovative, original and deeply researched scholarship makes significant contributions to the body of legal literature. Submission to legal journals has to be decided according to the call for the papers. The author has to check whether there is any specific theme assigned by the editorial board. Many journals allow the author to choose from a contemporary topic although many of them might also give an indication of the topics or areas to choose from.
It is mostly desired that the author should always select an area of law that truly interest them, narrow, and focus their topic to a researchable topic. One of the best ways to do the same is to discuss the topic with your peers, tutors, professor and classmates. In addition, posing your topic as a question to be answered or as a problem to be solved, examining, and analyzing it step-by-step would be great idea to approach the paper systematically. Once you gather relevant information from primary and secondary sources, you should start to group, sequence and document the data collected. This logical sequencing would be an effective tool while organizing your manuscript. While framing the outline for the manuscript, the author should look deeply look into questions like the significance or purpose of the paper and the organization pattern, that could make the paper more impactful.
In the introduction, an author has to make sure that the present relevant background or contextual material define terms or concepts are explained when necessary and also the specific focus or perspective of the paper. A good research paper should always analyze, explain, and evaluate published work rather than merely reporting or narrating a set of events. The conclusion should make sure that there is a summarization of the argument forwarded in the paper in simple language so that the reader would gain the perspective of the paper. Before submission, the final draft should be checked for logical flow of introduction, coherence, sequence and conclusion. The strict following of the style guide and an original innovative research would create a better chance for the acceptance of the paper. Ethical practices in writing, including citation of all works used in the paper and accuracy of list of works cited would also increase the credibility of your paper. While writing the paper, it is always advised that the author should follow the styling and footnoting pattern emphasized by the journal. Most of the journals subscribe internationally accepted styles like Bluebook, OSCOLA etc. In India, the most common style used is JILI and SILF. Reputed legal journals in their call for papers would specify the format they prefer. The journals usually provide for the Ethics Policy, Review Policy and Submission Policy, increasing the transparency of the process and the contributors are also aware about the process.
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