The Indian Journal of Constitutional Law is a flagship publication of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. The journal seeks to be at the forefront of providing a medium for generating scholarship in the area of Constitutional law and theory.
The Journal believes in the encouragement of critical analysis and the interdisciplinary study of constitutional law. Submissions which view the subject matter from a comparative constitutional law perspective shall be preferred.
All submissions must be original and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Contributions are solicited under the following heads:
- Articles: Articles are lengthy publications that provide sustained analysis on legal topics. They are either doctrinal or theoretical (or both) and comprehensively deal with relevant literature on the chosen subject to formulate viable assertions. An Article is therefore usually conservative in its method of analysis.
- Essays: Essays are usually more adventurous, challenging existing paradigms and innovatively addressing well known problems. It is not necessary for an essay to be as comprehensive as an article, and it is strongly recommended that essays be considerably more concise, in terms of scope and conceptualization.
- Case Comments: A study of any contemporary judicial pronouncement (Indian or foreign) and must contain its analysis, the context in which the particular judgment has been delivered, its contribution to existing law and must necessarily comment on the judicial process involved. Critical, comparative pieces dealing with similar issues across jurisdictions are encouraged.
- Legislative Comments: This entails a critical analysis of any existing Indian Legislation or proposed Bills and their constitutional implications. The analysis is expected to be original and technical in nature with specific regard to the constitutional provisions.
- Other Submissions: Other pieces that do not specifically fall into any of the aforementioned sections will also be considered. The Board specifically solicits Book Reviews, short responses to previous publications and notes on an author’s practical experiences in constitutional litigation, judgment deliberation, legislative drafting, etc.
The word limit (inclusive of footnotes) for articles is between 7000 to 8000 words, essays are to be between 5000 to 7000 words and case/legislative comments must not exceed 4000 words.
The submission must follow the ILI Rules of Footnoting. The document dealing with the rules of footnoting can be found on IJCL’s website. Speaking footnotes are not discouraged. A submission that is either insufficiently cited or is seen as not adhering to the citation format will be deemed as rejected.
Every submission must be accompanied by an abstract, of not more than 350 words, that outlines the area of study and any important conclusions that may be drawn by the author(s).
Collaborative articles and essays by up to three authors shall also be considered. However, joint submissions in case/legislative comments cannot be by more than two authors.
Authors may submit their designations, current institutional affiliations, email and postal addresses and other such details as they might deem to be important. Such details shall be mailed in a separate document and must not appear anywhere in the manuscript or the abstract.
Submission of Contributions:
Submissions should contain the manuscript, abstract and authors’ details in three separate documents. All documents must be in Microsoft Word’s .doc format only. Submissions must only be in the form of electronic copies. Your submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours and subject to a thorough anonymous peer-review process.
The editorial board shall inform the authors of the reviewer’s comments and the authors will be afforded reasonable time to submit a revised drafts keeping in mind the reviewer’s comments.
All submissions and other related queries are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered for the next issue of the journal (2014), we expect the submissions to reach us before 28th February, 2014. Submissions sent after the deadline shall be considered on a rolling basis for subsequent volumes of the publication.
The Indian Journal of Constitutional Law
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
Justice City, Shameerpet, Ranga Reddy District
Hyderabad – 500 078, Andhra Pradesh
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