Editorial Review Process

EDITORIAL REVIEW PROCESS

The Indian Journal of Law and Technology follows a three-stage review process for all submissions:

  1. On receiving a submission, Chief Editor or Deputy Chief Editor undertakes a preliminary assessment of the manuscript to check whether the paper is of suitable length and falling within the Journal’s mandate. Submissions may be preliminarily rejected if the topic does not fit the Objective and Mandate of the Journal. We aim to complete this first stage of the review process within 1 week of receiving a submission.
  2. Two Editors from the Editorial Board will review each submission and either accept, reject, or recommend the manuscript for a second review, subject to changes. The Editors will review the manuscript for relevancy, language and grammar, novelty of thought, depth of research, and clarity and structure of argumentation. In case of a tie, the Chief Editor or Deputy Chief Editor will also review the manuscript, and will be the deciding vote. In case of acceptance, authors will receive suggestions from Editors on changes to be incorporated in order to improve the manuscript. In case of rejection, the authors will receive a mail detailing reasons for the same.
     
    We aim to complete this second stage of the review process within 3 weeks of receiving a submission. Please note that a finding on the suitability of the manuscript in the second stage is not a confirmation for publication, and is merely a recommendation for peer review.
  3. If the manuscript is found suitable for publication by both the Editors in the second stage, it is then recommended for mandatory double-blind peer-review. Two peer-reviewers with expertise in the subject matter will provide detailed feedback on manuscripts that have cleared the second stage of editorial review. Publication in the Journal will be contingent on authors incorporating these changes within the given deadline. Only upon receiving an acceptance from the peer reviewer is the publication of the manuscript confirmed. Please note that the peer can recommend a rejection of the manuscript at this stage, as well, and the Editorial Board reserves the discretion to follow the peer reviewer’s recommendation.
  4. After the manuscript is accepted for publication by the peer-reviewer, one Line Editor will review the paper for citation, spelling, and grammar, along with feedback on consistency in style and tone, which will be sent back to the Author for confirmation before the publication goes to print.

 

In the case of articles solicited by the Editorial Board, one or more of the above stages may be dispensed with on a case to case basis.