Peer Review Process
The editorial board of The Legal Express:
An International Journal of Law Online Journal uses the following policies and
procedures in reviewing, rating, and selecting manuscripts for publication.
In general manuscripts are accepted on the
- Originality of manuscript
- contribution to socio-legal knowledge
- utility and relevance to legal practice
- appropriateness for the journal
- adequate documentation
- clarity of presentation
- Style and readability.
Editorial board members and consulting
editors act as reviewers for the journal. Their names appear on the journal
masthead and, although the author can assume that the reviewers of his or her
work are among those people listed on the masthead, specific reviewers remain
Reviewers recommend whether to accept or
reject a manuscript. In addition, they write comments that help authors improve
their writing. These comments are forwarded to the author by mail, except in
cases in which the manuscript is accepted outright. All information related to
the review of manuscripts is confidential, with the exception of comments to the
Editorial board seeks original manuscripts
that will stimulate professional dialogue. A manuscript will not be rejected
for publication because it is controversial or presents an unpopular stance or
position other than the prevailing view.
The Editor-in-Chief of the journal makes
the final decision on whether to publish a manuscript on the basis of the
reviewers’ ratings, the balance of the subject matter, articles on similar
topics already accepted or in the literature, and other similar editorial
considerations. Decisions on manuscripts are released only to the authors and
Accept for Publication: If a manuscript is
accepted for publication, the author will receive an email of acceptance
seeking final consent to publish the same. Author in response shall acknowledge
his/her consent to publish the manuscript. Journal may edit all manuscripts
according to its publishing style.
Reject, Request Minor
editorial board may be interested in accepting a manuscript provided that minor
changes are made. In this case, the author receives comments from the reviewers
specifying the changes to be made. The decision indicates a strong interest in
accepting the submitted manuscript but does not assure final acceptance.
If the editor-in-chief accepts the revised
manuscript, the author will receive an email of acceptance seeking final
consent to publish the same. Author in response shall acknowledge his/her
consent to publish the manuscript. Standard editing procedures, as discussed in
“Accept for Publication” above, will then be followed.
decision is made when a manuscript holds promise but needs considerable work.
It means that the editorial board has determined that there is interest in
reviewing a revised manuscript. Reviewer comments specifying the changes that
should be made are included with the decision letter.
When an author decides to resubmit a
manuscript, the first page of the revised manuscript should be marked with the
word “Revision” and be dated with the date that the revision is submitted. If
the author chooses to revise and resubmit his or her manuscript, it must be
returned to the editorial board within 90 days or the manuscript must be
resubmitted as a new manuscript.
When editorial board receives a revised
manuscript, it is sent to the original reviewers (if they are available to
complete a review) with a copy of the reviewer comments provided to the author.
If the editor-in-chief accepts the revised manuscript, the author will receive
an email of acceptance seeking final consent to publish the same. Author in
response shall acknowledge his/her consent to publish the manuscript. Standard
editing procedures, as discussed in “Accept for Publication” above, will then
Reject: Editorial board
have the prerogative to reject any manuscript submitted for publication.
Editorial board will forward copies of reviewer comments to the author with the
decision letter. Authors who receive rejection letters should be aware that
editorial board is very selective in their decision process to maintain the
high editorial quality and citation rate of the journal. As a result,
acceptance rates are low. Editors hope that authors will find the reviewers’
comments helpful and will consider using them to revise and submit their
manuscript to another journal for publication.
The editorial board of each journal
evaluates manuscripts independently. Although an editorial board will not
initiate referral a manuscript to another journal, individual reviewers may
suggest in their comments to the author that the manuscript may be more
appropriate for another journal. A manuscript that is rejected by Legal Express.co.in
editorial board may be submitted to another journal. Therefore, editorial board
recommends that the author use the reviewers’ comments to revise the rejected
manuscript before it is submitted to another journal.