Academike (Lawctopus’ Law Journal) has now relanched and is inviting submissions.
We had started off with a philosophy that ‘all knowledge is useful’ and that reams of research being churned out by law students in India (via projects, etc.) needed an avenue for publication. The reams of research are mostly average, sometimes good, and on an occasion or two excellent. Many a time, the research is plain bad and plagiarised. The earlier version of Academike was comfortable publishing the average papers, because, well, ‘all knowledge is useful’.
We are back with stricter quality controls, a new logo, and a bigger, more capable editorial team. The mission remains the same. Our purpose is to also promote an inflow of ideas and facilitate discussions (through our comment box, which we realized goes berserk on some posts) on a range of issues pertaining to the law.
We are accepting long-form research or analytical articles, dissertations, short-form articles, book reviews, case notes, and legislation analysis or commentaries, and even notes on law subjects. While we are working within the bounds of the law, Academike recognizes its social implications. Thus, we wish to platform ourselves for law students, social science students, academicians studying the law, and lawyers to discuss, and peer review texts.
Guidelines for submission
All submissions should be well researched and comprehensive. We expect only original pieces that reflect your analysis and understanding of the subject matter.
Kindly stick to the suggestive word limit for respective submissions:
- Dissertations: 6000-60,000 words
- Research paper: 3000-6000 words
- Short articles: 1000-3000 words
- Case Notes: 1000-3000 words
- Legislation-analysis/commentary: 1000-3000 words
- Book Reviews: 1000-3000 words
- Subject notes: 1000-10,000 words
Formatting and editorial guidelines
1. All submissions must be sent as a Microsoft Word document, doc name should be saved in the following manner- (lastnamefirstname).(type of submission), for instance, RawlsJohn.researchpaper
2. Please use Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1.5 line spacing for the main body of your piece (except the title). Footnotes must use Times New Roman, font size 10; alignment justified for the entire piece.
3. Footnoting can be done in any uniform method of citation (Bluebook, MLA, SILC, NUJS Law Review, ILI, etc.)
4. All non-English terms and Latin legal phrases need to be italicized.
5. Please avoid underlining or bolding phrases and sentences for emphasis (except for subheading and title).
6. Double quotations must be used only when directly quoting a statement, in other cases, use single quotes. All direct quotes must be referenced for context.
7. Acronyms or short forms (especially non-standard) must be written out in brackets accompanied by their full form.
8. Articles with subheads will be given preference. Subheads must be in bold. Using contextual and appropriate subheads breaks the monotony of the article and enhances readability.
9. All submissions need to be referenced, especially facts and case laws must not be stranded loosely. Articles with aforesaid irregularity can be sent back despite their potential.
10. Needless to say, plagiarised work will be outrightly refused.
11. Academike will accept only original work, in the case, the said work has been published elsewhere the author is obliged to disclose such details.
12. The author must ensure that third party copyright is not infringed in seeking publication at Academike
13. If the author wants to re-publish the said submission (original or with variations) with any other journal or publishing organization in the future, he/she/they must inform and seek permission from Academike. Further, we can ask the author to disclose information about the relevant journal.
Learn how to effectively write an effective academic article, here.
How to submit?
Please send your submissions as an MS word document to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Submission for Academike’.
The themes of your article should be related to the law, but can also be based around its societal, political, cultural impact.
Please mention your Full Name, Email ID, and Phone number in the body of the email.
The Abstract and the Author’s Bio should also be mentioned in the body of the email.
The authors need to provide a brief but concise abstract before submitting their piece as it will inform the selection of their article. The abstract should not exceed 300 words accompanied by your email address.
It should lay out clearly what your submission attempts to say. In the case of long-form research essays/ papers, the objective must be described succinctly.
You can refer our tips on writing a winning abstract, here.
The author’s bio must be accompanied along with the main article if the latter is selected for submission.
The bio must be written in the third person and should describe the educational background, qualification, and prior work experience (if any). Bonus points for dressing it up with interests and fun facts.
Submissions are accepted for publication on the condition that they do not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third parties and that the work does not contain any obscene, offensive, defamatory, or racially prejudiced material. The authors also agree to indemnify Lawctopus should their publications infringe the rights of any third parties.
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