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Asian Journal of Legal Education

Asian Journal of Legal Education


Editor
Manoj Kumar Sinha Director, Indian Law Institute, India
Managing Editor
Anirban Chakraborty Associate Professor, MNLU Nagpur, India

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eISSN: 23482451 | ISSN: 23220058 | Current volume: 6 | Current issue: 1-2 Frequency: Bi-annually
The Journal (Asian Journal of Legal Education) primarily aims to promote continuous academic research and dialogue among the legal fraternity about the reform of legal education in the Asian Region. Asian Journal of Legal Education is a peer-reviewed journal, published two times a year. Sharing of experiences and concerns about issues involving pedagogy of law, legal aid, promoting access to justice by law schools and experiential learning of law to strengthen efforts of justice education will be of great interest for the Journal.

The range of audiences The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences has in mind include legal and social science academics, legal practitioners, law students, and students interested in law as it relates to fields as politics, economics, history, or social theory. The Journal will cover the issues of legal education reform in relation to clinical legal education, legal research methodology, social change, poverty and development, and impact of globalization on law.

The Editorial advisory board of the Journal comprises of renowned legal scholars from India, U.S.A., U.K., South Africa, Israel, Thailand, China and Bangladesh. The advisory board members other than from India will be of great help for the Journal to ensure contributions from other countries of the world. Three members of the editorial board are Fulbright Scholars and teaching in India, and the other three are teaching in reputed foreign law schools. All of them are members of various professional bodies and associations.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal (Asian Journal of Legal Education) primarily aims to promote continuous academic research and dialogue among the legal fraternity about the reform of legal education in the Asian Region. Asian Journal of Legal Education is a peer-reviewed journal, published two times a year. Sharing of experiences and concerns about issues involving pedagogy of law, legal aid, promoting access to justice by law schools and experiential learning of law to strengthen efforts of justice education will be of great interest for the Journal.

The range of audiences The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences has in mind include legal and social science academics, legal practitioners, law students, and students interested in law as it relates to fields as politics, economics, history, or social theory. The Journal will cover the issues of legal education reform in relation to clinical legal education, legal research methodology, social change, poverty and development, and impact of globalization on law.

The Editorial advisory board of the Journal comprises of renowned legal scholars from India, U.S.A., U.K., South Africa, Israel, Thailand, China and Bangladesh. The advisory board members other than from India will be of great help for the Journal to ensure contributions from other countries of the world. Three members of the editorial board are Fulbright Scholars and teaching in India, and the other three are teaching in reputed foreign law schools. All of them are members of various professional bodies and associations.

Editor
Manoj Kumar Sinha Director, Indian Law Institute, India
Managing Editor
Anirban Chakraborty Associate Professor, MNLU Nagpur, India
Editorial Advisory Board
Frank Bloch Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt Law School, USA
Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti Vice-Chancellor, WBNUJS, Kolkata, India
Amita Danda Professor of Law, NALSAR, India
Richard Grimes Director, Clinical Programmes, York Law School, UK
Daniel Friedmann Emeritus Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Bruce A Lasky Director, BABSEA CLE, Thailand
David McQuoid Professor, University of Natal, South Africa
Justice Ruma Pal Formerly Judge, Supreme Court of India, India
B B Pandey Formerly Professor, Delhi University, India
Mizanur Rahman Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh
Jane Schukoske CEO, Sehgal Foundation, India
M P Singh Chairperson, Delhi Judicial Academy, India
Editorial Board
Cecily E Baskir Formerly Assistant Professor, Peaking University, China
Lisa Bliss Associate Clinical Professor, Georgia State University School of Law, United States, USA
Yashomati Ghosh Associate Professor, NLSIU, Bangalore, India
Jonny Hall Associate Dean, Northumbria Law School, UK
Luke Marsh Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
M R K Prasad Professor, VM Salgaonkar College of Law, India
Varottil Umakanth Assistant Professor of Law, NUS, Singapore
Assistant Editors
Andrew Jensen Kerr Lecturer, School of Transnational Law, Peking University, China
Shuvro Prosun Sarker Assistant Professor, MNLU Nagpur, India
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The Asian Journal of Legal Education 

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed electronically to: Prof. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Editor, Asian Journal of Legal Education. Manuscripts must be in English and should be sent by email to: ajle@nujs.edu.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information 

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    The preferred maximum length for Article is 7000-8000 words, Essay 5000-6000 words, Note / Comment 3000-4000 words and Book Review 1500-2500 words including abstract (200-250 words) and footnote.

    Contributors must provide a separate Title Page containing the manuscript title, names, affiliations, e-mail and postal addresses of all the contributing authors.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    Contributors must provide a cover letter to accompany the manuscript submission. Cover letter should include the following statements:
    a. I confirm that the citations in the attached manuscript are accurate.
    b. I confirm that I have read the submission policy and that my manuscript complies with the journal’s submission policy.
    c. I confirm that any part of the manuscript does not violate copyright of others.

    Use ‘z’ spellings instead of ‘s’ spellings. This means that words ending with ‘-ise’, ‘isation’, etc., will be spelt with ‘z’ (e.g., ‘recognize’, ‘organize’, ‘civilize’).

    Use British spellings in all cases rather than American spellings (hence, ‘programme’ not ‘program’, ‘labour’ not ‘labor’, and ‘centre’ and not ‘center’).

    Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.

    Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.

    Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimised, but used consistently. Tables and figures to be indicated by numbers separately (see Table 1), not by placement (see Table below). All Figures and Tables should be cited in the text. Source for figures and tables should be mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.

    A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article. Inverted names: In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.
    Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
    Chronological listing: If you have more than one work by the same author(s), list them in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.

    Sentence case: In references, follow sentence case for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.

    Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case.

    Reference as per The Bluebook (19th Ed.):

    Book reviews must contain name of author/editor and book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages and price.

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship

     All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION  requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission                                                  

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION adheres to The Bluebook (19th Ed.) reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed electronically to: Prof. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Editor, Asian Journal of Legal Education. Manuscripts must be in English and should be sent by email to: ajle@nujs.edu.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION will be reviewed.

     

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.2 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permissionfrom copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication           

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article
    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit thePromote Your Articlepage on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION editorial office as follows:

    The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences,
    Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan, 12, LB Block, Sector III,
    Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700098,
    Tel: (+91)33-2335 7379, Fax: (+91)33-2335 7422.

    Email: ajle.nujs@gmail.com

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