Law, Culture and the Humanities
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Law, Culture and the Humanities


Editor
Austin Sarat Amherst College, USA

eISSN: 17439752| ISSN: 17438721|Current volume: 12|Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

Our mission is to publish high quality peer reviewed work at the intersection of scholarship on law, culture, and the humanities. All commentaries, articles and review essays are peer reviewed.

We provide a publishing vehicle for scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistically oriented legal scholarship.

We publish a wide range of scholarship in legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, and legal hermeneutics.

We encourage reflection on a broad range of text and media that will contribute to dialogue across and among fields about such issues as interpretation, identities and values, authority, obligation, speech, justice and power.

"Law, Culture, and the Humanities is an important voice in the movement that sees law not simply as the exercise of power or as a social technology, but as a system of meaning, a way in which the culture marks out possibilities of life for individuals and communities alike." James Boyd White, Hart Wright Professor of Law, Professor of English, and Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, USA

Electronic Access:

Law, Culture & the Humanities is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://lch.sagepub.com/

Our mission is to publish high quality, peer reviewed work at the intersection of scholarship on law, culture, and the humanities. All commentaries, articles and review essays are peer reviewed.

We provide a publishing vehicle for scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistically oriented legal scholarship.

We publish a wide range of scholarship in legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, and legal hermeneutics.

We encourage reflection on a broad range of text and media that will contribute to dialogue across and among fields about such issues as interpretation, identities and values, authority, obligation, speech, justice and power.

Associate Editors
James Martel San Francisco State University, USA
Peter Fitzpatrick Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Susan Sage Heinzelman University of Texas, USA
William Macneil Griffith University, Australia
Linda Meyer Quinnipiac University, USA
Karl Shoemaker University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Book Review Editor
Keally McBride University of San Francisco, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Lauren Berlant University of Chicago, IL, USA
Peter Brooks Association for Psychological Science, USA
Ruth Buchanan University of British Columbia, Canada
Nahum Chandler UC Irvine, USA
Drucilla Cornell Rutgers University
Joan Dayan Vanderbilt University, USA
Wai Chee Dimock Association for Psychological Science, USA
Lindsay Farmer University of Glasgow, UK
Shoshana Felman Emory University, USA
John Frow University of Melbourne
David Fisher Geological Survey of Canada
Eugene Garver St John's University, USA
David Theo Goldberg University of California Humanities Research Institute, USA
Felipe Gutterriez University of California, USA
Dirk Hartog Princeton University, USA
R S Hunter Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK
Richard Johnstone Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University, Australia
Orit Kamit Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Shai Lavi Tel Aviv University, Israel
Desmond Manderson Australian National University, Australia
Laurent Mayali University of California, USA
Panu Minkkinen University of Leicester, UK
Martha Minow Harvard University, USA
Francis J. Mootz III Pennsylvania State University, USA
George Pavlich University of Alberta, Canada
Renata Salecl Yeshiva University, USA
Nomi Maya Stolzenberg University of Southern California, USA
Kendall Thomas Columbia University, USA
Terry Threadgold University of Cardiff, UK
Kieran Tranter Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University, Australia
Véronique Voruz University of Leicester, UK
Melanie Williams Exeter University, UK
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
      11.4 OnlineFirst publication
    12. Further information

    Law, Culture, and the Humanities (LCH) publishes a wide range of scholarship in legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, and legal hermeneutics.

    1. Article types

    In addition to regular articles, LCH publishes Commentaries and book reviews. Articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length (including footnotes), normally, but either shorter or longer submissions may be considered on their merits.

    Commentaries are solicited by the Editor, but all are peer reviewed.

    Ideas for book reviews should be submitted directly to the book review editor, James Martel (jmartel@sfsu.edu). For the format, see any recent issue of LCH.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    LCH operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewers name is withheld from the author and, the authors name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (eg) 4-6 weeks of submission.

    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.

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    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.  

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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Law, Culture and the Humanities 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.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor by e-mail attachment to:
    Law, Culture, and the Humanities
    Professor Austin Sarat
    Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
    Amherst College
    Amherst, MA. 01002
    USA
    lch@amherst.edu

    Submissions should in RICH TEXT FORMAT and include a 100 word abstract, and a list of key words. Please do not put your name or identifying information on the main text. Provide your name(s), address(es) and contact information on a separate title page. Any tables, maps, or illustrations should identified by the title of the article.

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    5. Journal Contributors Publishing Agreement

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributors Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. LCH does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    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.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), LCH additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    Click here to review style guidelines for Law, Culture and the Humanities

    10.3 Reference Style
    References should follow the 'Humane' System. They should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text, and even though they will be set as footnotes should be supplied separate from the main text. Click here for further information

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    10.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGEs Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGEsManuscript Submission Guidelines.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    LCH does not currently accept supplemental files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    11. After acceptance

    11.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in LCH with SAGE.

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows the majority of final completed articles for assignment to an upcoming issue to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows: 

    Law, Culture, and the Humanities
    Professor Austin Sarat
    Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
    Amherst College
    Amherst, MA. 01002
    USA
    lch@amherst.edu

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