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Social & Legal Studies

An International Journal
2014 Impact Factor: 0.620
2014 Ranking: 75/140 in Law | 54/95 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary | 35/55 in Criminology & Penology
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editors
Carl F Stychin City University, London, UK
David Campbell Lancaster Univeristy, UK
Linda Mulcahy London School of Economics, UK
Marie B Fox University of Birmingham, UK

eISSN: 14617390| ISSN: 09646639|Current volume: 25|Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The Board of Social and Legal Studies would like to remind readers of the journal that it is able to offer financial support to people organising a workshop or conference on a theme which would be of interest to readers of Social and Legal Studies. Proposals are considered at our board meetings in February, June and September of each year. Colleagues wishing to apply for funds should contact Carl Stychin (c.f.stychin@reading.ac.uk) with an outline of the conference theme and goals, the papers being given and details of the financial support requested. The Board is able to make contributions in the region of £500-1000.

Social & Legal Studies is a leading international journal, publishing progressive, interdisciplinary and critical approaches to socio-legal study. The journal is committed to feminist, post-colonial and socialist economic perspectives to the study of law. It offers an intellectual space where diverse traditions and critical approaches within legal study meet, and aims to promote greater understanding of work being carried out in less academically dominant countries.

Recently, in additon to its review section the journal has developed an innovative Debates & Dialogue section which allows more direct and immediate engagement between authors.

"...it is clear that the editors have worked hard to achieve their aims... However, the value of this journal goes beyond achieving these goals. Its real value lies in the quality, level, and kind of material being published within it." Times Higher Education Supplement

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Social & Legal Studies is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://sls.sagepub.com

Social and Legal Studies was founded in 1992 to develop progressive, interdisciplinary and critical approaches towards socio-legal study. At the heart of the journal has been a commitment towards feminist, post-colonialist, and socialist economic perspectives on law. These remain core animating principles. We aim to create an intellectual space where diverse traditions and critical approaches within legal study meet. We particularly welcome work in new fields of socio-legal study, as well as non-Western scholarship.

Book Review Editors
Sharon Cowan Edinburgh University, UK
Maleiha Malik Kings College London, UK
Dialogue and Debate Editor
Emilios Christodoulidis University of Glasgow, UK
Social Media Editor
Tom Webb Lancaster Univeristy, UK
Founding Editors
Sol Picciotto University of Lancaster, UK
Carol Smart University of Leeds
Editorial Assistant
Jeanette McCormick Keele University, UK
Associate Editors
Anette Ballinger Keele University, UK
Richard Collier University of Newcastle, UK
David Cowan University of Bristol, UK
Alison Diduck University College London, UK
Michelle Everson Birkbeck College, UK
Lindsay Farmer University of Glasgow, UK
Simon Halliday University of York, UK
Ambreena S Manji Cardiff University, UK
Kieran McEvoy Queen's University Belfast, UK
Vanessa E. Munro University of Leicester, UK
Alan Norrie University of Warwick, UK
Sol Picciotto University of Lancaster, UK
Sally Sheldon Kent University, UK
International Advisory Board
K B Agrawal Indian Institute of Comparative Law, Jaipur, India
Wanda Capeller Institute of Political Studies of Toulouse, France
Eve Darian-Smith University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Margaret Davies Flinders Law School, Australia
Dennis Davis Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland, USA
Yves M. Dezalay French National Center for Scientific Research, France
Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa, USA
Huri Islamoglu-Inan Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey and Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Ratna Kapur Jindal Global Law School, India
Dario Melossi University of Bologna, Italy
Qudsia Mirza Washington and Lee University School of Law, USA
David Nelken University of Macerata, Italy
Kevät Nousianinen University of Turku, Finland
Tamar Pitch University of Perugia, Italy
Monika Platek University of Warsaw, Poland
John Pratt University of Wellington, New Zealand
Boaventura de Sousa Santos University of Coimbra, Portugal
Austin Sarat Amherst College, USA
Julie Stewart Southern and Eastern African Centre for Women’s Law (SEARCWL), University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Alison Young University of Melbourne, Australia
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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
    12. Further information

    Social & Legal Studiespublishes progressive, interdisciplinary and critical approaches to socio-legal study. The journal is committed to feminist, post-colonial and socialist economic perspectives to the study of law. It offers an intellectual space where diverse traditions and critical approaches within legal study meet, and aims to promote greater understanding of work being carried out in less academically dominant countries. We particularly welcome work in new field of socio-legal study, as well as non-Western scholarship.

    1. Article types

    Social & Legal Studies publishes papers and book reviews.

    Papers should preferably be written in English, although foreign language papers will be considered. Papers should not have been published already, nor be currently under consideration elsewhere. The maximum length should be 10,000 words, including notes and references.

    Each paper should come with the following information on a separate sheet:

    1. title of paper, date and word count;
    2. author's full name, affiliation, institutional and email address, telephone and fax numbers;
    3. an abstract of 150 to 200 words;
    4. a list of 5 to 8 key words.

    Empirical data
    Social & Legal Studiespositively welcomes articles which report and reflect on the findings of empirical research undertaken by authors. However, we recommend that the following issues are addressed in articles prior to submission:

    • The methodology used and reasons for choosing this particular approach;
    • The methods adopted including choice of sample;
    • How participants were selected and why;
    • Whether any ethical issues arose in the course of data collection and how these were addressed;
    • A brief description of how data was analysed.

    Dialogue and Debate section
    In 1998, Social & Legal Studies introduced an occasional Dialogue and Debate section as a feature of the journal. The aim of the section is to encourage focussed discussion and engagement on important critical and socio-legal topics in a briefer and more flexible format than the normal 10,000 word essay. Possible formats for the Dialogue and Debate section include: direct dialogue through correspondence, shorter discussions around specific themes, extended book reviews and review articles with an author's response where appropriate, rejoinders to published papers and 'country reports' on the state of critical and socio-legal studies. The section might include a longer paper with a series of short responses, individual notes of up to 2000 words, or a grouped set of shorter thematized papers. All contributions would be subject to editorial review.

    If you have any suggestions which you think might fit within this format, or would like more details, then please contact Emilios Christodoulidis (e.christodoulidis@law.gla.ac.uk).

    Book reviews should be submitted electronically to Sharon Cowan (s.cowan@ed.ac.uk). Books for review should be sent to: Sharon Cowan, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH 9YL, UK or Maleiha Malik, School of Law, King’s College London, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS.

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    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Social & Legal Studies is a peer reviewed journal.

    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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Social & Legal Studies 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or 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.

    Social & Legal Studiesis hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne? Manuscripts. Please read these manuscript submission guidelines, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sls to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Lead Editor, Carl Stychin (c.f.stychin@reading.ac.uk).

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    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.

    Social & Legal Studies 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 articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Social & Legal Studies 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.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Social & Legal Studies 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. 

    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 below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    Social & Legal Studies conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    10.3 Reference Style
    Social & Legal Studies adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose ‘Select Another Style...’ from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    Cases cited
    Where appropriate, please supply a separate double-spaced list if cases cited.

    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 SAGE?s 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. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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 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.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Social & Legal Studies 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 Social & Legal Studies with SAGE.

    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be directed to the Lead Editor, Carl Stychin (c.f.stychin@reading.ac.uk).

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