TCLF is a forum for the exchange of ideas and we are open to submissions from all areas of law as long as they have some contemporary relevance.
Contributors: We invite submissions on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year from members of the bar, legal professionals, law students, or others who are interested in publishing with us.
Content Guidelines: Authors must conform to the following guidelines before submission-
- The article should reflect original and unpublished work of the author. Descriptive pieces are discouraged. The authors should submit analytical work. A maximum similarity of 15% is permissible.
- Co-authorship upto two authors is allowed.
- Authors should preferably use hyperlinks within the text itself for citing the resources instead of footnotes.
- If hyperlinking the resources is not possible, authors may use Oxford Standard OSCOLA (4th edition) or any uniform citation style to cite authorities as endnotes.
- Authors should restrict their submissions between 1500-1800 words. However, if an article is of high contemporary relevance with a very novel analysis, though exceeding the prescribed word limit, can be published as a two part blog post as per the discretion of the Editorial Board.
*Note: The articles would be evaluated on the following broad parameters: novelty/originality of the idea, articulation, structure, relevancy and authors’ insight.
Formatting Guidelines: The authors should strictly adhere to the following format for submission-
- Submissions should be made in Microsoft Word (.doc) format.
- Language used should be British English.
- Authors must adhere to the following formatting style; Font style: Times New Roman, Font size: 12 and Line spacing: 1.5. The body of the document should be justified.
How to contribute: All submissions are to be made by mailing your pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Submission_TCLF’. The body of the email must contain a short bio of the author(s) and the name of the institution that they are affiliated to. Kindly do not disclose your identity in the word document while making the submission as we follow a blind peer review process.
Review Period: The review process usually takes a week’s time. The author shall be informed of the decision of the Editorial Board by an email within 7 working days.
The Editorial Board holds absolute discretion to decide whether the submission shall be published or not. In case of any dispute, the decision of the Editorial Board will be final and binding.
Cross Posting: Content published on TCLF may be cross posted by the author on other platforms only after 48 hours of its publication on TCLF and taking due permission of the Editorial Board for the same. The Editorial Board shall exercise discretion in allowing cross posting. Once cross posting is allowed on other platforms, the second publication should duly acknowledge the publication on this blog. It may be done by stating that: [first posted on The Contemporary Law Forum on dd/mm/yy].