Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Five popular Indian journals

Law Matters aims to promote good research and writing abilities among the law operators. It is important to get your well researched and well written work published. Publishing has many benefits. To list a few:

It gives you a platform to present your views

It gives you an audience who can benefit from your work or who can provide you with valuable feedback to further improve your work

It contributes to the profession’s primary literature 

It opens up new topics for further discussion and analysis

It adds credibility to your work

It has immense impact on your resume

And it feels great to see your name appear as an author on a fancy law journal!

Further to our aim of promoting publication among the young legal professionals, we note five most popular inter-disciplinary/ multi-disciplinary law journals in this post. The selection is based on a few parameters that include quality, editorial board, peer review methods, time taken for review, impact factor, style of writing, types of journals, clarity on directions to the author, follow up on submission and type of publication- in house or institutional.

1.  Economic and Political Weekly: First published in 1949 as the Economic Weekly and since 1966 as the Economic and Political Weekly, EPW, as the journal is popularly known, occupies a special place in the intellectual history of independent India. For more than five decades EPW has remained a unique forum that week after week has brought together academics, researchers, policy makers, independent thinkers, members of non-governmental organizations and political activists for debates straddling economics, politics, sociology, culture, the environment and numerous other disciplines. Contributions can be made via edit@epw.in, epw.mumbai@gmail.com

2.  Indian Journal of International Law: This quarterly journal (IJIL) has been published by the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) since 1960. It is premier Indian journal on international law. The contributions can be in the form of research papers, notes, comments, current developments, Supreme Court judgments and judgments of International Court of Justice on issues of international law. Guidelines for contributors are available at http://www.isil-aca.org/guidelines.htm

3. Journal of International Studies: This journal is published by SAGE for the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. It is the premier Indian Journal on International Relations and publishes on issues related to Indian foreign policy, the nonalignment theory and practice and Third World’s developmental and security problems. Publishing since 1959, new issues are released quarterly. Manuscript submission can be made to the editor at internationalstudies@sagepub.in
4. Indian Journal of Constitutional Law: The Constitutional Law Society of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad came up with the Indian Journal of Constitutional Law (IJCL) in 2007. The IJCL seeks to achieve twin objectives; firstly to promote writing among students of Constitutional Law, and secondly, to provide a platform for legal scholarship and discussion among practitioners and academics in the legal fraternity. The initiative is financially supported by Mr.K.K Venugopal, leading Advocate in the Supreme Court of India through the M.K. Nambyar Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law set up at NALSAR. Contributions are solicited under the heads of articles, essays, case comments and legislative comments. All submissions are required to be in the form of one printed copy accompanied by three back-to-back photocopies and one electronic copy. Electronic copies can be sent to ijcl.cls@gmail.com

5. NUJS Journal of Law and Society (NUJS):  Formerly known as the Indian Juridical Review, it seeks to present a dedicated forum of debate for work bearing upon the cultural, economic, political and social lives of law in India. Published annually in September, NUJS Journal of Law & Society aims to publish no more than two student notes. Essays, case comments and legislative briefs can be submitted by anyone. It promptly acknowledges the receipt of submissions and a decision on publication takes around 8 weeks. The issue is out in print within 6 weeks of a decision to publish. Electronic form of submissions should be mailed to nujs.jls@gmail.com

The numbering is in no way an indication of the ranking. There is no methodology available to unanimously decide the ranking. Thus the list is derived from most recommended/ referred journals by our peers. Five more journals shall be listed soon.