Friday, October 23, 2009

Call for Papers: Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy

The Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy has issued a call for papers for its inaugural volume. Here's the call:

The Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy is currently soliciting submissions for its inaugural issue due to be published in March, 2010. We welcome submissions from academics, practitioners, policymakers and students from within the legal community and have a strong preference for articles that are not descriptive but prescriptive and argumentatively focused. The submissions will go through a two-staged peer review process and if necessary, will also be edited by the Editorial Board. Please send in your submissions by January 10, 2010 under the categories mentioned below. For general queries relating to your submissions, see the ‘Note to Authors’ or kindly write to us at:

About the Yearbook

The Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy is a peer-reviewed academic publication and aims to provide a forum for the publication of articles in the field of international law, written primarily by experts from the region and elsewhere. The Yearbook seeks to provide an intellectual platform for the discussion and dissemination of Indian views and practices on contemporary international legal issues. It also seeks to encourage interest in all matters relating to international law, exploring new avenues and approaches to its study and has been envisaged as a response to the longstanding demand for the documentation of national practice and policy related to international law.

Submission Categories

Submissions may be made under the following categories[1]:

  • Articles: 8000-12000 words,
  • Comments/Notes: 4000-7000 words,
  • Case Comments: 3500-8000 words,
  • Book Reviews: 2000-4000 words.

Note to Authors

The prescribed word limits are inclusive of footnotes and submissions are expected to conform to length policy and the guidelines listed below. Kindly go through them carefully before mailing your submissions. We promptly acknowledge the receipt of submissions and a decision on publication takes a minimum of around 4-6 weeks.

The issue is out in print within two months of a decision to publish. Requests for expedited reviews can be forwarded to the Editorial Board when the submission is being considered for publication by other journals. Please mention the name of the journal for which your article is in consideration, one contact person in the Editorial Board of that journal and a date by which you expect our response.

Submission Guidelines

  • Contact Address: Submissions are to be made in electronic form and should be sent to the following e-mail address -
  • Format: The documents must be in MS Word (.doc) format. All submissions must be double-spaced in Times New Roman. Main text should be in font size 12 and footnotes in font size 10.
  • Deadline: The Editorial Board has set January 10, 2010 as the deadline for accepting contributions for the 2010 volume.
  • Abstract: Each contribution is expected to be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 350 words and a declaration to the effect that it has not been published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Style and Formatting Guidelines

  • Form of Submission: Submissions must be in electronic form. All submissions must be word-processed, double-spaced in Times New Roman. Main text should be in font size 12 and footnotes in font size 10. All submissions must contain an abstract of not more than 350 words.
  • Title: The Yearbook does not recommend any specific guidelines regarding the titles and sub-titles. However, the main titles must be centered, typed in small capitals and emphasized in bold. The titles must be uniform, concise and descriptive.
  • Quotations: Quotations should be clearly indicated and it is vital that they are accurate. Double quotation marks should be inserted at the beginning and end of every quotation and where the quotation will run to more than forty words it should be typed as a separate paragraph and left-indented.
  • Foreign words: Foreign words not currently absorbed into the English language should be italicized, e.g., “inter alia”, “bona fide” etc.
  • References and Citations: Contributors are requested to adhere to the latest edition of the Harvard Blue Book. [The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (Harvard Law Review Ass'n et al. eds., 18th ed. 2005]. All citations and notes are to be shown as footnotes.

For any queries relating to the theme or the structure of your submissions or any general queries relating to the journal, please contact us at

[1] Longer Contributions under each of the categories shall be considered subject to the approval of the Peer Review Board.