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Journal of Centre for Social Justice (JCSJ): Call for Papers

The Centre for Social Justice at Institute of Law, Nirma University is pleased to announce the invitation for paper submission in the Journal of Centre for Social Justice (ISSN 2348-599X). The Centre for Social Justice seeks contributions from all the academicians, advocates, law as well as non-law professionals and students for its flagship issue.

The journal invites new thoughts and research skills. It is designed to motivate students and young professionals to come up with new Articles, Short Articles, Case Comment and Case Notes and the theme for the same is "Safeguarding Social Justice through labour legislations: An Evolving Scenario".

Sub Themes:

  • Child Labour
  • Forced Labour
  • Labour Migration
  • Safety and Health issues
  • Wages and employment Conditions

The sub themes are just for giving direction to the main theme and hence not conclusive. The author can send paper relating to the main theme.

Nature of Submission:

  • Article: An article must completely analyse the issue that the author seeks to highlight. It must contain a comprehensive study of the status quo or a contemporary issue. It must either indicate the lacunae therein or, attempt to suggest possible changes which can address the said lacunae or alternatively adequately problematize the status quo. An article should be between 5,000-6,000 words.

  • Short Articles: An essay is more adventurous as it challenges existing paradigms/norms and provides a fresh outlook to common problems. It is strongly recommended that essays be considerably more concise than articles, in terms of scope and conceptualization. An essay must thus ideally be between 3,000-5,000 words.

  • Case Notes: A note is a relatively concise form of an argument advanced by the author. The focus of a note should be on a relatively recent debate or controversy regarding the interpretation or implementation of the law. Notes should primarily highlight and address contemporary issues, which the author seeks to provide a solution for. The maximum word limit for a manuscript in the form of note is 2,500 words.

  • Case Comments: A comment allows the author to critique any recent/landmark judicial pronouncement, legislation or a pending Bill. The word limit for a comment is 2,500 words.

  • Book Review:A book review relating to the main theme will also be appreciated. The word limit for a book review is 2,000 words.

Submission Guidelines:

Every submission should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 350 words describing the relevant conclusions drawn in the manuscript. Please note that there is no requirement of prior submission of abstract as the selection of the paper for publication shall be on the full manuscript. The abstract shall serve merely to help the Editorial Board in its review process.

Cover Page:
In order to facilitate anonymity, authors must include a separate document with the biographical information of the authors must also be attached including the following details: Name, E-mail address, Postal Address, Name and Address of Institution, Course (if applicable), Academic Year.

Follow British spellings and punctuation conventions.

The write-up should be typed in Times New Roman 12 font size with 1.5 line-spacing (Tile in 14 font size) for the main text and 10 point for footnotes in English Language.

The line spacing of main text of paper should be 1.5.

All footnotes must be in Times New Roman, size 10, single-spacing and justified. The Rules of Citation are generally derived from The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation (19th Ed.).

Review Process:
All papers will be reviewed anonymously by the Editorial Board. Authors will be notified within 2-3 weeks about the status of their papers. Request for expedited review may not be entertained.

Papers should contain an original contribution to scholarship by making a cohesive argument supported with appropriate authorities

The title of paper should be precise but at the same time indicative of its contents. The title must be mentioned both on the cover page and the page thereafter

Quotations/Quotation Marks:
Quotations should be indented. Double quotation marks should be used; single quotation marks should be used only for quotes within a quotation.

Complementary Copies:
All authors will be provided complementary copies of the issue in which their paper appears.

Authors shall warrant that the papers submitted for publication do not infringe the copyright of any other person. Except agreed otherwise, the copyright of the articles published shall vest with the publisher, viz., the Institute of Law under Nirma University, Ahmedabad. However, Institute of Law under Nirma University shall not be liable for any copyright infringement by the authors.

Editorial Policy:
JCSJ publishes articles, short articles, case notes, case comments and book reviews. All students, practitioners and scholars are encouraged to contribute under any of the above heads. However, undergraduate students may not submit book reviews.

  • Only original, unpublished work is sought. Any proposal submitted to present identical or substantially similar work already published, under review for another seminar / conference or publication will not be considered.
  • The Editorial Board will follow the Peer-Review policy for judging the submissions.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject or edit any article if found unsuitable for public consumption. An article may also be rejected if the Board believes that it might harm the political or religious sensitivity of interested readers in any manner.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to disqualify entries on account of plagiarism. The submissions should not infringe the copyright or any other right of a third party, if so, the journal disclaims any responsibility for copyright violation or any other liability.
  • Only soft-copy of the submission is accepted. The full paper should be made in MSword doc format.
  • In the covering letter accompanying the manuscript, the contributors should certify that manuscript has neither been published anywhere nor is being considered presently anywhere for publication.
  • Provide a cover letter (word/PDF format) to accompany your manuscript submission.
  • Pages must be numbered.

Once you have ensured that you have met all of the above requirements, please submit your manuscripts by email in the form of a MS Word for the attention of the Editor-in-Chief

Important Dates:

Submission of Full Paper

2nd March, 2015

Acceptance Status

10th March, 2015

Dr. Nongthombam Bangkim Singh
Faculty Adviser

Mr. Vinay Vats
Student Chairperson
Phone: 9724860902

Mr. Harshal Gupta
Vice - Chairperson
Phone: 9714677018

Institute of Law, Nirma University
Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway,
Chandlodia, Gota,
Ahmedabad - 382 481

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