About CELAR and Lex Terra
The Centre for Environmental Law, Advocacy & Research (CELAR) of National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA), is inviting scholastic submissions for Issue 37 onwards for Lex Terra (ISSN: 2455-0965), for their monthly online publication (“webzine”). Since its inception, Lex Terra has published 33 issues on various debatable facets of the environment and environment-related analytical items. Several academicians, practitioners, and students have contributed to the webzine. Through Lex Terra, it endeavours to facilitate better and greater ideas to create a community of environmentally conscious individuals from the legal and non-legal fraternity.
About the University
The National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA) were established by the Government of Assam by way of enactment of the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam Act, 2009 (Assam Act No. XXV of 2009). The Hon’ble Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court is the Chancellor of the University. NLUJAA promotes and makes available modern legal education and research facilities to its students, scholars and faculty are drawn from across the country, including the North East, hailing from different socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
- Themes- Lex Terra exclusively accepts manuscripts that revolve around the themes of environmental law and policy research. Possible sub-themes include but are not limited to Climate Change Law and Policy; Sustainable Development; Natural Resource Management Law; Waste Management; Biodiversity Management; Energy Law; Forest Laws; Animal Rights; Agricultural Laws; Environment Impact Assessment; Ecological Restoration; Ecofeminism; Coastal Regulation; Global Commons; Environment, Business and Human Rights; Ecosystem Services; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Economics; and Pollution Control.
- While contributors are permitted to submit articles on the aforementioned theme across any jurisdiction, it especially encourages submissions exploring customary environmental standards and practices pertaining to North-East India.
- Manuscripts sent via email will not be considered.
- Please refrain from using any personal identification details in the manuscript, such as your name or institutional affiliations, to better facilitate the blind peer-review process.
- Co-authorship among individuals of the same or different institutions is allowed up to two authors.
- All works must be original and unpublished. Please ensure that the manuscript submitted to Lex Terra is not simultaneously under consideration at other academic publications.
- The webzine is committed to publishing pieces of the highest academic quality. Pursuant to this, it has a strict no-plagiarism policy and all manuscripts received are put through plagiarism detection software. Any manuscripts found having a similarity index of more than 25% are summarily rejected. Other pieces depend upon context.
- Only the unplagiarized manuscripts are sent to the peer reviewers.
Categories of submission
The word limit, exclusive of footnotes are as follows:
- Short Articles: 2000 words,
- Enviro-legislative analysis: 1000 words,
- Enviro-legal news & perspectives: 1000 words, and
- Enviro-judgement analysis: 1000 – 1500 words.
- Submissions should exclusively be made in .doc/ .docx format.
- The authors must follow the Bluebook 20th Edition format for citations.
- Please adhere to the following formatting guidelines:
a. Title of the article: Times New Roman font size 14, Upper Case, Centre Aligned, in bold, and in black colour.
b. Main body of the text: Times New Roman font size 12, Line Spacing: 1.5, Justified, and in black colour.
c. Sub-headings within the main body: Times New Roman font size 12, All Caps, Left Aligned, numbered using Roman numerals, in bold, and in black colour.
d. Footnotes: Times New Roman font size 10, Line Spacing: 1, Justified, and in black colour.
- Abbreviation of a word should only be done at the first instance and should not be repeated later. Please refrain from using terms such as “hereinafter” within the parentheses and do not use periods in these short forms. For example: “The National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 (‘NGT Act’) is an Act of the Parliament of India which…The NGT Act was enacted to create a special tribunal to handle environmental cases.”
- Writers should not use double quotations unreasonably. Only content used verbatim should be put in quotation marks.
- Speaking footnotes are strictly prohibited.
- Hyperlinks to an online citation must be removed. Only the text of the link should be retained.
Review process and timeline
- All the manuscripts will go through a double-blind peer-review process.
- Due to an overwhelming number of manuscripts that have been received so far, Issue 37 of Lex Terra is scheduled to be published tentatively in January 2022.
- Please note that the peer review process for Issue 37 will commence only post the deadline. Hence, authors can expect to receive the final decision with regards to the acceptance or rejection of the submitted manuscript in December 2021.
- Since the Editorial Board is preoccupied with 3 upcoming issues of Lex Terra and additional university commitments, no requests to expedite the review process shall
- It is to be noted that in the event the board receives an adequate number of submissions for Issue 37, subsequent submissions will be considered for the forthcoming issues of Lex Terra in
- The preliminary screening process that involves running articles through the plagiarism test may take up to 21 days, and the Editorial Board shall endeavour to respond to the authors at the earliest.
- The Editorial Board shall communicate their decision of acceptance or rejection to the author directly within the stipulated time frame.
- Contributors are requested to address follow-up emails to the Editorial Board only after 21 days.
- The authors, while submitting, agree to make any edits, changes, or modifications that the Editorial Board deems necessary for the manuscript’s ultimate publication.
- If the author’s manuscript is considered for publication, they shall be wholly liable to make any required revisions to their manuscript (whether procedural or substantial) in
good faith and are expected to cooperate with the Editorial Board at all times.
- The Editorial Board reserves the right to modify these guidelines at any point in time, without prior notice to the author(s).
- The decision of the Editorial Board in any dispute shall be final and binding.
- Upon final acceptance of the manuscript for publication by the Board, the copyright over the manuscript is vested with the Registrar, NLUJAA. However, the moral rights over the
manuscript shall vest with the author(s).
Last date of submission
The deadline for submissions to be considered for Issue 37 is October 31st, 2021.
Link for submission
All manuscripts and author details must be submitted only via this form:Here
For any further queries, write to [email protected].