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Editorial Policies

Peer Review Process

Academic articles that are submitted to the Utrecht Law Review are first assessed by two of the editors of the editorial board who decide whether or not the article is suitable for peer review, in relation to the scope of the journal and the academic quality of the article. If the article is judged suitable for peer review, the managing editor sends it by e-mail to two independent experts for a double blind peer review. Reviewers remain anonymous for the author and the author's name is removed from the manuscript under review.

The review period is expected to take between six and eight weeks, although we try to make this as quick as possible. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.

Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the editors then decide whether the article should be accepted as it is, revised or rejected. In case of revisions, a final decision on publication will be made after resubmission. If there is no agreement on the part of the editors, the editor-in-chief will make the final decision.

Editors' and reviewers' screening criteria

- Academic relevance
- Readability (is the article well written and easy to follow?)
- Reasoning (is the article well-structured?)
- Quality of the English
- Has the problem been clearly formulated?
- Does the formulation of the problem cover the article's contents?
- Have sources been sufficiently listed?
- Does the article not exceed the maximum length (too much)?
- Does the article fit in the editorial aims and scope of the journal?

 

Section Policies

Articles

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Student Papers

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Academic News

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Section Content

Articles

Academic articles that are submitted are subjected to a double blind peer review.

Commentaries

In this section reactions to earlier articles can be published.

Student papers

The 'Student Papers' section offers promising Utrecht Master's students the opportunity to publish a paper, which will enable us to showcase the talent which the Utrecht School of Law has available.

How does it work?

Supervisors who are of the opinion that the quality of a Master's thesis or research project is above average, can stimulate the student involved to redraft the thesis or research project as an English-language academic paper with a minimum of 6,000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words (including notes). Students may themselves take the initiative, after consulting their supervisor, to submit a Student Paper.
In principle a Student Paper will be examined according to the same criteria as a regular article, as listed under the 'Editors' screening criteria' (see Peer Review Process). In particular, the thesis or research project should not only be of above average quality but also of interest to a wider audience. This means that a thesis or research project must be written in such a way that it is readable for a general legal audience. Therefore the article must contain the following elements:

An introduction in which the choice of subject is justified and its contribution to the existing knowledge in the field is explained;

- An explanation of the research methods which have been employed;

- A clear formulation of the problem and the way in which the article aims to solve it;

- A clear structure and sound reasoning;

- A sufficient basis of relevant case law and literature, with adequate references;

- A conclusion which answers the problem and covers the article's contents.

In order to guarantee the paper's quality and the supervisor's commitment, the supervisor's name will be mentioned in the first note, indicated by an *. The text of this note will read: 'This paper is an adapted version of the doctoral thesis/the research project by [name student], entitled [title of thesis/research project], which was completed at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance [name institute] on [date] under the supervision of [name + title supervisor].'
The paper must be submitted to the Utrecht Law Review's Editorial Board within 6 months of the student's graduation.
The Utrecht Law Review's Editorial Board will assess the paper's eligibility for placement in the Student Papers column. As opposed to the procedure regarding regular academic articles, there will be no peer review assessment.
Upon submission, please indicate clearly that it concerns a Student Paper.

Academic News

This section announces interesting developments at the Utrecht School of Law.

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