National Judicial Academy, IndiaNational Judicial Academy, India, Logo
Vision Statement The Institution The Chairperson Supreme Court Judges Guiding NJA Members of NJA Governing Bodies The Director Faculty Administration NJA Charter Annual Report
Discussion space Query NJA's Programmes Home Page Web Streaming On Judging
NJA Programmes SJAs Programmes NJES Conference Videos
Supreme Court Cases Sites You Can Use Knowledge Sharing
Research Publications / Journal Reading Material
Journal

1. Journal of the National Judicial Academy

 

2. INDIAN JOURNAL OF JUSTICE STUDIES
The National Judicial Academy, India (NJA) has been set up under the guidance of the Supreme Court of India for judicial education, policy formulation and research  as a means to improving the quality of justice delivery in the country. As part of this mandate, the NJA has published a peer-reviewed annual journal for discussion, thinking and deliberation on the theme of "quest for justice"- broadly defined. Named the Indian Journal of Justice Studies, this journal contributes to thinking on issues of justice, like, for example, the various and often competing concepts of justice; ideas and social, political, religious and economic forces shaping these concepts; struggles and social movements for justice; institutional frameworks and formal and informal networks influencing justice delivery; state policies, including developmental policies and their impact on justice; the role of judicial institutions in relation to justice; the role of the legal profession and legal education in the quest for justice; multidisciplinary approaches to justice; legal frameworks and their impact of justice, international and comparative approaches to justice, etc.

 

3. EDITORIAL POLICY
3.1. Objective
A  Journal from  NJA encourages scholarship drawing on a variety of theoretical bases, research methodologies and disciplines.

NJA welcomes submissions from judges, lawyers, academics as well as law students. In addition, given its policy of encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship, it also welcomes submissions from specialists from other disciplines.

3.2. Solicited and Unsolicited Articles, Review Procedure and Selection
The Editorial Board of a  Journal may, at its discretion, invite articles, comments and reviews from individuals who are leaders in their fields. Apart from such solicited pieces, the Journal will also consider unsolicited papers that are submitted to it for publication. All articles, comments and reviews, whether solicited or unsolicited, will be reviewed by the Editorial Board to determine publishability. The decisions of the Editorial Board will be final and no request will be entertained for further review.

The Editorial Board will carefully consider all manuscripts received by it. All unsolicited pieces will be reviewed anonymously, without regard to the author's name, affiliation, prior publications, etc.

The editorial policy at NJA will afford substantial deference to authors and will therefore, accept manuscripts that are well written and completely argued at the time of submission, as it will not be possible for the Editorial Board to engage in detailed editing of the substantive content of the manuscripts. The changes that may be  suggested by the Editorial Board are intended to hone the ideas advanced by the author, not to replace them. Therefore, after the editing process, the Board will send the author a marked copy of the manuscript, highlighting the suggested changes. These changes are meant as reasoned suggestions, not editorial diktats, and the author's judgment regarding whether the changes should be made or not, will be respected.

3.3. Articles, Notes, Comments, Reviews, Essays
NJA seeks to publish a variety of legal and other writings on the issue of justice. The only consideration is that the writing should be scholarly in nature. Based on the length of the piece and the merit of its substantive content, the Editorial Board will decide whether to publish the accepted pieces as articles, notes, comments, reviews or essays. Generally, articles should be of 10,000 words or more and should either develop a theory, or apply theoretical and/or research findings from law and other disciplines to legal subject matter.

A comment is a shorter piece of about 5,000 words which will discuss one particular issue of legal or policy significance in detail. A piece will be considered an essay if it is around 3,000 words and its primary purpose is to advance an idea, or to initiate or engage in analytical discussion.

Notes and reviews are descriptive pieces which summarize a recent legal or policy development like a new legislation, judicial decision or policy and place them in their wider legal and social context. The main purpose of such these writings is to familiarize the reader with current developments. The reviews section will also include book reviews.

3.4. Citation Style
NJA  will follow  the Blue Book citation style. (The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass'n et al. eds., 18th ed. 2005). However, the manuscripts need not necessarily comply with this citation format in draft form.

3.5. Exclusivity
NJA will publish only original articles and research papers. Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the understanding that their contents, all or in part, have not been published elsewhere. Every contribution should be the author's own original work, and should not constitute a substantial repetition of work already published or to be published elsewhere.

3.6. Copyright
Submissions will be considered for publication on condition that copyright in any material included in the Journal is assigned to the National Judicial Academy on the understanding that the Academy can re-publish the article elsewhere, or can allow third parties to publish the piece. Authors are free to use their own copyright materials in other publications, provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication. The author also retains his or her moral rights in the submission.

3.7. Submission format
All submissions should be made in electronic format only, in a MS Word document. The manuscripts should contain footnotes and not endnotes. The manuscripts can be e-mailed to: njabhopal@nja.gov.in

3.8. Disclaimer
The opinions expressed in the Journal will be those of the authors, and will not necessarily reflect those of the Editorial Board, the National Judicial Academy, or any other persons or institutions affiliated with it.