Submission Guidelines (Journal)

About the Socio-Legal Review (SLR)

SLR is currently accepting submissions for the second issue of Volume 17. SLR is a bi-annual, student-run, peer-reviewed journal published by the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. SLR began with the support of the Modern Law Review, London in 2005 and has, over the past few years, carried articles by luminaries in the legal and social field such as Rajeev Dhavan, Roger Cotterrell, W.T. Murphy and Asghar Ali Engineer. It aims to be a forum that involves, promotes and engages scholars and students to express and share their ideas and opinions on themes and methodologies relating to the interface between law and society.


Contribution Guidelines

SLR invites contributions in the following categories -

  1. Long Articles - Between 6,000 - 8,000 words.

  2. Short Articles - Between 3,500 - 5,000 words.

  3. Book Reviews - Between 2,000 - 3,000 words.

  4. Case Notes/ Legislative Comments - Between 1,500 - 2,500 words.

  5. Notes from the Field - Notes from the Field are pieces designed to provide a glimpse into a new legal strategy, political initiative or advocacy technique applied in the field, a current problem or obstacle faced in legal reform or development work, or a new issue that has not yet received much attention and needs to be brought to light. For contributions in this category, empirical studies are encouraged.

All manuscripts must be submitted in a .doc or .docx format. The manuscripts must necessarily be accompanied with the author’s biographical information in a separate title page and an abstract of not more than 250 words.


For formatting and citation guidelines, please refer to SLR’s style guide.


The last date for submission of manuscripts for Volume 17(2) is February 15, 2021. Submissions sent after this will be considered for publication in Volume 18(1).


Contributions to SLR must be made in the electronic form only. Please mail contributions to, with the subject ‘Submission for Socio-Legal Review - Volume 17(2)’.


Timeline and Procedure

SLR strives to ensure a speedy and efficient review process. We follow a system of two rounds of internal reviews by the Editorial Board. If approved in both rounds, the manuscript is then subjected to two double-blind peer reviews simultaneously. Authors should be prepared to make suitable changes to their manuscripts as required by the Editorial Board before publication.


Conditions of Publication

Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned or rejected. While we strive to provide substantive feedback for every manuscript we receive, it may not always be possible to do so, given the large number of submissions. We reserve the right to reject manuscripts without providing substantive feedback.

Please note that in the event that a manuscript submitted to SLR has been submitted and accepted by any other Journal, the author must withdraw their submission from SLR. If SLR accepts the manuscript first, the author must withdraw it for consideration from all other Journals. Failure to do so will lead to removal of the piece for consideration for publication in SLR.