Call for Papers by DNLU’s Student Law Journal, Vol 1: Submit by March 7

About the Journal

The Dharmashastra National Law University – Student Law Journal (DNLU-SLJ) is an initiative by the Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur. DNLU-SLJ is a flagship student journal that aims to provide a unique forum for all those who are interested in legal studies to present their scholarly contributions. It is an academically led peer-reviewed and student-run academic journal which aims to publish high-quality scholarship on law and legal studies spanning all areas including comparative, international, and multidisciplinary perspectives. The venture has been initiated to fulfill the mandate of promoting research, scholarship, and writing among law students. The initiative aims to enable such scholarship to reach a wider audience, and hence encourage and incentivize student involvement in research.

The journal is well-placed to build on the Institute’s national role in facilitating legal research developing its own role in publishing articles from students. It also aims to familiarise students with the editorial and other skills required for producing academic journals.


While there are no rigid thematic constraints, we encourage holistic research and welcome submissions, on any topic of law of contemporary relevance, from academicians, legal practitioners, students, and researchers.

All submissions will go through a rigorous review process and editing by the Editorial Board.


Submissions can be in the form of:

  • Long Articles: 5000 to 8000 words (exclusive of footnotes); articles exceeding the word limit may be considered on merit: Submissions under this category must present a comprehensive study of a central theme, along with the identification and analysis of related subthemes. Interdisciplinary analysis and empirical research submissions are appreciated. Purely theoretical papers will also be accepted under this category.

  • Short Articles: 3000 to 5000 words (exclusive of footnotes): Submissions under this category must deal with contemporary legal issues. It should directly address a specific issue and must be engaging and concise.

  • Case Comment / Legislative Briefs: 1500 to 3000 words (inclusive of footnotes): Case comments must be analysis of judicial pronouncements and comment on implications of the judgment for evolution of that branch of law. Legislative briefs or critique must include evaluative comments on pending or recent legislation.

  • Book Review: 1000 to 2000 words (inclusive of footnotes): Reviews of books relating to contemporary legal literature can be submitted under this category.


Submission Guidelines

  • DNLU-SLJ accepts electronic submissions in MS Word (.doc/.docx) format only. Submissions should be sent via email with Subject Title ‘Vol. I – DNLU SLJ Submission’ to dnluslj[at]

  • All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 300 words.

  • The main body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, Font Size 12, and in 1.5 line spacing. The footnotes must conform to the ILI Rules of Footnoting. Endnotes are not to be used.

  • Original submissions are invited from undergraduate and graduate students and research scholars. Submissions may be co-authored, by a maximum of two authors.

  • All submissions should be accompanied by a covering letter mentioning the following:

    • Submission category

    • Title of the manuscript

    • Full name of the author(s)

    • Position/year of study

    • Institutional affiliation, and

    • Contact details of the author(s).

  • The body of the manuscript should not contain any personal details of the author, so as to enable anonymity.

  • The manuscript must be original and unpublished work and must not be under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere. Copyright of all submissions selected for publication shall vest with DNLU.

  • The Editorial Board will promptly acknowledge the receipt of the submissions. All submissions will go through the peer-review process, taking a minimum of 4-5 weeks post acknowledgment of receipt. The final selection of manuscripts will be made on the basis of comments received from the peer-reviewers. The authors are expected to incorporate this feedback and make necessary amendments to their manuscripts before they can be published.

Submission Deadline

The last date for submission for Volume I is 7th March 2021. Submissions sent after the deadline shall not be considered for publication.


How to Submit?

Please send your submission to dnluslj[at]

Contact Information

e-Mail ID: dnluslj[at]

Click here for DNLU-SLJ’s official website.

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