Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: UCP Journal of Law and Legal Education (UCP-JLLE)

  • Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, UCP-JLLE. Manuscripts must be in English and should be sent by email to the Editor.
  • Only those manuscripts will be reviewed whose Aims and Scope fall within the ambit of UCP-JLLE.
  • No-fees requirement for the submission or publication in this journal.
  • You will be expected to certify that you are submitting your original work, that you own the rights to the work, that you are submitting it for first publication in the Journal, that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and that it has not been published elsewhere as part of the submission process, and that you have received and are able to provide the requisite permission for the reproduction of any copyright works that you do not own. (these conditions may be provided seriatim)

What do we publish?

Aims & Scope:

  • Please make sure that you have read the Aims & Scope before sending your manuscript to the UCP-JLLE. (for Aims and Scope: click on Aims and Scope)

Article format:

  • The preferred maximum length of Articles should be 7000-8000 words, essays should be 5000-6000 words, notes should be 3000-4000 words, book reviews should be 1500-2500 words and judgment reviews should be 5000-7000 words including the abstract (200-250 words) and footnotes.
  • Contributors must have a separate Title Page with the manuscript title, writers’ names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and postal addresses.

Writing your article:

The contributor may submit her article under a covering letter addressed to the editor, containing the following statement:

  1. I confirm the accuracy of the citations in the attached manuscript.
  2. I confirm that I have read and understood the journal’s submission policy and that my manuscript complies with it.
  3. I certify that no part of the manuscript infringes on someone else’s copyright.

The manuscript should be structured as follows:

  • Instead of using ‘s’ spellings, use ‘z’ spellings. This means that words ending in ‘-ise,’ ‘isation,’ and similar suffixes would be spelled with a ‘z’ (for example, ‘recognise,’ ‘organise,’ and ‘civilise’).
  • Use British spellings/English rather than American spellings/English (for example, ‘programme’ rather than ‘program,’ ‘labour’ rather than ‘labor,’ and ‘centre’ rather than ‘center’).
  • Throughout, use single quotes. Just use double quotes inside single quotes. Words in quotes should not be altered in spelling.
  • Use the terms ‘twentieth century’ and ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, only use figures for accurate measurements (3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Instead of lakhs and crores, use thousands and millions.
  • Italics and diacritical can be minimized but used consistently.  Tables and figures should be identified by numbers rather than placement such as (see Table 1) and not like (see Table below). In the text, all figures and tables should be cited. Regardless of whether or not permissions are needed, the source for figures and tables should be listed.
  • At the end of the article, a compiled list of all books, papers, essays, theses, and documents cited (including those cited in the tables, graphs, and maps) should be given.
  • Figures, including maps, graphs and drawings, should not be larger than page size. They should be numbered and arranged as per their references in the text. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1,500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG.
  • Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavor).
  • All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately in a folder along with the main article. Please Note:All figures and tables should be cited in the text and should have the source (a specific URL, a reference or, if it is author’s own work, ‘The Author’) mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.

Reference as per The Bluebook (19th Ed.):

  • Book and judgment reviews must include the author, name, editor’s the title of the book and judgment being reviewed, the publisher’s or the judge’s name, the year the book and judgment was written with appropriate citations and the number of pages.

Make your article discoverable:

Consider how you can make your paper discoverable as you write it. The title, keywords, and abstract are all essential in ensuring that readers to find your article through search engines like Google.  For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

Editorial policies:

Peer review policy:

  • The UCP-JLLE follows a strict double-blind review policy in which both the reviewer and the author’s identities are kept secret from both parties.


  • Both parties who contributed significantly to the article should be classified as contributors. The relative scientific or technical contributions of the individuals concerned, regardless of their rank, should be used to assess principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits.


  • All contributors who do not meet the authorship requirements should be acknowledged in a segment called Acknowledgements. An individual who provided only technical assistance or a department chair who provided only general help are examples of those who should be remembered.
  • Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

Third party submissions:

  • A declaration must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and the accompanying cover(ing) letter if an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s). The declarations must include the following:
  • Disclose type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
  • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
  • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g., conflicting interests, funding, etc.
  • The journal Editorial Board reserves the right to reject manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than the authors themselves if it fails to the requirements listed herein.

Writing assistance:

  • Individuals who assisted with writing, such as from a specialist communications firm, are not considered writers and should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgements section. Any writing assistance must be disclosed, including the individual’s name, company and level of feedback, as well as the entity that paid for it. It is not compulsory to reveal whether or not you have used language polishing services.


  • All authors in the UCP-JLLE are required to acknowledge their funding in a consistent manner under a separate heading or state: ‘This study received no specific funding from any governmental, commercial or non-profit funding agency.


  • Copyright infringement, plagiarism and other violations of best practices in publishing are taken very seriously by UCP-JLLE. We always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published from dishonest, deceitful, or unscrupulous activities. Duplication-checking software can be used to validate submitted articles. We reserve the right to take action if an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient recognition or if the authorship of the article is disputed, including but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; raising the issue with the author’s institution’s head of department or dean, as well as related academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

Prior published:

  • It is not generally appropriate for material to be published in a UCP-JLLE if it has previously been published.

Reference style:

  • The UCP-JLLE adheres to The Bluebook (19th Ed.) reference style for law related articles and APA 6th Ed. For articles for the legal education section.

Information required for completing your submission:

  • You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors and identify who is to be the corresponding author.
  • These details must match what appears on your manuscript.
  • The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted.
  • If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper.
  • At this stage, please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

Further information:

  • Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the UCP-JLLE editorial office at the following address: