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Submit to the Law Review

The following provides an overview of the editorial process, and how a paper is assessed. 

All submissions should be sent to law-mslr@maastrichtuniversity.nl:

Paper meets the de minimis requirements

In order to go through to peer review, all submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Paper complies with the Author Guidelines.

  • Paper is of at least 3000 words (no upper limit)

  • Meet the scope of the journal (International, European, and comparative law) 

  • Format of the document is doc/x

  • Footnotes and bibliography are present

  • There is a clear aim/research question, and content matches the stated aim/research question

  • Sufficient breadth of sources (primary/secondary and distribution across the two)

  • Claims made in text backed by authority stated in footnotes

  • Paper is undertaken with sufficient academic seriousness

 

The assessment of the above will take about a week, at which point the author will be informed of the outcome i.e. whether the paper will move forward in the process or not.

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Paper passes the Peer Review Process

If a paper meets the above requirements, it will move forward to peer review,  At the end of this process, which takes about three weeks, the author will be provided with a detailed general report providing feedback on all aspects of their paper: legal soundness, structure, language and grammar, research etc.

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Any necessary changes are made

The author will be given an appropriate time frame to make any changes suggested by the editorial team.

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Publication

If, after being subject to the above processes, a paper is of the desired standard, it will go through to be published.

Submit to the Blog

We aim to review submissions within a few days and respond accordingly, prioritising time-sensitive posts when possible.

All submissions should be sent to law-mslr-blog@maastrichtuniversity.nl

What kind of submissions are we looking for?

The blog welcomes submissions from everyone in the legal field, with special emphasis on undergraduate or LLM students. To be published, submissions must be well-written in clear and high-quality English, adhere to our style guidelines (provided below), and maintain a civil and respectful tone throughout.

 

Furthermore, submitted posts should provide genuinely original and novel contributions to legal scholarship. While we highly value posts that focus on current topics and contribute to scholarly debate, we are equally interested in those that address more theoretical and foundational questions.  Additionally, submissions should avoid replicating content that has already been published on the MSLR Blog, the MSLR Journal or other platforms. However, submissions that further develop or offer different perspectives on previously published entries are accepted.

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Style Guidelines for Post Submissions

  1. Author bio and photograph: If you are a first-time contributor to the MSLR Blog, we will create an author profile to be published alongside your entry. Please provide a brief bio including details such as your name and university affiliation, along with any additional information you'd like to include. You may additionally send us a coloured photo of yourself to be included in your bio.

  2. Length and headings: The general post length limit is 2000 words. While we understand that certain topics may require more extensive coverage, shorter posts are more likely to be read. Longer posts will be published only in exceptional cases.

  3. Fonts, spacing, and paragraph format: Submit your post in any font, with single spacing and a single line return between paragraphs, without indentation. You can include headings as needed (e.g., every four paragraphs) to break up lengthy posts, but please use only one level of headings, and make sure they are in bold.

  4. Citation: Please do not use footnotes or in-text citations in your entry. Instead, use embedded hyperlinks to relevant supporting materials, such as statutes, treaties, cases, and journals. Cite only when necessary.

  5. Image: You are welcome to include an image with your text. If you use online images, make sure they are royalty-free and provide the following information: source, photographer's name, and license details.

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Review Process

Blog entries undergo a review process by the MSLR Blog team before publication. There are three committees in the review team, each focusing on the content, language, and technical aspects of the entry. Each committee provides their feedback using a red-yellow-green light system accompanied by feedback for the author. The decision to proceed with a blog entry depends on these lights. A green light indicates an acceptance with minor or no changes needed, a yellow light indicates an acceptance with some changes needed, and a red light indicates a rejection. Once the author receives their feedback and a green or orange light indication, they must incorporate the feedback, make necessary changes to their entry, and submit the entry within one week (additional time may be granted on a case-by-case basis). If your revisions align with the provided comments, the entry becomes eligible for publication.

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