About the Journal on Environmental Law Policy and Development:
Journal on Environmental Law Policy and Development, is an annual peer reviewed journal of the Centre for Environmental Law, Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA). Eight volumes of the Journal have been released. Over the years, the Journal has featured articles on different themes of environmental law ranging from the governing principles of environmental law, the adjudicatory authorities and their roles in dispensing environmental justice, waste management and climate change to other contemporary issues in the domain of environmental law and policy.
JELPD is a double blind peer reviewed journal with an ISSN: 2348-7046.
CODE OF RESEARCH ETHICS, INTEGRITY AND SUBMISSION POLICY (CRISP) FOR THE JOURNAL ON ENVIRONMENTAL LAW POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT (JELPD) ISSN: 2438-7046.
CEERA-NLSIU follows strict ethical standards for publication to ensure integrity, quality and standard in all its research publications. All submissions made to the journal shall be governed by the following policy:
WHAT TO SUBMIT?
1. Long Articles (5000-8000 words, exclusive of footnotes).
2. Short Articles (3000 -5000 words, exclusive of footnotes).
3. Case Comments, Legislative Briefs, Law Commission Report/Review (1500-2500 words, exclusive of footnotes).
4. Book Review (700-1500 words, exclusive of footnotes).
HOW TO SUBMIT?
1. All submissions must have a concise title with a maximum of 70 characters.
2. Submissions made under the category of articles must contain an abstract of not more than 200 words along with a maximum of 5 keywords.
1. The paper should be free from all grammatical and spelling errors.
2. The submission must be word-processed and in Times New Roman. The main text should be in font size 12 and footnotes in font size 10, line spacing 1.5 and the text should be justified.
3. A one-line gap must be maintained between all paragraphs and headings.
4. All hyperlinks must be in black colour and must not be underlined.
5. Heading levels should be clearly indicated.
6. Citations should appear as footnotes that are numbered consecutively. The Journal does not accept in-text citations and endnotes.
7. Tables, if included should be self-explanatory, numbered serially and accompanied by concise titles and sources.
8. Figures and images if included should be submitted in a separate file along with the manuscript in word format (.doc). Images and figures taken from external sources should be adequately captioned; sources acknowledged and should be of high resolution.
9.The manuscript must not contain the name of the author(s) or his/her institutional affiliation or any other information. A separate cover letter containing the name of the author(s), professional information, contact details, and other relevant information must be provided.
10. Only articles in English will be considered for publication.
11. Manuscripts submitted shall be understood as final versions, subject to subsequent corrections suggested by the Chief Editor.
12. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, in Word format, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Manuscripts submitted to this Journal must not have been published elsewhere previously. If during the review process, the manuscript is accepted for publication in any other Journal, Book, or in any other format, including electronically, the responsibility shall solely lie on the author to immediately inform the Chief Editor and withdraw the manuscript from the review process.
14. On acceptance of any manuscript for publication, the author would be required to sign a ‘Consent to Publish and Grant of Exclusive Licence’ form.
15. All citations should be as per the Bluebook 21st Edition.
16. Non-conformity with the submission guidelines will be a ground for rejection.
ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
Chief-Editor and the Editorial Board shall ensure that the manuscript submitted for review shall remain confidential while under review. Unpublished manuscripts undergoing review and the ones rejected would not be used by the Chief Editor, Editorial Board or Reviewers in any way for the personal advantage of the Editorial Team without the written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review would be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Duties of Chief Editor and Reviewers
1. It shall be the responsibility of the Chief Editor to ensure that the peer review process is fair, unbiased, and timely.
2. The Chief Editor shall select reviewers for the manuscripts submitted based on their expertise in the relevant field, keeping in mind the need for diverse and inclusive representation.
3. Any submission made by the Chief Editor or members of the Editorial Board shall be subject to the usual review processes of the Journal independent of the involvement of the relevant author or editor in question. The Chief Editor shall not be involved in decisions about papers which he/she has written him/herself or which have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the Chief Editor has an interest. A statement of this effect shall be clearly mentioned in any such submission that is published.
4. Reviewers shall bring to the notice of the Chief Editor any suspicion of any breach of research ethics or misconduct, if any.
5. Reviewers shall bring to the notice of the Chief Editor any potential conflicts of interest resulting from any relationship, professional or personal with any of the authors or institutions connected to the manuscripts submitted and recuse himself or herself from reviewing the manuscripts in question.
Breach of Ethics
1. All cases of alleged misconduct and breach of research ethics shall be dealt with in an unbiased and objective manner.
2. The Chief Editor and the Editorial Board would not out rightly reject submissions that raise concerns about possible misconduct. All alleged cases of misconduct shall be dealt with ethically and an opportunity of being heard and to file justifications and clarifications would be given to the author against whom allegation of misconduct has been raised and other affected parties.
3. Any allegation of plagiarism or publication misconduct raised by a third party would be dealt with after seeking clarifications from the original authors. The Chief Editor reserves the right to not proceed against such allegations if deemed appropriate.
4. The Chief Editor would be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
DUTIES OF AUTHORS
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the manuscript submitted.
Originality, acknowledgement of sources and plagiarism
1. Manuscripts submitted should be original work of the author(s). Any work or words of others including tables, images and figures used in the manuscript must be appropriately cited or quoted, acknowledged and captioned with permission, where necessary.
2. All citations, references and quotations must be verified before submission of the manuscript. All references should be carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the author. Incorrect references and citations may be a ground for rejection of the manuscript.
3. Verbatim copying, paraphrasing without attribution, self plagiarism of the author’s previous work without due acknowledgement would be deemed as misconduct and dealt with accordingly
Notification of errors and competing interests
1. All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work or that may be construed to influence the interpretation of their submissions. Authors must disclose any interests in the title page file of the manuscript. If there are no interests to declare, then the authors must state: “Declarations of interest: None”.
2. All sources of financial support, received, if any, in the conception, design or conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article should be disclosed.
3. Authors shall be obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes or any significant inaccuracy in their published work or manuscript under review, in case of detection as soon as they come to their notice or are informed of the same. Such corrections shall be promptly notified to the Chief Editor.
Publication in the journal would be subject to authors signing a ‘Consent to Publish and Grant of Exclusive Licence’ form. By signing the Form, authors would have to warrant and represent that their manuscripts submitted to the journal have not be published elsewhere in whole or in part; that it is the original work of the author(s) and all the material taken from other sources have been duly cited and acknowledged by the author(s); that CEERA-NLSIU shall be indemnified in case of any copyright violations; and that the views contained in the manuscripts are solely the views of the author(s) and shall in no way be construed as the views of the Editors, CEERA, and NLSIU, either jointly or severally.