Submission Guidelines

Styles of submissions accepted from external authors

“External authors” refers to everyone who is not part of the NFRAL team. You can send for our Editor’s consideration (i) an Article, (ii) a Blog Post, (iii) or a Case Comment.

How do ‘Article’, ‘Blog Post’ and ‘Case Comment’ differ?

An Article is a comprehensive analysis of an issue relevant to the understanding or development of arbitration law without any limitation of length. Please, however, bear in mind that short pieces enhance the quality of legal scholarship. We encourage works on a contemporary legal issue or legislation but also consider historical or jurisprudential writings. You should submit an abstract of 100-500 words with an Article.

Blog Posts are shorter pieces ranging up to 3500 words. They tend to be more narrowly focused than Articles and are relatively informal in tone and style of referencing. The Blog may advance an idea, engage in discussion, or contextualize a development.

A Case Comment is a critique, rather than a mere summary, of any court decision and should ideally be not more than 5000 words. We prefer Case Comments on relatively recent decisions but also consider those that take a new approach to an important older case.

Types of publications from an external author not ordinarily accepted

Our in-house team prepares Updates and Weekly Highlights, but for any particular reason you wish to contribute to either type of publication, please contact the editors at editor@nfral.in.

Citations

For items not described below, follow as far as possible the latest OSCOLA style of citation available at http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/publications/oscola.php.

  • Books: Author, Title of the Book, Volume if applicable, Page No., Edition, Publisher, Year of Publication.

    Example: Gary B Born, International Commercial Arbitration, Vol. 1, 342-343 (2 ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2014). Do not use dots in the author’s name.

  • Cases: Case name, commonly accepted citation for the reporter, paragraph [denoted by para].

    Example: Bhatia International v. Bulk Trading SA & another (2004) 2 SCC 105, para 2. Do not use dots in the name of the case. Use a dot after “v” when segregating the names of the parties.

  • Statutes:

    If not defined in the submission: Section, name, year. Examples:  Section 34, Indian Contract Act, 1872.

    If defined: Section followed by the definition without any comma. Example, Section 34 ICA.

We do not emphasize strict adherence to the OSCOLA style if your citations are of a generally accepted standard, consistent, and provide all information necessary to locate the source.

How to submit

Please make your submission by clicking on the "Submit Now" button at the end of this page. Ensure that you have filled in all the relevant sections of the submission form.

The Microsoft Word document containing the submission should not contain any information identifying the author(s).

Review Process

Our review process is very intensive and consists of preliminary screening, technical review, and a substantive review of the submission's merit and structure. Very often, we engage with subject experts outside NFRAL. Submitting a piece is an acknowledgement that you agree to work with the NFRAL team, if required, during the advanced stages of the review. 

Only exclusive submissions

NFRAL does not accept non-exclusive submissions. You must agree not to submit your draft for consideration anywhere else until two weeks from the date of your submission to us.

Co-authorship

There can be multiple authors. Please provide the details in the Submission Form.

Copyright Policy

NFRAL has copyright over any work of an external author published on the site. See also our Terms of Use.

Right to reject at any stage

We retain the right to reject your draft at any stage of the review, preliminary or advanced. We also retain the right to take down from the website any published work if so warranted for any reason.

Queries

You can make a query concerning a contribution to editor@nfral.in.

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