Submission Guidelines

Content Policy

1. The Charter, under the Centre of Constitutional Law and Governance, RGNUL (CCLG, RGNUL) welcomes submissions from students, academicians and law practitioners on issues of constitutional law, governance, and policy. We encourage pieces written with an inter-disciplinary approach encompassing human rights, political science, realpolitik, sociology, psychology, live-sciences etc.

2. The Charter has a zero-tolerance policy against plagiarism, and all entries will be screened accordingly. Due credits must be given to different sources, and phrases cited verbatim must be in quotations. No plagiarised entry will be accepted.

3. Co-authorship up to a maximum of 2 authors is allowed for the articles.

4. The ideal range for the submission is between 800-1500 words. However, flexibility is allowed with the permission of the Editor(s) if the content so requires.

5. General style rules –

  • The body of the content should be justified, in Times New Roman font with a size of 12. Line Spacing is to be maintained at 1.5.
  • Extracts should follow the original for spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • All punctuation marks should appear outside quotation marks unless the quotation includes an entire sentence.
  • British English is preferred, unless the article comes from an American author, or the material is an extract from an American case or document.

6. The references in the articles are to be in the form of hyperlinks linked to keywords and phrases in the text of the submission only. Use of Footnotes should be limited to offline sources, for which a uniform form of citation is to be followed.

7. The Charter permits cross-posting, however, reposting of the published blog posts on other platforms is allowed only with the prior permission of CCLG, RGNUL. The subsequent publication(s) shall duly acknowledge the publication on this blog. It shall be done by stating – [first posted on The Charter by Centre of Constitutional Law and Governance, RGNUL, Punjab], with a link to the post.

Originality and Copyright

1.The piece must be an original work not under consideration for publication anywhere else, including any website, journal, or blog at the time of submission

2 .The author(s) must include a declaration as follows in the body of the mail, as to the originality of their submission.

The Author declares that the material being presented by them in this Article is their original work, and does not contain or include material taken from other copyrighted sources, without due acknowledgement. Wherever such material has been included, it has been clearly identified or/and indented and due and proper acknowledgements have been given by citing the source at appropriate places.

The Article, which is submitted, is not the same as any Article that has already been published or submitted for publication anywhere else.

3. By submitting their work, the author consents that the copyright over the articles shall vest with and be retained by CCLG, RGNUL. However, the moral rights shall remain with the author(s). The content of any submission must not be derogatory, offensive or defamatory.The author(s) shall ensure that their identity is not to be disclosed in the manuscript.

Submission Process

1. Submission should only be made to cclg@rgnul.ac.in. The body of the email must contain the name of the author(s), a short bio of the author(s), and the year of study, and the name of the institution they are affiliated to. The subject of the email should be ‘Submission – The Charter

2. The Manuscript shall be in MS Word format. Details of the author(s) shall not be mentioned in the manuscript. Doing so may lead to immediate rejection of the article.

3. The author is also requested to attach an image to accompany the article, if not the Editorial Board will assign an image on its own. The image should be representative of the submission’s topic, area or argument. It should be of high quality (upwards of 1000p), and must include the source. Consider using royalty-free images such as those found on Unsplash for example.

Review Process

1. The Charter follows a strict double-blind review procedure.

2. The authors shall receive an acknowledgement email on the receipt of the article by the Editorial Board. Once the Editorial Board acknowledges the receipt of an article, the submission shall go through a rigorous editorial process and the decision about its acceptance or rejection shall be communicated to the author(s) within 10 days of the receipt of the article.

3.After review by the Editorial Board, the decision shall be conveyed to the author(s). the manuscript may be –

  • Accepted without any editorial changes,
  • Accepted subject to incorporation of editorial changes by the author(s).
  • Rejected with reasons.

4. The changes shall be made in ‘Track Changes’ mode in MS Word, and while responding to the Editor’s comments, authors are requested to retain the comments and make all edits in ‘Track changes’ mode as well. If the author does not incorporate the said changes, the Board reserves the right to reject the submission.

5. The articles may be accepted or rejected on the sole discretion of the Editorial Board. The Board will evaluate submissions on the basis of criteria including but not limited to originality, contribution to literature, quality of research, language, structure, analysis and adherence to these guidelines.

6. The Board reserves the right to reject a piece at any stage. The decision of the Editorial Board shall be final and binding. Such acceptance can be subject to incorporation of changes suggested by the Editorial Board and rejection shall be with reasons.