The European Journal of Legal Studies welcomes submissions of New Voices articles, a format enabling early-career scholars to put forward their innovative ideas, build their academic identity and expand their publication record. The Journal defines ‘early-career scholars’ as LLM, JD, PhD (or equivalent, e.g. JSD) students and postdoctoral researchers who defended their doctoral thesis within the last five years. Those who are not currently affiliated with an academic institution must be within five years of graduating from their highest academic degree to date. Authors must set out how they meet this definition at the time of submission.
New Voices contributions provide an opportunity to present an original argument in a direct and appealing way. It can consist, for instance, in re-thinking well-established beliefs or assumptions, or approaching a topical issue with an original and critical inquiry.
The length of contributions shall be between 4,000 and 5,000 words (footnotes included). Submissions should be sent as Word files.
A young scholar could use the New Voices platform for several purposes, including to discuss a claim of their thesis, to publish a conference paper or a case comment, or to summarise their thesis before publication of the full monograph. This list is by no means exhaustive and is only meant as an indication of the many possibilities offered by the New Voices section.
New Voices submissions are subject to double-blind peer review and are also expected to comply with the EJLS Style Guide. Submissions should include a short abstract (150-200 words), a list of keywords and a table of contents.
EJLS accepts New Voices submissions on a rolling basis. Articles should be sent as Word files to [email protected]