JOURNAL EDITORIAL POLICY
The objective of this editorial policy is to provide clear explanations and guidelines regarding the editorial terms and rules regarding the review process for the LESIJ. All members of the international Editorial Review Board of LESIJ are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies outlined and respectfully follow the rules and terms of the review process established for this journal.
Mission of LESIJ
The LESIJ is an international journal intended to fill the present need for the dissemination of new information, ideas and method, to both practitioners and academicians in the juridical sciences area.
The LESIJ provides analysis and commentary on all areas of the law, offering an international platform for cross-border legal research. In the first place, this concerns research in which the boundaries of the classic branches of the law (private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, European and public international law) are crossed and connections are made between these areas of the law, amongst others from a comparative law perspective. The journal aims to offer room for contributions not only by established researchers, but also and especially wishes to offer to young researchers access to the field of international legal research.
It is designed to encourage interest in all matters relating to law, with an emphasis on matters of theory and on broad issues arising from the relationship of law to other disciplines.
The LESIJ provides practitioners, judges, professors, and law students with cogent analyses of important topics in the law, offering a forum for discussion of topical questions of public and private law.
The LESIJ publishes original research papers, review articles, book reviews and announcements in the field of legal sciences, encouraging comparative research.
The LESIJ presents the achievements of the legal sciences and legal scholars in Romania and details of the Romanian legislation and legal literature. The editorial team encourage contributions from outside Romania, with the aim of covering the legal sciences in the whole of Central and Eastern Europe.
Coverage of LESIJ
Topics to be covered in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following: justice system (private justice system, criminal justice system), criminal justice reform, law, civil society and transnational economic governance, European law in its social, cultural, political and economic contexts, relation between law, politics and legitimacy, new types of social regulation concerning social law, consumer protection, gender, and the environment, research and analysis in the areas of socio-legal studies and the psychology of law, criminology and social justice studies, analysis and discussion of business law, broadly defined and including both European Community law and the laws of the Member States and other European countries, analysis of constitutional and administrative law at a crucial stage of European integration and legal development, examination of the public law systems of new Member States, protection of human rights and protection against discrimination, openness and transparency, fiscal and monetary policy, and the role of regulation in the contemporary state and the European Union, the development of European Private Law, internet law and intellectual property law, alternative dispute resolution, international humanitarian law.
Upon the receipt of a manuscript for consideration, the Editor selects one reviewer from the members of the international Editorial Review Board of LESIJ to review the submitted manuscript. Assignment of reviewers is based on the current reviewer assignment load and also the number of manuscripts received throughout the year by each selected reviewer.
As a member of the Editorial Review Board, reviewers are expected to evaluate manuscripts sent to them in a timely and thorough manner. By providing constructive comments, even if the manuscript is not, in their opinion, publishable, the reviewers are doing a service to their colleagues. The comments made specifically to the author will be shared with them.
To ensure the high quality of published material, LESIJ utilizes a group of experts to review submitted manuscripts. All submissions for LESIJ will be received electronically. Upon the Editor receipt of the manuscript, a copy of the manuscript, along with a “Manuscript Evaluation Form,” will be sent to the selected reviewer for the manuscript.
Members of the international Editorial Review Board of LESIJ are expected to review 2 manuscripts a year. Reviewers must return their reviews to the Editor electronically 2-4 weeks from the time the manuscript was received by the reviewer. Reviews should be extensive and constructive, and reviewers should avoid making any derogatory and unprofessional comments such as “my kids write better than this…”. If, in the opinion of the reviewer, the manuscript is not publishable, the reviewer must make every attempt to provide extensive comments/feedback in regard to why the paper is not acceptable and to provide the authors with constructive directions. This is a professional service that we all provide to our colleagues in the hope of improving the overall quality of work in our discipline. All appropriate comments received are forwarded to the authors without revealing the reviewer’s identity since this is a blind peer review process. However, the reviewer has the option to waive this anonymity by signing his/her name to the reviewer evaluation form.
(Note: should the reviewer feel that he/she is familiar with the identity of the authors of the submitted work, he/she must notify the Editor regarding his/her concerns to make sure that the integrity of the blind peer review process is not compromised).
LESIJ invites prospective book reviewers to submit their review of either textbooks or professional books for possible inclusion in the journal. Reviewers should focus on the following guidelines when developing the book review. Book reviews must not exceed 1,500 words. Reviews should summarize the book and indicate the highlights, strengths, and weaknesses of the book. Reviews should evaluate the organizational and managerial applications of the material discussed in the book relevant to Areas of the Law Reviews should critique and constructively evaluate the authors’ work and not merely list the chapters’ contents. The writing style, accuracy, relevance, and the need for such a work in the discipline should be analyzed. Reviews must include the title of the book, author, publishing company, publication date, number of pages, cost (if listed), and ISBN number. Each submission must be accompanied by a short biography of the reviewer.
LESIJ also encourages submission of case studies based on actual cases related to different issues and aspects of Areas of the Law. Case studies must provide adequate information regarding the organization upon which the case is based, discussion of the issues involved, coverage of any experiments or trials of techniques or managerial approaches, and finally, discussion of any lessons learned or conclusions drawn from this study.
All submissions and inquires should be directed to the attention of:
Mr. Mircea DAMASCHIN
Editor of LESIJ
Calea Vacaresti no. 185, District 4, Bucharest, Romania
Mrs. Laura SPATARU-NEGURA
Assistant Editor of LESIJ
Calea Vacaresti no. 185, District 4, Bucharest, Romania