Submission Deadline: September 20th, 2023 


The Centre for Environmental Law, Advocacy and Research (CELAR) of National Law  University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA), is pleased to invite scholastic submissions  for Issue 43 onwards for Lex Terra (ISSN: 2455-0965), our quarterly online publication  (“webzine”). Since its inception, Lex Terra has published 42 issues on various debatable facets of  the environment and environment-related analytical items. Several academicians, practitioners,  and students have contributed to the webzine. Through Lex Terra, we endeavour to facilitate better  and greater ideas to create a community of environmentally conscious individuals from legal and  non-legal fraternities. Detailed submission guidelines can be found below. 


General Guidelines 

  • Lex Terra exclusively accepts manuscripts that revolve around the themes of environmental  law and policy research. Manuscripts that are not related to environmental law are  summarily rejected
  • Possible sub-themes include but are not limited to Natural Resource Management Law;  Waste Management; Biodiversity Management; Energy Law; Forest Laws; Animal Rights;  Agricultural Laws; Climate Change Law and Policy; Global Commons; Sustainable  Development; Environment Impact Assessment; Ecological Restoration; Pollution Control;  Coastal Regulation; Environmental Ethics; Ecofeminism; Environment, Business and Human  Rights; Ecosystem Services; and Environmental Economics. 
  • While contributors are permitted to submit articles on the aforementioned themes across any  jurisdiction, we especially encourage submissions exploring customary environmental  standards and practices pertaining to North-East India. We, at Lex Terra, firmly believe that the North-East region of India, being rich in biodiversity and natural resources, requires  particular attention from an enviro-legal standpoint.
  • All manuscripts and author(s) details must be submitted only via this form:
  • Manuscripts sent via email will not be considered
  • The word limit, exclusive of footnotes, is as follows: 
    1. Short Articles: 2000 words, 
    2. Enviro-legislative analysis: 1000 words, 
    3. Enviro-legal news & perspectives: 1000 words, and 
    4. Enviro-judgement analysis: 1000 – 1500 words. 
  • Please do not use any personal identification details in the manuscript, such as your name or  institutional affiliations, to better facilitate the double-blind peer-review process.
  • Co-authorship among individuals of the same or different institutions is allowed up to two  authors
  • Please ensure that the manuscript submitted to Lex Terra must not be simultaneously under  consideration at other academic publications. 
  • The webzine is committed to publishing pieces of the highest academic quality. Pursuant to  this, we have a strict no-plagiarism policy and all manuscripts we receive are put through  plagiarism detection software. Any manuscripts found to have a similarity index of more than  25% are summarily rejected. Other pieces depend upon context. Only the non-plagiarized  manuscripts are sent to the peer reviewers. 

Formatting Guidelines 

  • Submissions should exclusively be made in .doc/ .docx format. 
  • The authors must follow the Bluebook 20th Edition format for citations.
  • Please adhere to the following text formatting guidelines: 
    • All text, including hyperlinks featured in the footnotes of the manuscript, must be in black  colour. In addition, hyperlinks to an online citation must be removed. Only the text of the  link should be retained. 
    • Main title: Times New Roman, Size 14, small capitals, center aligned, in bold.
    • Headings within the main body: Times New Roman, Size 12, upper case, left aligned, in  bold. 
    • Subheadings within the main body: Times New Roman, Size 12, title case, left aligned,  in italics. 
    • We encourage lengthy articles to be divided into headings and subheadings for better  structure. However, authors are advised to use only two heading levels. Please number,  format, and indent headings and subheadings as: 
  • Heading of Chapter I 
    • First Sub-Heading of Chapter I 
    • Second Sub-Heading of Chapter I
  • Heading of Chapter II 
    • First Sub-Heading of Chapter II 

The main body of the text: Times New Roman, Size 12, 1.5 line spacing, justified.  Footnotes: Times New Roman font size 10, single line spacing, justified. 

  • Abbreviation of a word should only be done at the first instance and should not be repeated  later. Please refrain from using terms such as “hereinafter” within the parentheses and do not  use periods in these short forms. For example: 

“The National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 (‘NGT Act’) is an Act of the Parliament of India  which… The NGT Act was enacted to create a special tribunal to handle environmental  cases.” 

  • Writers should not use double quotations unreasonably. Only content used verbatim should  be put in quotation marks. 
  • Speaking footnotes are strictly prohibited. 


  • All the manuscripts will go through a double-blind peer-review process.
  • The deadline for submissions to be considered for Issue 43 is September 20th, 2023.
  • Due to an overwhelming number of manuscripts that we have received so far, Issue 43  onwards of Lex Terra is scheduled to be published tentatively at the end of October 2023.
  • Please note that the peer review process for Issue 43 onwards will commence only post the  deadline. Hence, authors can expect to receive the final decision with regard to the acceptance  or rejection of the submitted manuscript in the last week of October 2023.
  • The manuscript will be judged on the following parameters

Use of Language 

Style and Structure 

Referencing and Research 

Relevance and Contribution to Existing Literature 

  • Since the Editorial Board is currently preoccupied with the upcoming issues of Lex Terra and  additional university commitments, no requests to expedite the review process shall be  entertained. 
  • It is to be noted that in the event we receive an adequate number of submissions for Issue 43,  subsequent submissions will be considered for the forthcoming issues of Lex Terra in 2023.
  • The preliminary screening process that involves running articles through the plagiarism test  may take up to 21 days, and the Editorial Board shall endeavour to respond to the authors at  the earliest. 
  • The Editorial Board shall communicate their decision of acceptance or rejection to the author  directly within the stipulated time frame. 
  • Contributors are requested to address follow-up emails to the Editorial Board only after 21  days. 
  • The authors, while submitting, agree to make any edits, changes, or modifications that the  Editorial Board deems necessary for the manuscript’s ultimate publication.
  • If the author’s manuscript is considered for publication, they shall be wholly liable to make  any required revisions to their manuscript (whether procedural or substantial) in good faith  and are expected to cooperate with the Editorial Board at all times. 


  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to modify these guidelines at any point in time, without  prior notice to the author(s). 
  • The decision of the Editorial Board in any dispute shall be final and binding.
  • Upon final acceptance of the manuscript for publication by the Board, the copyright over the  manuscript is vested with the Registrar, NLUJAA. However, the moral rights over the  manuscript shall vest with the author(s). 


Lex Terra is committed to free and open access to all academic research. No publication fees will  be charged to authors at any stage of the review. In addition, no subscription costs will be charged  to readers. Accepted manuscripts shall be published online and can be freely accessed through the  official website of National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam. 


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