Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The University of Bologna Law Review is a peer reviewed student-run law journal published by the University of Bologna, Department of Legal Studies, and officially sponsored by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and the International Chamber of Commerce - Italy.

The main purpose of the journal concerns being a qualified research tool for practitioners, scholars, students, legislators, and others interested in legal studies.

The journal is published twice a year, and each issue is focused on specific subjects, analyzed with an interdisciplinary approach. 

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Articles & Essays

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Conference Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Notes

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts undergo a verification of conformity, performed by the Editor-in-Chief, in order to ensure their compatibility with the purposes of the University of Bologna Law Review. Those manuscripts that do not meet the editorial criteria, or that do not match the purposes of the journal, are rejected promptly without external review. Instead, those manuscripts that meet the editorial criteria are anonymously sent for formal peer review, to an outside reviewer. The Editor-in-Chief then makes a decision based on the feedback of the reviewer. The decision will then be notified to the authors.

 

Publication Frequency

The University of Bologna Law Review publishes twice a year. The issues remain open according to a continuous update mode throughout the semester.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Authors are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint) and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories. Self-archiving can happen only upon the acceptance of the submission.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

 

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.
http://www.depositolegale.it/editori-aderenti/

 

Publication Fees

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

 

Indexing and Abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases and search engines:

  • ANCP - Italian Catalogue of Serials
  • BASE - Bielefield Academic Search Engine
  • Copac National Academic and Specialist Library Catalogue
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • ERIH PLUS - European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Google Scholar - Academic search engine
  • HeinOnline - Law Journal Library
  • PLEIADI - Portale per la Letteratura Scientifica
  • Worldcat - The world's largest library catalog

 

Quality Control and Publication Ethics Code

Preamble

The University of Bologna Law Review is an open-access, student-run, peer-reviewed legal journal published by the University of Bologna, Department of Legal Studies.

The journal aims to promote high quality legal scholarship (among students, academics and professionals), embracing a scientific role of Law in the society, as well as to encourage a genuine dialogue among contemporary legal souls through an interdisciplinary approach to social phenomena.

The journal works in accordance with article 8 of the UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity, articles 21§1 and 33§1 of the Italian Constitution and article 1§§1,3-5,8 of the University of Bologna Statute.

The University of Bologna Law Review is a non-profit journal.

This Preamble should be considered an integral part of the Code, and it should be used as an interpretative criterion for all the articles below.

 

Part One

Duties and Responsibilities of the Editors

The Editorial Board of the University of Bologna Law Review is comprised of:

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Managing Editors
  • Associate Editors
  • Visiting Editors

The Editorial Board as a whole strives to meet the needs of the Readers and Authors through:

  • review processes, in order to ensure the high quality of the material published;
  • a full respect of the academic record;
  • a steady and real motivation to improve and reassess the Journal’s standards in the light of new scientific findings;
  • a cogent criticism of work published in the Review and permitting the Authors of criticised material to have the opportunity to respond.

The warranty that information regarding the funders of research or other scholarly work, as well as their role, if any, in the research and publication, will be disclosed to the Readers. This requires that the Editorial Board should:

  • ensure that all published reports and research reviews have been analysed by suitably qualified reviewers;
  • adopt processes that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting;
  • inform the Readers about the steps taken to ensure that submissions from members of the journal’s staff or Editorial Board receive an objective and unbiased evaluation.

The warranty that the Author’s contribution:

  • will be accepted or rejected by the Editors on the basis of the importance [UBLRPrG1] of the paper, originality and clarity, and the validity of the study and its relevance to the remit of the journal;
  • will be evaluated in accordance with the peer review processes depending on the material that the journal publishes, and recognising that the different sections within the journal will have different aims and standards; then that Editors should be ready to justify any important deviation from the described processes;
  • will be protected by the Italian intellectual property laws and international conventions, as well as the journal’s individual data protection policy.

If rejected, the Author may appeal against editorial decisions in accordance with the declared mechanism;

In particular:

Both Managing and Associate Editors have the duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers submitted to the University of Bologna Law Review.

Both Managing Editors and Associate Editors have a system for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of the staff, Authors, Reviewers and Editorial Team members.

Both Managing Editors and Associate Editors have a process for handling submissions in accordance with the main Regulation of the journal.

Managing Editors guarantee that errors and inaccurate or misleading statements are corrected promptly and with due prominence.

The Editor-in-Chief, together with Managing Editors, will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

The Editor-in-Chief, together with Managing Editors, will respond promptly to complaints, and will ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. Complains and appeals can be sent to the email address bolognalawreview@unibo.it

The Editor-in-Chief will ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency.

The Editor-in-Chief, together with Managing Editors, will take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to everyone. Permanent identifiers as DOI guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.

The Editor-in-Chief, together with Managing Editors, is responsible for the selection and the publication of the articles submitted to the journal.

The Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, will take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in the journal.

The decision of the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editors as to accept or reject a paper for publication is based on its subject relevance and originality. Furthermore, it follows the assessment of suitably qualified Reviewers, as well as evaluation by appropriate plagiarism detection software at the beginning of the editorial process.

Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, will ensure that appropriate Reviewers are selected for submissions.

Editor-in-chief will strive to ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely.

A description of the peer-review process is published in the Regulation of the journal. Editor-in-Chief, together with Managing Editors, are ready to justify any important deviation from the described process.

The Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Editor-in-Chief’s decision may be constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and confirmed plagiarism.

The Editor-in-Chief, together with Managing Editors, will provide guidance to Authors to encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists.

Editor-in-Chief, together with Managing Editors, have a system to ensure that material submitted to the journal remains confidential while under review. They also guarantee the confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions.

 

Part Two

Duties and Responsibilities of Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must ensure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of their misconduct in terms of copyright infringement and plagiarism (direct, indirect and auto-plagiarism).

Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work.

Authors are asked to provide the raw data connected with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data. 

Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

 

Part Three

Duties and Responsibilities of the Reviewers

Reviewers are recognized legal experts.

Reviewers are chosen by the Editor-in-Chief, or by a Managing Editor, depending on the type of contribution or the Author’s profile among:

  • the members of the Advisory Board;
  • the members of the PhD-SJD (or Student of the same degrees) list drawn for this purpose by the Editor-in-Chief together with the Chief of the Peer Review Committee;
  • recognized and renowned professionals or scholars invited by the Editor-in-Chief for this purpose.

Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them in the double-blind peer review, including the need to handle submitted material in confidence. 

Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission. Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert Editor and Co-Editor regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

 

Final Clause

Unless otherwise provided for in this Code, the COPE Combined Code of Conduct / Best practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (version 4/2011) shall apply in terms of general principles.