Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The University of Bologna Law Review is a newborn student-run law journal published by the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Bologna, which boasts an almost millennial history as the oldest university of the Western World. Financial support is officially provided by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Its main purpose 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. All the submissions are subjected to a rigorous editorial process, which involves a double-blind peer review, carried out by junior and senior reviewers.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Articles & Essays

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 Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submissions will undergo a first review for compatibility with the purposes of the University of Bologna Law Review. This will be carried out by an Associate Editor together with a Managing Editor. In case of articles, only the attached abstract will be considered. If the submission overcomes the first review, it will be submitted to a double-blind peer review process.
The number of reviewers may vary and will be determined by the Managing Board, together with the Editor-in-Chief. The reviewers are junior and senior scholars and practitioners from all over the world. The feedback resulting from the evaluation of the reviewers will be communicated to the authors.
Once the double-blind peer review process is overcome, the author is responsible for the provision of a final contribution according to the requirements of the University of Bologna Law Review. All contributions will be subjected to copy editing before being published.

 

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
  • 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 a public, open-access, student-run, peer-review, legal Journal co-founded with the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Bologna.

The University of Bologna Law Review aims to promote a high quality learning in Legal Studies towards a recognized scientific role of Law in society as well as try to improve a genuine dialogue among contemporary legal souls through an interdisciplinary approach to social phenomena.

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

The University of Bologna Law Review hasn’t business needs.

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

Part One

Duties and Responsibility for Editors

The Editorial Board of University of Bologna Law Review (hereinafter “Review”) is divided into:

  • Editor-in-chief
  • Managing Editors
  • Associate Editors

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

  • Reviewed processes in order to ensure the high quality material published;
  • An integral respect of the academic record;
  • A steady and real motivation to improve and reassess the Review scientific standards in the light of new findings;
  • a cogent criticisms of work published in the Review and allow Authors of criticised material to have the opportunity to respond;
  • The warranty that Readers will be informed about who has funded research or other scholarly work and whether the funders had any role in the research and its publication and, if so, what this was. This requires that Editorial Team should:
    1. ensure that all published reports and reviews of research have been reviewed by suitably qualified reviewers;
    2. adopt processes that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting;
    3. inform readers about steps taken to ensure that submissions from members of the Review’s staff or editorial board receive an objective and unbiased evaluation;
  • the warranty that Authors’ contribution:
    1. will be evaluated by Editors’ decisions which will accept or reject a paper for publication on the basis of the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the remit of the Review;
    2. will be evaluated in accordance with the peer review processes depending on the material that the Review publishes, and recognising that the sections within Review will have different aims and standards; then that Editors should be ready to justify any important deviation from the described processes;
    3. if it will reject, the Author could appeal against editorial decisions in accordance with the declared mechanism for this purpose;
    4. will be protected by the Italian intellectual property laws and international conventions, as well as the Review protect the Author’s individual data.

In particular:

  • Both Managing and all Associate Editors have a 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 eventually submitted to the University of Bologna Law Review.
  • Both Managing Editors and all 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 all Associate Editors have a process for handling submissions in accordance with the main Regulation of the Review.
  • Managing Editors guarantee that errors, inaccurate or misleading statements are corrected promptly and with due prominence.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, respond promptly to complaints and will ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. Complains and appeals could be sent to the email address bolognalawreview@unibo.it
  • Editor-in-Chief ensures that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers as DOI guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, are responsible for the selection and the publication of the articles submitted to the Review.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in the Review.
  • The decision of the Editor-in-chief and the Managing Editors as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the Journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified Reviewers as well as by using appropriate plagiarism detection softwares at the beginning of editorial spinneret.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions.
  • Editor-in-chief strive to ensure that peer review at the Review is fair, unbiased and timely.
  • A description of peer-review process is published in the Regulation of the Review, and Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, are ready to justify any important deviation from the described process.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, 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 such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and confirmed plagiarism.
  • Editor-in-chief, together with Managing Editors, provide guidance to authors that 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 Review remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed.
  • Both Managing and all Associate Editors have a 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 eventually submitted to the Review.
  • Both Managing Editors and all 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 all Associate Editors have a process for handling submissions in accordance with the main Regulation of the Review.

Part Two

Duties and Responsibility for Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure 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 in connection 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 Review, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

Part Three

Duties and Responsibility for Reviewers

Reviewers are recognized legal experts

Reviewers are chosen by Editor-in-chief or Managing Editor in function of the type of contribution or the Author’s profile among:

  • the members of Advisory Board;
  • the members of PhD-LLM-JD-SJD-MJur (or Student of the same degrees) list drawn to this purpose by the Editor-in-chief
  • Recognized and renowed professionals or academics 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 / Guidelines Bestpractices for Journal Editors (version 4/2011) shall apply in terms of general principles.