Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of The CLR network! Please be advised of the following guidelines prior to joining and preparing your short article for publication on The CLR. We aim to deliver ‘summarised and cutting-edge’ analyses of current developments in commercial law as they affect economic, social and financial development in underdeveloped and developing countries including emerging market economies. We aim to publish short and punchy posts to be read and understood during a tea break. To achieve this primary goal, all articles should meet these few criteria: (1) They should be new and interesting to our international readers; (2) They must be well-written; and (3) They must be thoroughly researched.

‘New and interesting’ means recent, relevant, and contextual. We aim to inform our readers about fascinating and current developments in the field of Commercial Law. This extends to expert groups (but not entirely limited to) Competition Law; Ecommerce Law; Fraud, Bribery and Corruption; Insolvency Law; Corporate Governance; International Sale of Goods; Commercial Disputes Resolution; etc. By doing so, we hope to make our network relevant and comprehensible to the broadest possible audience including policy makers and students, while avoiding articles that focus too narrowly on issues that are of interest only to a minority of lawyers or legal scholars.

‘Well-written’ would mean that published articles are expected to be grammatically and syntactically correct. Nevertheless, there is an expectation that an article should be, easy to read, unambiguous and concise. To the extent possible, articles should avoid ambiguous language and should attempt to be evocative as well as informative. This means that we encourage opinionated posts that will inspire our readers to comment and debate, though we will not tolerate offensive materials. Also remember that articles are not just case or legislative notes – the ideal article will be between 750 – 1500 words (although they may be longer if necessary). We fully acknowledge that some authors (particularly those in academics) may find it difficult to keep to these word limits – no problem. As mentioned already, a article should be light enough to read and easy to digest even during a short tea break. If indeed an article is so interesting and cannot warrant been summarised into 1,500 words, then it may be better to publish it across two different posts.

“Thoroughly researched” means that we require our articles to be factually and where possible legally accurate. Articles that generate wide readership tend to be those with hyperlinks to relevant sources. A post should be precise in its discussion of legal material and should demonstrate that the author has a command of the debates in the relevant field. Because we aim to emphasise connections to the entire public, authors should strive to link frequently and broadly.

Members who wish to publish articles should also be aware of several additional rules:

Articles must be original and must not have already been published in its exact form elsewhere.
It is the author’s responsibility to make sure they own the work.
Articles may not include marketing and sales-related links or be entirely self-promoting;
We do not publish articles anonymously. If, however, you can make a good argument for why your name should be withheld, we would consider your request.
All posts and comments submitted to The CLR will be reviewed prior to publication. We reserve the right to approve, edit or reject any post.
For standardisation sake, in addition to the above please consider the following guidelines:

You are required, with our assistance if required, to decide on the most suitable expert group for your article. Please consult with the editor if you believe a new expert group will be appropriate for your post and we will consider it.
You are required to formulate tags (i.e. keywords) for posts that you want to publish (e.g. if a post is about international carriage of goods by rail, the post might probably have keywords such as consignment note, carrier wagons, OTIF, freight, etc.) Please have a look at other articles as examples. Please list a minimum of six tags at the bottom of the word file you wish to submit. We may increase this number if we think it is necessary.
The title of your article should be short. We highly recommend a maximum of twelve words.

As author, you are required to submit a short bio of yourself including your professional affiliation or institution and your current position. This must be submitted at the time you are sending in your post for initial review. Your bio will appear in your published post.
We require you to submit to us a clear and high definition portrait photograph of yourself. Your photograph will be shown on each of your posts. You do not need to submit it before your article is accepted but it will be required prior to publication.
If you have a social media presence such as Twitter or Linkedin, their links should be submitted to us at the time you submit your article. This information will be included in your bio during publication of your article.
Only the first sentence of your article (up to around 20 words), in some cases, will normally be visible on the homepage. Please make sure the first sentence of your article is appealing enough to convince the reader to click on the “Read More” button.
Give short names where appropriate (e.g. ‘…International Monetary Fund (IMF)…’).
We prefer active instead of passive voice.
Try to create a ‘flow’ in your article by using words like ‘therefore’, ‘hence’, ‘notwithstanding’, ‘nevertheless’, ‘also’, ‘however’, ‘in addition’, which connect the various sections and make it much easier to read and understand. Remember that your article should be written for the public and not lawyers.
Writing in another language might involve translating legal terminology. Be as clear as you can about what a legal term means under domestic law (e.g. “Under Roman law a ‘hypotheca’ involves mortgage…”).
References and abbreviations should be as consistent as possible.

Procedure

To make sure that your article is online as quickly as possible we advise you to do the following:

Contact the editors by sending an email to editor@commerciallawreform.com to express your interest in submitting a post. This serves two important purposes: firstly, to avoid multiple articles on the same topic, and secondly, to assess at a preliminary stage whether the article’s subject would be fitting material for the readers of the article.
Email your post in a valid word format to editor@commerciallawreform.com. This will facilitate editing and allow us to give you feedback and comments.
After the review process, the editor will publish your post on The CLR!

The Editors