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Submission Guidelines for the Journal

The NLS Business Law Review (NLSBLR) accepts and reviews submissions on a rolling basis. Submissions must fall within the mandate of the journal, which can be found here. We attempt to review and process articles within 10-12 weeks of submission. Please follow up with us, if you have not heard from us within 12 weeks.



  • Long Form Articles (6,000 - 10,000 words): Submissions in this category are expected to engage with the topic, its theme, and available literature comprehensively so as to offer a novel and original reassessment.

  • Essays (4,000 - 6,000 words): Submissions in this category are comparatively more concise and limited in their scope. Essays usually deal with a very specific topic as compared to Long Form Articles.

  • Case/Legislative Comments (1,500 - 3,000 words): Submissions in this category are expected to critically analyse a recent judicial/quasi-judicial decision or legislative/policy proposal, either in India or abroad, and comment on its implications.

  • Book Reviews (2,000 - 3,000 words): Submissions in this category are expected to critically analyse and engage with a recent academic book that falls under our mandate.


Note: These word limits are merely indicative and we retain a reasonable level of flexibility in this regard. Further, these word limits are exclusive of footnotes.


Further Guidelines

  • All submissions are to be made via the NLSBLR Digital Commons platform.

  • All submissions must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format and must conform to the NLSBLR Style Guide.

  • An abstract of not more than 250 words must be provided.

  • No biographical information or references, including the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), and acknowledgments, should be included in the text of the manuscript, file name or document properties.

  • The NLSBLR uses footnotes (and not endnotes) for references. Submissions must conform to the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). For referencing case law, we recommend that authors use Supreme Court Cases (SCC) or All India Reporter (AIR) citations.

  • Submissions are accepted for publication on the condition that they do not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third parties. All submissions are mandatorily checked for plagiarism.

  • Submissions made to NLSBLR must be on an exclusive basis and must not be under the concurrent consideration of any other academic publication.

In case of any queries, please contact the Editorial Board at

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