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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

The PLR prioritizes 1.) articles or papers; or 2.) short, lightly referenced reflections, that feature advanced legal thinking and multidisciplinary approaches. Both articles and short reflections will be selected based on blind-peer review by members of a panel of experts, composed of faculty members from local and foreign law schools. There will be fast-track acceptance and review process for submissions from senior faculty, as well as papers accepted and presented before international conferences.



1. Articles must be in English.

2. Articles must be original and full-length, and not be submitted, accepted, or published elsewhere.

3. Submissions should range between 8,000 to 15,000 words, excluding footnotes.

4. Submissions should include an abstract of 200 words and five key words.

5. Please follow the The Maroonbook for format, language, and citation.

The PLSR welcomes multimedia content as part of regular article submissions. In addition to images, articles may include video and/or audio clips that are integral to the text’s argumentation.


Shorter Works - Reviews and Reflections

The PLR also accepts book reviews as well as reflection pieces. In addition to the meeting the Submission Checklist and Author Guidelines, these shorter works should be 2000-3000 words.

1. Book reviews - Should briefly summarize the principal features of the book, challenges and innovations posed to current thinking on the subject, and recommendations for further topics or areas of research, among others.

2. Reflections - Are short, lightly-referenced essays on specific legal or policy issues. The PLR may accept or solicit responses to published reflections in order to stimulate discussion and debate.


Review Process

a. Articles are submitted online.

b. After initial editorial assessment, authors are informed through email  whether their article proceeds to peer-review.

c. Selected articles are anonymized and sent to an independent expert for peer-review.

d. After peer-review is complete, editors inform authors of their final decision. Decisions are made by editorial board consensus.

The PSLR will publish articles online as soon as they are reviewed and finalized. Print editions will be published periodically featuring well-received articles or articles that fall within a theme. Inaugural lectures may also be set for well-received articles.