Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Whereas, one of the principal missions of the Bahir Dar University Law School is to carry out research and publication activities;
Realizing that the publication of a law journal contributes to the teaching learning process by availing students and the staff with new materials and research outputs, serves as a medium for research output dissemination, and contributes to the achievement of staff development plan by providing the forum to publish;
Realizing the development of new rules affecting the publication and reputability of the journal at national and University level;
Believing that revising the existing Editorial Policy ensures the continuity and quality of the journal;

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The journal adheres to double-blind review process: ; the reviewers shall not be
allowed to know the identity of the author of contributions. Nor should authors
be allowed to know the identity of the reviewer of their contributions.

1. The Editor-in-Chief shall acknowledge the receipt of a manuscript within one
week.
2. There shall be initial screening of manuscripts for substantive and technical
suitability for publication:

a. Manuscripts shall first be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief for
consistency with the editorial policy of the Journal.
b. After removing all information identifying the author from the script and
assigning a code, the Editor-in-chief shall forward the manuscript to two
of the associate editors conversant with the subject, for a preliminary
review report.
c. The associate editors, in consultation with the Editor-in-chief, shall have
three options of decisions: ‘accept manuscripts for further review’,
‘return it to author for revision’, or ‘reject it’;
d. The Editorial Board also decides on whether a manuscript is to be
accepted as full length article or note/reflection.

A manuscript (feature articles, notes/reflections, and review article) shall be

reviewed by one internal reviewer and one external reviewer who are well-
conversant with the subject matter of the submission, if found acceptable at the

preliminary review stage. For this purpose, the classification of internal and
external reviewer refers to whether one is a staff member at the School or not.
2. In the absence of an internal reviewer, the submission may be referred to two
external reviewers. However, the Editor-in-Chief may also refer feature articles
to a third reviewer where it is found necessary.

3. Notes/reflections may be reviewed by two internal reviewers, disregarding the
requirement of external reviewer, where the Editor-in-Chief deems it adequate.
4. Case comments and book reviews shall be reviewed by at least one reviewer
with appropriate expertise. However, the editor-in-chief may also refer these
manuscripts to a second reviewer where he finds it necessary. The reviewers
should be provided with the e-copy of the case/the book if available.
5. Letters and case reports shall be edited by Editorial board members.

1. Reviewers will be requested to review and return the manuscript within fifteen
days.
2. The anonymous reviewers shall review the article based on the following criteria

and assign points out of 100% and send back the feedbacks to the Editor-in-
Chief. The criteria are:

i. Clarity...........................................................................................10%
ii. Organization.................................................................................15%
iii. Novelty and contribution to legal science....................................25%
iv. Depth of scholarship....................................................................25%
v. Documentation.............................................................................15%
vi. Relevancy to the Ethiopian legal system or international law....10%
3. The pass mark for eligibility of Manuscripts to be published is 65 points.
Reviewer’s decision on the evaluation corresponds to the standard ratings as
provided in Annex 2 (III)(2): ‘accept as it is’, ‘accept with minor revision’,
‘accept with major revision’, or ‘reject’.
4. If a manuscript is rejected by one of the reviewers but accepted (with minor or
major revision) by the other reviewer, the final decision shall be made based on
the average mark.
5. Manuscripts that get an average point of less than 65 points shall be rejected and
the decision shall immediately be communicated to the authors. However, a
manuscript that gets an average point of less than 65, but with 20 or more points
difference between the two reviewers shall be subject to referral to a third
reviewer.

6. If a manuscript is accepted with modification, it will be returned to the author for
revision.
7. Where manuscripts are accepted with ‘minor revision’, and revised by authors,
the editor-in-chief shall assign two associate editors conversant with the subject
to check if the comments are incorporated properly. If approved by associate
editors in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief, the manuscript shall be accepted
for publication
8. Manuscripts accepted with ‘major revision,’ and revised by authors, shall be
sent, as far as possible, to previous reviewers for checking proper incorporation
of comments. Where that is not feasible, the editor-in-chief shall assign two
associate editors conversant with the subject to check if the comments are
incorporated properly. If approved by reviewers and/or the associate editors, the
manuscript shall be accepted for publication.
9. Accepted manuscripts shall go through the language edition process.
10. Contributors shall be notified as to whether or not their contribution will appear
in the issue of the Journal under preparation for publication or in which issue of
the Journal it will feature.
11. All payments related to review shall be handled as per the directive of the
Ministry of Science and Higher Education or University level guideline, if any.

 

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.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...