Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines:

  • At the NUJS Journal on Dispute Resolution (‘JODR’), we accept submissions from academicians, legal practitioners, research scholars, and students in a wide range of national as well as international arbitration fields. These include (a) International Commercial Arbitration; (b) Investor-State Dispute Resolution; (c) Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms; (d) Investment Treaty issues; (e) Institutional and Non-Institutional Arbitration; and (f) Jurisdiction specific issues on arbitration.
  • Since we wish to observe flexibility of content to ensure comprehensive publications, we accept:
  • Long Articles: 6,000 +
  • Short Articles: 3,000 to 6,000
  • Case Comments: 1,500 to 3,000
  • Legislative Comments: 1,500 to 3,000
  • Book and Article Reviews: 1,500 +
  • Co-authoring of papers amongst individuals is permissible. However, the number of co-authors must not exceed three.
  • We undergo a process of blind review. Therefore, the manuscript must not contain any mention of or reference to the Author’s name, credentials, or affiliations in any form. Information such as the Author’s name, contact details, credentials, affiliations, or other relevant biographical information must be provided in a separate cover letter.  Once the manuscript is ready for publication, the Author’s name and credentials shall be stated as the first footnote of the publication.
  • The Author(s) must ensure to follow British spelling conventions in accordance with the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • The manuscript must contain an abstract of up to 300 words. It may also contain a maximum of 5 key-words to ensure search engine optimisation. The abstract will not be included in the final word count. Formatting guide for the same is provided below.
  • The manuscript may contain a table of contents. This will be included in the final word count. Formatting guide for the same is provided below.
  • The Author(s) must uniformly follow the OSCOLA guide to legal citation (4th, 2012) in the manuscript.

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Main text formatting:
  • Alignment shall be justified.
  • Font style shall be ‘Times New Roman’.
  • Font size shall be 12.
  • Line spacing shall be maintained at 1.
  • Paragraph spacing shall be maintained at 8.
  • Paragraph indentation (1 tab).
  • Footnote formatting:
  • Font style shall be ‘Times New Roman’.
  • Font size shall be 10.
  • Line spacing shall be maintained at 1.
  • All hyperlinks shall be black in colour and must not be underlined.
  • Footnotes shall not be included in the final word count.
  • Miscellaneous formatting
  • Uniform margins (top, right, bottom, left) shall be maintained at 2.54 cm.
  • Headings shall be in ‘Times New Roman’. Heading levels must clearly be demarcated.
  • Abstract shall be justified and in italics.
  • For the table of contents, font style shall be ‘Times New Roman’, font size shall be 10, and line spacing shall be 1.
  • Any table used in the manuscript must be numbered and precisely named.

Other Information:

  • The manuscript shall be submitted in an MS Word (.doc/.docx) format and must be compatible with MS Word 2007 and above. The submissions shall be sent to with the title as “Submission—JODR”. Pitches or enquiries about possible articles may be made in the body of the e-mail.
  • The Deadline for submissions for the first issue is July 31, 2020.
  • Submissions shall be accepted across the year, however, submissions made after July 31, 2020 shall be considered for the next issue.

Editorial Policy – NUJS JODR

General Guidelines:

  • The manuscript must be an original and unpublished work of the Author(s).
  • While the submission is under the process of review, it shall not be considered for publication by any other platform.
  • Upon submission, the property rights of the manuscript shall lie with the Journal.
  • The Editorial Board shall not be held liable for any libellous or scandalous material used in the manuscript.
  • In case any unpublished work is used/cited by the Author(s) in the manuscript, it shall be presumed that the Author(s) have obtained necessary permissions from the Author(s) of the concerned unpublished work.
  • The review process may take around 3-4 weeks. The timeline, however, is merely indicative, and shall not be treated as final for completion of the review process.

Powers of the Editorial Board:

  • The Editorial Board may suggest the Author(s) make substantial and/or style changes in the manuscript. The suggested changes must be necessarily given effect to by the Author(s).
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit the submissions, or part(s) thereof, for publication without permission from or further notice to the Author(s).
  • The Editorial Board may ask the Author(s) to present a copy of the resource(s) cited in the manuscript.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to send the manuscript to independent referee(s) for the purpose of review.
  • The Editorial Board is not liable to disclose the identity of the independent referee(s) to the Author(s). Further, the identity of the Author(s) will remain confidential for all the different stages of the review process that precede acceptance of the manuscript for publication.
  • The decision of the Editorial Board for rejection/acceptance of the manuscript shall be treated as final and binding. Further, the Editorial Board is not liable to disclose the reasons for rejection of the manuscript.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject the manuscript at any stage of the review process.


  • The publication is conditional on granting of an exclusive irrevocable license by the Author(s) to the Journal.
  • The grant of such license shall be royalty-free. It shall allow the Journal to exercise rights relating to reproduction, publication, and distribution of manuscripts in both print and electronic formats.

Plagiarism Policy:

  • Submission(s) made by the Author(s) shall not be plagiarised.
  • Upon submission, the consent of the Author(s) shall be presumed to check the manuscript with a plagiarism detection software.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject a plagiarised manuscript.

Open Access:

  • The manuscripts published by the Journal shall be openly accessible for all readers.
  • The Journal does not charge any cost to the readers for such accessibility. Further, no cost is charged to the Author(s) for publication of the manuscript.