Publication Ethics

1. Research Integrity

    JILI upholds high standards for research quality and expect the authors to abid by the principles within the Journal’s Integrity Statement. These principles cover:

  • Upholding noble values, honesty, and research integrity.
  • Supporting critical, progressive, and innovative research for the development of legal science.
  • Encouraging research for the interest of public benefits and awareness towards the law.
  • Developing cooperation at national and international levels.
  • Assuring transparency and open communication;

2. Editorial Process

   JILI is committed to editorial independence, and strive in all cases to prevent this principle from being compromised through competing interests, fear, or any other corporate, business, financial or political influence. The editorial processes reflect this commitment to editorial independence. We do not discriminate against authors, editors or peer reviewers based on personal characteristics or identity. JILI is committed to embedding diversity, removing barriers to inclusion, and promoting equity at every stage of our publishing process. We actively seek and encourage submissions from scholars of diverse backgrounds, including race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and disability. 

3. Peer Review

   Peer review is critical to maintaining the standards of our publications. The Journal provides appropriate systems, training and support to facilitate rigorous, fair and effective peer review for all our publications. We encourage our editors and peer reviewers to familiarize themselves with and act in accordance with relevant best practice guidelines on peer review. The Journal also expect those who oversee the peer review process to be able to recognize warning signs of fraudulent or manipulated peer review, and to raise any concerns by emailing People who oversee the peer review process may be internal to the Faculty of Law or contracted by us directly or indirectly. The Journal supports the editors and peer reviewers in investigating and acting on any suspected cases of manipulated or fraudulent peer review. The Journal protects the confidentiality of participants in the peer review process where anonymity forms part of that publication’s peer review process. We also expect our publishing partners, authors and peer reviewers to uphold any relevant confidentiality arrangements for each book or journal and to provide necessary information to support this.

4. Authorship and Contributorship

   JILI acknowledges that different disciplines and publication formats have different norms for who is listed as an author. Where no other guidance is specified, we recommend applying the following principles: 

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and/or
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and/or
  • Final approval of the version to be published; and
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work and to ensure that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

The corresponding author’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Manuscript correction and proofreading. Handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts.
  • Agreeing to and signing the Author Publishing Agreement on behalf of relevant coauthors and/or arranging for any third-party copyright owners’ signature;
  • Acting on behalf of all co-authors in responding to queries from all sources post publication, including questions relating to publishing ethics, reuse of content, or the availability of data, materials, resources etc.

We encourage authors to list anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship in an Acknowledgements section in their publication with permission, for example to recognise the contributions of anyone who provided research or writing assistance.

5. Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is defined as ‘using someone else’s ideas, words, data, or other material produced by them without acknowledgement’ Plagiarism can occur in respect to all types of sources and media, including:

  • text, illustrations, musical quotations, extended mathematical derivations, computer code, etc.;
  • material downloaded from websites or drawn from manuscripts or other media;
  • published and unpublished material, including lectures, presentations and grey literature.

We do not tolerate plagiarism in any of our publications, and we reserve the right to check all submissions through appropriate plagiarism checking tools. Submissions containing suspected plagiarism, in whole or part, will be rejected. If plagiarism is discovered post publication, we will follow our guidance outlined in the Retractions, Corrections and Expressions of Concern section of these guidelines. We expect our readers, reviewers and editors to raise any suspicions of plagiarism, either by contacting the relevant editor or by emailing