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Dalhousie Law Journal

Editorial Process

Peer Review

Submissions are filtered through two-step review. First, a substantive internal review determines if a piece is ready for submission for peer review. This stage checks for overall fit with the DLJ’s vision and compliance with submission guidelines (format, length, quality).

Second, if the article proceeds to peer review, an anonymized version is sent to two peer reviewers. If the peer reviews are positive, authors are given the opportunity to make changes in response to the reviewer feedback.

Editorial Process

Finally, the manuscript is reviewed by our in-house editorial team. Our team ensures quality of writing and consistency and compliance with formatting conventions of the DLJ.

The team will also perform a thorough footnote review against the conventions of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (“The McGill Guide”). We will confirm that the claims in the manuscript accurately represent the sources cited.

Authors are given appropriate opportunities to read, accept, or correct editorial and footnote proofs before final publication.

Overall the review process can take from 6-16 weeks, allowing for the schedule and availability of peer reviewers, proximity to publication deadlines, and the academic calendar.