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Law, Culture and the Humanities


Editor
Austin Sarat Amherst College, USA


eISSN: 17439752 | ISSN: 17438721 | Current volume: 13 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

Our mission is to publish high quality peer reviewed work at the intersection of scholarship on law, culture, and the humanities. All commentaries, articles and review essays are peer reviewed.

We provide a publishing vehicle for scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistically oriented legal scholarship.

We publish a wide range of scholarship in legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, and legal hermeneutics.

We encourage reflection on a broad range of text and media that will contribute to dialogue across and among fields about such issues as interpretation, identities and values, authority, obligation, speech, justice and power.

"Law, Culture, and the Humanities is an important voice in the movement that sees law not simply as the exercise of power or as a social technology, but as a system of meaning, a way in which the culture marks out possibilities of life for individuals and communities alike." James Boyd White, Hart Wright Professor of Law, Professor of English, and Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, USA

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Our mission is to publish high quality, peer reviewed work at the intersection of scholarship on law, culture, and the humanities. All commentaries, articles and review essays are peer reviewed.

We provide a publishing vehicle for scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistically oriented legal scholarship.

We publish a wide range of scholarship in legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, and legal hermeneutics.

We encourage reflection on a broad range of text and media that will contribute to dialogue across and among fields about such issues as interpretation, identities and values, authority, obligation, speech, justice and power.

Associate Editors
James Martel San Francisco State University, USA
Peter Fitzpatrick Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Susan Sage Heinzelman University of Texas, USA
William Macneil Griffith University, Australia
Linda Meyer Quinnipiac University, USA
Karl Shoemaker University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Book Review Editor
Keally McBride University of San Francisco, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Lauren Berlant University of Chicago, IL, USA
Peter Brooks Association for Psychological Science, USA
Ruth Buchanan University of British Columbia, Canada
Nahum Chandler UC Irvine, USA
Drucilla Cornell Rutgers University, USA
Joan Dayan Vanderbilt University, USA
Wai Chee Dimock Association for Psychological Science, USA
Lindsay Farmer University of Glasgow, UK
Shoshana Felman Emory University, USA
David Fisher Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
John Frow University of Melbourne, Australia
Eugene Garver St John's University, USA
David Theo Goldberg University of California Humanities Research Institute, USA
Felipe Gutterriez University of California, USA
Dirk Hartog Princeton University, USA
R S Hunter Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK
Richard Johnstone Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University, Australia
Orit Kamir Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Shai Lavi Tel Aviv University, Israel
Desmond Manderson Australian National University, Australia
Laurent Mayali University of California, USA
Panu Minkkinen University of Leicester, UK
Martha Minow Harvard University, USA
Francis J. Mootz III Pennsylvania State University, USA
George Pavlich University of Alberta, Canada
Renata Salecl Yeshiva University, USA
Nomi Maya Stolzenberg University of Southern California, USA
Kendall Thomas Columbia University, USA
Terry Threadgold University of Cardiff, UK
Kieran Tranter Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University, Australia
Véronique Voruz University of Leicester, UK
Melanie Williams Exeter University, UK
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  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Law, Culture and the Humanities will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Law, Culture and the Humanities, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    Law, Culture, and the Humanities (LCH) publishes a wide range of scholarship in legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, and legal hermeneutics.

    1.2 Article Types

    In addition to regular articles, LCH publishes Commentaries and book reviews. Articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length (including footnotes), normally, but either shorter or longer submissions may be considered on their merits.

    Commentaries are solicited by the Editor, but all are peer reviewed.

    Ideas for book reviews should be submitted directly to the book review editor, James Martel (jmartel@sfsu.edu). For the format, see any recent issue of LCH.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    LCH operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewers name is withheld from the author and, the authors name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (eg) 4-6 weeks of submission.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Law, Culture and the Humanities requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Law, Culture and the Humanities encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Law, Culture and the Humanities and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Law, Culture and the Humanities offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    References should follow the 'Humane' System. They should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text, and even though they will be set as footnotes should be supplied separate from the main text. Click here for further information.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor by e-mail attachment to:
    Law, Culture, and the Humanities
    Professor Austin Sarat
    Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
    Amherst College
    Amherst, MA. 01002
    USA
    lch@amherst.edu

    Submissions should in RICH TEXT FORMAT and include a 100 word abstract, and a list of key words. Please do not put your name or identifying information on the main text. Provide your name(s), address(es) and contact information on a separate title page. Any tables, maps, or illustrations should identified by the title of the article.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Law, Culture and the Humanities editorial office as follows:

    Law, Culture, and the Humanities
    Professor Austin Sarat
    Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
    Amherst College
    Amherst, MA. 01002
    USA
    lch@amherst.edu

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