South Asian Law and Economic Review

SALE-R is an unique academic concept that endeavours to publish quarterly reviews and seeks to provide knowledge to the broadest spectrum of people while rewarding the academic minds for their labour.

SALE-R has a dual pronged vision with the underlying Jeffersonian ideal – knowledge is power. We believe that this power should be available to all and everyone should get an equal shot at excellence.

Towards this end, SALE-R diverges in approach from other academic publications.

Open access – we believe that for true positive development of civilisation, the maximum amount of people or the least common denominator should be able to access knowledge without any barrier. Therefore, any article, essay or other academic work under SALE-R would be available for all free of cost. No subscription charges, no entry barriers and no hidden charges. Everything would be available at zero cost.

Author remuneration – we are still perplexed at the curious notion that an academician should live in the temporal plane with just non-monetary reward like being credited for the work. We believe that this practice is flawed as an academician needs monetary rewards to sustain himself in the material world. A research work should not only be rewarded in terms of credit and standing in the academic world but should also translate into monetary ‘fruits of the labour’. Therefore, for every published work in SALE-R the author would receive a monetary compensation.

Scope of the Review

South Asian Law and Economic Review welcomes submissions on the intersection of law and economics that is spread across the length the breadth of the South Asian countries. The term law and economics has a wide connotation and any law with an economic aspect is within the parameters of acceptance; further any economic analysis that involves an element of law is also accepted as a potential submission. We prefer, but do not require, that submissions have some connection with both law and economics. However, a slightest of connection drawn between the two spheres would suffice too and would be considered for publication.

Our most important criteria for publication is that your submission relates to a contemporary legal issue, though we will also consider outstanding historical or jurisprudential pieces. As far as possible, your submission should aim to provide critical insight into the area of law you have chosen.

Manuscript Acceptance

South Asian Law and Economic Review accepts Articles, Case Comments, and Essays. Book Reviews are not accepted.

Articles: These are pieces of original scholarship between 4,000 and 7,000 words (inclusive of footnotes). Articles tend to be more narrowly focused with well fleshed out substantiations to support the text.

Case Comments: These are shorter pieces of original scholarship of up to 4,000 words (inclusive of footnotes). Case Comments should not be mere summaries of a case; they should be analytical and bring an interesting or new perspective. We prefer Case Comments on newer cases, but we also welcome Case Comments that take a new approach to, or shed new light on, an important older case. 

Essays: Essays are short pieces of original scholarship that introduces a theme and explores it within 1500 and 2500 words. An essay’s primary purpose is to advance an idea, summarize a development, or initiate or engage in discussion.

Submission Process

There is no designated time to submit a manuscript. However, if the author(s) hope to have their submissions considered for the earliest issue on account of the subject/theme being of a more dynamic or pressing nature, the author(s) should specify the reason for such consideration along with the submission.

We will never reject an article for lack of space; rather, we will hold it over for consideration by the next volume. The submission is to be done through email and the correspondence shall be maintained over mail. We would notify authors of our decisions by email. Under normal circumstances we do not inform authors of the status of their manuscripts other than through email. As a matter of policy, we would not discuss the reasons for our publication decisions.

The authors can expect a final decision on the status of their manuscripts within 21 days of submission.

Review Process

The South Asian Law and Economic Review would put emphasis on hard scrutiny on all manuscripts that it receives. Our selection process would have the following steps: –

-The manuscript would be  reviewed anonymously, at least two editors would review every submission.

– The submissions which clear the first stage would go through an Articles Committee vote, a pre-emption check, a double blind peer review, and a vote by the body of the Review.

Citations and Formatting

The South Asian Law and Economic Review believes in making the text accessible and referred by a wide amplitude of audience. Therefore, to achieve this objective we accept manuscripts with the following citation guideline : Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), 4th Edition
– APA (American Psychological Association) Style, 7th Edition
– The Cambridge Law Review’s Redbook
– The Harvard Bluebook, 20th Edition

From the outset, your submission should be fairly compliant with any of the aforementioned citation systems, though it need not be perfectly so. If your submission is not compliant with the aforementioned styles please mention the style guide followed by you and ensure that the necessary information is reflected in the style guide; if your submission is selected for publication, you will be requested to match the citation with our preferred guidelines.


South Asian Law and Economic Review has quarterly, half-yearly and annual issues. Your submission would be considered for the appropriate issue owing to the slots available. The issues would be primarily published online. Physical and copies would be available for sale at the website for academicians and institutes.

Non- Exclusivity

Owing to its open source and Creative Commons ethos; South Asian Law and Economic Review doesn’t harp on a mandatory exclusiveness. Submissions under consideration at other publications or previously published pieces of oils be considered to the extent it is not violative of the submission guidelines of the said other publication. However, SALE-R expects you to inform us at the outset about your manuscript being considered for publication or having been previously published provide us with the details for the same.