Key facts about Legal Issues Journal

It is not-for-profit: All the work is carried out on a pro-bono basis by leading academics and practitioners

Fully independent: LIJ is a fully independent journal, not part of any publishing corporations. This allows us to accept research submissions on merits, uninfluenced by externally imposed pressures associated with being part of large publishing companies. We do not reject papers (including at the editorial screening stage, before being sent for review), on any criteria other than quality of research. As an independent journal we can provide the certainty of quality-based evaluation.

Supports accessibility of all research: At LIJ we provide the Open Access option for a nominal fee. This is made possible due to the management of the Legal Issues Journal being subsidised by the UKLSA – The UK Law and Society Association and TAGC – The Accessible Genetics Consortium.

Offers a diverse editorial board from across the globe: The Legal Issues Journal has: 1) a multi-national editorial board – in the order of joining, countries of editors include The UK, The USA, The Russian Federation, Columbia, the United Arab Emirates, India, Albania, Bulgaria, China, Italy, and Nigeria; 2) a multi-disciplinary editorial board, composed of world-leading researchers in a number of fields, including Law, Ethics, Psychology, Genetics, Sleep, and Human Development; 3) representation from both practice and academia.

A double-blind peer review process: This is to minimise subconscious biasses and any other potential influences.

Adheres to high Ethical standards: Key management and editorial board members of the journal are experts on Ethics and serve as Head of Ethics in a number of Universities and other boards.



The Journal began in 2011 as the UK Law Student Review. In order for the name to better reflect the Journal’s aim, mission, and cross-border coverage, it was renamed Legal Issues in 2015.

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