Peer Review Process
Our peer review process can be broadly summarized into SIX steps.
Step 1: Author(s) Submit(s) Manuscript (including all kinds of submissions)
Step 2: Manuscript Received.
A mail acknowledging the receipt of the manuscript to be sent to the Author.
The Manuscript is assigned a Manuscript Number and communicated to the Author. After the assignment of the Manuscript ID, the Author is not permitted to withdraw the same subject to the Withdrawal Policy.
The Manuscript is sent to an Associate Editor for preliminary review.
Step 3: Manuscript Assessed by the Associate Editor
Step 4: Manuscript forwarded to the Editor in the concerned field of law/ Editor, Blog.
Step 5: Further Steps for Publication
Blog: To be published
Other forms of manuscripts: To be referred to the Senior Editor cum Reviewer; If Reviewer Approves, Manuscript to Be Referred To The Editor In Chief For Final Decision
Step 6: The decision to be communicated to the Author
LexGaze is committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics and simultaneously provide high-quality publications. It is expected that the Authors comply with best practices in publication ethics in the quality of their manuscripts.
At LexGaze, we also understand that manuscript withdrawal is a common procedure for a variety of reasons. While many of these reasons are genuine, we are also aware that authors, many a time, send unethical withdrawal requests, often even because their manuscript is accepted in another journal. We at LexGaze cannot promote such unethical behavior.
We have accordingly chalked out the following withdrawal policy for withdrawing one’s manuscript at any stage of publication but with or without penal consequences:
Withdrawal before acceptance of the manuscript
An author may request withdrawal of her manuscript after submission (before acceptance), by providing a compelling reason.
Request received before the assignment of the Manuscript ID/ Blog ID will be considered immediately without asking any reason because that is the time it normally takes for the Peer Review to be initiated.
However, after the review process gets initiated, i.e, AFTER THE ASSIGNMENT OF MANUSCRIPT ID/BLOG ID, the author may seek a withdrawal by providing a compelling ethical reason. If any unethical reason for manuscript withdrawal gets detected, the corresponding action may be taken by the Editor-in-Chief.
The author should consider all ethical aspects before submission (such as co-author(s)’ approval, simultaneous submission, plagiarism, etc.).
Withdrawal after acceptance of the manuscript
Withdrawal of the accepted manuscript is strictly not allowed (whether published or not). At LexGaze, authors are not allowed to withdraw the article after acceptance to submit in another journal and waste precious editorial and reviewer resources.
LexGaze shall retain the copyright of all published works in its entirety.
However, authors are allowed to share, post, and upload the published versions of their works on any platform they desire, provided that under no circumstances will the Authors be allowed to charge any amount of money from anyone for gaining access to the article.
In addition to the same, the Authors will be bound to publish a notice with the work stating that the copyright of the work rests with LexGaze in its entirety.
Note: In case, an article is claimed to have violated any IP right of any other author(s)/ organization, the article will be pulled down immediately with proper show cause notice to the author of the published article.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The personal information that you are asked to provide, and the reasons why you are asked to provide it, will be made clear to you at the point we ask you to provide your personal information.
If you contact us directly, we may receive additional information about you such as your name, email address, phone number, the contents of the message and/or attachments you may send us, and any other information you may choose to provide.
When you register for an Account, we may ask for your contact information, including items such as name, company name, address, email address, and telephone number.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We use the information we collect in various ways, including to:
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Develop new products, services, features, and functionality
Communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, including for customer service, to provide you with updates and other information relating to the webste, and for marketing and promotional purposes
Send you emails
Find and prevent fraud
LexGaze follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services' analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
COOKIES AND WEB BEACON
Like any other website, LexGaze uses 'cookies'. These cookies are used to store information including visitors' preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users' experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors' browser type and/or other information.
For more general information on cookies, please read "What Are Cookies".
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OUR ADVERTISING PARTNERS
Note that LexGaze has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.
You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To know more detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers, it can be found at the browsers' respective websites.
GDPR DATA PROTECTION RIGHTS
We would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:
The right to access – You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.
The right to rectification – You have the right to request that we correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete the information you believe is incomplete.
The right to erasure – You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to data portability – You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.
Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.
LexGaze does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
1.1. LexGaze Law Review and Blog ("LexGaze") is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
1.2. This Policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us in relation to your subscription to the weekly newsletter of The LexGaze Weekly (“the Newsletter”), and for sending you notifications in relation to the Newsletter. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
1.3 The terms "subscription", "subscribe", "register" and "registration" have the same meaning throughout the policy.
Information we may collect from you
2.1. We may collect and process the following data about you:
2.1.1. Information that you provide by filling in the subscription form. This includes information provided at the time of subscribing to the newsletter and any additional information that we may request and you provide to us. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our form.
2.1.2. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
2.1.3. We may count the number of subscribers to our Newsletter and publish such records on our Website or other social media platforms ("SMM"). You hereby consent for being counted in the number of subscribers to the Newsletter by clicking the “join” button.
Purpose of and legal basis for processing your personal data
3.1 The purpose of processing your personal data stated in the Newsletter subscription form is managing your registration and sending you the weekly Newsletter, including sending you notifications about other events or initiatives of LexGaze. This processing of your personal data is necessary for the conclusion and performance of a contract in view of your registration and receipt of the Newsletter. If you would like to receive the Newsletter, you need to fill in the registration form with the requested personal data. All fields are mandatory.
3.2 If you consented (by joining), we may also process your name, surname, company name, contact number and email address for the purpose of informing you about our offers and news by way of sending you communications by email, text messages and/or by post. The legal basis for processing your personal data for this purpose is your consent.
3.3 We will only process your personal data to the extent necessary to enable us to comply with the above purpose. When processing your personal data, we do not make automated decision-making (without human intervention).
Disclosure of your information
4.1 We do not intend to disclose your personal data to third parties except in the case described in Article 4.2.
4.2 We may disclose your personal data to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation.
Period for which the personal data are stored
5.1 We comply with the principle that the period for which the personal data are stored is limited to a strict minimum and not kept longer than necessary for achieving the above purpose. Your data will be deleted within 10 days from the day you unsubscribe to the Newsletter.
5.2 Your personal data will be stored according to the following time limits:
5.2.1 the personal data from the registration form and any additional information we may request will be stored until you unsubscribe to the Newsletter;
5.2.2 if you consent to processing of your personal data for marketing purposes, your contact data set out in Point 3.2 above will be stored until the earlier of (i) 5 years or (ii) the withdrawal of your consent for this processing purpose.
You have the following rights in accordance with the GDPR:
6.1 Access to personal data
6.1.1 You have the right to obtain confirmation from us as to whether or not your personal data are being processed and if so, to access the data and the following information:
(a) the purposes of the processing;
(b) the categories of personal data concerned;
(c) the recipients or categories of recipients of the personal data, if any;
(d) where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;
(e) the existence of the right to request from us rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing your personal data or to object to such processing;
(f) the right to file a complaint.
In exercising your right to access your personal data, we will provide you with a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. The right to obtain a copy of your personal data, however, shall not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
6.2 Right to rectification
6.2.1 You have the right to obtain from us the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you and to have incomplete personal data completed.
6.3 Right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’)
6.3.1 You have the right to obtain from us the erasure of your personal data and we have the obligation to erase your personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies:
(a) the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected;
(b) you withdraw your consent on which the processing is based according to the provisions in this Policy.
6.3.2 There could be cases, in which your right to erasure could not be exercised and the processing will be necessary:
(a) for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information;
(b) for compliance with a legal obligation, which requires processing by Indian law to which we are subject, or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, or in the exercise of official authority vested in us;
(c) for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
6.4 Right to restriction of processing
6.4.1 You have the right to obtain from us restriction of processing where one of the following applies:
(a) you contest the accuracy of your personal data for a period enabling us to verify the accuracy of your personal data;
(b) the processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of your personal data and request the restriction of their use instead;
(c) we no longer need your personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you require them for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
(d) you have objected to processing pending the verification whether our legitimate grounds override yours.
6.5 Right to data portability
6.5.1 You have the right to receive your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and you have the right to transmit those data to another controller without our hindrance insofar the processing is carried out by automated means and is based on your consent.
6.6 Right to object
6.6.1 You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data. We will no longer process the personal data unless we demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
6.7 Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
6.7.1 You have the right to lodge a complaint with the concerned authority if you consider that we have infringed any Indian law in processing of your personal data.
We will act on your requests in relation to your abovementioned rights free of charge. If your requests are manifestly unfounded or excessive, in particular because of their repetitive character, then we may either charge a reasonable fee taking into account the administrative costs of providing the information or communication or taking the action requested, or refuse to act on the request.
Exercise of your rights
7.1 In order to exercise your rights in relation to the processing of your personal data, please contact us in one of the methods described in Article 9 of the GDPR. We will provide information on action taken based on your requests, in relation to your rights described in Article 6 GDPR, within one month of the receipt of the request. That period may be extended by two further months where necessary, taking into account the complexity and number of the requests. In this case, you will be informed of any such extension within one month of receipt of your request, together with the reasons for the delay.
Protection of your personal data
8.1 We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal data are treated securely and in accordance with the GDPR and rules set out by the Supreme Court of India.
8.2 Nevertheless, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to LexGaze. Any transmission is at your own risk.