Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Soumatera Law Review [SOUMLAW] is a peer-reviewed journal with a double blind review system.

SOUMLAW encourages all legal experts to contribute through legal articles and / or book reviews, both public and private, which include: Philosophy and Legal Theory, Comparative Law, Sociology of Law, International Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Economic and Business Law , Environmental Law, Criminal Law, State Administrative Law, Technology, Information and Communication Law, Human Rights, Islamic and Family Law, Agrarian Law and the scope of other legal sciences.

SOUMLAW is published twice in one volume, namely in April and October. SOUMLAW is managed and published online.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Soumatera Law Review [SOUMLAW] applies a double-blind peer review process to all submitted manuscripts. Those articles will be screened by SOUMLAW editors in determining whether they have complied with SOUMLAW submission guidelines. Manuscripts will be sent to two reviewers based on their expertise, field specialization and experience. The editors will then determine according to the reviewers’ assessment whether the manuscripts have met SOUMLAW's criteria on publication.

SOUMLAW editorial board will review all the articles based on their originality, presentation and the deepness of the discussion. Plagiarism and self-plagiarism are not allowed. SOUMLAW will use a software tool to screen the articles to detect any mean of plagiarism. Detection of overlapping and similar text is used in such software, so quotations and appropriate citations are required to be used. It is the duty of the authors to only submit manuscripts that are free from plagiarism or academic malpractices.
There are four possible decisions given by SOUMLAW Editorial Board after the review process:

  1. Accepted. The manuscript is accepted as it is.
  2. Accepted with Minor Revisions. The author is required to revise the article in certain period.
  3. Accepted with Major Revisions. The author is required to revise the article in certain period.
  4. Rejected. Usually the article is rejected on grounds of outside of the journal’s scope and aim, major technical description problems, or lack of clarity of presentation


Publication Frequency

Soumatra Law Review is published twice in one volume, namely in April and October. Soumatra Law Review is managed and published online.



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create a filing system distributed among participating libraries and allows the library to make a permanent archive of journals for preservation and recovery purposes.
Soumlaw retains the latest issues and articles along with LOCKSS's idea to keep many copies of our items on multiple servers so that they remain safe.
Archives are stored on the LLDIKTI Wilyah X repository server, the university's Local Content Collection and all are sent digitally to the Indonesia National National Library OneSearch Library and periodically harvested by OCLC WorldCat.
Issue issues were also sent to LIPI (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia), Copernicus, Dimennsions, Moraref and other indexers to be stored in their warehouses. Most of these archive storage services are mostly based on open source software and are registered as data providers.