Chinese Journal of International Law


Review Policy Statement


1. The Chinese Journal of International Law (Chinese JIL) has the pleasure to invite you to review, anonymously and in your personal capacity, the attached paper. We will be most grateful if you could finish your review as soon as possible.  In your review, please apply a rigorous standard on substance. We would appreciate your view on (1) whether it is publishable substantively according to our rigorous standards (both as to its potential contribution to the existing literature as well as the appropriateness of the views expressed); and (2) any significant issues that should be raised (mistakes, more issues to be covered, etc.).  Be lenient on language and style, which will be fixed later.

2. Your comments MAY be given to the author.  Your identity will be NOT be disclosed.  Do NOT use the first person when referring to your own works (such as “my article”), but, , if necessary to refer to a piece of your own work,  please give a formal citation with your full name, title of the work (e.g., Wang Wei, Lin Zexu’s Vision of Law, 2 Chinese JIL (2003), 10) so that your work will appear just as the work of another author.  This way your identity will not be inadvertently disclosed. In order to avoid the impresson that you are the cited author, it may be advisable for you to cite to more than one similar works.


3. All reviewers are reminded of our rules against conflicts of interest, prohibiting any blood or intimate relationships or immediate supervisor-supervisee relationships (professor-supervisee; boss-immediate subordinate) between the person reviewing a submission and the author of that submission; in case of a double blind review (where the author’s name and affiliation are removed), the reviewer is still asked to keep this rule in mind and avoid any conflict as far as possible, to the extent that the text may still give away, for whatever reason, the identity of the author. Needless to say, no editor (including the Editor-in-Chief or any honorary editor) may act as a reviewer of his or her own work.


4. Finally, the materials for your review are NOT for your personal benefit; they shall be kept confidential and cannot be forwarded to others. In recent years there have been reports about how reviewers steal ideas from the papers they review (e.g., This ultimately ruins the reputation of the reviewers involved and the reputation of the journals involved, and can lead to criminal prosecution for fraud.


5. Please notify me ASAP if you find it inconvenient to review the paper.


Many thanks for your hard work for the Journal.


Best wishes,


Chinese Journal of International Law