A number of researchers and authors face the dilemma of publishing a research outcome that is deemed too long for journal articles and too short for a book. Indeed, most journals impose a limit on the number of words for an article. This limit has been consistently low, ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 words. On the other hand, most reputable book publishers would not consider for publication any manuscript that is less than 100,000 words. This leaves a large area of research product that fits neither the journal’s rules nor the book publishers’ requirements and that is out of reach of readers, which hinders dissemination of the results of such research.
To fill this critical gap, Brill has decided to start a series of journals specifically designed for this kind of research output, Brill Research Perspectives (BRP).
One of the journals under the Series, Brill Research Perspectives, International Water Law, is dedicated entirely, as its title suggests, to international water law. It is intended to be a hybrid journal and reference publication that combines the verification of peer review of journals, the high usage of reference works, and the pedagogy of textbooks. The Journal will be published in four issues per year, each of which comprises a uniquely focused, single monograph of 20,000 to 40,000 words (50 to 100 pages) that provides a comprehensive survey and critical analysis of and commentary on the state of scholarship for a given topic and includes an executive summary and a comprehensive bibliography. The Journal is intended for international water law professors, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and practitioners.
Issues can be updated periodically by authors to revitalize commentary and to ensure currency of information, analysis, and citations. Each issue is assigned both a DOI and an ISBN, and both online and print (paperback) subscriptions will be available; single issues will also be available for purchase.
The Editorial Board of the Journal consists of Dr. Salman M. A. Salman, as the Editor-in-Chief, and Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Professor Makane Mbengue, Dr. Lilian del Castillo-Laborde, Dr. Alistair Rieu–Clarke, and Dr. Kishor Uprety as Associate Editors. More information on the Journal can be found here.
The target publication date of the first issue of the Journal is early 2016. Manuscripts on all issues related to international water law, particularly regional developments and thematic matters, are welcome. Submissions should be sent to Salmanmasalman@gmail.com or to Jason Prevost at Prevost@brill.com