OBserving Law - the IALS Open Book Service for Law is being developed as part of the School of Advanced Study's Humanities Digital Library open access book publishing initiative.
The aim of the IALS Open Book Service for Law is to provide a showcase for the vibrant state of legal scholarship, by publishing the best monographic works in law. The imprint embraces the full scope of legal scholarship, from doctrinal analysis, to theoretical exploration and empirical study, and also welcomes interdisciplinary approaches. The aim is to publish innovative and intellectually stimulating work which will widen knowledge and understanding, and play a major role in policy, practice and legal education. Submissions will be accepted from individual authors and editors, both within and external to the University of London, and a publishing service will also be provided to learned societies and organisations.
The latest publication from OBserving Law - the IALS Open Book Service for Law is an up-to-date edition of Electronic Evidence edited by Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng with a team of specialist contributors.
Edited by Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng
Available now from OBserving Law in the Humanities Digital Library
In this updated edition of the well-established practitioner text, Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng have brought together a team of experts in the field to provide an exhaustive treatment of electronic evidence. This fourth edition continues to follow the tradition in English evidence text books by basing the text on the law of England and Wales, with appropriate citations of relevant case law and legislation from other jurisdictions.
Also available: Electronic Signatures in Law
Publishing Open Access with the IALS
OBserving Law aims to provide a new open access monograph publishing service for legal researchers. This initiative, very much part of the Institute's research facilitation role, is developing a freely available national service.
Open access refers to the free access and generally free reuse (usually with some restrictions) of published research. It represents a shift in attitudes towards both the dissemination and utility of research and the cost of access to readers and scholars.
We welcome submissions and proposals for monographs, textbooks, edited volumes and other scholarly works, including shorter form books, reference materials and born-digital content. Submissions for consideration by the IALS Editorial Board will be accepted from individual authors and editors, both within and external to the University of London, and a publishing service will also be provided to learned societies and organisations.
IALS Open Book Service for Law - Editorial Board
Editorial oversight is provided by an Editorial Board for the IALS Open Book Service for Law.
- Professor Diamond Ashiagbor (IALS) - Joint General Editor and Chair
- Professor Fiona Cownie (Keele University)
- David Gee (IALS)
- Richard Hart (Consultant Publisher)
- Professor Rosemary Hunter (Queen Mary University of London)
- Professor Ambreena Manji (Cardiff University)
- Steven Whittle (IALS) - Joint General Editor
IALS Open Book Service for Law - Advisory Board
We are developing an Advisory Broad with representatives drawn from the UK legal research communities and scholarly professional associations for law to provide a team of consultant editors with particular subject expertise in law.
- Jules Winterton (Director, IALS) (Chair)
- Professor Anthony Bradney (Keele University)
- Dr Naomi Creutzfeld (representative of the Socio-Legal Studies Association - SLSA)
- Professor Fiona de Londras (University of Birmingham)
- Professor Judith Freedman (Worcester College, University of Oxford)
- Dr Jessica Guth (representative of the Association of Law Teachers - ALT)
- Professor Ratna Kapur (Queen Mary, University of London)
- Dr Prabha Kotiswaran (King’s College London)
- Professor Imelda Maher (University College Dublin)
- David Percik (representative of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians - BIALL)
- Professor Sally Sheldon (University of Kent)
- Dr Prabhakar Singh (Jindal Global Law School)
- A representative of the Legal Research Network - LERN
- A representative of the Society of Legal Scholars - SLS
Peer Review Policy
All books published in our open access programme must meet necessary standards for originality, significance and rigour. Proposals will be considered by our Editorial team and independent expert academic reviewers. We are committed to the publication of high quality academic research which adheres to the requirements of the Research Excellence Framework.
Expressions of interest to assist the law service with peer review are very welcome. Please contact: email@example.com
OBserving Law is part of a shared catalogue for the Humanities Digital Library developed with the PKP Open Monograph Press open source application linked to SAS-Space e-repository.
Titles will be made freely available in PDF format with single volume and separate chapter versions, each with assigned DOI and title ISBNs.
Print on demand (POD) paperback purchase option and epub format purchase options will be offered as standard with a hardback choice for libraries and others that may prefer that format.
Will look to enrich digital version with live hyperlinks and other opportunities to expand the online presence through discussion and commentary.
Open Access publishing fees
OBserving Law - the IALS Open Book Service for Law plans to publish a number of titles each year without a publication fee, Book Processing Charge (BPC) or charges to authors. Books will be made available as ebooks in pdf format as freely accessible, DRM-free, digital files, and will also be available for epub purchase and/or print on demand purchase.
In addition eligible works may be funded and published through the SAS Humanities Digital Library arrangements for authors who do not have access to publication funding. The HDL also works alongside publishing partners, such as learned societies and professional associations, to enable fee-free open access publishing for Early Career Researchers.
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