The review of the Faculty of Law made it to the prestigious Scopus database
The Faculty of Law celebrates a major accomplishment in the field of science and research as its International and Comparative Law Review (ICLR) was recently nominated by the international committee Content Selection & Advisory Board to become part of the world’s famous Scopus database. In fact, Scopus is one of the largest databases of peer-reviewed literature and a key tool to bibliometric reviewing of the quality of scientific articles worldwide. Until now, Czech Republic had only 4 scientific magazines from the area of law listed in it. This is why the selection of new academic reviews, which is a lengthy process observing a range of different criteria, reflects immensely the hard work of the editorial team and the quality of the review itself.
The ICLR is published twice a year in the English language and focuses on both international topics as well as potential influence on Czech national law. Dr. Ondrej Hamulak, head of the editorial team since 2016, who is based at the Department of International and European Law, explained that in the case of ICLR the process took almost 4 years. During this period, the Board contemplated the regularity of publishing, originality of the texts, geographical diversity of authors and other requirements. Apart other things, the support of the Faculty’s institutional plan and the cooperation with the Tallinn Law Faculty proved to be of particular worth – as a source of meaningful advice and recommendation. As of now, the good reputation and impact of the magazine grows every day. About one hundred authors from all over the world reach out every year with the prospect of publishing in it, especially from the US, Africa and Asia.
Successful authors then share their articles with their respective universities, students and colleagues whereby the impact of the magazine increases and has the prospect to reach many readers from different countries. Since the decision to be part of Scopus is not permanent in nature and is subjected to regular evaluation, the editorial team will continue to work on the high standard of the ICLR and strive to improve its Scientific Journal Ranking, also with the attempt to address other prestigious databases in the future.