Verleden, Heden en Toekomst van Juridische Tijdschriften in Vlaanderen (Past, Present and Future for Law Journals in Flanders)
Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke
University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille by Laga
Februray 16, 2011
RW (Rechtskundig Weekblad), No. 1, pp. 7-22, 2011-2012
In this article we first analyze the history of law journals in Flanders and describe the evolution towards the current situation of a vast variety of law reviews. We have seen an explosion of journals with ever more focus at one particular niche of the law. This brings several risks for the quality of the journals. We then speculate about the future for Flemish law reviews, arguing a shift from quantity to quality.
For us, quality is not synonimous to scientific or academic level. We first discuss the ranking of journals and the criteria that may be used for evaluating the scientific level of a law review. We argue that peer review in itself is not a criterium of scientific level.
Furthermore, we argue that for law reviews in Flanders the obsession of scientific level should be put aside. The goal should be to offer a good quality law review in relation to the objectives. These might be more scientifically oriented or more practically oriented.
Our claim is that law reviews should first of all think about and clearly define their goals and identity, and then based on that define clear quality criteria for achieving these goals. It is better to be a good quality practical law journal than a lousy scientific law review.
We argue that Universities and law schools should in their evaluation of researchers and professors both take into account their publications in good scientific as well as good practical law journals.
Note: Downloadable document is in Dutch.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: law review, ranking, scientif level
JEL Classification: K00
Date posted: September 16, 2011