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Publish in ex ante

Each issue of ex ante covers a current focus topic that is analyzed from various legal perspectives. A second section covers thematically independent contributions, such as dissertation or judgment reviews as well as essays. We will inform you about the focus topic in due course with the Call for Papers. Thematically independent pieces may be handed in at any time using our online platform.

Double Blind Peer Review

ex ante is the first legal journal in Switzerland to offer a comprehensive double blind peer review.

Peer review is an anonymous discourse between experts. Its objective is to increase the quality of a contribution and to ensure a high academic standard. The experts assess the method and the results of the paper. The authors then process the results of the discourse in their contributions.

From draft to publication

A five-stage process secures the quality of the contributions published in ex ante.

By default, we publish contributions after they have passed through the double blind peer review process. In individual cases, however, we also provide for a simplifed publication procedure. This is possible, for example, if the text has already been the subject of a doctoral thesis.

If you wish to publish your text via the simplified procedure, please send us an e-mail so we can find a tailored solution.

Phase 1 – Exposé
By submitting an exposé, you indicate your interest in a publication. We then examine whether there is a risk of thematic overlaps with other submissions and give advice on the further steps to be taken.

Phase 2 – Submission of a contribution
The final version of the contribution is submitted. The editorial board then anonymises it and prepares the peer review.

Phase 3 – Peer Review
The peer review is the centrepiece of every publication in ex ante. The article is read by two experts who give valuable advice on how the paper can be improved.

Phase 4 – Revision
The authors are required to process the feedback from the peer review in their text and to produce a final version of their article.

Phase 5 – Publication
The authors submit the revised version of their article. The editorial board decides whether the contribution will be accepted for publication based on the feedback from the peer review and the adjustments made thereupon.