Original Content 

Lexicon holds itself to the highest possible standards. We do not accept infringement of copyright, and this means that all proposals or submissions (i.e. articles, commentaries, notes, and reviews) must be original. In other words, the work must be the product of the author alone. Lexicon requires the author to warrant that the paper is original, and if the paper incorporates third-party material, the author must seek permission from the copyright owner to reproduce such material in his or her paper. 

Timeline for Publication

In general, the following policies guide Lexicon’s approach to publication:

  • Reverting on Proposals / Submissions: 5 working days.
  • Fleshing out of the Proposal or Submission: As long as you need.
  • Number of Revisions: As many as you like. We generally like to have three revisions before we send your work to our Professor for her final comments. Your work will then be published after this last revision.

Exclusive Submission

The author warrants that the submission is (a) not simultaneously being considered by any other publication, and (b) will not be sent to another publication until a response is received from Lexicon’s management. The exclusivity period will apply for three months from the date of publication of the author’s submission. After this period, the author may choose to submit his piece for consideration by another journal. If the other journal has an exclusivity policy and is willing to publish the submission, the author has the right to choose between the particular publication and Lexicon. In case of the former, upon the author’s notification, Lexicon will remove the author’s submission from the site. 

Rights of Third Parties

The author warrants that his or her work does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third parties, that the work does not contain anything that is actionable for defamation, breach of confidence, interference with privacy, or contravention of any other private right or law. 

License Agreement

All submissions published on Lexicon: An SMU Law Student Publication are subject to the following copyright licence agreement: 

In consideration of Lexicon: An SMU Law Student Publication agreeing to publish the work(s) submitted by you, the author, you hereby grant Lexicon the non-exclusive right by way of an irrevocable, sub‑licensable, transferable royalty-free licence to: 

  • publish the work(s) in printed formats; 
  • publish the work(s) on the Internet or other online transmissions or by means of any other electronic medium whether now known or subsequently developed, including but not limited to CD-ROMs; 
  • translate the work(s) into all languages and publish the translation(s) using the means referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b); and
  • reproduce the work(s) for conferences, courses, lectures, seminars, symposia and other educational events organised solely or jointly by Lexicon; 

throughout the world for the full period of the copyright in the work(s), provided that Lexicon shall always acknowledge you as the author of the work(s).


The articles published by Lexicon do not constitute legal advice or opinion. Lexicon and its members do not accept or assume responsibility, and will not be liable to any person in respect of the articles.