The journal Les Cahiers de droit applies strict standards when selecting articles for publication. The work must be original and based on all the relevant data, and must make a key contribution to knowledge or development of the law. The journal applies North American scientific standards, some of the most stringent in the world, on all points when selecting articles.
Each submission is forwarded to two outside assessors chosen by the editor. They must be specialists in the field concerned (peer review), and conduct their assessment anonymously. The outside assessors are asked to give their opinion about the scientific qualities of the submission, and the editor then makes the decision whether or not to publish based on their opinion. In some cases, a submission may be accepted for publication on the condition that the deficiencies identified by the assessors are corrected; in other cases, the author may be asked to rework the article and then re-submit it for publication. All the decisions made by the editor are substantiated, and the assessments are forwarded to the author, although the names of the assessors remain confidential. The journal applies the same selection policy regardless of whether the author is a student, academic or practitioner, for both regular and thematic issues.
The selection process takes four to eight weeks, and the author is informed of the final decision by E-mail.