About the Groningen Journal of European Law

The Groningen Journal of European Law (GJEL) is a peer reviewed and open-access journal. The journal is led by advanced students and researchers of the University of Groningen, and is supported by the university’s European and Economic Law Department. 

The journal publishes analytical articles within the dynamic and wide-ranging scope of European Union law. This is not limited to the transnational elements of the EU, but also includes legal issues within the national spheres of the Member States that have an impact on the European Union and its laws. While GJEL publishes solely in English, the journal is adamant about giving thorough treatment to different perspectives and therefore strongly encourages its authors to make use of non-English sources when appropriate. 

Fundamental to the journal is its core value of accessibility for its readership and its authors. The journal appreciates that many early-career scholars have not yet had the opportunity to publish their work. While legal academia is becoming increasingly inclusive, there still exists a multitude of unnecessary barriers to the detriment of beginning scholars and their ability to publish. The Groningen Journal of European Law therefore seeks to establish a legal forum that is both author-oriented and inclusive, without compromising on the quality of the journal’s content. Additionally, this belief has led the journal to be published digitally and open-access, in order to allow authors to share their research with the academic community. 

Other than accessibility, the Groningen Journal of European Law also strives for its content to be of an authoritative and high standard. This is why, before publication, all articles are carefully assessed by qualified experts of European Union law in a double-blind peer review process. 

About the GJEL Forum

The GJEL Forum is our official blog and serves as an extension of the journal. Our main aim is to provide an active discussion platform that gives researchers the opportunity to interact and engage with eachother’s work in a conversational manner.  

About our publishing model

Other than accepting submissions on a rolling basis, the journal also publishes articles in this manner. 

This means that once a volume is opened, authors no longer need to wait until the entirety of the issue or volume is completed. Accepted and finalised manuscripts are immediately published with their corresponding volume and page numbers.

Being author-oriented, the journal opted for this publication model as authors do not experience the long delay between acceptance and publication that is often the result of traditional publishing models.  

Please note that this does not include our special issues, which will be published in their entirety upon completion.