About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review (DEESLR) brings articles, legal developments and case reports to academics, practitioners and the industry in relation to digital evidence and electronic signatures from across the world. The Review also seeks to include reports on technical advances and book reviews, and is published once a year, in October/November, although we publish articles throughout the year once they are accepted for publication.

This freely available Open Access version of Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review has been developed by Stephen Mason with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), School of Advanced Study, University of London on the SAS Open Journals System.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

General Editor and the Editorial Board

See General Editor and Editorial Board

Journal History

The journal began life in 2004 under its first title, e-Signature Law Journal [ISSN 1744-0882]. In 2006 this was changed to the Digital Evidence Journal [ISSN 1750-7200] and in 2008 the need for a more descriptive title was identified so the journal became the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review  (DEESLR) [ISSN 1756-4611].

Stephen Mason (founder, publisher and general editor of the journal) originally started the e-Signature Law Journal to keep up-to-date with electronic signatures across the world in 2004 after the first edition of his book Electronic Signatures in Law was published in 2003 by LexisNexis Butterworths. The second edition, Electronic Signatures in Law (Tottel, 2nd edn, 2007) benefited immensely from the content of the e-Signature Law Journal and the Digital Evidence Journal.

Stephen renamed the journal in 2006 when he was part-way through the first edition of Electronic Evidence: Disclosure, Discovery & Admissibility, as author and general editor (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2007) which covered the main common law countries. It then seemed appropriate to bring the two topics together explicitly, certainly when his next book was published in March 2008: International Electronic Evidence (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008) covering a further 35 countries.

The first four volumes of the journal were printed using standard printing technology. From 2008 the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review (DEESLR) became an A4 journal using the 'on demand' printing process. Subsequently, in addition to print publication, arrangements with EBSCOhost, HeinOnline and vLex made the journal available electronically to subscribers of those services.

In 2014 the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review [ISSN 2054-8508 (online)] was launched as an Open Access journal published by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies . The full archive is publicly available online and Volume 11: 2014 onwards will be 'born digital' Open Access publications.


Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review

© Stephen Mason, 2004 – 2023. All rights reserved.

ISSN 1756-4611

Frequency of publication: once a year in October/November

Original Publishers:
Pario Communications Limited
Company No. 04374606

E-mail: stephenmason@stephenmason.co.uk