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Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Friday, August 10, 2012

News on the Lack of Westlaw Access for Oxford University Press Journals

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

After my last post wondering why OUP is no longer westlaw seachable, Oxford University Press reached out to me to confirm that they have pulled all of their journals from Westlaw and moved them exclusively to Lexis. From the standpoint of US law professors, where Westlaw is dominant, this presents a significant problem. Citation counts of faculty productivity are done through Westlaw. As a result, scholars and practitioners looking to have a larger impact will have fewer incentives to submit works to OUP journals as they will be punished for doing so with fewer citations. Moreover, the W&L journal impact factor counter of journals is also based on Westlaw. I am sure that Oxford has its own reasons for choosing Lexis exclusively ($$$). Given that most faculty push their students to use Westlaw and the journals use Westlaw, Oxford's decision seems ill advised. As this information of OUP's decision gets out generally to the US legal community, there will be negative repercussions for all of OUP's journals. It takes a long time to build a quality brand but only a short time to destroy it.

OUP law journals include:

The American Journal of Jurisprudence
American Law and Economics Review
Arbitration Law Reports and Review
The British Journal of Criminology
British Yearbook of International Law
Capital Markets Law Journal
The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law
Chinese Journal of International Law
Current Legal Problems
European Journal of International Law
Human Rights Law Review
ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal
Industrial Law Journal
International Data Privacy Law
International Journal of Constitutional Law
International Journal of Law and Information Technology
International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family
International Journal of Refugee Law
International Journal of Transitional Justice
Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies
Journal of Antitrust Enforcement
Journal of Church and State
Journal of Competition Law & Economics
Journal of Conflict and Security Law
Journal of Environmental Law
Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
Journal of International Criminal Justice
Journal of International Dispute Settlement
Journal of International Economic Law
The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization
Journal of Legal Analysis
The Journal of World Energy Law & Business
Law, Probability and Risk
London Review of International Law
Medical Law Review
Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
Oxford Journal of Law and Religion
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Reports of Patent, Design and Trade Mark Cases
Statute Law Review
Trusts & Trustees
Yearbook of European Law
Yearbook of International Environmental Law

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