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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Law Review Submission Guide


Nancy Levit (UMKC) & Allen Rostron (UMKC) have updated their incredibly useful document, which contains two charts for the Spring 2014 submission season covering 203 law reviews.

The first chart (pp. 1-54) contains information gathered from the journals’ websites on:

·     Methods for submitting an article (such as by e-mail, ExpressO, regular mail, Scholastica, or Twitter)
·     Any special formatting requirements
·     How to request an expedited review
·     How to withdraw an article after it has been accepted for publication elsewhere

The second chart (pp. 55-61) contains the ranking of the law reviews and their schools under six measures:

·     U.S. News: Overall Rank
·     U.S. News: Peer Reputation Rating
·     U.S. News: Judge/Lawyer Reputation Rating
·     Washington & Lee Citation Ranking
·     Washington & Lee Impact Factor
·     Washington & Lee Combined Rating

They also have posted a list of links to the submissions information on each law journal’s website. Nancy also notes:

[H]ighlights from this round of revisions are: First, the chart now includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what dates they say they'll resume accepting submissions. Most of this is not specific dates, because the journals tend to post only imprecise statements about how the journal is not currently accepting submissions but will start doing so at some point in February, at some time in the Spring, etc. Second, a couple of schools have had name changes (for instance, Phoenix Law Review is now Arizona Summit Law Review, and Texas Wesleyan Law Review is now Texas A&M Law Review), and the charts reflect these changes. Third, there is a gradual increase in the number that are using Scholastica instead of ExpressO or accepting emails, but Scholastica still has a relatively small minority slice of the market.

(Hat tip: Paul Caron)

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