Saturday, July 13, 2013
Even the most prestigious law reviews may have 2000 or fewer paid subscribers. And with online access, how often do any of us consult a hard copy? Moreover, hard copy printing costs cash-strapped law schools $$. The obvious prediction: within the next few years, almost all law reviews will be online and not in hard copy.
The development promises at least two positive consequences.
First, the current concern about limiting the number of pages in an issue( for economic reasons) will disappear. If law review editors have any good sense, however, they will still keep articles short as a favor to their readers.
Second, without the problems of length, maybe the editors will abolish all those weird abbreviations, whose only justification is to save space.