Thursday, September 6, 2007

Advice to Law Journals: Part 7

Another installment in our continuing series on advice to law journals.

7    Think seriously about younger authors.  These pieces may be quite good and well-thought-through.  They may represent the best of the new thinking on a topic, they may be particularly well-researched and honed, because younger scholars are putting their very best efforts into the piece.  Other journals looking to land pieces by more established scholars may overlook pieces that are quite good by less-established authors.   

Then again, rookies also make some pretty common mistakes.  At some point I'd like to talk a little bit about those mistakes, including taking on too much, trying to rethink a field without a sufficient understanding of the field, and focusing on issues that aren't important.

Alfred L.Brophy
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Is there any evidence that journals DON'T publish works by younger authors?

More broadly, do we really have any idea how much do journals consider the prominence/credentials of the author when making decisions?

Faculty in fourth-tier schools (such as myself) often believe that they would get better treatment from editors if they were at a more prestigious school. On the other hand, I've taught at all five tiers (each tier, plus one school that was then not even ABA-accredited) and there hasn't been much correlation between where I taught and the prestige of my placements.

Posted by: Mike Lewyn | Sep 19, 2007 11:19:19 AM

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