Monday, July 25, 2016

Professors Rostron's and Levit's updated guide to submitting articles to law reviews

It's become the de facto bible on law review article submissions including sections that cover the methods for submitting an article, any special formatting requirements, how to contact law reviews to request an expedited review, and how to contact them to withdraw an article from consideration. It's now been updated once again for the 2016 article submission season. Professors Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit (both of UMKC) point out that the latest version of their guide includes these highlights:

  1. They've included an updated chart showing as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what dates they may resume accepting submissions; and
  2. They note the continuing trend toward journals that use and prefer Scholastica or accept emails submissions. Specifically, 20  journals prefer or strongly prefer Scholastica, 20 more list it as one of the alternative acceptable avenues of submission, and 24 (compared to 10 a year ago) now list Scholastica as the exclusive method of submission.  There has also been an uptick in schools having their own independent online submission platforms.  In addition, two schools permit submissions through Lex Opus, one through SSRN’s e-submission service, and one through Twitter.

Download the complete and updated submission guidelines from SSRN here.


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