Thursday, January 25, 2018

The latest updates to Professors Levit's and Rostron's author's guide to law review submissions

It's that time of year again, when Professor Nancy Levit and Allen Rostron (both UMKC) publish their annual update to the definitive guide for authors interested in submitted articles to law reviews (which also happens to be the 24th most downloaded article of all time on SSRN). Here's a synopsis of this year's update to their full article which can be found on SSRN here.

We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2018 submission season covering the 203 main journals of each law school. 
A couple of the highlights from this round of revisions are:
First, again the chart includes information from the handful of journals that posted on their websites that they are not accepting submissions right now and what dates they say they'll resume accepting submissions. 
Second, while 62 law reviews still prefer or require submission through ExpressO, 31 schools (up from 27 at this time last year) now require Scholastica as the exclusive avenue for submissions, with 31 more preferring or strongly preferring it, and 28 accepting articles submitted through either ExpressO or Scholastica. Thirteen schools now have their own online web portals.  And one school each accepts articles on Twitter and bepress, while two accept submissions through Lex Opus.
The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods for submitting articles (e.g., e-mail, ExpressO, Scholastica, or regular mail), as well as special formatting requirements and how to request an expedited review.  The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee’s law review website.
Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals: 
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