Sunday, August 4, 2019

The most recent version of the Levit and Rostron guide to submitting law review articles

Most law professors (and many who are not) know that Professors Nancy Levit and Alan Rostron (both UMKC) publish on SSRN an annual "guide" for submitting law review articles that provides direct links to each journal's submission page, describes procedures for requesting an expedited review, which journals are no longer accepting articles at this moment, and lots of other very helpful information for new and experienced authors alike.  In short, it's essential.  

Below is the cover email the authors have sent out to help spread the word followed by a link to the newly updated version of their article on SSRN: 

Dear Colleagues,


We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2019 submission season covering the 203 main journals of each law school. 


We have created hyperlinks for each law review to take you directly to the law review’s submissions page. Again the chart includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what months they say they’ll resume accepting submissions. 


There has been some change in law reviews’ submission preferences:  Now 82 schools prefer or require Scholastica as the exclusive avenue for submissions, 40 law journals prefer direct emails, and 39 law reviews prefer or require submission through ExpressO, with 37 accepting articles submitted through either ExpressO or Scholastica. Seven schools now have their own online web portals.  Ninety-three schools permit email submissions even if they prefer submission through a service.


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  (overall, peer, lawyers and judges), as well as data from Washington & Lee’s law review website (citation count, impact factor, and combined ratings).


Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals: 


We would welcome your forwarding of this link to your faculty.   We appreciate any feedback you might have.


Happy writing!


All the best,


Allen and Nancy


Professor Allen Rostron

Associate Dean for Students and William R. Jacques Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law


Professor Nancy Levit
Associate Dean for Faculty and Curators' Distinguished Professor and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law    


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