Tuesday, August 8, 2006
We previously blogged the voluminous recent commentary on the submissions policies of the major student-edited law reviews. My new colleague Tim Armstrong offers an additional twist: among the Top 36 Law Reviews (as compiled by the Emory Law Library) that accept electronic submissions, only one (Wake Forest) will accept an article in WordPerfect; all of the rest require the article to be submitted in Word. Indeed, ExpressO warns authors:
All of the 500+ law reviews in our pool accept manuscripts formatted in Microsoft Word. Authors choosing to submit in WordPerfect will have a smaller pool of law reviews from which to choose.
Tim notes that "[i]t's hard to see a technical justification for the dominance of Word" and recommends inclusion of non-Word formats as part of the open-access movement. Tim also provides this helpful chart of the Word, WordPerfect, and ExpressO requirements of the Top 36 Law Reviews.