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Pepperdine University School of Law

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Anderson: Law Review Article Selection Is Biased

Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), Study: Law Review Article Selection Is Biased:

Law reviews are biased in favor of publishing their own faculty and that bias hurts the quality of the articles selected for publication. Those are the conclusions of a new article by Albert Yoon entitled "Editorial Bias in Legal Academia," forthcoming in the Journal of Legal Analysis. The paper has three key findings:

  • law reviews are systematically biased in favor of publishing articles by their own faculty
  • the bias in favor of publishing the school's own faculty results in lower quality articles
  • faculty tend to publish their lower quality articles in their own school's law reviews

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