Paul L. Caron

Monday, July 27, 2020

Fall 2020 Law Review Article Submission Guide And Angsting Forum

SubmissionsNancy Levit (UMKC) & Allen Rostron (UMKC) have updated their incredibly useful document, which contains two charts for the Fall 2020 submission season covering 199 law reviews.

The first chart (pp. 1-49) contains information gathered from the journals’ websites on:

  • Methods for submitting an article (such as by e-mail, ExpressO, regular mail, Scholastica, or Twitter)
  • Any special formatting requirements
  • How to request an expedited review
  • How to withdraw an article after it has been accepted for publication elsewhere

The second chart (pp. 50-58) contains the ranking of the law reviews and their schools under six measures:

  • U.S. News: Overall Rank
  • U.S. News: Peer Reputation Rating
  • U.S. News: Judge/Lawyer Reputation Rating
  • Washington & Lee Citation Ranking
  • Washington & Lee Impact Factor
  • Washington & Lee Combined Rating

The most interesting change is that Washington and Lee has changed its methodology on law review statistics.  Now Washington and Lee only ranks the top 400 law review (many of which are specialty journals, online supplements, etc.), so not all flagship journals are now ranked by them.  But we put in the data for those that are ranked.

As for submission methods:
ExpressO required or preferred       10
ExpressO or email                           17
Scholastica required or preferred    74
Scholastica or email                        16
ExpressO or Scholastica                 16
Email required or preferred             36
ExpressO, Scholastica, or email      23
Six schools have their own submissions portals.
Three schools have an all-symposia format.
Two schools request hard copy submissions.
(This adds up to more than 199, because several of the schools with an all-symposia format welcome symposia proposals and two schools with their own submissions portals also accept one of the other submission methods.)

Sarah Lawsky (Northwestern), Submission Angsting Fall 2020:

This is the post to share information or ask questions about submitting to law reviews.

The comments can be used to share information, complaints, praise, etc. about which journals you have heard from, which you have not, and so forth.

Additionally, a spreadsheet to gather information is here (and embedded below).

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