Law Review Electronic Submission Services — The New, The Old, The Free

Update: Much has changed in the world of electronic submissions services since we posted this article.  LexOpus has shut down, as it appears has NKU.  Information from LexisNexis does not appear to be available on LexisAdvance.  On a bright note, ExpressO now has a page devoted to a list of law reviews that are temporarily full!  The Rostron & Levit annual update is your best bet for the most current information. (2.27.14)

arrow right-concreteYes, it is February already!    February is the month when you want to begin thinking about submitting your finished scholarly article to law reviews and journals.   Perhaps a bit of a game changer this year is the announcement by some law reviews that they will accept submissions from only one electronic submission service — Scholastica.

Scholastica, the new kid on the electronic submission services block, was founded by a group of University of Chicago graduate students out of a desire to improve the management and publishing of peer-reviewed journals online.   Unlike ExpressO, which is focused on providing electronic delivery service for legal scholars, Scholastica offers submission service across disciplines in the academic publishing world.   According to Brian Cody, one of the founders, Scholastica’s powerful software “goes beyond ExpressO’s submission/distribution service,” at no additional cost to the law review or journal, making the management of the process much easier.   With Scholastica, law reviews and journals have “flexibility to be part of the standard law review submission pool or they can operate as a stand-alone single/double blind peer reviewed journal.”

Scholastica charges $5/submission for law reviews and $10/submission for peer-reviewed journals, and institutional accounts are available.

The following eight general law reviews now exclusively accept submissions from Scholastica:

Boston College Law Review
California Law Review
Cardozo Law Review
Lewis & Clark Law Review
NYU Law Review
University of California Davis Law Review
University of Chicago Law Review
University of Iowa Law Review

Additionally, some law reviews state that they strongly prefer submissions from Scholastica (e.g., Arizona State Law Journal and Southern California Law Review).   Other law reviews will accept submissions from either ExpressO or Scholastica (e.g., UCLA Law Review).

Take note:  some law reviews and journals do not accept submissions from electronic submission services.  Stanford Law Review, for example, will only accept submissions that are emailed to them directly.   Others, such as Arkansas Law Review, have a similar policy, but they will also accept manuscripts that are snail-mailed to the review.   It pretty much goes without saying that you need to check individual law reviews and journals for their particular submission requirements.

ExpressO, from bepress, remains the most well-known electronic submission service, having been around for about ten years, and there are hundreds of law reviews and journals that continue to accept (and prefer) submissions from ExpressO.

Like Scholastica, ExpressO is a fee-based submission service, charging about half what Scholastica does for individual submissions.   For Montana Law faculty the law school has an ExpressO institutional account which covers the cost of submissions.   ExpressO recently revamped their website (and many of their services), so if you have not looked at it in a while, take a few minutes to check out the changes.   Sadly, it looks like the new website (at least at the time of this writing) no longer has a page devoted to law reviews and journals that are currently full.

arrow right-concreteDid you know?  In addition to fee-based submission services, there are a few free electronic submission services that you can use.

One free submission service is offered by Chase Law at Northern Kentucky University.   Keep in mind that Chase Law’s service is for those law reviews and journals that only accept electronic submissions.   So, if a journal only takes hard copy, you’ll have to submit to that journal separately.   (An fyi: Chase Law’s website was recently completely redesigned and you may still find some link glitches.)

Another free submission service comes from Washington & Lee Law School.   The W&L service is unique in that it is not limited to just U.S. law school reviews and journals, but also includes law journals world-wide.   A nice feature of this site is that you can search for law journals by subject, country, and where available, by journal rank.   W&L offers detailed information on using the service and on the ranking methodology.

One other free submission service is LexOpus, a service of YIJUN Institute of International Law.   As with W&L’s service, you can submit to law reviews and journals globally, as well as to those in the U.S.   LexOpus provides a list of participating journals, journals receiving open to offers notifications, and a list of non-participating journals.   Lists are by country and may be found on the main page and by clicking the About tab.

arrow right-concreteAnd a few more resources.   Rostron and Levit’s annual update on submitting articles to law reviews and journals offers a chart of current submission requirements.   Keep in mind, however, that Rostron and Levit address  “general” law reviews and journals only (currently 202).   By the way, if you are interested in law review rankings by various entities, scroll to page 53 of their article.

In addition to “general” law reviews and journals,  there hundreds of  specialized law reviews and journals.  You can find information about them in a few different places.

The Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP), published by Gallagher Law Library has a combined alphabetical list of all general and specialized law reviews and journals in print (currently, the CILP list does not include online-only journals).

LexisNexis provides an online directory of law reviews and journals.  Although last updated in 2006, you may find the directory useful because law reviews and  journals are divided into the following  separate files:  general student-edited law reviews;  special focus student-edited journals;  and non-student edited peer-reviewed and trade journals.   Additionally, files are available in HTML, PDF, and spreadsheet formats.

Last, another pair of lists that may be useful to you come from Findlaw, which maintains both a topical list and an alphabetical list of law reviews and journals.

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2 thoughts on “Law Review Electronic Submission Services — The New, The Old, The Free

  1. Natch Greyes

    I’d love to see an updated post about electronic law review submission services. I know that LexOpus shut down last May, and I’m not sure all the other places are around still.

    1. cbcondit

      Thanks very much for touching base, Natch. After a very quick scan of links, I notice that not only is LexOpus out of commission, but it looks like NKU Chase Law may also be. In addition, I’m not having success locating the information that LexisNexis has provided in the past. Rostron and Levit’s annual update is probably the best source of current information at this time. We’ll work on a refreshed or revised post. Thanks again!

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