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Friday, October 23, 2009

Issues in Placement Science: Journal Failure

A perennial issue in the legal academy is the precise prestige relationship between main and specialty journals.  As this Moneylaw post makes clear, specialty journals at name-brand schools are disproportionately influential.  Although apparently no Harvard specialty journal has ever gone under, there was once something known as the Yale Journal of Law and Liberation,  which evidently has not published recently.  Does anyone know if specialty journals at other schools have ever failed?  That is, if a scholar has an offer from an otherwise attractive and appropriate but new specialty journal, need the author worry that it might fold? The Rise and Fall of Specialty Journals at Harvard reports that some journals were required to reduce the number of issues published per year, because of perceived article quality.  I have also heard that some specialty journals funded by law school administrations are allowed to start on a provisional basis, subject to reconsideration if they do not work out.

Posted by Marc Miller on October 23, 2009 at 05:37 PM | Permalink

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It is my understanding that the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law was started at least one time before its current incarnation (might have had a slightly different name), but the prior attempt failed to create a viable journal.

Posted by: MLaw Grad | Oct 23, 2009 5:58:32 PM

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