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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Submission Angsting Spring 2016

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).

I won't update or watch the spreadsheet. You can go ahead and add your own information by going to the spreadsheet here. The spreadsheet is editable by anyone, except that the "days to rejection" and "days to acceptance" columns are locked because they auto-calculate. (If something about them needs to be changed post a comment, and I will change them.) As more information is added, I will do some pointless data calculations on subsequent sheets.

Rostron & Levit's extremely helpful guide to submitting to law reviews is available here.

Here is the final page of comments.

Update: I have added a column to the spreadsheet entitled "Username" (current column H, after "Days to Acceptance"). This is of course totally optional, but a way to make keeping track easier. For example, if you pick a username (for some reason the sample username "Floop" keeps coming to my mind), you will easily be able to sort by your entries and update them, instead of trying to remember what day you submitted and sorting that way. This also adds information -- showing, for example, that all of the entries on the spreadsheet come from one person, or from lots of people, etc. At any rate, totally optional, and simply a way to add more information.

 

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on February 2, 2016 at 02:06 PM in Law Review Review | Permalink

Comments

Ah, angsting thread, I just can't quit you. Unless I'm on my ranch--I do need some me time every day.

Posted by: Tim Riggins | Feb 3, 2016 11:16:01 PM

Thanks, Matthew Bruckner.

Posted by: anon | Feb 3, 2016 10:43:26 PM

@NewtoThis - I think the ideal time to submit is around March 1. Enough journals are actively reviewing so that you can successfully expedite, but it's not so late that volumes are full.

@anon 1:26 - I think this differs by person, but I'll give you the first anecdote. I tend to submit to about 80 journals. That is, most of the top100 that are open and accepting when i submit plus a few specialty journals.

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Feb 3, 2016 1:47:42 PM

@NewtoThis - I think the ideal time to submit is around March 1. Enough journals are actively reviewing so that you can successfully expedite, but it's not so late that volumes are full.

@anon 1:26 - I think this differs by person, but I'll give you the first anecdote. I tend to submit to about 80 journals. That is, most of the top100 that are open and accepting when i submit plus a few specialty journals.

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Feb 3, 2016 1:47:32 PM

And what is the average number of journals people submit to? I have followed different strategies at different times in the past, with different results. I find myself sometimes hamstrung by offers below where I think the article can place and either short windows to accept or my own failure to effectively execute escalation through expedited review. Curious what people have found most effective in the past.

Posted by: anon | Feb 3, 2016 1:26:53 PM

And what is the average number of journals people submit to? I have followed different strategies at different times in the past, with different results. I find myself sometimes hamstrung by offers below where I think the article can place and either short windows to accept or my own failure to effectively execute escalation through expedited review. Curious what people have found most effective in the past.

Posted by: anon | Feb 3, 2016 1:26:46 PM

Is the spreadsheet just for rejections? I have submitted to about 18 journals (no rejections yet, but I only submitted the first bolus on January 29), and it seems like the spreadsheet could get unwieldy quickly if each of us lists all of our submissions.

Posted by: anon | Feb 3, 2016 1:23:47 PM

Up to March 15 there are many journals just starting, but after that they start to fill and close.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 3, 2016 12:25:17 PM

Submitting my first piece this cycle and I'm trying to figure out the latest time that's safe to submit. "Safe" being trying to maximize journals that are still actively reviewing articles before they fill the volume. Looking back on previous angsting posts, I'm thinking some time before the end of Feb. Does that sound right to people more familiar with this game? Can people submit across the board into early March?

Posted by: NewToThis | Feb 3, 2016 11:42:18 AM

The moment has arrived! It's happening. I never do exclusive submission at Y/H/S, but I would love to hear positive stories from those who have successfully used it, if they exist.

Posted by: anon | Feb 2, 2016 4:55:16 PM

Has anyone tried exclusive submission at Y/H/S? If you give them the requested 10-14 days do they tend to actually get you a response within that time frame?

Posted by: Anonymouse | Feb 2, 2016 3:08:55 PM

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