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Monday, July 07, 2008

And Then There Were Four

As near as I can tell, there are at most four law reviews that do not allow submissions through ExpressO or a website.  The Washington Law Review is the most blunt, refusing to accept electronic submissions of any sort.  The Texas Law Review website says that it accepts ExpressO submissions, but this appears to be news to ExpressO -- the reference may be to ExpressO's hard copy mailing service.  The Vanderbilt Law Review's website says that it "does not accept electronic submissions. We strongly prefer submissions through ExpressO."   I'm not sure what that means.  The Rutgers Law Review accepts e-mail submissions, but not ExpressO submissions.

It's time to get with the program, folks. 

UPDATE:  I received a thoughful e-mail from Scott Goldman, the Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, who clarified that they do accept ExpressO submissions.  Their website now reads:  "On August 22, 2008, Vanderbilt Law Review will resume accepting submissions electronically through ExpressO."

Ben Barros

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Also not to be lost in PA's comment is that authors should not submit to a journal in which "the author never seriously considered publishing." It seems to me fine to submit to a journal in which the author would only grudginly accept an offer for the purposes of trying to cover enough ground to play the expedite game, if that's what the author wants to do; however, submitting to a journal in which one would not actually accept an offer of publication, regardless of the circumstances, is unethical.

Isn't that a commonly held belief among authors? If so, then I agree with Ben that journals should get with the program. And Ben's point that these particular journals have less to fear in this regard than some other journals is well taken.

Posted by: JP | Jul 7, 2008 2:41:06 PM

PA, I have a lot of sympathy for editors who spend a lot of time reviewing an article only to have it go elsewhere. It seems to me, though, that this is a side effect of the way American legal academic publishing is set up. Law professors blasted submissions five years ago before ExpressO became popular. They just did it with a mail merge and lots of postage (and killed trees). All of these four remaining law reviews are very well regarded, so I doubt that they lose many submissions because of their policies. The policies, however, are irritating and make the journals look behind-the-times.

Posted by: Ben Barros | Jul 7, 2008 1:17:22 PM


With all due respect, I cannot criticize these law reviews for not accepting certain types of submissions. Being from a small law review, I can tell you there is value and predictability in knowing whether a professor took the time to send an article directly to you, or whether it was merely blasted out to all reviews... Nothing is worse than wasting significant time in reviewing a submission only to find that the author never seriously considered publishing w/ the review.

Posted by: PA | Jul 7, 2008 12:39:39 PM

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