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Monday, November 19, 2012

Underneath the Law Review Submission Process Part XIV: Colons vs. Noncolons in Titles

In the latest from my series of posts on the law review submission process, I thought I would follow up with what started as a joke-post last time around on law review submission titles and whether they had colons or not.  I became curious as to what the numbers looked like this time around (in the fall cycle).

Below there are two charts on how many of the submission titles in a 3-4 week period the BYU Law Review received that had colons, didn't have colons, and titles with a question (no colon). In case you, like me are still tinkering with any titles for articles you are currently working on, this may be interesting to you. (And for my friends from CELS, I hope you don't judge me by these pathetic pie charts.  I do hope I will be invited to present there again.).

Winter colon vs noncolon

Fall colon vs noncolon

So, it appears that we are still a group who like most of our titles with colons.  But barely.

Posted by Shima Baradaran Baughman on November 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM | Permalink


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I wonder if I can increase my chance of article acceptance by making my titles particularly memorable in editors minds through use of an interrobang or irony mark‽

Posted by: Anon | Nov 20, 2012 9:50:13 AM

How does that compare to percentage of offers or to percentage of published articles? I continue to believe that there is a correlation of some sort between shorter article names and "success" in placement.

Posted by: boo colons | Nov 19, 2012 8:34:48 PM

Wow. this is pretty nerdy

Posted by: Shirin Behrooz | Nov 19, 2012 6:18:55 PM

Do colons include semi-colons; I think the semi-colon deserves a greater place in article titles

Posted by: Thomas | Nov 19, 2012 2:39:46 PM

No question marks in the spring?

Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Nov 19, 2012 2:29:19 PM

Interesting. This reminds me of the ultimate nerd analysis of the use of colons in law review article title among published articles: Joshua Deahl & Bernard Eskandari, Before and After the Colon, 10 Green Bag 2d 7 (2006).

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Nov 19, 2012 2:23:40 PM

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