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Monday, July 20, 2020

Has the submission window moved?

Scholastica sends daily announcements about article submissions, including which journals have reopened for submissions. I have seen several such announcements the past few days, including from some top journals.

 I had thought that the already-narrow August window opened around August 10. Has it moved up? Are journals actively accepting and reviewing articles? Are scholars submitting? Would love to hear from authors and journal editors.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 20, 2020 at 10:04 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


Unfortunately,Harvard unexpectedly said no, as well.

Posted by: anonymouse | Jul 24, 2020 8:21:34 PM

I submitted exclusively to Stanford last week. The articles editor reached out to me to acknowledge the submission. I don't know if they are actively reviewing, but she indicated as much.

Posted by: anon | Jul 24, 2020 4:52:21 PM

Anyone hear anything from Stanford? not sure when they opened but looks like they're open now.

Posted by: anon | Jul 24, 2020 2:16:14 PM

I think several are reviewing, actually. Maybe if we could get an Angsting thread (which several people have now asked for), we'd have a better sense.

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 24, 2020 12:39:15 PM

My sense is that very few “open” journals are reviewing submissions. If they aren’t reviewing yet, they should say so or just close. Are any journals responding to expedites?

Posted by: MaskedProf | Jul 24, 2020 11:20:20 AM

Just curious: What do you do with acceptances from journals that may not be your ideal when so many others are closed and you can't expedite? I have refrained from sending to any journal that wouldn't be a pie-in-the-sky grab at this point. Wondering if that is a sound strategy. Thx.

Posted by: anonymouse | Jul 23, 2020 5:49:10 PM

I submitted this month too. So far 3 acceptances and 2 rejections from T-75; 1 committee review -> rejection from T-50; rejected from Yale within 4 days of submitting. Definitely some movement but many journals are still closed.

Posted by: babs | Jul 23, 2020 5:23:13 PM

I second the request for an angsting thread.

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 23, 2020 2:13:39 PM

Can we get a submission angsting thread?

Posted by: submit | Jul 23, 2020 12:35:28 PM

I submitted this month, and I have gotten both acceptances and rejections.

Posted by: MaskedProf | Jul 22, 2020 11:16:25 AM

Is there no way to make it such that these bots can't post these ridiculous comments?

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 22, 2020 10:15:27 AM

Two colleagues have had multiple acceptances in the 50-100 range over the last several weeks.

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Jul 21, 2020 7:52:06 PM

Yale is actively rejecting, at least. I, too, submitted to them and gave them exclusive rights that they didn't feel they needed after five days.

Posted by: anonymouse | Jul 21, 2020 6:24:45 PM

5 rejections from the T-100

1 acceptance from T-75

2 rejections from T-40

Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Jul 21, 2020 5:30:55 PM

I also opted to submit to a handful of journals given that some do seem to be opening earlier this year than in the past. I've gotten a Yale rejection so far. Just got an offer from a lower T100 this morning.

Posted by: YoungProf | Jul 21, 2020 12:22:45 PM

I rolled the dice and submitted to Yale Law Journal a week ago. I received a rejection after 5 days. Stanford Law Review opened last week but I'm not sure if they are actively reviewing. I worked really hard over the last 4 months (and still took care of my kids and their home-schooling) so I am glad journals may open up a little early.

Posted by: anon | Jul 21, 2020 12:17:26 PM

Just because they opened does not mean they are actively reviewing submissions. I suspect that remains, as always, attached in some ways to the start of fall semester...

Posted by: anon | Jul 21, 2020 11:56:29 AM

Some journals have indicated that they are opening early because of the pandemic (editors tweeting that they are "bored" because their summer jobs were cancelled). Unfortunately, early opening only further disadvantages the author-caretakers who are struggling to be productive during the pandemic. If journals fill up before early August, we may see even fewer women authors in this year's volumes than usual.

Posted by: anon | Jul 20, 2020 11:17:56 PM

I had an article accepted last week. I finished the article earlier this summer and thought I would see who was accepting via Scholastica. Most of the top weren't accepting (USC was the highest ranked when I submitted), but a good smattering of top-100 journals were. I submitted to 17, I think, but got a quick acceptance and withdrew elsewhere prior to decision. Had planned on waiting until about August 1 for more journals to open, but maybe there is an early-mover benefit before the traditional window. Many of those journals also noted rolling, year-round review. Not sure how accurate that is in practice, but I think at some places the spring review may drag on. For reference, I had another article accepted late at a specialty journal, mid to late May.

Posted by: PJG | Jul 20, 2020 10:25:41 PM

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