If you would like to submit an article for us to consider for publication in the Journal
, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Articles should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words in length, single-spaced in a 12-point font, and in .lyx, .tex, .rtf, .docx, or .doc format.
If you wish to include pictures, charts, or other graphics, please attach the originals to your email.
Please note that we do not accept submissions by ExpressO, Scholastica, or in hard copy. Please also note that we only accept final drafts. If we publish your article, you will retain the copyright.
If we decide to publish your article, we will hyperlink all the references. We do not require that you insert such hyperlinks yourself, but feel free to do so if you wish. We do, however, have some specific requirements regarding the nature and substance of the footnotes.
While proper attribution of original thoughts and ideas, and accurate citation of sources, are hallmarks of good legal writing, there can be little doubt that many law review articles suffer from rabid footnoting that detracts from the quality of the work. There is also widespread agreement that few people read law review articles nowadays.
We wish to return somewhat to what might be termed the “heyday” of the law review, when articles were shorter and more readable (and were, therefore, actually read), and citations were kept to the essentials. We need also to take account of the requirements of our online medium.
Accordingly, we ask that narrative footnotes be avoided. If something is worth saying, it should be said in the body of the article; if it is not apposite there, it can safely be omitted. We also ask that all footnotes be written out in full: it is irritating for readers to find that a footnote says no more than “id.”.
Moreover, if you wish to refer to one particular source throughout a paragraph, this can safely be done with just one footnote at the end of the paragraph. That always used to be standard practice, and it remains best practice.
Cases should be cited in Bluebook format, except where that imposes some requirement that is manifestly unnecessary or absurd. Parentheticals should, for example, normally be avoided (especially since the reference will be hyperlinked to the source in any event). For ease of use, references to cases and legislation in overseas jurisdictions should always be cited in the format used in the native jurisdiction.