Scholastica Blog

Developments, thoughts, and observations

Image: Due Dates

We’re always learning about the unique demands of managing the peer-review process and continually refining Scholastica to be the best tool it can be for the job. In the last month we’ve made it easier to keep track of deadlines, outstanding reviews, and R&Rs.

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest features we’ve added to Scholastica!

Due dates. Whether you need to review a manuscript or respond to a publication offer from a law review, chances are you’ve been given a deadline. Now, any actions assigned with a deadline in Scholastica will be listed in the Due Dates list with buttons to help you complete the task.

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August—a time to savor the last summer days of baseball season, and for legal scholars to wind up for law review submission season!

Did you know that baseball is the only sport with no defense—or rather, the only sport where the defense is given control of the ball?

Law review articles, like baseballs, have to be able to fly straight on their own. Home run submissions are the result of one hit, one shot at publication, to compete against other articles who’ve made it onto the field.

To help you get ahead of the game, we reached out to two law review editors to see the kind of submissions that hit it out of the park for their journals: Amar Naik, Editor and Chief of UC Davis Law Review, and Franco Muzzio, Chief Articles Editor at UCLA Law Review. Here are their top dos and don’ts for articles up to bat, starting with submission timing.

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Image: Stanford Graduate School of Business: Jesper Sørensen

There is an abundance of information about the benefits of open access publishing, but what about guidance on how to launch and operate a successful open access journal? Finding advice on launching a journal that is able to stand out in the crowd and flourish in its respective field over time can prove challenging, as the open access landscape continues to take shape.

I reached out to Jesper Sørensen, professor of organizational behavior and sociology at Stanford Business School, to gain some insight into what it takes to publish an open access journal based on his experience as an editor and founder of the new and thriving OA journal Sociological Science.

According to Sørensen, one of the top challenges and simultaneous best opportunities for new open access journals to develop a following is to find a unique niche in the marketplace. For Sociological Science, which was founded in September 2013, that niche came in the form of the founding editors’ shared desire to get articles to publication sooner, in order to prevent the stagnation of scholarly work on novel research concepts. In our interview, Sørensen walked me through the steps that Sociological Science has taken to achieve and promote this goal.

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Want to know which law reviews are open for submissions on Scholastica? Check out the interactive table below to search and sort law reviews by name, category, and whether or not they’re open. This table is being automatically updated as law reviews change their submission status on Scholastica, so you’ll be able to see journal openings as soon as they occur!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us at with any submission related questions at

Journal Name School Affiliation Open? Category

Law review editors everywhere can attest to the fact that their work is never done—or at least it sure feels that way! Keeping up with editorial assignments, classwork, studying, and law schools’ notorious networking activities can feel like running on a giant hamster wheel. Thankfully, there is an end in sight—that shimmering last article decision! In the meantime, we wanted to provide some guidance to make it through submission season without falling off the aforementioned hamster wheel or suffering symptoms of vertigo.

WARNING: If you experience a spill or extreme dizziness we suggest seeking medical attention and possibly a personal injury lawyer (…or becoming one?).

We reached out to three articles editors: an editor of one Boston University law journal (who requested to remain anonymous); Chris Walker, senior articles editor at Michigan State Law Review; and Matthew Heins, senior articles editor at Northwestern University Law Review to find out what tips they have to not only survive submission season, but to thrive in the process. All three editors stressed time management and planning above all else, starting with the style guide.

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Wikimedia Commons: Law School Library

It’s about that time again—law review submission season is kicking into high gear! As authors prepare to send out their submissions, and editors to make final article decisions, we wanted to provide a few resources to help along the way.

Below is a list of some of the best guides and motivational articles that we found for law review editors and authors. Please feel free to comment with thoughts and additional shares!

Resources for Law Review Editors:

Above the Law, How to Get Law Journal Work Done Without Losing Your Mind

Work, work, work, and a side of more reading—this can be the experience of most law review editors. There is a way to stay sane though! Alison Monahan, founder of The Girl’s Guide to Law School, is here to help.

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Are you preparing to submit to law reviews on Scholastica but unsure of where to start?

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Academia: July Snapshot

There is a ton of information to keep up with in academia as news surrounding academic publishing, higher education, and technological innovations continues to surface and develop. In an effort to capture a snapshot of some of the top stories this month, we thought it would be helpful to compile a July overview.

Below are some of the top stories that caught the Scholastica team’s attention. Do you have any articles or blog posts to suggest adding? Let us know!

Open Access Publishing

Open and Shut?: The Subversive Proposal at 20

Richard Poynder interviews cognitive scientist Stevan Harnad about the future of the open access movement, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of Harnad’s Subversive Proposal.

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Nick and Cory during Thursday pairing

As a company, how do we keep the right hand knowing what the left hand is doing? And for that matter, how about the rest of the body?

Scholastica was founded by three people, and when we started it was easy to keep everyone in the loop. As we’ve grown, we’ve experienced the common challenge of keeping everyone in the loop without adding long meetings or time-consuming email updates.

I wanted to share an experiment we’ve been trying to keep information flowing across company areas: weekly company-wide pairing, which we call Pairing Thursdays.

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Assign an Editor

We’re always looking for ways to make the Scholastica user experience better. We made some great improvements this past month that we wanted to share with you. Read on to see how we’re making your life a little bit easier, because it’s all the little things that add up to big time savings!

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