Spring is a busy time for law review editors everywhere. With new classes to manage, jobs to lock down before summer, and a law review board transition to pull off, we know you’re pretty swamped.
That’s why we wanted to list out the most common bases law reviews should cover to make sure they’re prepared for spring submissions!
A lot of changes happen when law review volumes turn over, and it’s important to communicate updates to authors.
- Have you changed how or when you’re accepting article submissions?
- Is your new board instituting a new word count requirement that you’ll be looking for in submissions?
- Have you updated your masthead to reflect your current board?
Many law reviews have information about their publication guidelines in multiple places (independent website, school website, Scholastica account, etc.). Don’t forget to update it all! No one wants to be the law review that hasn’t added a new masthead since 2012, or the law review that has an old EIC’s email as the main contact. Having different information in different places can also cause author confusion, and you certainly don’t want to miss out on submissions because of that!
Being a new article editor can be hard, especially if you don’t have a lot of guidance. If you’re an outgoing law review editor, make sure you share as much of your institutional knowledge with your successor as possible!
Here at Scholastica, we’ve seen outgoing article editors share their tips and tricks a couple of different ways:
- write a memo that the new board can refer back to as needed
- have a training day, where you spend an afternoon walking your successor through how to do your (formerly!) daily tasks
- make an agreement that you’ll be available to answer your successor’s questions, and that they’ll ask you questions while respecting your focus on graduation
Some boards get a lot of guidance during a board transition. Others… not so much. No matter what camp you’re in, make the most out of all the available resources for law review editors, including:
- information on sourcehunts and interlibrary loan materials
- tips from former law review editors
- advice from a law review editor turned author
- how to refresh your Scholastica account
- free trainings with someone from Team Scholastica
The more comfortable your team is with article selection, the faster you’re going to sort through and find the articles that you want to publish!
We work with a lot of law reviews. We’ve seen the full spectrum of article review workflows, and we understand how things can get complicated. If you need help, please let us know! We are always happy to help you brainstorm a more efficient selection workflow, share our own tips and tricks, and make sure you’re having the best article selection possible. You can reach Elli or Anna (the two people from our team that work the most with law reviews) by shooting them a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this post helps you prepare for a successful submission season!