As law review submission seasons cycle in and out, authors entering the fray don’t always get to learn about all the features Scholastica has to offer. In this post we’re highlighting some of the features authors love the most, so if you aren’t yet familiar with them you can start reaping the benefits!
As we introduce new features to Scholastica, our aim is to give authors the best experience possible by enabling them to get more done in less time and to more effectively communicate with editors. We’ve also been doing more to give authors insights into historical submission season trends and help them quickly learn when the law reviews they’re looking to submit to have opened.
Here are some Scholastica features authors should know about:
You’ve submitted your manuscript to 20, 40, heck maybe even 200 journals - now it’s time to track your results. That’s a lot of submissions to manage! But it doesn’t have to be a hassle. With Scholastica you can manage multiple submissions at once and even re-submit the same article to more law reviews later on. Check out the author guide to see how you can:
- Send expedite requests to one or more journals
- Withdraw a manuscript from one or more journals
- Accept and decline publication offers from journals that have accepted your manuscript
Scholastica also makes it easy to see all the journals you’ve submitted to, filter by which law reviews are still reviewing your manuscript, and which have made decisions (accepted or rejected your article), as well as any law reviews from which you withdrew your submission.
Tired of sending messages to generic law review email accounts and wondering if they’ve actually been seen by editors or have fallen into an abyss? You don’t have to be anymore because Scholastica has features to help you communicate more easily with editors and ensure they see your messages.
Next time you have a question for a law review, send it using Discussions. Your message will show up in the editors’ view of your manuscript page so they’re sure to see it and know exactly which article you’re inquiring about. Editors are able to receive notifications for all new Scholastica Discussion messages, so they’ll be less likely to fall through the cracks than emails.
Scholastica also has a feature for sending expedite requests to ensure editors see them. Send expedite requests to one or all of the journals you submitted to right from your Scholastica manuscript submission details page and they’ll appear in the editor work area for quick review.
If you have any questions about how to utilize Scholastica for law review submissions, be sure to check out our Law Author Guide. The guide covers all of your submissions needs, including how to:
- Submit to multiple law reviews at once
- Communicate with law reviews via Scholastica
- Make expedite requests
- Respond to publication offers
We’ve also included some general tips at the end of the guide to help you navigate submission season trends and best practices.
We know it’s important for authors to stay on top of law review openings to ensure they get their article to all of the journals they’re interested in while those law reviews are soliciting submissions. We have multiple ways for authors to stay on top of journal openings including:
- Option to sign up for daily law review opening alert emails
- A table of open/closed law reviews that you can search and sort
- Journal opening announcements on Twitter using #LRSubmissions
- Journal opening announcements at the end of every Abstract newsletter email
You can even look for specific law review opportunities, such as calls for symposia submissions and speaking engagements, by typing keywords and phrases in the Conversation search bar.
Scholastica’s features for editors and authors are designed to help you work more efficiently and have the best submission experience possible. We’re also helping to foster more open dialogue among editors and authors by giving them a platform to:
- Communicate via the Conversation
- Highlight editor and author news and ways to improve law review submissions, like in this blog post from a former law review editor turned author.
- See historic law review submission season data to make more informed decisions in our new 3-part data blog series
We hope you find these feature highlights useful. As always, if you have a question or ideas to make Scholastica even better don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!