Are you preparing to submit an article to law reviews this season? Before you get started, be sure to take some time to get acquainted with all the latest Scholastica features to make your life easier.
At Scholastica, we aim to help law authors and editors work more efficiently and communicate with each other more effectively to provide the best submissions experience possible. That’s why we’re continuously introducing time-saving features to our law review platform, taking steps to help authors quickly learn when law reviews open, and sharing submission season data to provide insights into how the legal scholarship cycle is evolving.
In this blog post, we’re rounding up some of the Scholastica features and resources authors love the most that you should know about.
We’ve designed Scholastica’s law review submission form to be as user-friendly as possible with features to help authors save time, including:
- Easy law review targeting: From the submission pool, you can search for specific law reviews, filter by category (e.g., Con Law), and get a quick view of each law review’s guidelines. Make submissions individually or in groups by selecting multiple desired titles or all titles in a chosen category.
- Anonymized submissions support: When a law review chooses to require anonymous submissions, we reflect that in its submission pool listing via a banner that says “Anonymized Manuscripts Only.” And when you add a law review that requires anonymization to a pool submission, the form includes required fields for uploading anonymous files (in addition to non-anonymized ones). So you can be sure you never miss file anonymization requirements. If you’re unsure how to anonymize your article files, our guide here can help!
- Convenient auto-saving: Scholastica automatically saves your progress every few seconds at each stage of making group law review submissions. Return to draft submissions at any time from the My Manuscripts page by clicking “Resume” next to the article you’d like to finish submitting.
You’ve submitted your manuscript to 5, 10, heck maybe even 20 law reviews — 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, in addition to making group submissions, 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
We also recently revamped the Manuscript Work Area to help authors more easily keep track of their latest submissions and make more informed decisions about if and when to target additional law reviews, including adding functionality to:
- Search for manuscripts by title to check on specific submissions
- Filter submissions by accepted, rejected, and pending pub offers
- More quickly scan manuscript details for offer status information
Tired of sending messages to generic law review email accounts and wondering if editors are actually seeing them or if they’re falling into an abyss? There is a better way. Scholastica has features to help you quickly communicate with law reviews and ensure they are alerted to 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. If you have the same question or update for multiple law reviews, you can even send Discussions in bulk to save time. Editors receive notifications for all new Scholastica Discussion messages, so they’re 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 law reviews you submitted to via Scholastica individually or in groups right from your account by following these simple steps.
Expedite requests made through Scholastica are immediately visible to editors in their primary work area, so they are likely to be seen sooner than regular emails.
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 articles to all of the titles they’re interested in while those law reviews are soliciting submissions. So we have multiple ways for authors to stay on top of journal openings, including:
- The ability to sign up for daily law review opening alert emails
- A table of open/closed law reviews that you can search and sort
- Law review opening announcements on Twitter using #LRSubmissions
- Law review 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
- Share article selection expectations and best practices, like in our Advice from outgoing law review editors blog series.
- Access historic law review submission season data from our Annual Scholastica Law Review Submissions Insights page to make more informed decisions
We hope you find these feature highlights helpful. As always, if you have a question don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!