Image: 2020 Manuscript Submissions data

Looking for data to help inform your next law review submissions? Check out Scholastica’s Annual Law Review Submissions Insights graphs to see when law reviews tend to open, the peak article submissions times, when most law reviews make decisions, and more!

Each year, we encounter similar questions from legal scholars preparing law review articles. When is the best time to submit to law reviews? When do most law reviews begin reading articles? When do authors tend to request expedited decisions? And the list goes on.

After spending months researching, writing, and perfecting an article, we understand that authors want to make informed decisions about when they should time their submissions. And we want to help answer authors’ nagging questions. So, we’re taking steps to provide a clearer picture of the yearly law review submission cycle.

We’ve launched a new “Annual Scholastica Law Review Submissions Insights“ page that we’ll be updating at the start of each year. The page includes a series of interactive graphs digging into Scholastica’s latest submission season data (anonymized and aggregated, of course) on when:

  • law reviews open for submissions
  • authors submit manuscripts
  • authors request expedited decisions
  • law reviews make article decisions

We’ve included analysis for each of the graphs, as well as information on the many qualitative dimensions that impact law review submissions. What you’ll find is, there is no absolute “best time” to submit to law reviews or guarantee of when law reviews will be making article decisions. Submissions data only tells part of the story because qualitative factors that vary from journal to journal and year to year will always have an impact. However, there are certainly trends to be observed, and we hope these insights will help authors make more informed submissions plans!

For more resources to help you time and prepare your next law review submissions, including an automatically-updating table of all law reviews accepting articles via Scholastica that you can search and sort to check for journal openings, visit The Scholastica Law Review Author Submissions Center.

If you have any questions about these submissions insights or suggestions for other data you’d like us to explore, don’t hesitate to contact us.