Are you a legal scholar preparing to submit your latest law review article via Scholastica? Or are you a law librarian looking for more information about our platform for your faculty?
We understand that you may have questions about how Scholastica works and the latest law review submissions best practices, and we want to help. So we’ve created this handy FAQs guide to address the most common queries we see and share links to author resources! We’ll update this post to reflect any changes to Scholastica or the annual legal scholarship cycle. Read on for the latest!
Many institutions sponsor their law authors’ Scholastica submissions. To check if your university is subsidizing your submission costs, follow the steps here. If you have institutional sponsorship for law review submissions, you’ll also see a banner on the Scholastica submission pool page letting you know (as shown above). There are over 200 institutional accounts set up to sponsor law authors on Scholastica.
If you find that your submissions are not being sponsored but believe they should be, you can contact Scholastica support to check your institution’s subsidization status. If your institution does not have a Scholastica account, you can request that it create one by following the steps in this help doc.
If you are part of an institution looking to create a new institutional account to sponsor Scholastica submissions for your authors, you can learn more about how to get one set up here.
Does Scholastica have economic hardship policies in place for authors who don’t have access to institutional sponsorship?
Yes, Scholastica maintains an economic hardship fee waiver program for law review submissions to help legal scholars benefit from the article management tools and communication features our software provides. The fee waiver program offers eligible authors up to 50 free law review submissions per calendar year, sponsored by Scholastica.
Any author living in a low-income, lower-middle-income, or upper-middle-income country is eligible for a submission fee waiver. Scholastica also provides law review submission fee waivers for authors not affiliated with a law school (i.e., not enrolled students nor faculty) who have either experienced unemployment or graduated from school in the last 24 months. To learn more about our fee waiver program and how to apply, visit this help doc.
Think of your submission like an application — once sent, it’s in the recipient’s hands and considered ready for review. So you can’t change out files at that point. However, if there’s new information or files that you want editors to have, you can send a message letting them know you’ve made an update to the article that you’d like them to consider.
On Scholastica, the best way to provide the editors of law reviews to which you submitted an updated version of your manuscript or a file you forgot to upload is to send them a Discussion message. Click here for an easy walkthrough on how to start a Discussion with one or more law reviews. Once you’ve created a Discussion, you can attach any updated article files as needed by clicking “Add file.”
There are some key benefits to sending editors updates via Discussions rather than generic emails that you should know. Discussion messages go directly to law review editors’ main Scholastica work area and are stored next to their associated submission, so editors will know exactly which article your Discussion message is about. Editors also receive notifications for all new Scholastica Discussion messages, so they’ll be less likely to fall through the cracks than emails.
If I have an update or question for all the law reviews I submitted to, do I have to contact each one separately?
You do not! We can help you save a lot of time there. Using Scholastica you have the option to send bulk messages to law reviews, including Discussion messages, decision responses, and expedite requests. Learn more about how to communicate questions or important updates to multiple journals at once in the “Communicating” section of the Law Author Guide.
When should I expect a decision on my submission, and what can I do if I haven’t heard back from a law review in a long time?
In conversations with law editors we’ve learned that some law reviews in years past have only contacted authors about acceptances, often following the conventions of their past e-boards (this was not every law review, but it’s something we’ve heard anecdotally from some). These law reviews did not contact authors to let them know if they had decided against extending a publication offer.
As it’s become more evident to law reviews that authors prefer to hear a response to their submission (even when that means getting a rejection), law reviews sending decisions letters for all articles has become more commonplace. At Scholastica, we are also taking steps to help educate law review editors about the importance of making decisions on all articles. Every submission season (spring and fall) we email editors reminding them to send decision letters and providing resources on why it’s so important for authors, like this blog on reasons law reviews should send rejections.
The best way to get information about specific law review decision timeframes is to directly contact the law review(s) to which you submitted. As noted, via Scholastica, you can send the same message to multiple law reviews at once using the bulk Discussion feature.
As a quick overview for those who aren’t familiar — expedite requests (or “expedited decision requests”) are when you notify one or more of your preferred law reviews that your article has received an offer from another journal and ask them to send you an article decision before your response to the other offer(s) is due.
Once you’ve sent an expedited decision request message, it cannot be edited or changed. If you’ve received a new publication offer or need to revise the priority deadline for an expedite request, you should simply send another expedite request message — as noted, you can do this in bulk to save time.
You can send expedite requests even if the publication offer you’re communicating was extended by a law review that does not use Scholastica for submissions (or if the offer was made via phone, etc.).
Congratulations on your pending publication! Now that you’re at the finish line it’s time to let the other law reviews you submitted to know that your article is out of the running. The best (and clearest) way to notify law reviews that your submitted article should no longer be considered is to withdraw it.
You can withdraw from multiple law reviews at once or one at a time by following the steps found in our law author guide.
Do I really need to withdraw my submission after accepting a publication offer? Won’t they just get the hint after I stop replying?
Similar to the stress that law authors feel when juggling their submissions to multiple law reviews, law editors are under pressure during submission season — chasing down submissions and waiting to hear back from authors to fill their books for the year (amidst classes, internships, and more). It’s responsible and much appreciated when law authors promptly withdraw their submission from consideration — letting law editors know that they should look elsewhere for the article they need. If you want to explain why you’ve withdrawn, you can always use Discussions to follow up with one or more law journals in more detail.
Overwhelmed and not sure where to start this submission season? The Law Review Submissions Center is a great hub with a constantly updating table of law reviews and their submission status (open vs closed), instructions on how to submit via Scholastica, pro tips, and insights from past submission cycle data.
Follow the #LRSubmissions hashtag on Twitter and The Conversation
For updates on law review openings and closings (and submission season in general) keep an eye on the #LRSubmissions hashtag and The Conversation thread on Scholastica. We encourage law journals to use both the #LRSubmissions hashtag and The Conversation to post their calls for papers and updates about article selection, so you’ll be able to find up-to-the-minute information about submission season straight from law reviews.
Have a burning question that wasn’t covered in this post? It’s likely addressed with step-by-step instructions and helpful images in our law author guide.
You can also reach out to our email@example.com email at any time — we’re here to help!
Update Note: This post was originally published on the 26th of January 2021 and updated on the 2nd of August 2021.