We understand that as a legal scholar you may have some questions about submitting to law reviews via Scholastica, or if you’re a law librarian you may be looking for more information about our platform to help your faculty use it. We want to ensure that all authors are equipped for submission season success. Read on for answers to the questions we most frequently hear from authors and links to some informative resources!
Institutions can create accounts to sponsor Scholastica submission fees for their authors. When submitting to law reviews via Scholastica, if your institution is subsidizing submissions you’ll see a banner letting you know that your fees are covered on the law review submission pool page (as shown above). There are over 200 institutional accounts set up to sponsor law authors on Scholastica. Not sure if your institution has an account? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you are part of an insitution 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.
I’ve tweaked my manuscript since submitting it to a law review, how do I send the updated version to the editors?
Think of your submission like an email — once it’s been sent, it’s in the recipient’s hands and can’t be altered. If there’s new information or files that you want editors to have, you should send a fresh message letting them know you’ve made an update to your article that you’d like them to consider.
On Scholastica, the best way to provide the editors of law reviews you submitted to with 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 the journal(s) to which you have submitted. You can attach an updated manuscript file by clicking “Add file” once you’ve created a Discussion.
There are some key benefits to sending editors updates via Discussions rather than generic email that you should know about. 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 journal in a long time?
In conversations with law editors we have 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 is something we’ve heard anecdotally from some). These law reviews did not contact authors to let them know that 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 journal 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, 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 submissions 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.
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