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Publishing for Legal Scholars

A guide to publishing for legal scholars


Scholastica is a service that a small but growing number of law reviews are using to accept submissions.The law library has an institutional account with Scholastica for use by faculty and staff. To sign up, contact Elliott Hibbler. He will add your name and email to the account, and Scholastica will email you instructions on how to claim the account.


ExpressO is shutting down in the middle of 2021. 

ExpressO is a service allows authors to electronically submit manuscripts to their choice of 750+ law reviews. For an overview read the "Getting Started with ExpressO" page and set up your account using your NUSL email. ExpressO also provides FAQ about the submission process. NUSL has an institutional account with ExpressO. Students will be subsidized for up to 50 submissions from Northeastern's student account. To use the institutional account, contact Elliott Hibbler to have your name and email added to the subsidized list of users.

ExpressO has created this guide for the 2020-21 submission cycle.

The hardest part of using ExpressO is figuring out where the login screen is. You can click on "My Account" and then the arrow in the ExpressO box, or just click this link: ExpressO login.


Preparing the Submission

Journals want to publish the best articles possible. The primary signal of an article's quality is the article itself, but there are other signals that could tip the balance in favor of an article. 

Formatting the Article

Follow the journal's style guide. If it asks for submissions to be in 18pt Comic Sans MS, so be it. (Just change the font back to something more standard for other journals.) Have your citations as close to Bluebook style as possible, but for tricky sources, focus on readability and consistency. 

Have a Good Abstract!

The abstract is the first thing a reviewer will read. Given the number of articles a law review typically receives, it is important to give a reviewer a reason to keep reading.

Update Your CV

If a law review is going to use your professional history as a factor in publication, do not force them to hunt the internet for it. Your CV is an opportunity to show your authority one a subject. This is epsecially useful for newer scholars who do not have a long history of publications.

Special Submission Rules

Some journals, particularly peer-reviewed journals in the sciences, require an exclusive opportunity to review a submitted work. If you are considering submitting to one of these journals, do not post work work on public repositories like SSRN until you are sure it will not jeopardize your submission's status.