Put your final edits to bed and finish out those pesky footnotes. It's almost time to send that piece out. Is there anything different in the submission season this spring?
Since last fall, several more law reviews have opted to use Scholastica as their exclusive provider of online submissions. Though the list of law journals is short (list below), it does pack a punch. And as Dan suggests, the increased cost may have an effect on the number of journals to which each author submits through electronic means ($5 compared to $2). Yet, isn’t this cost barrier really dependent on more law reviews raising their prices of playing the game? I can foresee -- especially when the dollars don’t come from individual pockets -- someone saying “I’ll pay an extra $75 to submit to those 15 journals. Do we expect more journals to join up with Scholastica?
With new announcements of Law Reviews switching to Scholastica as their exclusive carrier, also come several announcements for the opening of the submission cycle. For example, UC Davis announced its season as opening February 19. Lewis and Clark and Boston College both list February 1 in their announcement, though its ambiguous whether they mean they will open their Spring window February 1, or if February 1 is just the arbitrary date for exclusively accepting submissions through Scholastica. Anyone with inside knowledge, please discuss. Looking back at Sarah Lawsky's law review submission tracker from last year several journals listed early February, February 1, or even January as the beginning of their season (including Yale, Penn, Duke, Cornell, Texas, Georgetown, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wash U, Minnesota, GW, Illinois, William and Mary, Hastings and Florida). So maybe the season officially began on February 1.
General Law Reviews Accepting Through Scholastica
American University Law Review
Arizona Law Review
Arizona State Law Journal
Boston College Law Review (Feb. 1)*
California Law Review
Cardozo Law Review
Case Western Reserve Law Review
University of Iowa Law Review
Lewis and Clark Law Review (Feb. 1)*
NYU Law Review
Ohio Northern University Law Review
Southern California Law Review
UCLA Law Review
UC Davis Law Review (February 19)
University of Chicago Law Review
*Note, it is unclear whether February 1 is the effective date for these journals’ switch to Scholastica or whether that date is the opening of their Spring submission cycle.