Law Review Author Guide
Everything you need to know to manage your submission: A guide for law authors
Submitting, juggling expedite requests, and tracking decisions on your article across law reviews can be exhausting. When you use Scholastica to submit to law reviews every step of the process is organized in one, easy to manage place. Read on to learn how to expertly navigate and best utilize Scholastica!
Creating your Scholastica account
If you don't yet have a Scholastica account, fear not! You can sign up quickly and easily by following these steps:
- Visit the sign up page here
- Please do NOT create a second account if you have already signed up. If you already have an account, you can follow the steps to login here.
- Fill out every field of the form. Don't worry if you don't have time to go into details now, you can always edit your profile later!
- Click "Signup" when you're finished
- You'll be shown a screen that looks like this alerting you that you've been sent a confirmation email:
- Check the inbox of the email address you used to sign up for Scholastica. You should find a confirmation email that looks like this:
- Click "confirm" in the email and you should now be able to log into your Scholastica account!
Logging into Scholastica account
If you already have a Scholastica account, you can follow these steps to access your account.
- Visit the login page
- Enter your email address and the password that you used when you signed up for Scholastica
- Click 'Login'
Can't remember your password? Not a problem! Click 'Forgot password' and then enter the email address for your Scholastica account to reset it.
Updating Scholastica account details
Have you changed institutions, email addresses, or any other personal information? Don't create a brand-new account, just update your existing one!
To update your email address or password
Log into your Scholastica account, mouseover your name at the top right and click 'My Account'.
You can also verify institutional sponsorship information on this page.
To update personal information
To edit details like your name, school affiliation, profile picture, etc., mouseover your name at the top right and click 'My Profile' then 'Edit Profile'.
This personal profile page is visible to Scholastica users.
Submitting a manuscript
Why submit on Scholastica?
- You can manage your submissions to over 80% of all top general law reviews on Scholastica, making it easier to keep track of publication offers and send expedites.
- Our Customer Success team conducts personalized trainings to equip new boards with the skills they need to review every submission promptly and provide respectful feedback.
- Law reviews that use Scholastica are encouraged during trainings and outreach to follow their own best practices which benefits authors, including making decisions on all manuscripts.
- You'll receive speedy customer support assistance from a real human (most of the time that human is named Christine, though you may encounter some of my colleagues on Support during the busy submission seasons).
How to submit on Scholastica
Have you fine-tuned your files? Revised your resume? Then you're ready to submit! Submitting your manuscript to law reviews on Scholastica is a quick and efficient process.
- From your Dashboard, click 'Submit a manuscript'
- Click 'Go to submission pool' on the browse journals page
- Find the law reviews you'd like to submit to and click each one. As you select law reviews, they will appear in your "cart" on the top right.
- Verify that your manuscript follows the law review's guideline by clicking 'Guidelines' to read their 'For Authors' information
- Once you've chosen all of your law reviews, click 'Next Step'
- Fill out all of the fields on the Manuscript Information page
- There is no limit to the number of files you submit, though you must at a minimum submit your manuscript file and your CV.
- The order in which the keywords and author information are entered is not saved.
- If you are asked to enter billing information at the bottom, that means that you are not sponsored by your institution. If you feel that you should be, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can check to see if your school has an account.
- Double and triple check all of your files before submitting -- submissions are final and you won't be able to swap files out later (though you can send updated files to the editors via Discussions)
- Click 'Next Step' to get to the final page where you can verify all of the details of your submission before clicking that submit button
- Depending on the size of your file and the number of law reviews to which you're submitting, your submission may take up to 10 minutes to process.
Creating, resuming, and completing a draft submission
When submitting your manuscript, your submission will automatically save a few seconds after you've made a change (like adding another journal to your cart or editing your abstract). The auto-save function ensures you don't lose work if you begin submitting, but need to step away or relocate to a different computer before completing your submission.
If you have started a submission that you need to resume at a later time, you can find your saved draft by logging into your account and navigating to My Manuscripts. To resume your draft and complete your submission, just click "Resume submission" on the draft. If you no longer wish to complete that submission, you can remove the draft by clicking the "Draft group submission" dropdown and selecting "Delete draft".
Note: Once you've submitted your manuscript, you cannot further edit the submission, as noted in the affirmation on the final step of the submission process pictured below:
If there are updates or edits you'd like to communicate to the journal editors after you've completed your submission, please use Discussions to do so.
Best practices for your submission (as overheard from law review editors)
- Read law reviews' submission guidelines before submitting
- Ensure that your abstract is skim-able and as easy to digest as possible
- Include citations, especially when making or quoting legal assertions
- For more submission tips from law review editors, click here!
How to submit the same manuscript to more law reviews
You've just completed your submission and, a few hours later, check the #LRSubmissions hashtag on Twitter only to find that one of the law reviews you'd most like to publish with just opened for submissions! Save yourself the time of reentering your submission details and instead simply submit your manuscript to more law reviews.
To submit to more:
- Go to 'My Manuscripts' then 'Send this to more journals'
- You'll be taken to the submission pool where you can select the additional law reviews you'd like to submit to. Add the additional law reviews to your cart.
- Complete the submission.
If you're using the 'submit to more' function, you won't be able to select law reviews to which you've already submitted — saving you an accidental double submission.
Please note: If you need to change any details about your submission at all, you'll need to create a new submission. The 'submit to more' function doesn't allow for any editing of the content of the submission.
Communicating with a journal
Discussions are the general communication system within Scholastica. They should be used for messages like:
- "I forgot to send my cover letter! I have attached it to this Discussion message."
- "I was recently asked to present on the topic of my paper and received acclaim from many professors including...etc."
- "Can you please tell me how long your review process takes on average?"
Expedite requests are sent by law authors manually and do not require validation in the system. Expedite requests are used to notify a law review that you have another offer and as such need to hear back from them with a decision within your given timeframe.
Here's how expedite requests appear to the editors on the manuscript table:
At minimum, an expedite request includes where the most important publication offer is from and the date and time by which you need a decision. You can also add any additional comments or offers for the editors.
If you no longer want your submission to be considered by a law review for any reason - you received an offer from a different law review that you've accepted, you changed your mind about publishing with a law review, or you made such significant changes to your submission that you no longer want law reviews to consider the old version - you'll want to withdraw your submission from consideration.
Withdrawal is permanent and tells the law reviews that that submission is now off the table. If you'd like to clarify why you're withdrawing, you can do so via Discussions.
Perform actions on your submission at multiple law reviews
To take the same action at multiple law reviews at once:
- Check the box next to each journal at which you want to take action.
- Select 'Start a Discussion', 'Send expedite request', or 'Withdraw' from the 'Bulk Actions' dropdown, then click 'Go'.
- Take any additional steps needed (if Discussion -- enter subject line and message, if Expedite Request -- enter offer information and date)
Perform actions on your submission at a single law review
To take action at one particular law review rather than at multiple at a time, you will go to the listing for that law review and select your action from the hyperlinks below it:
What are publication offers?
Law reviews operate differently from standard peer-reviewed journals. Because law authors are not submitting under the assumption that they are only considering publication with one law review, they are given offers of publication rather than a decision of accept (and all the terms and conditions that automatically come with it).
What do publications offers look like?
Publication offers can be viewed in two places: My Manuscripts and the Submission Details page. You can filter to view just the submissions that have received publication offers on both pages.
Who can see publication offers?
Only you, the author, and the law review who extended the offer can see the publication offer.
If you submitted to Law Review A and Law Review B, then Law Review A extended a publication offer, Law Review B is not notified in any way of that information and has no way to know unless you choose to share it with them.
How do I respond to them?
To respond to a pending publication offer, you'll simply:
- Click the 'Accept/Decline offer' button to be taken to the Publication Decision page
- You'll then choose to either 'Accept publication offer' or 'Decline (with optional comments)'
Aside from logging into Scholastica and checking 'My Manuscripts', you may also be notified of any decisions via email.
Editors can, however, choose to toggle off email notifications of decisions, so it is worth logging in and checking your Scholastica account periodically to see if there are any decisions that weren't sent with an accompanying email notification.
Here is an example email notification:
To both save yourself confusion later and be courteous to law reviews who may still be spending time reading your manuscript, you'll want to make sure that you withdraw your manuscript from consideration once you have accepted a publication offer from a law review.
Withdrawing from all the other remaining law reviews ensures that your submission is clearly off the market and should no longer be considered by any other publication.
Tips for the most successful submission season possible
1. When should I submit?
While we don't have the perfect answer to that question, we have pulled submission data from 2013-2014 in order to share some insights about the submission season cycle and highlight any trends we could find.
2. Do your research on the law review before submitting
Almost all law reviews will have their author guidelines listed online and will appreciate you (and your article) a lot more if they don't have to do a lot of work to reformat your piece to meet their criteria.
This also goes for law review topic -- mass submission to 200+ law reviews may increase your odds of getting an offer, but it doesn't necessarily increase your odds of getting an offer that you'd actually like to take. Quickly skim the journal's information and past content to see if you feel that your piece would be a valuable contribution for the readers of that law review.
3. Communication is key
Submission season can be an incredibly busy and stressful time on top of the already busy lives of law professors and students — we'd like to be of help in any way we can.
If you have any questions about Scholastica or suggestions for improvement we'd love to hear from you! Please reach out to us at email@example.com.