Submission Guidelines

The Review of Litigation does accept electronic submissions. Please send all electronic submissions to . If you prefer to send your manuscript by hard copy, you may send it to the following address:

Chief Articles Editor
The Review of Litigation
The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, Texas 78705

We regret that we are unable to return manuscripts submitted by hard copy.

Review Period and Expedited Review
We try to respond to submissions within two weeks of receiving them. However, potential authors must be aware that each submission must undergo a rigorous review process and preemption check before we can offer publication. If your article has been accepted by another journal and you need to request expedited review, you may do so by emailing us at or by calling (512) 471-4386. Please supply us with your name, the name of your article, and the name of the journal that has already offered you publication, and we will attempt to comply with the request as soon as possible.

Article Specifics
TOPIC: The Review publishes articles that have a "litigation" component – not necessarily articles that are exclusively focused upon litigation – as long as the topic is timely. This broad characterization means that we publish articles covering a wide variety of topics, from arbitration to attorney's fees to HIPAA regulations. We prefer to focus upon arguments, issues, and points of view that have not yet received national attention, but would be helpful to lawyers situated throughout the country. Publishing such an article would thus allow the author to convey thoughts to a national audience and to influence the current state of the law.

DEADLINES: The Review solicits articles for publication year-round. The first issue, which will go to print sometime in late fall, will likely accept submissions through the middle of September. The second issue, which will go to print sometime in February or March, will likely accept submissions through the middle of November. Finally, the third issue, which will go to print sometime in May, will likely accept submissions through the end of January. Although, as space is finite, we will only continue to consider articles for publication in each issue until the issue is “full.”

LENGTH: The Review is currently considering articles with as few as 8 pages to articles as lengthy as 60 pages. We do not have any specific length we are seeking, although a concise, well-written, and timely piece might be preferable to a longer article of the same quality. As such, The Review, in conjunction with journals such as the Texas Law Review and other journals at Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, U. Penn., Virginia, and Yale, has endorsed the statement reprinted below. However, The Review still considers every article on its own merits and does not discriminate either for or against any article based on length. The endorsement of this statement is only done as a way of showing potential authors that The Review is just as interested in receiving an 8 page article as it is in receiving a 60 page article.

In mid-December, the Harvard Law Review conducted a nationwide survey of law faculty regarding the state of legal scholarship. Nearly 800 professors completed the survey and submitted their feedback. Complete tabulations of the survey will soon be available on the web. Importantly, the survey documented one particularly unambiguous view shared by faculty and law review editors alike: the length of articles has become excessive. In fact, nearly 90% of faculty agreed that articles are too long. In addition, dozens of respondents submitted specific comments, identifying the dangers of this trend and calling for action. Survey respondents suggested that shorter articles would enhance the quality of legal scholarship, shorten and improve the editing process, and render articles more effective and easier to read.

The law reviews listed above are very grateful for the constructive feedback and wish to acknowledge a role in contributing to this unfortunate trend in legal scholarship. To the extent that the article selection or editing process encourages the submission and publication of lengthier articles, each of the law reviews listed above is committed to rethinking and modifying its policies as necessary. Indeed, some have already done so. The vast majority of law review articles can effectively convey their arguments within the range of 40–70 law review pages [which translates approximately to 20,000 to 35,000 words, including footnotes], and any impression that law reviews only publish or strongly prefer lengthier articles should be dispelled. Ultimately, individual law reviews will have to decide for themselves how best to resolve these concerns. Please know, however, that editors across the country are cognizant of the troubling trend toward longer articles and are actively exploring how to address it.


           
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