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Writing Notes and Comments for Journal Members

This guide is intended to assist journal members at Stanford Law School with writing and publishing Notes or Comments.

Opportunities to Publish Beyond Your Journal

Each law journal makes a limited number of publication offers for Notes and Comments. Not all Notes or Comments will be selected for publication due to limited space in a volume. If your Note or Comment is not selected for publication, there are outside opportunities available to publish your work, but you should be aware that many law journals do not accept submissions by current law students at other schools. 

SSRN

In addition to publishing in another journal outside of your law school, you may also wish to consider posting your legal scholarship on SSRN yourself. SSRN is dedicated to timely dissemination of social science research. Many law professors and other authors post drafts of both pre-publication and post-publication articles on SSRN in the Legal Scholarship Network to obtain exposure and widen their audience.

Submit to Other Law Journals

The Washington and Lee School of Law - Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking website is a helpful database to assist you with determining which journals to submit your Note to for publication consideration. However, you should always check a law journal's submission policy prior to submitting to that journal because many law journals do not accept submissions by current law students at other schools.

For additional assistance in determining which journals accept submissions by current law students, please see Levit, MacLachlan & Rostron's Submission of Law Student Articles for Publication

Most law journals prefer to receive submissions via electronic submission systems. One commonly used electronic submission systems is Scholastica. You can create a free account on Scholastica and browse journals currently accepting submissions; please note there is a cost to submit an article for consideration.   

Some journals also accept submissions through a form on their website, by email, or by mail. Check the individual journal's website to learn more about their submission policies and methods of accepting submissions. 

For information on submissions to online companions to major U.S. law reviews, please check out Boston College Law Library's "Law Review Companions" guide: https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/law/sites/students/library/using/faculty-services/law-review-companions.html.

  • "Online companions provide an opportunity to publish shorter pieces, usually on timely topics. Search for a parent journal or companion by title, select your article's approximate word count to see where it might be accepted, or sort and browse by rank and submission method. The information here is gathered and condensed from law review websites; make sure to visit the links provided for full submission policies."