(Pre-)Expedited Review Question

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4 Responses

  1. Former Executive Articles Editor says:

    When I was on the editorial board for my law review (2007), we amended the submission guidelines to discourage authors from requesting expedited review in the absence of an actual offer. The reason is that we never actually accelerated our reading schedule except in response to either (1) finding out something substantive about the article that piqued our interest (e.g., in a blog post or conversation with someone), or (2) being forced to meet a new deadline for expedited review.

    So, I’d say that blogging prolifically about your latest article would probably be a more fruitful strategy!

  2. Another Former Articles Editor says:

    I was on the 2007 editorial board for one of the higher-ranked law reviews. Our policy was to accelerate our review of articles in response to final read notices from schools with very short offer windows (usually 3 days or less). I could tell you which ones those were 2 years ago, but I imagine the information is out-of-date since these things change from year to year.

    A safe bet is to ask the person who contacts you how long you would have to accept their offer. If the window is less than a week, telling other journals is a good idea. If it’s more than a week, I wouldn’t bother.

  3. under the pile says:

    As a current articles editor, my inbox (which I’m ignoring right now) is chock full of expedite requests, which require me to sort through a massive pile to find what others think are gems. I’m willing to do it, to use my lower ranked brethren and cistern as first readers, because if I don’t act I won’t get a look at this piece. But telling me someone else is reading your article and MIGHT make you an offer? Sorry, I’m not gonna take the time to plow through that pile unless I KNOW I have to act. I’m just too freakin busy. I can work fast if I have to, and I am working fast, because I have to, all the time. But an email about a final read means nothing to me. Tell me about an offer or don’t waste my time.

  4. Darian Ibrahim says:

    To the last comment, I can imagine the crushing workload of an articles editor at this time of year (much worse than when I did it a decade ago thanks to electronic submissions). But I don’t see how offers vs. final reads is as much of a dichotomy as you suggest *if* the final read is from a well-respected journal. Here’s my thinking:

    It all depends on what kind of information you, as an editor, want. You might only want to know what you have to read and respond to right now, and if so then offers are the only thing that matters. But do you really *have* to read anything you don’t want to? You have the power! And I know several articles editors, both where I’ve taught and placed, who don’t pay attention to expedite requests like they used to because they are often a poor proxy for quality. If editors are always responding to expedites from low-ranked or unnamed journals, they never get around to reading the good stuff, right? So at least from what I’ve heard, editors are looking for better ways to sort.

    Some will ask their professors for advice, which has its own pros and cons. But if it’s a signaling mechanism you want, an opportunity to separate the wheat from the chaff, then doesn’t an article making it to the final review stage at a great journal provide a better signal than your ordinary expedite request?

    Disclaimer: my latest article (blogged about in my most recent post) is not on final review anywhere (that I know of), so this is merely a hypothetical inquiry!