Farewell to the Fall Submission?

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  1. JC says:

    What are your thoughts about how the rise of online companion journals do to this? Those are open for submission anytime. Or are they considered sufficiently “non-prestigous” such that most law profs aren’t going to bother to submit to them?

  2. Just a note, not all online companion journals are indeed “open for submission anytime.” Last December, I wrote a piece on the Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act, which had been enacted that same month.

    Because time was of the essence, I wanted to publish it right away, but most of the online journals I submitted it to were “full,” and wouldn’t open for submissions again until the Spring. (Kudos to the Michigan Law Review First Impressions, for publishing the piece and for not being full!)

  3. Peter says:

    Besides the “online companion journals,” there is another set of journals that genuinely are “open for submission anytime” — peer reviewed journals. Of course most will not publish an article right away, and will take longer to render a decision than non-peer-reviewed journals (and most will not permit simultaneous submission). Still, if it’s a question of finishing something in May, and waiting until Feb. to send it out, then you might well get an answer from a peer reviewed journal (and be able to post it online as forthcoming), before the following Feb.

  4. JC says:

    Wm. Baude – thanks. But generally speaking, the online companions don’t hew to the fall/spring submission windows. In fact, many strive (at least in theory) to get quick turnarounds in order to keep the debate timely. Your caveat is appreciated, though.

  5. Anon says:

    Somehow, this post leaves me feeling very old, since I remember the last time people though the Fall submission period was on the wane. Then, as part of the competitive process for obtaining high quality submissions, some law reviews realized they could get higher quality articles if they left more spots open in the Fall. After all, a few top people were still submitting then and some of them accepted with those journals because they were the only ones to make offers. Pretty soon, an equilibrium developed and the Fall became crowded again (both with submissions and reviews accepting submissions), leading more people to submit and more reviews to accept in the Spring and the cycle began again. Sometimes this process has been interrupted with periods of journals moving to early decision/exclusive submission windows just prior to both period. In any case, it is a cycle and, absent some structural change in Law schools (such as year-round school or changes in the timing of board transitions) the Fall submission period will rise once again.