Blogging Matters: YLJ Clarifies Empirical Submission Policy

In light of this post, the Yale Law Journal has clarified its submission requirements for empirical pieces. The new rule will read:

4. Data. We strongly recommend submitting .do and .dat files with any empirical submissions, and we may request this data before deciding whether to extend an offer of publication. Importantly, we can consider the piece more quickly if the files are provided at the time of submission.

This is much clearer, and makes complete sense. Anthony Vitarelli, incoming EIC of the Journal, further reports that they have in the past “asked to review data sets and will occasionally continue to do so when considering empirical pieces.”

I’ve got to say that the reactions of the California Law Review and now the YLJ reflect well on the student editors that run them. I seriously doubt that the peer-reviewed, hidebound, journals that rule other disciplines would be so quick to respond to criticisms from outsiders. Also, it is good that they are looking at the data before extending offers, and taking seriously their gatekeeping role. (Except to the extent that they keep my pieces out of the promised land.)

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