Seven-Day Offer Windows
On April 19, 2011, the Harvard Law Review and several peer journals released a joint letter committing to give every author at least seven days to decide whether to accept any offer of publication. Eliminating "exploding offers" will improve the quality of our deliberations and the scholarship that we publish, and we invite all other student-edited law journals to join this letter.
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Preference for Exclusivity
We strongly recommend that you submit your manuscript to us exclusively. As described in more detail below, our review process is lengthy; unlike many journals, we conduct faculty reviews and a vote of our entire staff before we accept pieces. As a result, we are often unable to make quick decisions when faced with exploding offers from other journals. Accordingly, if your preference is to publish your manuscript in the Review
, please consider submitting the manuscript exclusively, at least 10 days before submitting it to other journals.
Authors who choose to give us an exclusive submission should indicate clearly in the cover letter and in our electronic submission system the date that they expect to send the manuscript to other journals. We apply the same standards of review to all submissions, but submitting exclusively makes it more likely that we will have time to put the manuscript through all of our stages.
The Harvard Law Review
carefully considers all
manuscripts that it receives. Our selection process has many steps: each piece is reviewed anonymously, at least two editors review every
submission, and many pieces go through substantially more stages of review, including an Articles Committee vote, a preemption check, faculty peer review, and a vote by the body of the Review
. Although we make every effort to honor requests for expedited review, we do not omit any of our review stages in response to such requests. When requesting an expedited review, please understand that our selection process takes time.
There is no "best" time to submit a manuscript to the Review.
We will never reject an article for lack of space; rather, we will hold it over for consideration for the next volume. While we encourage contributors to submit articles as soon as they are ready,
we do not review articles at all between mid-May and mid-August, so there is no need to rush during this period.
We also review and periodically publish "Essays." A piece will be considered an essay if it is 25 law review pages or less in length, and its primary purpose is to advance an idea, summarize a development, or initiate or engage in discussion. We strongly encourage authors to submit essays for consideration.
For information on submissions to the Harvard Law Review Forum
, which publishes responses to articles, essays, and book reviews appearing in the Harvard Law Review
, please see Forum & Responses
We notify authors of our decisions by email.
We normally do not inform authors of the status of their manuscripts other than through email. As a matter of policy, we do not discuss the reasons for our publication decisions.
Thank you for your interest in the Harvard Law Review.