How to Submit
The Harvard Law Review welcomes submissions of Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews.
UPDATE: Following Harvard’s decision to shift to remote teaching and close on-campus housing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our submission process will proceed at a delayed pace. We will continue to process submissions as we receive them and remain committed to reviewing each submission as thoroughly and quickly as possible. To improve the efficiency of our review process, we kindly ask that you withdraw any submissions for which you have accepted an offer of publication elsewhere. We thank you for your understanding and patience.
The Harvard Law Review requests that contributors comply with the following standards:
We strongly encourage contributors to submit their manuscripts through our electronic submission system, preferably in Microsoft Word format. Alternatively, you may submit a hard copy by mail; please address all manuscripts to: Articles Office, Harvard Law Review, Gannett House, 1511 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. Please note that we will not accept articles submitted via email.
The Review strongly prefers articles under 25,000 words in length including text, footnotes, and appendices. Length in excess of 30,000 words will weigh significantly against selection. Only in rare cases will we unconditionally accept articles over 37,500 words. For background regarding the Review’s length policy, please see a joint letter issued by a number of law journals across the country.
To facilitate our anonymous review process, please confine your name, affiliation, biographical information, and acknowledgments to a separate cover page. Please include the manuscript’s title on the first text page.
Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnotes should conform to the 20th edition of the Bluebook.
If you would like to request an expedited review of your submission, please refer to the unique link provided to you in your Submission Confirmation Email. If you did not receive this message, be sure to check your Spam / Junk folder.
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Seven-Day Offer Window
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.
Preference for Exclusivity
We strongly recommend that you submit your manuscript to us exclusively. As described 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 to the Review exclusively at least 10 days before submitting it to other journals.
Authors who choose to give us an exclusive submission should indicate 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 the stages of our review process.
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 by the next volume. While we encourage contributors to submit articles as soon as they are ready, we do not review articles between mid-May and the beginning of 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 fewer 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.
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.
While most of our Book Reviews are solicited, we welcome submissions of both proposals and finished Book Reviews. Because the selection process for Book Reviews differs from the process for Articles and Essays, we strongly encourage authors to submit both through our electronic submission system and by email to the Book Reviews Chair at [email protected]. Proposals need not be long; many successful proposals run just a few pages, and some are short enough to fit in the body of an email. Please bear in mind that we strongly prefer to publish Book Reviews within one year of the title's publication date and that proposals accepted during the spring Articles season will be published no earlier than December.
The Review is not accepting proposals for co-sponsored symposia for our print publication at this time.
Source Attribution Policy
The Review aims to ensure that any ideas that already exist in the literature are properly referenced. To that end, we do not permit authors to repurpose sentences or paragraphs published elsewhere without quotation marks or citations. As part of our editorial process, we require quotation marks whenever a non-trivial amount of exact language has appeared in another source and citations whenever an idea has been paraphrased from another source — even if the source is the author's prior work. The Review's editors work with authors we publish to help them meet our self-citation requirements.