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Policies

Submissions

The four scholarly journals published by Boston College Law School are pleased to accept electronic submissions. In order to insure that all articles submitted are afforded prompt consideration, authors submitting manuscripts electronically are requested to conform to the following guidelines:

  • In addition to the article, please submit a cover letter referencing the article’s title, as well as the author’s name, address, affiliation, phone number and email contact information.
  • Electronic submissions are most easily opened if attached in MSWord format.
  • Finally, and most importantly, please submit the manuscript to the specific journal (or journals) you wish to evaluate it. The following descriptions should provide guidance with respect to which journal is the most appropriate recipient.

Submitting to the Boston College Law Review
Submitting to other BC Law Reviews

The Boston College Law Review (bclr@bc.edu) publishes 5 issues annually. It is the oldest scholarly publication at Boston College Law School. BCLR publishes a wide range of articles concerning diverse legal issues of national interest. In deference to the other reviews at the law school, however, the Review generally does not publish articles that focus exclusively on topics of third world, environmental or international law.

Article Submissions
The Boston College Law Review strongly prefers electronic submissions via the ExpressO online submission service, which may be accessed via the following link:

http://law.bepress.com/cgi/submit_lawreview.cgi?a=bostonclr

Even if you choose to submit an article in hard copy, sending a supplementary electronic copy will help us to review your article more quickly. If you submit the same article both electronically and in hard copy, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Hard copies and other non-electronic correspondence should be addressed to:

Boston College Law School
Attn: Boston College Law Review
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459-1163

Please note that we do not publish articles by law students currently enrolled at other schools. We reserve space for student-authored works in our volumes for our own students’ work.

Expedited Review
If your article has been formally accepted at another journal, we will make every effort to comply with a request for expedited review. Again, we prefer that you use ExpressO’s expedited review function for such requests. You may, however, request expedited review by e-mailing bclr@bc.edu with the phrase “expedited review” in the subject line.

When requesting an expedited review, please make sure to specify:
1. Your name and contact information;
2. The title of your article;
3. The source of the competing offer(s); and
4. Your deadline.

More Questions About Submissions?
John Gordon provides technical assistance, guidance and typesetting for the reviews. General review information or questions regarding article submissions, permission to reprint, subscription information, and purchasing back issues may be directed to John at the following: telephone (617) 552-8557; fax (617) 552-4098; or email bcpubs@bc.edu.

Boston College Law School's other publications accept electronic submissions at their email addresses set forth below.

The Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review publishes 3 issues annually. It is the nation’s second oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental law. EALR’s scope is expansive and is not limited to issues such as air and water pollution. It seeks articles that address such diverse topics as administrative law, land use regulation, and environmental equity jurisprudence. Manuscripts for the Environmental Affairs Law Review should be sent to ealr@bc.edu.

The Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice(founded in 1978 and publishing its first thirty-one volumes as the Third World Law Journal) is a unique periodical that fills the need for a progressive, alternative legal perspective on issues both within the United States and in the developing world. The Journal's scope includes issues affecting underrepresented populations, human and civil rights, immigration, women's and children's issues, and issues of disproportionate economic impact. Manuscripts for the Journal of Law and Social Justice should be sent to jlsj@bc.edu.

Matters of a general nature regarding reprint permission, subscriptions, bills, or claims should be sent to bcpubs@bc.edu.

Non-electronic submissions should be mailed to:
[Journal Title]
Boston College Law School
885 Center Street
Newton, MA 02459