Columbia Law Review is no longer accepting Article and Essay submissions for print publication in our Spring, 2014 books. We will begin accepting submissions for print publication in February, 2014. Columbia Law Review Sidebar will continue to review submissions on a rolling basis.**
Regular Submission Review
The Columbia Law Review is published eight times a year, in every month but February, July, August, and September. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, and we require authors to submit pieces electronically. We no longer accept submissions in hard copy via mail.
- Submit only one, double spaced copy of your manuscript. We greatly prefer if submissions appear in Microsoft Word format. Regular submissions are only accepted electronically via our website-based submissions system. Please note that we do not accept regular submissions by e-mail, disk, or facsimile.
- Text and citations should conform to A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010) (“The Bluebook”). Footnotes are strongly preferred over endnotes.
- We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.
We believe that a vast majority of law review articles can convey their arguments effectively with between 20,000 and 37,000 words (including footnotes). We will accept submissions exceeding 32,000 words in the event that the length is merited. We will, however, give strong preference to pieces that contain fewer than 32,000 words. This policy reflects our commitment to what a number of law reviews around the United States have recognized: We can do our part to make legal scholarship more focused and effective. For additional information regarding Sidebar submission requirements, please see the Sidebar section below.
Please do not submit student-written Articles or Essays. They will not be considered. We do, however, accept student-written Sidebar submissions.
Please allow 4–6 weeks for processing of all electronic submissions.
If you have received an offer from another journal for your Article, Essay, or Book Review and would like to request an expedited review, please click here.
Please be aware of the Review‘s policy concerning expedited reviews: If the Review makes an offer of publication for an Article, Essay, or Book Review following an expedited review, the author has only one hour from the time of actual notification in which to accept the offer. This policy does not apply to Sidebar pieces.
Articles and Essays
We have received many inquiries about the differences between essays and articles. First, it is important to emphasize that page length is irrelevant: Essays can certainly be long, and articles short.
Articles tend to be research pieces analyzing a problem and suggesting a solution. Such analysis usually articulates some background information to inform the reader, before turning to a novel argument. Along these lines, published articles regularly follow a traditional roadmap of introduction, background, analysis/argument, and conclusion, and provide a comprehensive treatment of a particular area of law. Articles tend to be formal in both the author’s tone and in the obligation to ground information and analysis in comprehensive substantive support via consistent citation.
Essays tend to address issues of particular interest to the legal academic community and are written with a tone and structure appropriate for a peer audience. Their scope, topics, approaches, and insights are diverse, and there is no “typical” or preferred structure of an Essay. The Review also accepts book reviews.
The Columbia Law Review’s Sidebar is committed to publishing responses to scholarship that appears in the Review’s print edition, as well as original pieces addressing pressing and dynamic legal issues. The criteria for Sidebar publication are consistent with the Review’s standards as a leading source of legal scholarship. Given that Sidebar’s purpose is to provide an online forum for legal discussion from a variety of perspectives, we strongly encourage authors to limit their submissions to 3,000-6,000 words (including footnotes). Submissions should also conform to the requirements (aside from word count suggestions) listed above. Sidebar pieces are published throughout the year on a continuous basis. Published content is available on Westlaw, in addition to being permanently available online in pdf format.