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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.

Submission Methods

The Boston College Law Review accepts submissions year-round. We are currently accepting submissions for our September 2013 and November 2013 issues.

BCLR accepts both electronic and hard copy submissions. We strongly prefer to receive submissions via our online submission system.

We now accept submissions via Scholastica and no longer accept submissions via ExpressO. More information about our Scholastica transition is available here.

Even if you choose to submit an article in hard copy, we encourage you to send a supplementary electronic copy via our online submission service (Scholastica) or e-mail (bclr@bc.edu), as this will help us review your article more quickly. If you submit the same article both electronically and in hard copy, please indicate this in your cover letter and your e-mail.

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

Further Guidelines
Please submit the following items along with your article:

  1. Cover letter that references the article’s title, briefly describes the article, and contains the author’s name, affiliation, and full contact information (including phone number and e-mail address); and
  2. Resume, bio, or brief curriculum vitae.

For electronic submissions, we prefer Microsoft Word format, but will also accept documents in WordPerfect or Adobe Acrobat formats. For other formats, please inquire before submitting.

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 received a formal offer of publication from another journal, we will make every effort to comply with a request for expedited review.

Again, we prefer that you use Scholastica’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.

Regardless of the method you use to request expedited review, we require all of the following information:

  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 gordonjo@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 2 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 International & Comparative Law Review publishes 2 issues annually. It is one of approximately thirty law reviews in the United States devoted solely to international legal issues. ICLR’s scope is broad and it pursues articles that address a variety of international and comparative law issues that arise in this era of globalization and a uniting Europe. Manuscripts for the International & Comparative Law Review should be sent to iclr@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 gordonjo@bc.edu.

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