Law Library Support for Student Authors
The Law Library provides assistance to student authors seeking either publication or wider readership. Read about the services available below. If you have any questions about these services, or don't know which one is right for you, please contact Nick Szydlowski, Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Librarian:
Student authors wishing to submit their articles to law reviews outside of Boston College can take advantage of the library's subscription to ExpressO. ExpressO allows authors to easily submit an article to multiple journals. If you create an account on the ExpressO site with your @bc.edu email address, you will be recognized as a BC Law student, and ExpressO will limit your submission options to journals that accept submissions from students.
Students are encouraged to submit articles that have been accepted for publication to Digital Commons @ Boston College Law School, the Law School's institutional repository. Among other benefits, including your article in the repository exposes the full text of the article to Google searches, making it easier for potential employers and others to find your work.
In order to reach the widest possible audience, student authors may also wish to submit their work to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). SSRN is a freely available public database containing both published and unpublished scholarly articles in a variety of disciplines, including legal studies. If your article has been accepted for publication, make sure that you are not violating your publication agreement by posting your article to SSRN.
Law Review Companions
Many law reviews publish online companions which have separate submission processes and policies from their parent journals, and some of these companions accept student work. The law library maintains a list of law review companions; you can use the links on the list to investigate the specific submission policy of each publication.