Articles and Essays

The Journal welcomes the submission of unsolicited articles and essays dealing with any aspect of legal history. Here are some things to know about our submission process:

  1. Our preferred length for manuscripts is 7,500-15,000 words.
  2. Manuscripts should be formatted in Microsoft Word.
  3. We use numbered footnotes. However, all manuscripts should begin with an asterisked footnote indicating your title, primary professional affiliation, and e-mail address. Listing of degrees, honors, bar admissions, previous published works, and the like is discouraged.
  4. Footnotes should follow the current edition of the Blue Book (alternatively, you may use the ALWD Manual or the MLA Style Guide).
  5. It is your responsibility to ensure that all citations (whether in the text or in the footnotes) are accurate and properly formatted.
  6. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time during the year. Simultaneous submission to other journals is permissible.
  7. Manuscripts are not acknowledged as received.
  8. We make publication decisions fairly rapidly. Thus, if you do not hear from us within 60 days of submitting your manuscript, you can safely assume that we have had to turn it down.
  9. Publication offers are made with the express understanding that your work is original, has not been previously published, and will be included in all of the electronic databases that carry the Journal.
  10. Upon publication, you will receive a complimentary PDF version of your contribution. You also can purchase paper reprints. For our reprint pricing sheet, please click here (PDF).

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Book Reviews

The Journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews. Books for possible review should be forwarded to the Editor.