Publication Process

Accepting and Reviewing Article Submissions

The Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law (TJSTEL) accepts article submissions from legal scholars, attorneys, law clerks, and other authors with a legal education, including those who are licensed to practice law in foreign countries. While TJSTEL looks favorably upon authors who are well-published or are experienced in fields related to science, technology, or the environment, there are no required credentials that a prospective author must possess in order to be published. The one caveat is that TJSTEL does not publish student articles from outside the Temple Law School community.

Although TJSTEL prefers prospective authors to submit articles electronically via bepress, hard copy submissions are also accepted and may be sent to:

Executive Editor of Publications
Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Executive Editor of Publications, upon the advice and feedback of the Research and Articles Editors (RAEs), makes final decisions regarding article selection. Articles submitted to TJSTEL must have a connection to science, technology, or environmental law; however, TJSTEL takes a flexible approach in determining whether an article contains an acceptable degree of connection to these core topics. Additionally, the following attributes are also considered when reviewing submissions for publication:

Any distinguishing feature(s), such as non-traditional article formats (reports of studies, narratives, etc.), use of graphical or pictorial materials, responses to articles published in previous issues of TJSTEL or topics or arguments that are likely to evoke responses in future writing

Because of the time-consuming and meticulous nature of editing scholarly writing, TJSTEL seeks to accept articles that are in substantially publishable condition when submitted. TJSTEL also kindly requests that submissions be double-spaced with consecutively numbered footnotes.

Editing Submissions for Publication

After a submission is accepted for publication, it undergoes a thorough editing process whereby both the substantive and technical aspects of the article are checked for accuracy. Each RAE oversees the work of approximately ten Staff Editors as they guide the article through the following three major steps of the publication process: (1) Source Compilation; (2) Cite-Check; and (3) Critical Read.

Upon completion of the critical read, the article is returned to the author, generally in a form that is marked-up to reflect all of the revisions that were made during the editing process. It is TJSTEL's policy to try and avoid making any changes to the substantive content of an author's work. Accordingly, the editorial staff makes a strong effort to maintain all original material related to an author's personal expression or opinion, and instead focus on correcting citations, grammar, and punctuation in order to improve the overall readability of the writing. In some instances, however, substantive changes are necessary to ensure that the work is of publishable quality. Any such substantive changes or suggestions made during the editing process are ultimately subject to the author's approval.

To ensure that authors are kept abreast of all developments with their articles, TJSTEL strives to maintain open communication with authors throughout every stage of the editing process. This not only serves to sustain constructive working relationships between TJSTEL and authors, but also helps the editorial staff obtain obscure source materials that may only be available from the authors themselves.


For publication submissions, please contact Patrick Madden