In order to bring more attention to your articles, Drake Law School recommends that all faculty publish electronically and in law reviews to make articles accessible to web searches and to a larger audience. A library resource guide
is available to faculty for additional information on publishing.
Notify the law review or other publication that you are maintaining copyright ownership for yourself & intend to publish electronically as well as in the journal. Most law reviews will not have a problem with this as long as you also post the journal citation.
✓ Write an Abstract
Abstracts are typically one to two paragraphs in length.
✓ Submit to BePress
The BePress Legal Respository
is an archive of working papers and articles posted in the pre-publication stage. While it is similar in purpose to SSRN, the BePress Legal Respository reaches a different academic audience, so post to both services to ensure the broadest possible exposure. To upload scholarship to the Legal Repository establish a free individual account
. The site accepts papers in Word and will convert them into PDF.
✓ Submit to SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network (LSN)
SSRN is a repository of scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers that can be downloaded in full text. Author contact information accompanies the articles in an effort to encourage communication about research findings and interests. Anyone may post papers after establishing a free, individual account but all papers must be posted in a PDF format
. If you are unsure how to save a document as a PDF, your administrative assistant can assist you. SSRN also includes an e-submission service (similar to ExpressO) that allows you to electronically deliver manuscripts to your choice of 250 journals. Click here
for instructions on how to submit your article to the SSRN.
✓ Submit via ExpressO
ExpressO is a service from BePress that allows you to electronically deliver your manuscript to your choice of over 750 law school journals, including all of the top 100, by uploading the electronic file to the ExpressO site
. Click here
for instructions on how to create an ExpressO account and submit content.
When you start to receive offers you may wish to request expedited review from other journal editors. To do so go in your MY ACCOUNT page in ExpressO and click on the EXPEDITE link. Some journals may want a link to the article with the request for expedited review. If you have not posted the article to SSRN or other source please do so in order to have a permanent URL that can be easily forwarded.
If you encounter any trouble with submission directions, please contact Dean Edwards for assistance.