Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts submitted to the Review must not be under consideration by another publication.

Articles published in Law & Society Review generally run 25 to 45 pages (roughly 8,000 to 14,000 words) in length. While substantially longer articles can be published, their importance must justify the additional space required. The editor reserves the right reject without review manuscripts that are substantially longer than typical articles.

What to submit: Manuscripts must now be submitted electronically through the World Wide Web. We strongly prefer receiving submissions as an Adobe PDF file. Word documents (.DOC files) and WordPerfect (.WPD files) documents are also acceptable formats provided that they are readable in a Windows operating environment. Regardless of which format is used, a single file must contain all text, references, tables, and figures, and must omit all identifying information about the author or authors (i.e., title page, identifying acknowledgments, references clearly identified as prior work of the author(s), etc.). In addition to the manuscript itself, authors must provide an abstract of approximately 100 words (a minimum of 100 characters and a maximum of 2,500 characters); the abstract can be in the manuscript, but it also must be provided in a separate field in the submission form (we recommend that authors simply cut and paste the abstract text into this field).

In preparing the manuscript, the author(s) should take particular care to remove the embedded identifying information created by Word, WordPerfect, and Adobe Acrobat. This information should be deleted prior to saving the file or converting from the word processor format to the PDF format. The information can be accessed (and deleted) by going to the document Properties submenu on the File menu in WordPerfect and Acrobat. In Microsoft Word 2000, you must delete the information from the File, Properties submenu, and also go to the User Information tab Tools, Options submenu, where you must replace the username with "anonymous." In Microsoft Word 2002 (in Office XP) and Word 2003, all of the embedded identifying information can be deleted by going to the Security Tab on the Tools, Options submenu, and clicking on the check box labeled "Remove personal information from this file on save." Submissions that do not have this embedded information removed may be delayed in processing until the author has provided an appropriately anonymous version.

Manuscript format: All text, including notes and references, should be double spaced with 1-inch margins; 12 pt Times New Roman is the preferred font for text, notes and references. References, tables, and figures should be placed at the end. A full style sheet is available on this website


Scholars interested in submitting a manuscript should feel free to contact the Editor by email at prior to submission about the appropriateness of their work for publication in the Review. If the editor believes, based on a brief description, that the manuscript is likely to be appropriate, the author(s) will be encouraged to submit the manuscript electronically.

The editorial office can be reached at

The Co-Editors for Volumes 48-50 (2014-2016) are Joachim Savelsberg and Tim Johnson.  The Managing Editor is Danielle McClellan.

Inquiries about book reviews and review essays should be directed to the Review Editor, Jinee Lokaneeta at