Note: The Yale Law & Policy Review has completed article submissions for Volume 42 and is not currently accepting new article submissions. We plan on opening submissions for Volume 43 in early 2024. Separately, we are reviewing submissions for Inter Alia, our online edition, on a rolling basis. These pieces are usually much shorter (generally 2,500 words). You can find more information about Inter Alia submissions at the bottom of this page.
YLPR accepts only electronic submissions and strongly prefers receiving submissions via Scholastica, which can be accessed at https://ylpr.scholasticahq.com/.
Topics: YLPR publishes legal scholarship on a wide variety of topics that address a combination of legal and policy-oriented issues. YLPR strongly prefers publishing scholarship that includes both descriptive and normative analyses and a policy recommendation or critique. YLPR editors also strongly favor pieces that include some discussion of, or otherwise relate to, United States law and policy. Such scholarship might focus solely on the United States or offer a comparative international approach.
Length: YLPR strongly prefers Articles under 25,000 words (including footnotes) and will publish manuscripts over 25,000 words only under exceptional circumstances. In general, Essays are shorter pieces of legal scholarship (around 15,000 words including footnotes). YLPR accords the same weight to Articles as to Essays but distinguishes the two on the basis of scope and length.
Review Process: YLPR reviews submissions during the spring semester, beginning in February. The review process proceeds in two stages: (1) the YLPR submissions team reviews submissions and selects pieces to float to the YLPR executive board; (2) the YLPR executive board votes on which submissions to accept for publication. The Editors-in-Chief will extend offers of publication to authors.
Optional Demographic Information: Through the Scholastica submissions system, YLPR allows authors to submit an optional demographic information form when submitting their manuscript (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, academic position, etc.). This information will be visible to YLPR’s editors alongside the manuscript. Submitting demographic information through this form is completely optional.
Expedite Requests: If an author has received a formal offer of publication from another journal and would like YLPR to expedite review of that piece, the author should indicate that in their Scholastica submission. YLPR will attempt to honor requests for expedited review.
Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews
YLPR’s student publications submissions process is open to all current Yale Law School students, including graduating third-year law students. Your Note, Comment, or Book Review should include analysis of both law and policy. Yale Law School students may submit Notes, which cannot exceed 20,000 words (including footnotes), Comments or Book Reviews, which cannot exceed 3,000 words (excluding footnotes). For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can submit a note, comment, or book review for consideration using the YLPR Volume 42 Student Scholarship Submission Form, which includes specific submissions guidelines. Our first deadline for submissions (“drop date”) is Friday, April 14, 2023 at 11:59pm EST. Our second drop date is Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EST. To be considered during the first round of submissions, authors must submit by the first drop date.
Submissions should be uploaded to the YLPR Volume 42 Student Scholarship Submission Form. If, for some reason, you are unable to upload the submission and Statement of Originality using the form, you may instead email your materials to email@example.com with the subject line “YLPR [Note/Comment/Book Review] Submission” by either drop date.
We believe that each piece of student scholarship should be considered purely on its merits. We therefore use an anonymous screening process in which the identity of the author is unknown unless the piece is accepted.
Under no circumstances should you reveal your identity anywhere in your Note, Comment, or Book Review, anywhere in your Statement of Originality, or anywhere else in your submission materials. Please do not discuss your work with the members of the Selection Committee.
Volume 42 Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews Selection Committee: Adrianna Duggan, Morgan Feldenkris, Emma Roberts, Aisha Adekunle, Mijal Epelman, Amber Gibson, Victoria Maras, Nina Reddy, and Adam Schwab.
To ensure the fair consideration of each student piece, we ask that authors please conform to the following procedure:
- Include your Student ID Number (SID) in the document name of your submission and Statement of Originality. Notes should be named: Note_[All 9 Digits of SID] (e.g., “Note_123456789”). Statements of Originality should be named: Statement_[All 9 Digits of SID] (e.g., “Statement_123456789”). The same procedure should apply to Comments and Book Reviews.
- Also include your SID in the header of each page of your piece and its Statement of Originality. The header will not count towards your word limit.
- If you do need to email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org, please conform to the following instructions: In the body of the e-mail to which your submission is attached, include only your name, phone number, e-mail address, and SID. Your identifying information should not be present anywhere else in your submission.
If any of the above requirements are not met, we will not be able to consider your Note, Comment, or Book Review for publication.
If you have questions or concerns regarding submitting a student piece, please contact Editors-in-Chief Danny Haidar and Karissa Kang at email@example.com, who will act as liaisons between authors and the Selection Committee in order to preserve the impartiality and anonymity of the selection process.
Inter Alia is the Yale Law & Policy Review’s online companion to the print edition. Inter Alia serves as a cutting-edge forum for short, timely, normative scholarship at the intersection of law and policy.
Submissions: Inter Alia accepts only electronic submissions. Submissions should be uploaded to the YLPR Volume 42 Inter Alia Submission Form. If, for some reason, you are unable to upload your submission and your resume or CV using the form, you may instead email your materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “YLPR INTER ALIA SUBMISSION–[First Name][Last Name].” Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Topics: Inter Alia seeks submissions that directly and incisively engage with current policy issues or respond to recent scholarship on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and policy. Published on a rolling basis, Inter Alia pieces should be timely and highly normative. Descriptive sections should be kept short and all submissions should include a policy recommendation or critique. Inter Alia Editors also favor pieces that relate to United States law and policy, though scholarship may offer a comparative international approach.
Length: Inter Alia strongly prefers Remarks under 2,000 words (excluding footnotes) and will publish Remarks over 2,500 words only under exceptional circumstances. For more information about submission procedures or topical guidelines, please contact Volume 42 at email@example.com.
Review Process: Inter Alia reviews submissions on a rolling basis. The Inter Alia Executive Editors and Editors—in consultation with the Editors-in-Chief—will review submissions and select which Remarks to accept for publication. We will contact an author immediately upon acceptance. For an update on the status of your submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expedite Requests: If an author has received a formal offer of publication from another journal and would like Inter Alia to expedite review of that piece, please contact Volume 42 at email@example.com. When requesting an expedited review, please include the following information: (1) author’s name and the submission title; (2) name of the journal that has extended an offer; (3) date that the offer expires; (4) contact information of a contact person at that journal/review.