OUR SUBMISSIONS REVIEW PROCESS
Authors may submit articles, manuscripts, or essays for publication consideration through EspressO, Scholastica, or email at [email protected] The Washington International Law Journal prides itself in carefully and equitably reviewing every submission in a timely manner. Our Articles Department is responsible for reviewing and selecting every article that we publish. The department has a multi-stage review process where two or three editors review each submission before publication decisions are made. Final publication decisions are made by the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Articles Editor.
Exclusive & Expedited Submissions
If your preference is to publish in the Washington International Law Journal, we strongly recommend that you submit your manuscript to us exclusively, at least fourteen days before submitting it to other journals. Because we undertake a very thorough review of all submissions, we are typically unable to abide by every author-requested deadline. Nonetheless, our Law Review will work with authors to the best of our abilities to respect expedited review requests. Please either message us through ExpressO, Scholastica or send us an email at [email protected] to inform us that your submission is exclusive or expedited.
The text and citations of the submission should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020), copyright by the Columbia Law Review Association, the Harvard Law Review Association, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.
The Washington International Law Journal has a word limit of 35,000 words (including footnotes), and a preference for 25,000 words or fewer. We value brevity and look favorably on pieces below the 35,000-word ceiling. The Washington International Law Journal will seldom consider articles over the 35,000 word limit, but reserves the opportunity to do so on a case-by-case basis.
In the past few decades, legal scholarship has increased in sophistication, depth, scale, and volume. While The Bluebook rigorously governs methods of citation, law reviews have generally lagged in adopting similar standards for author conduct. Therefore, Washington International Law Journal has adopted the following conditions before accepting an Article or Essay:
(I) Originality: Articles must be the original work of the author or authors identified on the submission, except for material in the public domain or material from other works that are properly cited or included with the permission of the rights owners. The article, in whole or in part, must not have been published before.
(II) Replicability: At a minimum, empirical works must document and archive all datasets so that third parties may replicate the published findings. These datasets will be published on our website. The Law Review will make narrow exceptions on a case-by-case basis, particularly if the datasets involve issues of confidentiality and/or privacy.
(III) Peer Review: Peer review not only enhances an article’s quality, but guarantees originality. It is our practice to subject submissions to peer review, albeit in a form amenable to the typical law review selection timeframes.
(IV) Conflicts of Interest: Authors must disclose any conflicts of interest. This includes any financial interest that may be affected by the results or conclusions in the submission. This also includes any source of outside funding for the submission that may have affected or biased the assumptions, results, or conclusions in the submission–for example, any payment received by an outside organization to complete the work. If the funding helped pay for the expenses associated with a project (travel, data compilation, simulations, etc.), we simply ask that the connection be noted and the organization thanked. We do not, however, publish pieces for which the author was paid taxable income by an organization other than the relevant employer–that is, income from an outside organization or corporation that merely benefited the author, rather than funded the expenses of a project.
Please address any additional questions about the submissions process to our Volume 30, Chief Articles Editor at [email protected].