Submitting Articles and Essays to Cornell Law Review
The Cornell Law Review is currently closed for Articles submissions but will reopen for submissions in Fall 2023.
The Cornell Law Review accepts submissions of Articles and Essays. A piece is generally considered an Article if it is longer than 18,000 words (inclusive of footnotes), and an Essay if it is between 10,000–18,000 words (inclusive of footnotes). We typically do not publish Book Reviews. Please read through the following guidelines carefully.
Please address all questions to Sarah Engell, Articles Selection Director for Volume 109: firstname.lastname@example.org. For the sake of blind review, please DO NOT contact anyone other than Sarah Engell regarding Articles submissions.
Upon serious consideration and in the interest of ensuring maximum transparency and substantive fairness in our decision-making, starting Fall 2020 the Cornell Law Review will enter the pilot phase of a double-blind review policy. At all stages of the selection process, Cornell Law Review voting members will not know the identity and institutional affiliation of authors, and authors will not know the identity of reviewers. Only the Articles Selection Director will know the identity of the author; they will handle all author communication.
We request that authors submit a fully anonymized manuscript. Manuscripts must be stripped of names, institutional affiliation, and any other identifying information. Citations using phrases that reference the author’s prior work (i.e. “in my prior work” or “in my previous article”) must be redacted to ensure the author’s identity is not discernible.
We urge authors to ensure they are submitting a fully anonymized manuscript in line with these requirements. A failure to properly submit an anonymized manuscript may negatively affect our review, because we will prioritize anonymous submissions.
Please address all questions to Sarah Engell, Articles Selection Director for Volume 109: email@example.com.
Please submit all anonymized manuscripts electronically through Scholastica. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format only. Please note that we will not accept submissions received via e-mail.
If a hard copy submission is necessary, please mail your manuscript to:
Articles Office, Cornell Law Review, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853
We regret that hard copy submissions cannot be returned.
The Cornell Law Review is a signatory to the Joint Statement on article length. Accordingly, we have a strong preference for Articles that are 25,000 words or less, including text and footnotes. An Article’s length in excess of 30,000 words will negatively affect the article’s possibility of being selected. The Cornell Law Review will not publish pieces exceeding 35,000 words except in extraordinary circumstances.
Text and citations should conform to the 21st edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Footnotes are strongly preferred over endnotes. We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.
To request expedited review of an article, please do so via Scholastica. Expedite requests must include the title of your manuscript, the name of the competing journal that has extended an offer of publication and the date by which a decision is due. Please note that due to the high volume of these requests, review of an article by a particular deadline may not be possible.
Withdrawing your submission
We appreciate that you notify us as soon as possible if you are withdrawing an article. Withdrawals can be done through Scholastica.
Symposium proposals and symposium issues will not follow our new blind review policy.
Submitting Student Notes to Cornell Law Review
Cornell Law Review’s Notes Office only considers Notes authored by active Cornell Law students. Students are considered active up until their formal graduation date. Active Cornell Law students may submit their Notes for consideration in Volume 109 by emailing them directly to Susan Pado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There should not be any identifying information (e.g., name, email address) on a Note submission. If you are submitting your Note for consideration again, please specify whether the Note is a revised version or if it is the same version of the Note that was submitted before. If you have previously submitted your Note but have not yet heard from the Notes Office, they invite you to resubmit your piece for consideration.
While the Cornell Law Review does not have a formal page length requirement, accepted Notes are typically between 25 and 35 pages long. While a table of contents is not required, the Notes Office strongly recommends including one.
The Cornell Law Review Notes Office expects submitted Notes to be free of grammatical or spelling errors. The Notes Office also expects submitted Notes to be supported by thorough and comprehensive research, and as such, strongly recommends that submissions include at least 100 footnotes.
Student Note Submission Dates
Cornell Law Review welcomes submissions for Volume 109, Issue 2. Submissions are due by March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.
For a comprehensive guide detailing Cornell Law Review’s note selection process, expectations for publishable Notes, and the note-on process, see the following Cornell Law Review Note Guide.
Contact Senior Notes Editor Josiah Rutledge (email@example.com).
Submitting to Cornell Law Review Online
How to Submit
Cornell Law Review Online accepts the following submissions for consideration: essays, shorter articles, book reviews, and responses to articles, essays, and notes appearing in the Cornell Law Review.
To submit to Cornell Law Review Online, please use Scholastica. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format.
Withdrawing Your Submission
Please notify the Online Department as soon as possible if you are withdrawing an article.
Contact Senior Online Editor Morgan Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.