Submissions


Submissions: The Journal, article

The Ohio State Law Journal will be accepting manuscripts beginning in February. Please note that the Journal is no longer accepting manuscripts through ExpressO or mail.

Authors should submit articles to the Journal via Scholastica.

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The best time to submit an article is February through early April, and again in early August through early September.

Please include a cover letter with your contact information, including your email address. The Journal primarily uses email to correspond with authors. You may also include a CV with your submission.

The Ohio State Law Journal tends to publish only articles by faculty members and judges, but we are happy to consider articles by practitioners. We only accept scholarly articles of national interest. We do not publish practitioner-oriented articles, articles of only state or local interest, or book reviews. Because we receive more than 2000 submissions each year, we are forced to turn down many fine articles.


Submissions: OSLJ Online, the Ohio State Law Journal Online Supplement

OSLJ Online is more than a reactionary supplement to the print edition of the Ohio State Law Journal. The focus of OSLJ Online is the publication of concise, timely scholarship on newsworthy topics that are more readily accessible to a wider audience than typical academic publications.  Our online companion quickly disseminates the legal community’s initial impressions of judicial decisions and legislative developments.

Submissions to OSLJ Online are accepted through Scholastica and should conform to the following guidelines:

Authors: OSLJ Online pieces are authored by professors, judges, practitioners, and law students.  While student authors do not have to be members of OSLJ in order to be considered for publication, they do need to have written the piece while a student of the Ohio State Moritz College of Law.

Length:  OSLJ Online strongly prefers submissions of between 2500 and 5000 words, including footnotes. Submissions outside of this preferred range will be considered on an exceptional basis.

Style:  Pieces accepted for publication have a more vernacular, accessible style than traditional print scholarship.  OSLJ Online appreciates submissions with a more informal tone and/or unique voice.

Citations:  Submissions should be lightly footnoted.  When possible, embedded hyperlinks to sources should be included in the body of the text.

Types of Submissions: 

  • Essays are original and timely pieces that reflect unfolding legal events.
  • Responses are scholarly reactions to our print and online content. OSLJ Online may feature multiple responses to a given piece and the selection committee may solicit additional responses.
  • Notes are publications of substantial length written by student authors. Notes develop a well-supported thesis that advances a particular legal field.
Submit to OSLJ Online

The current issue of OSLJ Online can be found here.


Submissions: Sixth Circuit Review

The Ohio State Law Journal Sixth Circuit Review blog provides practical scholarly articles on important issues, trends, and cases arising in the Sixth Circuit.  Authors can comment on Sixth Circuit cases, conduct empirical research, or analyze legal developments.

Submissions to Sixth Circuit Review are accepted through Scholastica and should conform to the following guidelines:

Authors: Sixth Circuit Review blog posts are authored by professors, judges, practitioners, and law students.  While student authors do not have to be members of OSLJ in order to be considered for publication, they do need to have written the piece while a student of the Ohio State Moritz College of Law.

Length:  Sixth Circuit Review  strongly prefers submissions of between 1000 and 2000 words, including footnotes.

Style:  Pieces accepted for publication have a more vernacular, accessible style than traditional print scholarship.  Sixth Circuit Review appreciates submissions with a more informal tone and/or unique voice.

Citations:  Submissions should be lightly footnoted.  When possible, embedded hyperlinks to sources should be included in the body of the text.

Submit to OSLJ Sixth Circuit Review

The current issue of the Sixth Circuit Review can be found here.