Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review

Submissions

Selection Process:

As a law journal, we continually accept unsolicited manuscripts from judges, professors, and legal practitioners. However, we mainly review and approve submission requests for publication during the months of February-April and July-September..

The acquisitions editor then screens potential submissions for further review. From there, our editors conduct a blind review of the manuscript. Upon the recommendation of the reviewing editors, selected manuscripts are reviewed and submitted to a vote by the Articles Committee. Following a favorable vote by the Articles Committee, selected pieces typically undergo an informal peer-review process. Considering all feedback provided throughout the previous steps, the Managing Board makes the final publication decision.

Expedited Reviews:

While we are glad to conduct expedited reviews, each piece will be required to undergo the selection process outlined above. Naturally, expedited reviews require us to shift our normal reviewing priorities. As such, any publication offer made as a result of an expedited review will remain open for a period of 48 hours.

Please note that while we will make every attempt to review your manuscript by the requested date, our workload might result in a delayed response.

Manuscript Guidelines:

We strongly prefer manuscripts under 25,000 words (including footnotes). Length in excess of 30,000 words will heavily weigh against selection.  Manuscripts under 10,000 words will be reviewed as essays.

All manuscripts should be cited in footnotes rather than endnotes, conforming to the requirements of the 20th edition of The Bluebook, and the 11th edition of the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage and Style.

Electronic Submission:

We strongly encourage authors to submit manuscripts via Scholastica or expressO.

Submissions may also be sent to civilrights@law.ua.edu with “Submission” as the subject. Please include your manuscript and abstract; curriculum vitae; and a cover letter containing your mailing address, phone number, and email address.