Unsolicited Manuscripts Welcome

The Alabama Law Review publishes four issues per academic year. We invite submissions of unsolicited manuscripts from judges, members of the legal academy, and legal practitioners. Please review our submissions policies below. Thank you for your interest in the Alabama Law Review.

We require all submissions to be submitted via Scholastica. Please do not send manuscripts via email.

Submissions may be made at any time. Our main review period is from February-April; however, the Alabama Law Review makes an effort to reserve about 20% of our space to fill throughout the summer and fall. Despite our efforts to reserve space, this goal is not always achievable. The summer and fall review processes are truncated review processes, but there is no prejudice against pieces submitted during these periods. Each submission is reviewed first by our Acquisitions Editor and a team of screeners.  Authors whose articles are chosen for further board review will be notified by the Acquisitions Editor of the status of the article.

Please note that the Alabama Law Review receives and reviews over 2,000 submissions each year. Consequently, while each submission is given a fair and equitable initial review, the staff is unable to personally respond to each author to update the status of our review.  Authors should assume that members of our staff will contact them if their piece is pending for further review.  We value our authors and appreciate your interest in the Alabama Law Review, and we do our best to ensure that each piece will be given proper review.

We strongly prefer manuscripts under 30,000 words (including footnotes).  Manuscripts under 15,000 words will be reviewed as essays.  Unsolicited book reviews are also welcome, and these are typically 5,000 words maximum (including footnotes).

The Alabama Law Review generally conforms to the formatting and notation conventions set forth in THE BLUEBOOK: A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF CITATION (20th ed. 2015) and the style conventions of THE TEXAS LAW REVIEW MANUAL ON USAGE & STYLE (14th ed. 2017).

We consider expedited requests throughout the year.  Requests for an expedited review should be sent to us through Scholastica. The request should include the author’s name, e-mail address, telephone number, names of the journal or journals that have offered publication, and the expiration dates of those offers.  Please see above for our policy concerning contact with authors.