BCLR to Transition to Scholastica February 1

We are pleased to announce that on February 1, 2013, the Boston College Law Review (BCLR) will transition to Scholastica as our online platform for manuscript submissions. As of that date, we will only accept submissions through Scholastica (preferred) or by email (bclr@bc.edu). We will no longer accept submissions through ExpressO. You can find us on Scholastica at www.scholasticahq.com/boston-college-law-review.

BCLR has always sought to publish timely and important legal scholarship while providing outstanding service to our authors. Scholastica will allow us to focus more intently on these goals by creating an easier and more transparent submission and production experience.

Institutions can create accounts to pay for submissions via Scholastica, so authors affiliated with law schools will have the same payment experience they have had on ExpressO. Scholastica is committed to ensuring that authors are able to submit regardless of institutional support, and need-based fee waivers are available for a variety of circumstances. Further information about Scholastica is available at www.scholasticahq.com/law_reviews.

As always, BCLR will continue to accept and review submissions year-round. We look forward to reviewing your submissions in the months ahead. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at bclr@bc.edu if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Why did you decide to switch to Scholastica?

A: Scholastica provides an intuitive user experience and a powerful feature-set that will allow BCLR’s editors to better manage the large number of manuscripts we receive during peak submission seasons. This will mean less time spent on administrative tasks and more time giving articles detailed review and authors prompt decisions.

Q: How will this change the submission process for authors?

A: After authors create an account on Scholastica, the initial submission process will be very similar to what most authors are accustomed to on ExpressO. However, Scholastica provides greater transparency regarding the lifecycle of an article as it moves through the review process, and easier collaboration between the author and our editors.

Q: If I am interested in submitting a manuscript to BCLR prior to February 1, 2013, how should I do that?

A: Prior to February 1, 2013, ExpressO will remain our sole online submission platform. Until that date, we prefer that authors submit their work to us through ExpressO. However, we also accept manuscripts, cover letters, and CVs by email at bclr@bc.edu. We review articles year-round and will endeavor to provide you with a prompt decision.

Q: How do I submit an expedite request via Scholastica?

A: When you receive a publication offer, log into your Scholastica account and select your manuscript. Scholastica will prompt you to enter the required information for your expedite request, including the name of the offering journal and the effective deadline. You can then select the journals that you would like to receive your expedite request, including the BCLR.

Q: Once I submit a manuscript to BCLR for review, when and how should I expect to hear from you?

A: We will endeavor to provide a decision regarding your manuscript within several weeks of the submission date. Since our review process depends on many factors, particularly submission volume, it is difficult to provide an exact date when you may expect a decision. However, Scholastica will allow us to review manuscripts more efficiently than in the past, and as always, we will respond quickly to all expedite requests. Our initial correspondence will always be via email. We may request to speak with you by telephone in the final stages of our review.

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