About the Journal

Welcome to the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

The Columbia Journal of Environmental Law was founded in 1972 with a grant from the Ford Foundation. The Journal is one of the oldest environmental law journals in the nation and is regarded as one of the preeminent environmental journals in the country.  Our subscribers include law libraries, law firms, individuals, and federal, local, and state courts, as well as a significant international readership.

The Columbia Journal of Environmental Law produces two print publications annually, along with a digital-only issue associated with the Journal‘s Climate Change Symposium each spring.  The publication process is managed by Columbia Law School students who are responsible for reviewing and editing articles, communicating with authors, managing subscriptions, and ultimately finalizing the materials for publication.  In addition to featuring the scholarship of leading environmental lawyers and academics, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law strongly encourages student writing and publishes four student notes per volume.

Open Access Policy

The Columbia Journal of Environmental Law is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons “Attribution” (CC-BY) License. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.

CJEL is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their articles.

Archiving Policy

Columbia Journal of Environmental Law is distributed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.

Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.

Privacy Statement

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