Submission Instructions


The Journal is currently accepting submissions.  Please follow the guidelines below for submitting articles, essays, book reviews, and any other scholarly legal work.  The Journal does not publish student work except as submitted by Columbia Law School students through our Notes program. Please note that we ask that all submissions be submitted though Scholastica. Please contact the Journal by email ( if you have difficulty submitting through Scholastica. See below for additional details.

Regular Review

The Journal publishes two print issues each year (winter and summer) and one online issue connected with the annual Climate Change Symposium.  All submitted manuscripts must be unpublished and submitted electronically through Scholastica or by email.  To email a manuscript to the Journal for consideration, please send the following c/o Submissions Editor to

  • A cover letter or email briefly describing the article, along with the author’s background and contact information.
  • A resume including a list of prior published works.
  • A file containing a double-spaced copy of the manuscript.  The file must be in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.  Citations must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) and should be contained in footnotes rather than endnotes.

Expedited Review

If you have received an offer of publication from another journal and would like to request an expedited review, please contact the Submissions Editor at the email address above.  When requesting expedited review, please provide (1) the title of your article, (2) the journal from which you have an offer of publication, and (3) the date by which you must receive a decision from the Journal.


Publishable Notes

The Columbia Journal of Environmental Law accepts note submissions from 2L and 3L Columbia Law School J.D. candidates, which are then reviewed and considered for publication in the Journal.  Our note publication program is voluntary for staff members, and is open to non-staff members.

2L or 3L students interested in publishing a note in the Journal are eligible to participate in the Journal‘s note program, and should contact the Notes Editor at by early in the Fall semester.  Final note submissions are usually due in February of the Spring semester.  The Journal publishes 4 student notes each year.

The Publishable Notes Manual is available upon request at  It contains research and writing advice as well as submission procedures and deadlines.