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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently in contract for publication with any other journal.
  • Citations are in strict conformity with the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th edition).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The submission is OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is properly formatted and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the appropriate points.
  • A CV and/or resume is included, including author contact information.

Author Guidelines

The Columbia Science and Technology Law Review is currently accepting standard review-sized articles and shorter commentaries written by scholars, practitioners and students on any topic relating to science or technology and its effect on law and social policy.

There are several reasons why you should publish your paper with us:

  1. We publish only the most influential articles – Washington and Lee Law Library’s widely used ‘Impact Factor’ rating (a measure of citations per article published) ranks us as the sixth best technology law journal from 2003-2012.
  2. We carry the Columbia name – as one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, this name carries significant weight.
  3. Columbia’s terrific technology and intellectual property faculty. We feel strongly that, given our faculty, Columbia’s reputation as a technology law center will only be growing in years to come, and STLR is always seeking to work with them – both to get ideas from them and to alert them to the work of our authors. That will benefit you in the long run.
  4. Our strong online presence. We’re a formal Open Access journal, and have been purely online since day one. In addition to publishing on Lexis, Westlaw, and other digital repositories, we also realize more and more readers research and find content through search engines like Google. We want to distribute your paper to the widest possible audience of interested readers, which today means putting it online and sacrificing some of the control exercised by traditional journals. Open access research in other social sciences suggests that papers published in this manner get more citations than papers published only through traditional channels. In addition, our status as the first Columbia journal to publish through the Columbia Library Academic Commons means we’re the first to take advantage of archival-quality online publishing, and we expect that in the future it will bring us better data feeds, optional automatic email notifications when new pieces get published, and integration of our blog content, so that Google improves our search rankings – and hence the rankings of your paper.

To submit your manuscript to STLR for consideration, please first review the Submissions Preparation Checklist.  Next, please submit your manuscript via Scholastica or ExpressO.  Alternatively, you may submit your manuscript by e-mail to CSTLR.Submissions@gmail.com.  In addition to your manuscript, please include a CV and/or resume.  Please ensure that you also provide your current contact information, including address, phone number, and email address.

Your submission may not have been previously published nor currently in contract for publication with any other journal.  If you receive an offer for publication from another journal, please inform us as soon as possible so that we may expedite or withdraw your submission as approrpriate. 

Please address inquiries related to submissions to CSTLR.Submissions@gmail.com.

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