About the Journal

Our mission is

  • to publish high-quality scholarship touching on U.S. constitutional history;
  • to free authors from the writing constraints, submission-process frustrations, and editing hassles of student-edited law reviews;
  • to reduce the time lag between acceptance and publication; and
  • to facilitate scholarly dialogue across disciplines.

Why Publish With Us?

You will not have to wait months for publication decisions, and more months to see your article in print. We will decide within one week whether to submit your article for peer review, and will make a final publication decision within another three-to-four weeks. Your article will be published as soon as you have put it in its final form.

You will be able to reach an interested audience of scholars in adjacent disciplines without having to translate your work into “law review” norms and formats and endure the frustrations of the submission and editing process of student-edited law reviews.

You will not have to wait 8-18 months between submission and publication of your article, as is customary with both student- and peer-edited journals. As soon as you have put your article in final form, it will be promptly formatted and published. The process could take as little as 8 weeks from submission, depending on your own time-frame in finishing your article.

Peer Review, Editing, and Publication Process

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Peer Review

The Journal employs a system of double-blind peer review. (That is, the author and reviewer identities will be withheld from one another.) All submitting authors will receive at least brief substantive comments explaining a decision not to publish. Authors of articles that proceed to peer review will receive more extensive comments whether or not their article is accepted for publication. The decisions following peer review will be to accept, reject, or offer a “revise and resubmit” option.


The Journal will publish articles that conform to the format and citation norms of the author’s particular discipline.

We will offer broad-brush editorial suggestions and very limited line editing, but will defer to the author’s judgment on substantive editorial questions.

Authors are responsible for their own footnoting and cite-checking. The Journal will provide copy editing of both the text and footnotes of articles to ensure that they are in a presentable and professional appearance. However, the ensuring conformity to the details of the applicable citation styles will be the responsibility of the authors.

We do not insist on conformity with any particular style regime (e.g., the “Bluebook” for law review articles), but ask only that the citations supply the appropriate information and be internally consistent.

Publication Process

Each article will be assigned a unique page range, so that it can be cited in other publications.

The Journal will put articles into the Journal’s style and design in a PDF document, which will be published by posting to the website. Although we will organize articles into quarterly “issues” for web-presentation and archiving purposes, there is no need to hold articles for completion of all the articles in an issue, as is the case with print journals. Publication (posting) will be done immediately on completion of the article—when it has been revised, polished, and formatted to the satisfaction of the author and the Journal. Published articles will promptly be sent to the various electronic databases for republication, such as Hein Online.