Publishing Ethics

“An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing” (2018). Ethical Framework for Library Publishing. Paper 1 (

Neiss, E. (November 15, 2016). “Recap–Fall Forum: How do we make publishing more inclusive?” [Blog Post].

Sturm, Susan and Makovi, Kinga. “Full Participation in the Yale Law Journal” (2015)

This study presents the findings of two independent investigators an in-depth study of the dynamics and processes affecting participation in and diversity of the Yale Law Journal (YLJ). The study was commissioned by Yale Law School and the Journal editors and advisors and is interesting not only for its breakdown of the culture and issues of an elite student-run law publication, but its identification of areas where collaboration with other stakeholders in the law school community (including interested faculty, students, and student organizations) could usefully explore and undertake change.

Editing and Peer Review

Yoon, A. H. “Editorial Bias in Legal Academia” Journal of Legal Analysis, 5 (2), 2013. pp. 309-338. doi:10.1093/jla/lat005

McCormack, Nancy. “Peer Review and Legal Publishing: What Law Librarians Need to Know about open, Single-Blind, and Double-Blind Reviewing” Law Library Journal, Vol. 101 (2009) pp. 59-70.

Conscious Style Guide: Include, Empower, Respect:

Journal Rankings, Indexing, & Citations

W&L Law Journal Rankings Project, “Methodology”

Perry, Ronen, “The Relative Value of American Law Reviews: A critical appraisal of ranking methods” Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, 11 (1), Winter 2006.

Eisenberg, Theodore and Wells, Martin T. “Ranking Law Journals and the Limits of Citations Reports” Economic Inquiry, 52 (4), October 2014. doi:10.1111/ecin.12133

Casey, June. “Comparing Law Journal Impact Factor/Prestige” Harvard Law School Library. Last updated: Feb 19, 2019.

Posner, Aidan. “Selecting Journals for Submission” July 2017.

Open Access

Donovan, James M. and Watson, Carol A., Citation Advantage of Open Access Legal Scholarship (March 4, 2011). UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-07. Available at SSRN: or

Tennant JP, Waldner F, Jacques DC, Masuzzo P, Collister LB, Hartgerink CH. “The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review.” F1000Res. 5:632. Published 2016 Sep 21. doi:10.12688/f1000research.8460.3

Swan, Alma (2010) The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date s.n.


BISG Content Structure Committee Accessible Publishing Working Group. (2016) BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing. New York, NY: The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. Retrieved from

Ng, C. & Schofield, M. (2017). “A practical starter guide on developing accessible websites.” Code{4}Lib Journal, 37. Retrieved from

Copyright Basics

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