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Thank you for considering submitting your article to the Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law. Please read this page carefully, as it contains important information regarding the submissions process.

I. Selection

The Journal seeks to publish articles making a significant, original contribution to their field. In general, this precludes the publication of case notes or other narrowly focused works. Essays and book reviews will be considered on a limited basis.

Because our editorial policy affords substantial deference to authors, articles must be both well written and completely argued at the time of submission. Limited resources generally prevent us from filling in the gaps of an otherwise significant article or substantially correcting its style.

We review articles year-round. Although the timing varies with time of year and the number of submissions received, we generally seek to review articles within a few weeks of receipt of the piece. If we are unable to make an offer for publication for the submitted article, we contact the author(s). If the article is approved, then we extend an offer for publication immediately following that decision.

II. Editing

Both the argument of an article and its “voice” should be the creations of the author. Our edits are intended to hone the author’s vision, rather than replace it with our own.

To this end, after completing our substantial round of editing, we send the author a “redlined” copy of the manuscript that shows all changes we have made. Substantial changes are accompanied by substantive comments or questions. Our changes are meant as reasoned suggestions, not editorial edicts, and we will respect the author’s judgment regarding whether the changes should, in the end, be made.

III. Submission

The Journal accepts and prefers electronic submissions through the ExpressO submission system, which can be found online at http://www.law.bepress.com/expresso. You can also email your manuscript in Microsoft Word format or PDF to SJILC@law.syr.edu.

IV. Expedited Review

If you have received a formal offer of publication from another journal and would like to receive an expedited review by the Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law, please contact us at SJILC@law.syr.edu. When requesting an expedited review, please put “Expedite” as the subject of your email and include in the text: 

1) The author name and title of your manuscript;
2) The name of the journal that has extended an offer to you;
3) The date that the offer expires;
4) The phone number or email address of a contact person at that journal;
5) An electronic attachment of your article (plus C.V. or cover letter) to facilitate and accelerate the process.

The Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law will attempt to honor all requests for expedited review for which the above information is provided. Due to the large number of expedited review requests we receive and the limited time frame that we have to complete the review, we are not always able to personally respond to each request. Please be assured we endeavor to review each expedite within the time constraints given and will contact you directly if we are unable to complete our review.

V. Withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw your piece from consideration, please contact us at SJILC@law.syr.edu. Please put “Withdraw” as the subject of your email, and include in the text the author name and title of your manuscript.

Thank you again for considering submitting your piece to the Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law. All additional inquiries concerning articles and article submissions should be directed to the Lead Articles Editors at SJILC@law.syr.edu.

V. Special JILC Requirements

1) 15-page minimum or approximately 6,500 words;
2) Approximately 5 footnotes to 1 page ratio;
3) Citations in BlueBook format;
4) The author’s curriculum vitae (CV);
5) A brief statement of why the article is a “contribution to literature”.