Submissions

Submissions to The International Lawyer

The International Lawyer (TIL) focuses on practical issues of international law including international trade, licensing, direct investment, finance, taxation, litigation, and dispute resolution.  The International Lawyer welcomes the submission of original articles, comments, and notes.  TIL does not accept unsolicited student-written submissions nor does it consider articles or reports that have been, or are to be, published elsewhere.

TIL accepts submissions on a rolling basis and authors should keep the following in mind when preparing submissions:

  • Submissions may not exceed 10,000 words (including footnotes).
  • Footnotes must conform with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (most recent edition).
  • Authors should be prepared to provide cited sources upon request.
  • In addition to the manuscript, authors must include a résumé or CV that includes a list of current publications.
  • Submissions must include the author’s email address and phone number.
  • We appreciate all submissions and will notify authors of acceptance or rejection as quickly as possible.

Preferably, submissions should be emailed in Microsoft Word format to the Editor-in-Chief (eic-til@mail.smu.edu).  Alternatively, hard-copy submissions may be mailed via USPS along with a soft copy (in Microsoft Word format) to:

Editor-in-Chief
The International Lawyer
Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
214.768.3906

All manuscripts undergo a process of peer review that takes three to four weeks.  Once an article has been selected for publication, the Editor-in-Chief will contact the author with further information on the publication process.  The author should expect to work closely with the Managing Editor during the editorial process prior to the article’s final publication.  Although publication is normally nine to twelve months after a manuscript is accepted, TIL reserves the right to move accepted manuscripts from the committed issue to a later issue.

Submissions to The Law & Business Review of the Americas

The editors will consider for publication manuscripts by contributors from any country.  Articles will be subjected to a professional review procedure.  The authors should ensure that the significance of a contribution will be apparent to readers outside the specific expertise.  Special terms and abbreviations should be clearly defined in the text or notes.

Accepted manuscripts will be edited, if necessary, to improve the journal’s effectiveness of communication.  If editing should be extensive, with a consequential danger of alternating the meaning, the manuscript will be returned to author for approval before type is set.  Alternatively, the manuscript may be returned to the author to address the deficiencies.  In all events, the editors reserve the right, after discussion with the author, to change its acceptance decision for good cause or to move a publication from one issue to later or earlier issue.  The editors will not accept unsolicited student-written submission, nor will they consider articles or reports that have been, or are to be, published elsewhere or materials prepared for one’s clients or business promotion.

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.  Online submission is managed through the law journal submission system, ExpressO.

Hard copies of manuscripts, along with a corresponding soft copy, may be submitted together with a cover letter to:

Editor-in-Chief
Law and Business Review of the Americas
Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law
PO Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
214.768.3906
eic-lbra@smu.edu

At the time the manuscript is submitted, written assurance must be given that the article has not been published, submitted, or accepted elsewhere.  The author normally will be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within eight to twelve weeks.

Authors are requested to submit two copies of their manuscript, typed in double space, together with a summary of the contents.  Manuscripts may range from 6,000 to 10,000 words.  Longer articles may be accepted based upon topic, quality, and space availability.  The title of a submitted manuscript should begin with a word useful in indexing and information retrieval.  Short titles are used as running heads.  All notes should be numbered in sequential order, as cited in the text, and should be typed in double-spaced on a separate page.  Endnotes for legal articles should conform with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (most recent edition) and authors should be prepared to provide any cited sources upon request.  For nonlegal articles, the citations should be internally consistent within the given article.  The author should submit short biographical data including his or her affiliation.

Submissions to The ILRA Forum

The ILRA Forum is an online news source compiled by staff members of the International Law Review Association.  Forum topics have a broad range, focusing on anything that is legal and international in nature.  Content for the forum is most often supplied by the ILRA staff and SMU professors, but submissions from anyone are welcome.  Decisions on submissions for publication are made by the ILRA Techical Editor in conjunction with the TIL and LBRA Editors-in-Chief.  To submit an article for potential publication within the ILRA Forum, please email a draft or topic description to the ILRA Technical Editor.

Articles may range from several short paragraphs to many pages in length and should include standard reference notations in typical bluebook format.  Becuase forum postings do not undergo substantial editing by the staff prior to publication, the final version supplied by the author is expected to be edited and include appropriate citations.