Article Submission
A Message to Authors

The Journal's members are dedicated to the publication of a professional and scholarly journal.

The Journal is committed to providing courteous, timely, and excellent service. We maintain a close, working relationship with each author throughout the publication process, and we pride ourselves on maintaining the author's voice in every article that is published with the Journal. Authors can be assured that members of the Journal will strive to meet each author's expectations of academic excellence.

All articles published in the Journal are made accessible to others through WESTLAW® and LEXIS®, and titles of all published articles appear in the Current Index to Legal Periodicals.

The Journal is committed to publishing legal writing that exhibits distinguished scholarship and conceptual merit, while facilitating the expression of diverse perspectives of prominent and contemporary legal issues.

Submitting an Article

Authors interested in being considered for publication in the Journal should submit their manuscripts and all related correspondence to:

Business/External Managing Editor
Widener Law Journal
Widener University School of Law
Post Office Box 69380 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17106-9380 

Phone: (717) 541-3965
Fax: (717) 541-3991

Submissions will not be returned.

Review Process

The Business/External Managing Editor initially reviews all articles submitted to the Journal for possible publication. This initial review involves not only a careful analysis of the article but also an examination of the author's background.

The Business/External Managing Editor makes recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Journal. The Executive Committee then conducts a meticulous, independent review of the article and typically determines, within three business days, whether the Journal will extend an offer of publication.

Upon a favorable decision of the Executive Committee to extend an offer, the Business/External Managing Editor contacts the author personally and thereafter sends to the author a written Offer of Publication along with an Author's License Agreement.

Following the Journal's receipt of the fully executed License Agreement and an electronic copy of the article on diskette or by email submission, the editing process begins.

There is no specific time frame to submit articles to the Journal for consideration. The Journal accepts articles on a rolling basis, and we encourage authors to submit their articles as soon as they are ready for consideration.

Editing Process

The goal of the editing process is to perfect the author's vision and not to replace it with our own. The voice of the author is her creation and not the Journal's.

Another important goal of the editing process is to ensure that the text and footnotes of the article conform to the most recent editions of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Pursuant to this goal, the article undergoes the Journal's rigorous, multi-step editing process.

The article is preliminarily reviewed by the Internal Managing Editor, who then assigns it to an Internal Editor. The Internal Editor oversees much of the editing process, beginning with a source collection. In the event that any sources utilized by the author are not available through Widener University's Legal Information Center, the author will be asked to provide copies of these sources.

The article next undergoes a substantive edit, a citation edit, a quote check, and a grammar edit. Throughout each phase of this process, the article is first examined by a staff member and then reexamined by an Internal Editor.

Once this stage is satisfactorily completed, the article undergoes an intensive edit by an assigned Administrative Board member, followed by a similar edit by the Executive Committee.

The Editor-in-Chief conducts a final summary review, after which the article is forwarded to the author for his or her final approval.

Following the incorporation of the author's final suggestions, if any, the article is sent to the Journal's publisher.

The Editor-in-Chief, with assistance from the Managing Editors, reviews the proof edition of the Journal, and cosmetic corrections are made if and where necessary. Thereafter, the issue of the Journal is printed, bound, and distributed to all subscribers.

Why Publish with the Widener Law Journal?
  • The Journal is committed to protecting the author's vision and voice.
  • The Journal is committed to giving the author complete editorial control.
  • The Journal is dedicated to providing a professional law review publication.
  • The Journal is committed to meeting deadlines.
  • Editors of the Journal pay the utmost attention to detail.
  • Editors of the Journal are selected based on their academic excellence and paramount legal writing ability.
Who has Published with the Journal?
  • Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Trustee Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Robert J. DeSousa, Inspector General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Bruce A. Green, Louis Stein Professor, Fordham University School of Law.
  • Robert E. Rodes, Jr., Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School.
  • Thomas E. Baker, Professor and James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law, Drake University Law School.
  • Honorable David W. Craig, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Judge, 1978-1990, and President Judge, 1990-1994.
  • Michael Asimow, Professor of Law, UCLA Law School.
  • Honorable Richard Lowell Nygaard, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third District.
  • Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third District.
  • Honorable Phyllis W. Beck, Superior Court of Pennsylvania Judge.
  • Honorable D. Michael Fisher, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.