Article Submissions

The ACLR Articles Committee works diligently to select articles that are timely and relevant to the field of American Criminal Law, clear and polished, thoroughly researched, and that speak to the journal’s practitioner reader base. As a general rule, the ACLR looks for articles ranging from approximately 8,000-11,000 words, though the staff of the ACLR reserves the right to make exceptions. The ACLR follows the Texas Manual of Style. Citations in manuscripts should appear in footnotes, not endnotes, and follow The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015).

The American Criminal Law Review is currently accepting submissions for Volume 55. The ACLR accepts submissions through Scholastica and takes email submissions through aclrsaes@gmail.com. The journal also accepts printed submissions, which can be mailed to:

Senior Articles Editor
American Criminal Law Review
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

If your submission has been offered publication with another journal, we will make every effort to comply with a request for expedited review. To request an expedited review, please email aclrsaes@gmail.com and include the following information:

Your name
Phone number
Title of the article
Journal that has accepted the article
Your deadline

Note Submissions

The ACLR requires each staff member to research, write, and submit for consideration at least one note of publishable quality during his or her membership on the staff. Notes must relate to American criminal law in a meaningful way in order to meet the journal’s note requirement.

A staff member’s note usually is completed by the end of his or her first year on the staff. However, notes will be accepted until approximately 30 days after the start of the staff member’s second-to-last semester (early February).

The note should be approximately twenty-five to forty typewritten pages (excluding footnotes) and of a quality acceptable to a GULC seminar. Most staff members, in fact, submit a seminar paper as their note.

Ideas for notes can be obtained from various sources. Staff members may consult with the Notes Editors or Notes Development Editors for ideas on note topics. Additionally, several loose-leaf services, reporters, and newsletters may be consulted for current criminal law topics:

  • The Criminal Law Reporter
  • United States Supreme Court Cases and Comments: Criminal Law and Procedure
  • White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses
  • Criminal Law Newsletter
  • West’s Criminal Law News.

The ACLR’s law library liaison, Anne Guha (amg300@law.georgetown.edu) can assist with developing a topic, research plan, and running a preemption check. He is an outstanding resource, and all journal members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to work with him.

The note writing handbook is available here.  If you have any questions about the note requirement, please contact our Notes Editors, Alexa Gervasi and James Simmons, at notesubmissions@americancriminallawreview.com.

Online Content Submissions

The American Criminal Law Review always welcomes submissions for its blog, Mens Rea. Submissions should be shorter than traditional law review articles and should focus on a contemporary issue in criminal law. We welcome submissions from professors, practitioners, and students: anyone who has something to add to the conversation. Submissions can contain footnotes or can use hyperlinks instead, though the text should conform to Bluebook guidelines. Please email submissions to aclr.mensrea@gmail.com.