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Legal Scholar Publishing

Step 1: Retain Copyright

Notify the publisher that you are retaining copyright ownership and intend to post your work electronically in addition to publishing in their journal. Most law reviews will not have a problem with this as long as you include the journal citation when you post.

You can also search the SHERPA/RoMEO database to retrieve a publication's policies on copyright and self-archiving, but note that not all law reviews are represented in the database.

Step 2: Write an Abstract

Prepare a short abstract that frames the issue the article examines and why it is important, summarizes your approach and results, and concludes with the implications of your findings. Include keywords that researchers are likely to use as search terms to maximize the chances that your article will be retrieved electronically through database and search engine searches.

Step 3: Deliver Manuscripts

ExpressO is a service from bePress that allows electronic delivery of manuscripts to over 550 law school journals, including all of the top 100, by uploading the electronic file to the ExpressO site.

Scholastica is another article submission site that has become popular with law review editors.

The University of Wyoming College of Law has institutional accounts for faculty with both of these services and a student ExpressO account.  Please notify Deb Person, dperson@uwyo.edu, if you have any difficulties accessing the institutional accounts.

Step 4: Post to SSRN

SSRN is a repository of scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers. Anyone may post papers after establishing a free, individual account but all papers must be posted in a PDF format. While logged in to your account, use the affiliations link to associate your account and publications with the University of Wyoming College of Law.  Library staff may also assist you with submitting your works to SSRN.  Please contact Deb Person, dperson@uwyo.edu.

Step 5: Post to BePress

While similar to SSRN, BePress reaches a different academic audience, so post to both services to ensure the broadest possible exposure. Once you've created a user profile, you can upload your work into the BePress SelectedWorks portal and obtain data about your readers through the author dashboard.

Step 6: Post to Academia.edu

Academia.edu is another repository that allows scholars to share their work. The site attracts over 36 million unique visitors each month. In addition to helping authors reach new audiences, the site provides analytics to help authors track the impact of their work. When you create your free account, make sure you add University of Wyoming College of Law as an affiliation.  Be careful to read and understand the Terms of Use, especially in regards to copyright ownership of works that you post on Academia.edu.

Step 8: Post to Additional Relevant Repositories

In addition to the general scholarly repositories already mentioned, consider posting to discipline-specific repositories such as:

SocArXiv is an Open Science Framework project that includes preprint works in the social sciences.

ResearchGate is a network of over 10 million scientific researchers that academics can join for free. The site allows you to post work at any stage in the research cycle. Make sure you list University of Wyoming College of Law as your institution when you create an account.

Step 9: Notify the Law Library

Email Amy Pearce at Amy.Pearce@uwyo.edu with your publication's complete citation.

Step 10: Update Your Faculty Profile

Email citations to new publications to your administrative assistant, who will then add the citation to your faculty profile. If your profile includes a link to your CV, attach your updated CV to the email so your administrative assistant can upload it to your profile.

Displaying Faculty Publications

Members of the faculty are invited to provide a copy of their newly published work to Deb Person for inclusion in the Faculty Collection, Rare Books Room.