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The Selection Process

The Albany Law Review publishes articles that make significant and original contributions to the law and legal scholarship.  We do not preclude articles based upon pre-set length or topic limitations. Essays and book reviews will be considered on a limited basis.

Student-written work will not be considered.

All articles submitted should be of publishable quality and in substantially finished form.

General Submissions

Albany Law Review strongly prefers electronic submission.  Unsolicited electronic submissions are accepted exclusively through Scholastica.

Alternatively, you may submit a hardcopy manuscript at the following address with attention to the appropriate editor or editors (see below):

Albany Law Review
Attn: Executive Editor of Lead Articles
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

The order and combination of themes may shift from year to year, and an article's suitability for a themed issue does not preclude it from being printed in one of the general issues. 

General interest articles are usually published in the first and second issues of each volume.  

Executive Editor for Lead Articles: Albert Gawer

Articles related to criminal justice system reforms that aim to reduce incidence of wrongful accusations, convictions, and incarcerations are the purview of Miscarriages of Justice, usually comprising the full third issue of a volume and is published in collaboration with the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice.  

Executive Editor for Miscarriages of Justice: Christina Vitolo

Papers covering cases decided or to be decided by the New York Court of Appeals or the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court may find a home in the Anthony V. Cardona Annual Issue of New York Appeals, comprising half of the fourth book in a year's volume.  

Executive Editor for New York Appeals: Lisa Hladik

Finally, pieces devoted to state constitutional issues, either comparative or with respect to individual states, may be suitable for our annual State Constitutional Commentary, which usually makes up the other half of the fourth issue.  

Executive Editor for State Constitutional Commentary: Hailey Smith

Expedited Review

If another journal has offered to publish your article, you may request an expedited review by emailing the appropriate editor listed above. Please state "Expedited Review Request" clearly in the subject line of your email, and include the following information in the body of the email: the author's name, the article's title, a contact phone number, the journal making the offer, and the deadline for the expedited review to be completed. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that expedited review deadlines will be met; however, be assured that we will take all reasonable measures to review submissions within the specified time constraints.

Editorial Philosophy

Through editing, Albany Law Review seeks to ensure the substantive and grammatical correctness of every line published.  We will never attempt to alter the "voice" of a piece or its author.  Any and all editorial changes made by Law Review staff will be finally agreed upon by the author prior to publication.