The Harvard Environmental Law Review accepts manuscripts year-round and makes offers for publication on a rolling basis; there is no formal deadline for publication in a given issue. However, we typically start reviewing submissions for publication in our Fall issue in the preceding February and fill the issue by July. We usually begin reviewing submissions for our Spring issue in the preceding August and make decisions by November.

While we welcome scholarship on issues of international scope and importance, we prefer articles that focus on the law of the United States. In order to reserve space for student authors at Harvard Law School, HELR does not review submissions from current J.D. or LLM students at other law schools.

Length limits:

HELR gives preference to articles under 25,000 words in length, including text and footnotes. HELR does not publish articles exceeding 35,000 words except in extraordinary circumstances.


HELR greatly appreciates submissions accompanied by ZIP files or Dropbox folders with all cited sources.

Citation Format:

Citations should conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

How to submit an article:

If you would like HELR to consider your article for publication, please submit the article, your CV, and a cover letter to HELR via Scholastica. If your institution does not support Scholastica submissions, you may submit your materials to our email account or through ExpressO.