Submissions: Print Journal

General Information
The Harvard Environmental Law Review seeks to publish innovative, original scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the field of environmental law, and accepts submissions for a variety of print opportunities year-round. The opportunities to be published in our journal are detailed below.

Full-Length Academic Articles

  • HELR 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.
  • 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.

Student Notes

  • Notes are full-length academic articles (10,000-15,000 words) discussing an aspect of environmental law. Past student notes have been based on final papers from seminars, memos from clinical work, and from independent research projects.
  • Spring 2018 note proposals are due by November 6, 2017, and will be selected shortly thereafter. First drafts of student notes will be due January 1, 2018 at 5pm ET.
  • Proposals should, in two paragraphs, (1) describe the case and its significance and (2) explain the student’s thesis.

Case Comments

  • Case comments discuss a recent important case in environmental law—typically a new Supreme Court decision or high-profile circuit court decision. Comments should be between 5,000-7,000 words.
  • Spring 2018 case comment proposals are due by November 6, 2017, and will be selected shortly thereafter. First drafts of spring case comments will be due January 1, 2018 at 5pm.
  • Proposals should, in two paragraphs, (1) describe the case and its significance and (2) explain the student’s thesis.

How to submit an article:

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

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.