The Harvard Environmental Law Review seeks to publish innovative, original scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the field of environmental law. We accept submissions for a variety of print opportunities. The opportunities to be published in our journal are detailed below. Submissions are currently open for Articles for Volume 45.
Full-Length Academic Articles
- HELR accepts manuscripts and makes offers for publication on a rolling basis; there is no formal deadline for publication in a given issue. However, we do close submissions once we have filled an issue until we are ready to start reviewing articles for the following one. We typically start reviewing submissions for publication in our Fall issue in the preceding February and fill the issue by May. 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.
- 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.
- We accept Note submissions every August.
- 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.
- We accept case comment proposals in January and July.
- Proposals should, in two paragraphs, (1) describe the case and its significance and (2) explain the student’s thesis.
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.
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.