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Southeastern Environmental Law Journal

Article Selection Process

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When SELJ receives an article, the Journal will notify the author by postcard or e-mail that SELJ has received the article. The review process typically takes three to five days. If the author receives other offers for publication, please e-mail the Submissions Editor with a request for expedited review. Expedited review does not provide any greater likelihood that an article will be accepted--it only speeds up the review process. E-mail is the best way to reach SELJ.

Text and citations should generally conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005). SELJ encourages authors from disciplines other than law, or from other countries, to familiarize themselves with this system of citation.

SELJ accepts submissions year round. Because the Journal publishes semi-annually, it usually finalizes selections for the Fall issue by late August to mid September, and for the Spring issue by late January. The review process is slower during the summer, but expedited if articles are submitted electronically, rather than on paper.

SELJ does not accept notes from current students at schools other than the University of South Carolina. The Journal typically publishes two student notes per issue, written by University of South Carolina School of Law students. SELJ accepts book reviews from University of South Carolina School of Law students and other authors. The Journal will also publish Comments or Essays on occasion.

The interdisciplinary nature of environmental law and policy research often means that authors will need to cite specific scientific and other non-traditional legal materials. SELJ welcomes and encourages these submissions, but the Journal needs assurance from the author (in a cover letter, for example) that these sources are readily available from the author if his or her piece is accepted for publication. Given SELJ's editorial process and resources, it may be impractical for the Journal to find all of these sources, and the author may be requested to send them in a manila envelope. An author's disclosure of such an issue and willingness to relieve the Journal's workload may improve his or her likelihood of acceptance.

SELJ accepts and encourages papers on a wide variety of topics, not just in traditional environmental law, but also resource use and regulation, environmental policy, science and technology control, law and economics, international environmental law, environmental ethics, and other topics relating to law and the environment. Environmental law touches so many areas of the law, and SELJ prides itself on publishing new and sometimes unusual topic areas.

SELJ encourages authors to submit a final, reviewable copy. Only rarely will the Journal accept a submission accompanied by a cover letter in which the author promises to update the research if the paper is accepted.

How SELJ classifies submissions


A paper submitted by a current student is considered a Note. SELJ only accepts notes from current University of South Carolina students. A paper submitted by an author who has graduated that was written as a student note is, however, considered as an Article. The typical length for a note is 30-60 pages, although student notes submitted for fulfillment of the SELJ requirement need only be 15 pages long.


On occasion, SELJ does accept comments or essays from non-University of South Carolina students and other authors. These shorter works typically are broader in scope, have less particularized or quantified support, and are lightly footnoted.


On occasion, SELJ accepts book reviews of recent publications that cover any manner of environmental topics. SELJ will consider book reviews by student authors.


All other works are considered as articles for publication. The typical length for an Article is 40-90 double-spaced pages.