According to the influential Washington & Lee law journal rankings, JOLT is the:
- #1 science & technology law journal
- #1 intellectual property law journal
- #7 specialized law journal
- #47 overall law journal
JOLT publishes writings by academics, practitioners, and policymakers on a variety of topics, including intellectual property, biotechnology, e-commerce, cybercrime, the Internet, green energy and cleantech, space law, science and technology policy, and the impact of evolving technologies on legal doctrine and practice. These and other subjects are some of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of the law. We believe that the dialogue provided by JOLT and other legal journals focused on technology will help shape the future of these important fields.
We welcome submissions of articles addressing the relationship of law and technology. While we welcome scholarship on issues of international scope and importance, we prefer articles that focus on the law of the United States. We do not consider articles about the use of technology in legal pedagogy. Please be aware that while we will consider short notes, we prefer full length articles (for shorter pieces, please see our online component, JOLT Digest.
How to Submit an Article
The Harvard Journal of Law & Technology (JOLT) accepts all submissions electronically, via Scholastica. Please go to https://scholasticahq.com to submit articles for consideration. Please submit the file as a Word (preferred) or PDF file. Manuscripts must be accompanied by the author's address, telephone number, fax (if available), and e-mail address. The author should also include a resume, a letter of introduction, and a short abstract. We do not accept hard copy submissions. If you are absolutely unable to submit your article via Scholastica, please contact us at email@example.com.
Our Review Process
The Harvard Journal of Law & Technology publishes two issues each year, one in the Spring and another in the Fall. For each issue, we will select between three to five articles. We review articles for each issue on a rolling basis starting on the following dates each year:
Fall issue: February 1st until full Spring issue: August 1st until full
We strongly suggest that submissions be made as early as possible during these time periods. Off-peak submissions will be reviewed, as needed, to fill unexpected gaps, however there is no guarantee of review. As we are busy students, email response times may lag in these off-peak periods.
Our review process generally takes 3 – 4 weeks. Our review system operates on a tiered series of increasingly detailed reviews of the article. After an article has passed all stages of review, a final publication decision is made by the Submissions Editor and the Editors-in-Chief. Due to the number of articles we receive, we are unable to respond to each submission.
JOLT is committed to upholding rigorous academic standards, and is currently in the process of exploring options for peer review. If you would like your article to be considered as part of our trial peer review program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if you are a qualified individual and would like to be added to our peer reviewer pool, please contact email@example.com.
Citations in all submitted articles should conform to the latest edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Please ensure that the submitted article has been fully edited. Incomplete drafts will not be reviewed.
We will conduct expedited reviews for articles with publication offers from other journals. So that we are able to appropriately respond to such requests, authors submitting an expedited review request should specify: (1) their need for consideration on an expedited basis, and (2) the offer deadline from the other journal(s). As with standard submissions, we have a strong preference for expedite requests submitted via Scholastica, and prefer communications through Scholastica's system. If you email us regarding an expedite, please include "expedite" in the subject line of the email.
By submitting an article for consideration, you acknowledge that your article, if accepted by JOLT, will undergo rigorous editing prior to publication. This editorial process ensures that authors' scholarship is presented as professionally as possible. To maintain JOLT's high standards, acceptance of an article by JOLT is conditioned on the author's cooperation during the editorial process.
We highly recommend using Scholastica's messaging system to contact JOLT about submissions; this ensures that our team is best able to respond to your message in a timely manner. Authors may also contact the Submissions Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in submitting to our journal; we look forward to hearing from you!
JOLT Student Notes
Students are eligible to write in the print journal in the form of Student Notes. A Student Note typically examines a current issue in law and technology, and should be 4,000-6,000 words, not including footnotes. Authors are eligible if they are currently seeking or recently graduated from a qualifying law degree program. Samples from past issues are available on the JOLT website.
Thinking of applying to become a JOLT student author? If you would like to speak with the Notes & Comments Editor, please email email@example.com.
- Notes are 4,000–6,000 words, not including footnotes.
- Topics should be technology-related.
- Alumni can publish for up to a year (one volume) after they graduate.
- Prior JOLT participation is encouraged but NOT required.
- See the application for more details.
Author Eligibility by Degree Status
All Note authors must either:
- be currently enrolled in a JD, LLM, or SJD program or
- have graduated from such a program within 2 semesters of publication. (For example, authors who graduated at the end of spring semester 2016 are eligible to be published in either fall 2016 or spring 2017, but are not eligible to be published in fall 2017.)
Authors currently enrolled in or recently graduated from LLB programs are not eligible without meeting one of the other eligibility requirements. (For example, recent graduates from LLB programs who are now practicing law are not eligible; however, an individual who graduated from an LLB program and is now enrolled in an LLM program would be eligible.)
A few positions on masthead have some restrictions on when they are permitted to publish a student note. Please see Masthead Eligibility for Notes Publication for more information.