Submission

According to the influential Washington & Lee law journal rankings, JOLT is the:

  • #1 science & technology law journal
  • #1 intellectual property law journal
  • #4 specialized law journal
  • #44 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

Submit to Harvard Journal of Law and Technology

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 jolt.submissions@gmail.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.

Peer Review

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 jolt.submissions@gmail.com. Additionally, if you are a qualified individual and would like to be added to our peer reviewer pool, please contact jolt.submissions@gmail.com.

Citation Format

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.

Expedited Review

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.

Upon Acceptance

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.

Contact Us

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 jolt.submissions@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to our journal; we look forward to hearing from you!



JOLT Student Note Submission

JOLT is accepting student author applications for the Spring Issue of Volume 33 from now until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday December 30, 2019. We will review applications on a rolling basis but all pre-deadline submissions will be considered.

STUDENT NOTE REQUIREMENTS

  • Notes must be 4,000–6,000 words, not including footnotes
  • Notes must examine a current issue in law and technology
  • Authors must be current law students at any U.S. or international law school or alumni within one year of graduation, or a current student supervised by a faculty member at any U.S. or international law school

Samples are available on jolt.law.harvard.edu.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

To submit, please send the following two documents to joltstudentnotes@gmail.com. Your email subject line should read “JOLT STUDENT AUTHOR APPLICATION”

1) Your completed Student Note Application, titled Lastname_Firstname_Spring_v33_NoteApplication.

Ex. Last_First_Spring_v33_NoteApplication.doc

2) The most complete draft of your proposed note, in Microsoft Word format, titled Spring_v33_NoteDraft_(Title). Given that our review process is blind, your name should not appear anywhere on your draft.

Ex. Spring_v33_NoteDraft_Super Awesome Student Note.doc


EVALUATION

Student note submissions are evaluated based on the quality of the writing, the organization and structure of the piece, fit with JOLT, contributions to the field, engagement with current literature (including the quality of the preemption check), and the quality of the citations and sources.

If accepted, you should be able to comply with the editing and revision process, which will extend through the Spring 2020 academic semester. JOLT reserves the right to revoke the acceptance upon a finding of plagiarism at any stage of the submission or editing process.



JOLT Student Note Writing Competition


In addition to our standard student note submission process, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology is excited to announce our student writing competition for publication in our Spring 2020 Issue! Submissions should engage with novel issues at the intersection of law and technology. Topics may include but are not limited to cybercrime, biotechnology, space law, entertainment and new media, comparative legal approaches to intellectual property, the law of the Internet, and technology in the public interest. We encourage creative approaches.

The competition will open on September 25, 2019, and the deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday December 22, 2019. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis but all pre-deadline submissions will be considered.

Competition Eligibility

To be eligible for the competition, in addition to fulfilling the standard Student Note Requirements above, students note authors must also fulfill the following conditions:

  • Authors must be current law students pursuing a JD, LLM, or JSD at an ABA-accredited law school or alumni within one year of graduation
  • Authors must not submit their papers for publication to any other periodical until the end of JOLT’s review process in late January
  • Authors must not have won a previous JOLT competition.

Competition Awards

All competition submissions will be considered for publication in our Spring 2019, Volume 32 Issue.

  • 1st Prize: $1000 and publication in our Spring 2020 issue
  • 2nd Prize: $200

Submission and Evaluation

Please follow the same Submission Instructions for our standard student note submission process above. The student note application asks whether you are entering the competition. The same Evaluation criteria apply to our competition.

THANK YOU! Your interest in publishing with us is an honor to the JOLT community, and your time spent completing this application is deeply appreciated. Please contact joltstudentnotes@gmail.com with any questions.