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
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.
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 Note Submission and Competition
JOLT is accepting student author applications for the Spring Issue of Volume 35 until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday, January 3, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed in the order they are received, and all pre-deadline submissions will be considered.
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 2022 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 news media, comparative legal approaches to intellectual property, the law of the Internet, and technology in the public interest. We encourage creative approaches.
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
Sample student notes are available on jolt.law.harvard.edu.
To submit, please send the following two documents to email@example.com. Your email subject line should read “JOLT STUDENT AUTHOR APPLICATION”
1) Your completed Student Note Application, titled Lastname_Firstname_Spring_v35_NoteApplication.
2) The most complete draft of your proposed note, in Microsoft Word format, titled Spring_v35_NoteDraft_Title. Because our review process is blind, your name, school, or any other identifying information should not appear anywhere on your draft.
Ex: Spring_v35_NoteDraft_Super Awesome Student Note.doc
To be eligible for the competition, in addition to fulfilling the standard Student Note Requirements above, student 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 mid January
- Authors must not have won a previous JOLT competition
All competition submissions will be considered for publication in our Spring 2022, Volume 35 Issue.
- 1st Prize: $750 and publication in our Spring 2022 issue
- 2nd Prize: $250 and publication in our Spring 2022 issue
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. JOLT reserves the right to revoke the acceptance upon a finding of plagiarism at any stage of the submission or editing process.
If accepted, you should be able to comply with the editing and revision process, which will extend through the Spring and Summer 2022 academic semesters. For the competition, 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 applies 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.