Midwest Law Journal
GUIDELINES FOR PROSPECTIVE AUTHORS
The Midwest Law Journal (hereinafter MLJ) is the official journal of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (formerly Midwest Regional Business Law Association). The mission of the MLJ is to publish articles of general interest to teachers of business law, the legal environment, and related fields of law. The MLJ is listed on Cabells, accessible on the Web at LexisNexis, and the ISBN number for the MLJ is 978-1-58909-574-8.
Standards for Review
1. Manuscripts must be on topics of interest to teachers of business law, the legal environment, or a related field. The MLJ encourages both traditional and non-traditional legal research, including historical, empirical, and cross-disciplinary studies.
2. Manuscripts must be written well, including proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and organization.
3. Manuscripts must be properly documented and must comply with the form prescribed by A Uniform System of Citation (a.k.a. "the Blue Book" and "the Harvard Citator"). Documentation should appear on each page, i.e. footnotes (rather than at the end of the manuscript in the form of endnotes).
4. The content of an article must constitute a significant contribution to the literature, and evidence substantial research and analysis as opposed to simple exposition.
5. Book reviews and short notes are invited, in addition to full articles.
6. MLJ invites both single author submissions and joint/multiple author submissions.
Blind Referee Process
1. Purpose. An important function of the MLJ is to provide a forum for teachers of law-related subjects that meets the criteria of a "blind referee" process required by many colleges and universities for scholarly publications.
2. Procedure. All submissions to the MLJ should be direct submissions, mass submissions will be rejected. Manuscripts received by the Articles Editor will undergo preliminary editorial review by the Articles Editor and the Associate Editor in order to determine whether the manuscript meets the general requirements for publication. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be returned to the author together with an explanation. Those that meet the requirements will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. The reviewers will not be informed of the identity or affiliation of the author. These processes of editorial and peer review are expected to take 45-60 days to complete. Upon return of the peer reviews the Articles Editor will accept, conditionally accept, or reject the manuscript for publication, giving the greatest weight to the recommendations of the peer reviewers, and will inform the author promptly of the decision.
3. Reviewer Comments. When a manuscript has been accepted, or conditionally accepted, the Articles Editor will forward the reviewer comments to the author, but will not reveal the identity of the reviewers or their affiliations.
4. Revision of Manuscripts. Upon receiving notification of acceptance or conditional acceptance, and reviewer comments, the author will revise the manuscript, and will resubmit it for final acceptance. Final review will be conducted by the Articles Editor, the Associate Editor, or their designees.
5. Camera-Ready Copy. Following final review, the author will be notified of any need for final changes, and will receive instructions for preparation of camera-ready copy.
Manuscript Form. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically (as a Microsoft Word file). They should be formatted to be printed:
1. On standard letter-size paper (8 1/2 x 11).
2. Wide left and right margins (to allow for reviewer comments).
3. 10 c.p.i. (12 point) type.
5. Length of articles should fall within a range of 14 to 20 pages in final form (single-spaced, 12 point/10 c.p.i., 1 1/2 inch margins). Book reviews and notes may be less than 14 pages.
6. The first page of the manuscript should be a cover page that can be detached, including the name of the article and the name, address, telephone number, and affiliation of the author. No further reference to the author or affiliation should appear in the manuscript.
7. The pages in the remainder of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively.
8. In order to facilitate correspondence, please supply both a Fax number and an Email address.
9. If the document is in a format other that Microsoft Word, contact the Editor before submission.
Manuscripts and all correspondence referencing a manuscript should be sent to:
Attn: Abbey R. Stemler
MWLawJournalMALSB@gmail.com - For Spam purposes, drop the MALSB.