Selection of Pieces for Publication in the New England Law Review
Section 1. Definition of “Outside Author” – For purposes of these By-Laws, the term “outside author” shall include any judge, attorney, law professor, professional with a law degree and be a recognized authority in his or her respective field. The term includes law professors at the New England School of Law. The term specifically excludes New England Law Review members, whose Notes, Comments, Surveys, and other articles are selected for publication pursuant to Sections 4 and 5 of this Chapter.
Section 2. Selection of Manuscripts Submitted by Outside Authors – All manuscripts submitted by outside authors for consideration for publication in the New England Law Review shall be afforded full and fair consideration, according to the following procedures:
(a) Review and Evaluation of Manuscript – The Articles Board shall review and evaluate each manuscript within a reasonable amount of time after the receipt of the same by the New England Law Review. The text of the article and its citations shall be reviewed for writing quality, organization, style, thoroughness, and adequacy of research. The topic shall be researched to ensure that it has not been preempted and to ensure that the manuscript will contribute to the legal community in accordance with the declaration of purpose set forth in Article II of the New England Law Review’s Constitution. The background of the manuscript’s author shall be researched to evaluate whether he or she is sufficiently qualified to contribute to the legal community regarding the topic of the manuscript. An Executive Articles Editor shall prepare a one-page summary of his or her findings in the areas specified above and in any other area necessary to make an informed evaluation of the academic value of the manuscript. This one-page evaluation shall conclude with a recommendation to either accept the manuscript for publication or decline to accept it.
(b) Decision to Accept Manuscript – Each member of the Articles Board shall review the Executive Articles Editor’s written evaluation of the manuscript. Articles Board members may refer to the manuscript and the Executive Articles Editor’s research regarding the same, and may also consult with the Executive Articles Editor and with one another. Each member of the Articles Board shall then cast his or her vote to either accept the manuscript for publication in the New England Law Review or decline to accept the manuscript for publication in the New England Law Review.
(c) Offer of Publication in the New England Law Review – If a majority of the members of the Articles Board vote to accept the manuscript for publication in the New England Law Review, the a member of the Articles Board shall contact the outside author and offer him or her publication in the New England Law Review. Any such offer shall remain open until accepted or rejected by the outside author, but in no event shall the offer remain open for a period in excess of three (3) weeks from the date of the offer. Upon the expiration of this three (3) week period, the offer shall be deemed to have been rejected.
(d) Publication Agreement – If an author accepts an invitation to publish his or her manuscript with the New England Law Review, the Executive Committee shall enter into a Publication Agreement with the author. The Publication Agreement must be substantially in the form approved by the Executive Committee and executed by any member of the Executive Committee on behalf of the New England Law Review.
(e) Unforeseen Problems – In the event that unforeseen problems with a manuscript are discovered during the editing process, and after consultation with all members of the Articles Board, the author of such manuscript shall be contacted and asked to perform additional work to remedy the problems. Under such circumstances, the New England Law Review’s relations with the outside author shall be governed by the publication agreement between the New England Law Review and the outside author.
Section 3. Symposium Articles and Response Papers – All participants in any symposium or other similar event sponsored by the New England Law Review who also qualify as “outside authors” under Section 1 of this Chapter shall be afforded the opportunity to submit for publication in the New England Law Review a manuscript regarding the topic of the symposium. Similarly, any individual who qualifies as an “outside author” under Section 1 of this Chapter shall be entitled to submit a manuscript for publication in the New England Law Review that responds to any other article recently published in the New England Law Review. All such symposium articles and response papers shall be reviewed by the Business Managing Editor, who shall recommend that the same be published in the New England Law Review unless extraordinary circumstances exist to deny publication, in which case the Business Managing Editor shall inform the members of the Symposium Board of the circumstances that make the manuscript unworthy of publication. The Symposium Board shall then review and vote upon the manuscript pursuant to the procedures outlined in Section 2 of this Chapter.
Section 4. Selection of Notes, Comments, and Other Articles Written by New England Law Review Members – All Notes, Comments, and other articles submitted by New England Law Review associate members for consideration for publication in the New England Law Review shall be afforded full and fair consideration, by the Student Articles Board and subject to review by the Student Articles Appeals Board pursuant to Chapter IV, Sections 4 and 5, respectively.