(Pre-)Expedited Review Question
posted by Darian Ibrahim
I’ll be back to blogging about Silicon Valley, entrepreneurial finance, and corporate law in my next posts, but a recent entry over at The Faculty Lounge posed an interesting question that many of us might be thinking about during the law review submission season: How much information should authors give editors when seeking an expedited review? The prior post (and the interesting comments it generated) focused on whether authors should update an expedite request when new offers come in, even if it doesn’t change the deadline. I want to pose a different question: Do editors like it when authors tell them that so-and-so journal has selected the author’s piece for final review (which the journals usually let you know) and therefore an expedite request might be coming their way?
Speaking from personal experience, in the past I’ve encountered this situation twice, and both times the journals taking my piece to final review were in the top 20 (I mention this because it might make a difference in how the editors answer). I thought that letting the higher-ups know might attract some attention to my work (after all, the goal is getting pulled from the pile and read, right?), but also worried that these journals might not care if it wasn’t yet an offer – and worse yet, what if it didn’t become one? So the question boils down to: Does making it to final review stage with one (well-respected) journal generate sufficient buzz that it’s worth the risk of annoyance and no offer coming through? Also, how does the journal taking your piece to final review feel about this practice – if it finds out, would this potentially nix an offer? Wouldn’t want that. Editors: any advice would be appreciated!
UPDATE: In thinking through this some more after I posted, I realized that one reason to alert higher-ups at the final review stage rather than wait for the offer is precisely because an offer might not come. You still get what an expedite request provides (the higher-ups reading your piece) even if the original journal ultimately rejects you. All of which is evidence that this process will make you crazy if you let it, and a much better course of action is to submit and move on to new projects!