Comparative journal submission experiences

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  1. Greg McNeal says:

    John,

    Thanks for these posts, they’re great. Will your school grant you tenure credit for articles published in non-peer reviewed American law journals?

    • John Ip says:

      Hi Greg – I think the answer here is yes, because the term we use is “quality assured” or “refereed” – and the US system is taken as fulfilling that. Also, the granting of the equivalent of tenure is somewhat more informal than I understand the US system to be. I think a publication in the main law review of a name US law school would be considered a major achievement. Whether that would be more of an achievement than placement in one of the top UK journals is open to question. That is what makes the Australian journal rankings I posted about earlier such an interesting but difficult exercise.

  2. I’m an American-born legal scholar living in Canada, and I publish about half my articles in U.S. journals and the other half in Canadian (peer-reviewed) journals. I’ve come to conclude that I like the peer-review process in theory (one can get useful feedback and it fulfills a gatekeeping function), but that in practice I hate the lengthy delays and the tendency of some reviewers to talk about the article they would *like* to see, which is usually twice as long, half as focussed, and requiring a year’s additional research compared to the article actually in front of them. Still, I publish in Canada because there are a lot of schools where peer-reviewed publications are given far more weight than non-peer reviewed publications.