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The Harvard Negotiation Law Review invites the submissions of Articles, Book Reviews, Case Comments, and Manuscripts for publication in our print or online edition.
Please direct any questions about these guidelines to the Submissions Editors, Valerie Gutmann and Marc Schwab, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Review Process
The Harvard Negotiation Law Review considers all manuscripts submitted for publication. Each piece is reviewed by at least two Board members. We conduct an individualized, holistic review of every piece. Considerations include: (1) the clarity and effectiveness of the writing, (2) rigorous analysis of ideas, (3) creativity in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, (4) accuracy and quality of citations, and (5) grammar, spelling, and technical polish.
II. Submissions Guidelines
We prefer articles in Microsoft Word, double spaced, size 12pt, Times New Roman font with size 10pt Times New Roman footnotes.
We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.
B. Length Limitation
The Harvard Negotiation Law Review strongly prefers articles that are 50 pages or less in length (double spaced, size 12 pt, Times New Roman font). Only in rare cases will we accept articles over 60 pages in length.
For Harvard Negotiation Law Review Online, we strongly prefer pieces that are under 20 pages in length (double spaced, size 12 pt, Times New Roman font). Only in rare cases will we accept articles over 30 pages in length.
Though not a requirement, we would appreciate a brief abstract or paragraph summarizing the article in your submission, whether as a separate document or included in your article. Not including one will not impact your chances of publication.
If you do submit an abstract, please limit it to no more than one page, double spaced. The abstract will not be counted toward the page limit.
D. Citation Format
Citations should conform to the 21st edition of A Uniform System of Citation (“The Bluebook”). Please use footnotes, not in-line citations. Our editing process will include a detailed review of all footnotes; please ensure that all sources used are properly attributed and cited (including direct quotations, summarizations, and paraphrasing). In accordance with The Bluebook guidelines, please include all page numbers for specific material being cited.
E. Empirical Submissions
If the article contains empirical data, please ensure that the article includes detailed information about your methodology and data collection. We have a strong preference for empirical submissions grounded in data that are less than ten years old, but we do recognize that there can be exceptions: for example, a longitudinal study. Additionally, empirical submissions should go beyond simply restating the data and should instead analyze data to make and support arguments. For example, restating data might look like stating information found in tables or graphs, whereas comparing data across populations or groups to make a larger point would go beyond restating the data.
III. Submissions Process
A. Electronic Submissions
Submissions should be transmitted electronically via the Scholastica online service or via email to email@example.com.
Please include the following information in the body of your email or in a separate Word document.
- For each author:
- First and last name
- Title (e.g., Judge, Dr., Professor, Ms., Mr., Mx., etc.)
- Phone number
- Conflicts of interest (e.g., source of funding that may have impacted the assumptions, results, or conclusions)
- Optional: CV or Resume
- Optional: Demographic information survey. If you choose to submit this form, please do so only once, even if you are submitting multiple articles.
- For each article:
- Article Title
- Page count
- Article type: Article, Book Review, Case Comment, Manuscript, Online Submission
B. Expedited Requests
If you have received another offer for publication, please note this in your electronic submission and include “Expedited Request” in the email subject line. In addition to the required submissions information, please include the name of the journal that has extended an offer to publish your piece and the date and time the offer expires.
We will make every attempt to review your article within the time constraints of your deadline, but we cannot guarantee this. Please note that an expedited request does not provide an advantage in receiving an offer of publication.
IV. Timing of Submissions
A. Review Cycles
We typically review submissions one semester ahead of publication, though we may extend an offer sooner. For example, in Fall 2021, we will be reviewing articles for the Spring 2022 volume of the journal. We typically begin extending offers in August for publication in the spring and in February for publication in the fall. However, we wish to emphasize that we accept, review, and extend offers all year round. We encourage you to submit whenever you are ready.
We strive to review articles within four weeks of receiving them, but the review cycle may take longer at certain periods due to increased volume of submissions. We notify authors of our submissions decisions via email regardless of how the article was submitted (e.g., Scholastica).
Please inform us through email or Scholastica if you need to withdraw your article for any reason. You are welcome to submit an article to HNLR while concurrently submitting the article for review to other journals. However, if you have accepted an offer from another journal to publish the article, you must notify us via email so that we can discontinue our review.