Publication Process

Publication Process

We strongly prefer submissions for our Annual Volume through Scholastica.  Please see the “Submissions” tab above for more information.  Authors may alternatively submit their work via postal mail at the address below or contact Allison Mather for information regarding submissions for the Traditional Volume.  Publication decisions for both the Traditional Volume and the Annual Volume are typically made within one to four weeks from the date a submission is received.  Contributors may request an expedited review.

U.S. Mail
Pepperdine Law Review
Pepperdine University School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90263

Law Review Office
Phone: (310) 506-4764
Fax: (310) 506-7283

Traditional Volume E-mail:

Annual Volume Email:

STEP 1: Sending Articles Electronically

Pepperdine Law Review asks Authors to save articles in either Microsoft Word (preferred) or Word Perfect format.  Visit the “Submissions” tab above for more information on how to submit electronically.

STEP 2: Citation Check

Once an article is accepted, two law review Staff Members review each page of the article in detail.  This “citation check” ensures proper grammar, in accordance with The Texas Manual on Usage and Style; correct Bluebook form; and that each substantive assertion has adequate support.  Citation checks for an entire article are generally completed in two to four weeks.

Following the citation check, an Associate Editor will thoroughly review all changes recommended by Staff Members and incorporate revisions. This process of “incorping” is generally completed in two to three weeks.

Following the incorporation by an Associate Editor, a Literary and Citation Editor will perform a comprehensive review of the consolidated revised article, generally completed in three to five weeks.

NOTE: Authors are strongly encouraged to submit a “source file” of rare or difficult-to-locate sources cited in the article.  This will help members of the law review complete their review in a timely and effective manner.

STEP 4: Proofreading/Author Approval

After the review process, the Editor-in-Chief will proofread the entire article.  The article will then be sent to the author for review and approval of all proposed revisions.

STEP 5: Galley Proofs and Advance Sheets

Once revisions are approved, the article will be sent to the printer.  The printer will prepare “Galley proofs” and sent them to the author, Editor-in-Chief, and Managing Editor.  The Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor will each read and approve the galley proofs.

“Advance sheet” copies of the article will be printed and forwarded to the author. Each author will receive fifty complimentary bound copies of the article in advance sheet form. Additional copies are available from the printer at a minimal cost.

STEP 6: Publication

The published article will be included in a quarterly soft cover issue of Pepperdine Law Review.  Each regular issue generally consists of two lead articles and two to three student articles.

The printer will ship a hard copy of the quarterly issue to the author and all Pepperdine Law Review subscribers (i.e. courthouse libraries, public law libraries, law school libraries, etc.).  Our Digital Media Editor will also forward electronic copies of the articles to Westlaw, LEXIS, and Digital Commons to ensure on-line availability.

Publication Schedule

Pepperdine Law Review is dedicated to maintaining a timely and organized publication schedule.  Please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, or Lead Articles Editors with questions about estimated publication dates.

Copyright Policy

Our copyright agreements grant us the right to publish, reproduce, and distribute each article published in our journal. Pepperdine Law Review also seeks to provide authors with the right to republish their work, subject to Pepperdine Law Review authorization. We typically grant such authorization, provided that Pepperdine Law Review is credited as the original publisher.