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Library Services for Law Faculty

Information about D'Angelo Law Library services for Law faculty.

Submitting Papers & Articles

Scholastica: Scholastica is used by many law reviews for article submission. For assistance with the Law School's institutional subscription, contact Lorrie Ragland. The link provided here is to Author Resources.

SSRN:  Law faculty often post working and accepted papers and book chapters to the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) to increase the visibility of their scholarship. Faculty can post papers themselves once they have created an account or the Library will post papers upon request. Papers should sent as attached pdf file to asklaw@uchicago.libanswers.com with the following information included in the body of the email:

abstract, keywords and whether they would like the paper included in an subject matter eJournals (this is optional: authors may choose the eJournals themselves or they can allow SSRN to select the appropriate eJournals, if any, in which to include the paper)

Please also indicate if you would like the paper included in either (or both) of the Law School’s working paper series (Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series and/or  Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper Series.) Please contact Connie Fleischer with questions.

Publishing Information

Publishing in General

Open Access Publishing (OA)

The OA movement focuses on the removal of barriers that stand between a user and information. OA literature, data, and education resources are "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions" (Open Access Research Guide). The removal of barriers allows the scholarship to reach a wider audience, thus increasing its potential impact. 

Chicago Unbound is the University of Chicago Law School's faculty scholarship repository, and this repository makes the full text of faculty scholarship available when permitted by applicable copyright law. For more information about Chicago Unbound, please see the Chicago Unbound page of this guide.

To provide more options for faculty to publish in open access journals, the University of Chicago Library has entered into agreements with publishers such as Cambridge University Press and Wiley Publishing to provide free open access publishing for University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff. 

For more information about open access publishing, including the work that the University of Chicago is doing to facilitate open access, please see the Open Access Research Guide from the Center for Digital Scholarship.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Similar to the OA movement, the OER movement seeks to decrease the barriers to access to educational materials. OERs are defined as "freely-accessible teaching, educational, and research materials that either exist in the public domain or are available to users via an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing." (Principles and Examples of OER, George Mason University). If you are interested in publishing course materials that are open access, please consider the below resources

  • H20 Open Casebooks (Harvard): a free platform for making, sharing, and remixing open access and open-licensed casebooks and other course materials. 
  • eLangdell Press (CALI): eLangdell Press from the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) publishes free, open access ebooks for legal education. For information about how to be come an author, please visit their Become an Author webpage

Copyright Issues

Protect your copyright in your own scholarly work by adding language to your publishing agreements that preserves your right to use your scholarship on your personal websites, on course management websites, and for conferences and presentations. Some boilerplate addenda to publishing agreements are available below: