The American Journal of Jurisprudence is a publication of the Natural Law Institute at the Notre Dame Law School. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. Articles submitted to the Journal will be refereed before acceptance. The Journal publishes articles and review essays critically examining the moral foundations of law and legal systems and exploring current and historical issues in ethics, jurisprudence, and legal (including constitutional) theory.
Manuscripts should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Professor Gerard V. Bradley ().
Who Can Submit?
Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in American Journal of Jurisprudence provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).
General Submission Rules
Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to American Journal of Jurisprudence, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at American Journal of Jurisprudence. If you have concerns about the submission terms for American Journal of Jurisprudence, please contact the editors.
Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with the exception of footnotes and block quotations, which may be single-spaced. Footnotes should be consecutively numbered and should appear at the bottom of the page.
The American Journal of Jurisprudence follows the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) in most editorial matters. References to books should include the facts of publication (city, publisher, and date). References to articles appearing in journals should include the volume number of the journal, the year of publication (in parentheses), and the first page number of the article; the names of journals should be italicized and spelled out in full. Case citations should begin with the name of the case (in italics), followed by the source, including volume, reporter, page reference(s), and date. (Subsequent references to books, articles, and court decisions may be shortened, as illustrated below.) Words such as "ibid.," "supra," and "infra" and phrases such as "see generally" and "reprinted in" should not be italicized.
Some examples of footnotes:
1. H. L. A. Hart, The Concept of Law (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1961), 124-32.
2. Oliver W. Holmes, "The Path of the Law," Harvard Law Review 10 (1987) 457, 460.
3. Ibid., 458.
4. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 347 U.S. 483, 485 (1954).
5. Ibid., 488.
6. Hart, The Concept of Law, 133.
7. Brown v. Board of Education, supra, note 4, 486.
8. See Holmes, "The Path of the Law," 461, for a discussion of this point.