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Publishing in Academic Law Journals

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Figuring out where to publish can be overwhelming, especially as there are so many factors to take into consideration. This section of our research guide is meant to help authors understand the criteria they should consider when choosing a journal to publish in and provide a jumping off point in journal selection.

  • Choosing a Journal - This page discusses three criteria that you should consider to help narrow down your list of prospective journals for publication.
  • Open vs. "Closed" Journals - This section of the guide discusses the difference between open access (OA) journals and "closed" journals that require institutions or readers to pay to access their content. More information is provided on why authors should consider publishing open access and some of the routes that they could take to publish their work openly.
  • Journal Impact Factor and Rank - A brief introduction to Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and Journal Rank are provided in this section of the guide. Additional resources for understanding journal impact or rank and determining whether you should take it into consideration when choosing a journal to publish in are provided. 
  • Canadian Academic Law Journals - This section of the guide includes a list of Canadian academic law journals to provide researchers with a jumping off point for publication routes to consider.


This section of our Legal Publishing Guide has been adapted from Toronto Metropolitan University Library’s Law Student Publication Guide