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Volume 2, Issue 2 (2023)

Volume 2, Issue 1 (2022)

Symposium: Non-Governmental Restrictions on Free Speech
Keynote Address
Panel on Non-Governmental Restrictions Generally
Panel on Social Media Platforms
Panel on Private Employment
Panel on Private Universities

Volume 1, Issue 2 (2022)

Volume 1, Issue 1 (2021)

Symposium: Free Speech and Social Media Platform Regulation

New: The Journal's Public Conversations Series (video)

Board of Editors

What We Publish

Submission Guidelines

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We accept submissions year-round.
We only accept exclusive submissions, but
we’ll give you a decision within two weeks.
We can publish an article within weeks, if you prefer.

Our Editing Process

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Board of Editors

Prof. Amy Adler (NYU)
Prof. Jane Bambauer (Arizona)
Prof. Ashutosh Bhagwat (UC Davis)
Prof. Judge Stephanos Bibas (3d Cir.)
Prof. Vincent Blasi (Columbia)
Judge José A. Cabranes (2d Cir.)
Prof. Clay Calvert (Florida)
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (Berkeley)
Prof. Alan Chen (Denver)
Prof. Danielle Citron (Virginia)
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (formerly Cal. Sup. Ct.)
Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg (D.C. Cir.)
Prof. Jamal Greene (Columbia)
Prof. Heidi Kitrosser (Northwestern)
Prof. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern)
Prof. Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr. (Alabama)
Prof. Lyrissa Lidsky (Florida)
Prof. Toni Massaro (Arizona)
Prof. Michael McConnell (Stanford)
Prof. Helen Norton (Colorado)
Prof. Robert Post (Yale)
Judge A. Raymond Randolph (D.C. Cir.)
Judge Neomi Rao (D.C. Cir.)
Prof. Jennifer Rothman (Penn)
Judge Robert Sack (2d Cir.)
Prof. Frederick Schauer (Virginia)
Dean Rodney A. Smolla (Widener)
Prof. Geoffrey Stone (Chicago)
Judge David R. Stras (8th Cir.)
Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton (6th Cir.)
Prof. Rebecca Tushnet (Harvard)
Prof. Eugene Volokh (UCLA)
Prof. James Weinstein (Arizona State)
Judge Diane Wood (7th Cir.)
(Courts and law schools listed for identification purposes; the Journal is not endorsed by any institution.)

Executive Editors

Jane Bambauer
Ashutosh Bhagwat
Eugene Volokh


Eugene Volokh

Managing Editor

Sarah Burns

Senior Production Editor

Gregory Duhl

Production Editors

Cem Albayrak
Leeza Arbatman
Michael Burnett
Alan Delaney
Kelsang Dolma
Shawyane Emadi
Zachary Faircloth
Lacey Frederick
Max Hyams
Jake Jensen
Jenny Jiang
Naomi Kisel
Benjamin Lipkin
Douglas Maggs
R. Bray McDonnell
Isaiah McKinney
Brian McPherson
Nathan Moelker
Chris Nardi
Eric Newman
Andrew Phillips
Brandon Raynes
Samuel Rutzick
Andrew Sisson
Case Smith
J. Alex Touchet
Devin Yaeger

What We Publish

  1. Articles that say something we don’t already know.
  2. Articles with all sorts of approaches: doctrinal, theoretical, historical, empirical, or otherwise.
  3. Articles dealing with speech, press, assembly, petition, or expression more broadly.
  4. Generally not articles purely focused on the Free Exercise Clause or Establishment Clause, except if they also substantially discuss religious speech.
  5. Articles about the First Amendment, state constitutional free speech provisions, federal and state statutes, common-law rules, and regulations protecting or restricting speech, or private organizations’ speech regulations.
  6. Articles about U.S. law, foreign law, comparative law, or international law.
  7. Both big, ambitious work and narrower material.
  8. Articles that are useful to the academy, to the bench, or to the bar (or if possible, to all three).
  9. Articles arguing for broader speech protection, narrower speech protection, or anything else.
We plan to publish quickly, without interfering with the author’s style, voice, or perspective.


Editing Process

  1. We will give you whatever editing feedback we came up with as we were reviewing your article. We will generally not offer line editing.
  2. We will assign a starting page number, which you can use for future citations even before it is published, and we will be prepared to immediately publish the article online and on Westlaw and likely Lexis, once the article is suitably revised and polished. (We will publish in print every several months, as enough articles are finished to form an issue.)
  3. We will defer to your authorial judgment on editing questions, except when we think accuracy or attention to counterarguments requires changes (in which case we will of course not make any changes without your approval).
  4. We expect authors who are professors at American law schools to have cite-checking and proofreading done by their own research assistants. If that is a hardship for you, please let us know.
  5. We will have the article proofread near the end of the publishing process, just to catch any remaining glitches.

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