Citation Frustrations - and Solutions

44 Pages Posted: 24 May 2008


This Article, written primiarly for law review editors, first explores the frustrations felt by law review staff members, including feelings that cite and source projects are grunt work, that the projects involve too many steps, and that citation rules are difficult to locate. In this regard, the Article provides law review editors with ideas about how to respond to these complaints and how to design training sessions to better equip staff members to handle cite and source projects more effectively.

The Article also explores frustrations experienced by law review editors when they work with staff members and authors. The solutions to this group's problems include training, written guidelines, and constant, clear communication with everyone involved in the cite and source process.

In addition, the Article explores frustrations that authors have when dealing with citations. Training, written guidelines, and communication are again the primary solutions. Appendix 1 contains detailed Sample Cite and Source Guidelines that law journals can use when training staff members. The guidelines provide a step-by-step blueprint of how a cite and source project should be handled from beginning to end. Law journals are welcome to use or borrow language and ideas from this Appendix. Appendix 2 provides a Cite and Source Evaluation Form that editors should complete when reviewing a staff member's cite and source project. Again, law journals should feel free to use or adapt the information in this Appendix.

Keywords: law review, law journal, editor, cite and source, citation, spading, legal citation, NCLR

JEL Classification: K00, K10

Suggested Citation

Dickerson, Darby, Citation Frustrations - and Solutions. Stetson Law Review, Vol. 30, 2000. Available at SSRN:

Darby Dickerson (Contact Author)

UIC John Marshall Law School ( email )

300 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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