The Ethics of Baiting and Switching in Law Review Submissions

9 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2018 Last revised: 24 Jul 2018

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Ryan Scoville

Marquette University - Law School

Date Written: January 9, 2018


Sometimes the authors of law review articles engage in a bait-and-switch: they insert exaggerated claims of novelty or significance into their submission to student editors and then, after securing a satisfactory offer of publication, moderate those claims in drafts made available to colleagues and the public. By doing so, the authors manage to improve their chances at a desirable placement and avoid unscholarly claims before peers.

This symposium essay suggests that baiting and switching is unethical, and then discusses potential ways to address it.

Keywords: Law Review Submissions, Law Professors, Ethics of Scholarship

Suggested Citation

Scoville, Ryan M., The Ethics of Baiting and Switching in Law Review Submissions (January 9, 2018). Marquette Law Review, Vol. 101, Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 18-13, Available at SSRN:

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