Online Law Journals as Legal Scholarship: A Survey of Faculty Perceptions
Michael Conklin, Online Law Journals as Legal Scholarship: A Survey of Faculty Perceptions, ___ JURIMETRICS ___ (2020, Forthcoming).
19 Pages Posted: 31 May 2020 Last revised: 22 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 28, 2020
The rise of online-only law journals in both prevalence and prestige has resulted in debate over how to properly rank them compared to their flagship print counterparts. This article reports the findings of a first-of-its-kind study that measured law school faculty perceptions of online-only law journal scholarship. The often counterintuitive results illustrate the severity of misinformation surrounding the topic. The results also allow for the creation of a rule-of-thumb ratio to help tenure track faculty decide where to publish and help those serving on hiring committees and tenure and promotion committees weigh the scholarly achievements of applicants. Additionally, this article is a valuable resource for journals considering the transition to an online-only modality among coronavirus budget cuts.
Keywords: Online law journals, Legal scholarship, Tenure and promotion, Durham statement, Law journal blogs, Academia, Legal academia, Value of legal scholarship, Law journal rankings, law journal publishing,
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