Submit a Manuscript to the AJCL

The American Journal of Criminal Law is pleased to consider unsolicited manuscripts for publication, but regrets that it cannot return them. The Journal will notify accepted manuscripts within 3 weeks of submission. Rejected manuscripts will be notified through the method of submission, if at all. As the Journal receives thousands of submissions every year, it regrets that it cannot respond to all submissions.

The Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis, year round. However, the best dates to submit a manuscript to the Journal are February, May, and August of each year.


  • One double-spaced, typewritten manuscript in .pdf format along with an electronic copy of the article in Microsoft Word format. WordPerfect submissions will not be accepted.
  • Citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (latest edition available).
  • Except when content suggests otherwise, the American Journal of Criminal Law follows the guidelines set forth in the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage, Style & Editing (11th ed. 2008) and the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed. 2010).
  • The Journal accepts student-written work on a case-by-case basis. Most of the Journal’s student-written work is from students at the University of Texas School of Law.
  • The Journal has no length requirement for manuscripts. However, the Journal prefers submissions between roughly 12,000 and 25,000 words, inclusive of footnotes. Shorter manuscripts may be offered for publication as essays, which are typically shorter in length, less formal, and more practical in nature.

How to Submit

The American Journal of Criminal Law accepts submissions through both Scholastica and ExpressO. The Journal regrets that it no longer accepts submissions by email.

Any questions about the submissions process can be answered by the Publications Editor available at