Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

Editorial Policy

The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy prefers articles that rely on an investigative and interdisciplinary approach to analyzing environmental legal issues. We strive to publish pieces that consider the topic’s ecological or contextual background. We will only publish pieces that provide practical benefit to a general environmental and legal audience.

The Journal does not have a preferred word count. The Journal conforms to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.), follows the grammar conventions and prefers the style suggestions of The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (2nd ed.) and The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.), and follows the spelling conventions of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and Black’s Law Dictionary (8th ed.). Our editors will assume readers do not have special expertise in environmental law or ecology. Factual assertions, direct quotations, statutes, and case references must all be cited unless an exception is approved by an editor. While we work hard to limit our editorial feedback so as not to infringe on an author’s personal style, our editors have reserved the right to make editorial suggestions for the sake of clarity.

Professional submissions will benefit from WJELP's peer review process. By using a carefully administered process that keeps authors’ identities anonymous to the reviewing professionals and experts, the articles we select and publish will receive important benefits distinct from editing processes relying purely on students. Prior to a final acceptance of articles, authors will be contacted and given an opportunity to learn about more our peer review process. At this time authors can decide whether to move forward in our editing process or withdraw their submission from consideration.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for an Arctic-focused Spring issue. Partnering with the Arctic Encounter Symposium, WJELP will produce a themed book addressing issues of law, policy, and science in the Arctic region. This year's Symposium will focus on the role of the United States as an Arctic nation as well as the opportunities and challenges the United States will face during its upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council. WJELP seeks articles on any topic furthering this conversation. WJELP must receive all submissions by Saturday, February 28, 2015 for publication in Spring 2015.

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Last updated 1/6/2015