Submission Guidelines for Discourse

Submissions for Volume 68 will be accepted starting February 2020

Discourse publishes shorter articles, response pieces to articles previously published in the UCLA Law Review and Discourse, book reviews and interdisciplinary and empirical studies. Submissions to Discourse are considered on a rolling basis and, if accepted, have an expedited production schedule. Like our print journal, Discourse articles are published on Westlaw, Lexis, and in other legal databases.

How to Submit

Send the manuscript and your CV to We will review submissions that are between 3,000 and 10,000 words. Please follow these guidelines in your manuscript:

  • The thesis or mission of the work should be stated clearly, briefly, and promptly.
  • Footnotes must follow the Bluebook citation format.
  • The manuscript should be lightly footnoted. Avoid extensive text in footnotes, more than one citation per footnote and multiple parallel citations.
  • Citations to sources available online should include clickable URLs.
The Publishing Process

Discourse articles undergo two rounds of editing, during which the text is carefully cite-checked and reviewed for citation format accuracy. The author retains the right to make final decisions about the work. The average time from the article selection to publication is eight to ten weeks, although we strive to publish selected pieces as quickly as possible.