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Publication Guidelines for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice

Interdisciplinary Content:

In selecting pieces for publication, the SJSJ is committed to publishing interdisciplinary content that is both unique to the legal field and consistent with SJSJ’s mission, thereby making a substantial contribution to scholarly discourse. The interdisciplinary nature of the SJSJ means that the editorial board actively seeks content that is diverse in voice and perspective, often including authors from other academic fields who confront social justice issues from a different point of view than those trained in the law.

Within this context, the SJSJ will consider the following criteria in making publication decisions:

  • The article presents a novel argument and/or position;
  • The article is between 30 and 50 pages in length, approx. 7500-12,500 words;
  • The article is not preempted by another publication or court opinion;
  • The arguments are supported by citations where appropriate;
  • The article adheres to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) and The BlueBook (19th ed.).

Publication Decisions and Editing Process:

The SJSJ cannot guarantee that all such content will be published. All publication decisions made the by the SJSJ are final.

The SJSJ is published three times each year. Submissions must be received by March 15 to be considered for the Summer issue, June 15 for the Fall issue, and November 15 for the Spring issue. Submissions may be emailed to or mailed to:

Seattle Journal for Social Justice
Attn: Editor in Chief
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Following selection for publication, each article undergoes a rigorous editorial process, including both a substantive and technical edit by Article Editor teams as well as additional edits by the Executive Editors and the Editor in Chief. The editors make every effort to maintain open communication with the authors, as both parties share in making substantive and technical editorial decisions.