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Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) seeks short reviews of (very) recent scholarship related to the law that the reviewer likes and thinks deserves a wide audience. The ideal Jotwell review will not merely celebrate scholarly achievement, but situate it in the context of other scholarship in a manner that explains to both specialists and non-specialists why the work is important.

Although gentle critique is welcome, reviewers should choose the subjects they write about with an eye toward identifying and celebrating work that makes an original contribution, and that will be of interest to others. Your ‘Jot’ should leave readers believing that they ought to read the work reviewed. First-time contributors may wish to consult the Author Guidelines and the Jotwell Mission Statement for more information about what Jotwell seeks, and what it seeks to achieve. Repeat contributors are also welcome, and should also check the Guidelines as they do evolve. Ordinarily outside contributors ought to allow at least two years between an accepted contribution and the submission of a subsequent proposed jot.

Reviews need not be written in a particularly formal manner. Contributors should feel free to write in a manner that will be understandable to scholars, practitioners, and even non-lawyers.

Potential contributors are strongly encouraged to see the Author Guidelines for more details about the above, and for other important guidelines concerning conflicts of interest and other policies.

Ordinarily, a Jotwell contribution will

  • be between 500-1000 words;
  • focus on one work, ideally a recent article, but a discussion of a recent book is also welcome;
  • begin with a hyperlink to the original work — in order to make the conversation as inclusive as possible, there is a strong preference for reviews to focus on scholarly works that can be found online without using a subscription service such as Westlaw or Lexis. That said, reviews of articles that are not freely available online, and also of very recent books, are also welcome.

Currently, Jotwell particularly seeks contributions relating to:

We also have a Classics section, limited to reviews of unjustly neglected works more than 50 years old.


Authors are responsible for the content and cite-checking of their own articles. Jotwell editors and staff may make editorial suggestions, and may alter the formatting to conform to the house style, but the author remains the final authority on content appearing under his or her name.

  • Please keep citations to a minimum.
  • Please include a hyperlink, if possible, to any works referenced.
  • Textual citations are preferred. Endnotes, with hyperlinks, are allowed if your HTML skills extend that far.
  • Authors are welcome to follow The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015), or the The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (2d Ed.) or indeed to adopt any other citation form which makes it easy to find the work cited.


Jotwell publishes in HTML, which is a very simple text format and which does not lend itself to footnotes; textual citations are much preferred.

Contributors should email their article, in plain text, in HTML, or in a common wordprocessor format (Libre Office, WordPerfect, or Word) to jotwell@gmail.com and we will forward the article to the appropriate Section Editors. Or you may, if you prefer, contact the Editor in Chief directly at editor@jotwell.com.

Because we seek to maximize the diversity of voices in Jotwell, ordinarily outside contributors ought to allow at least two years between an accepted contribution and the submission of a subsequent proposed jot.

Please see our copyright policy for information about what rights we ask you to give us.

Last revised: Sept. 13, 2021

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