Publication Procedures

Once your article has been accepted for publication, the Journal of International Business & Law uses this set of procedures to assure the accuracy, integrity, and timely publication of your article. The Journal has staff at Hofstra Law School and Hofstra Zarb School of Business. The Journal follows the procedures listed below for all articles prior to publication. The Zarb School of Business staff is transitioning to a peer-reviewed process and will be announcing special publication procedures for Volume XI.

STEP 1: Submitting an Electronic Copy of Your Article

To begin the publication process, the Journal must receive your article electronically. The article can be emailed to us or can be sent through the postal system on a USB flash drive, CD-R/RW, or other comparable medium. Ideally, the article should be in Microsoft Word. Should the need arise, however, we can convert other word-processing programs to the Microsoft Word format. Upon receipt, your article is assigned to an Articles Editor who will directly oversee each of the staff members who edit your article throughout the process.

STEP 2: Source Gathering

The Journal staff creates a list of all the sources cited in your article and then collects them in their original format. The sources are compared to your article to ensure that the sources are appropriately attributed. The Articles Editor may contact you to clarify citations or to obtain extremely obscure sources directly from you to expedite the cite-checking process and to ensure complete accuracy in all footnotes.

STEP 3: Cite-Checking

Once the source file is complete, your article is cite-checked by our Staff Members. Cite-checking involves confirming the accuracy and content of each cite, and ensuring proper Bluebook form, correct spelling and grammar, and adequate support for each substantive assertion. Following the cite-check, the assigned Articles Editor coordinates the changes suggested by each Staff Member and updates the manuscript after receiving approval from the Managing Editor of Articles.

STEP 4: Conversion

After pub-check coordination, the Managing Board uses desktop publishing software from our printer to convert the manuscript to law review format. This conversion provides the Managing Board with pages formatted exactly as your article will appear in printed form.

STEP 5: Proofreading/Author Approval

After conversion, the Managing Board proofreads your article. Following the second proofread, a copy of your article is returned to you for approval and final remarks. Authors must submit any final changes at this time.

STEP 6: Publication Format

Following the incorporation of your final changes, the entire issue is sent to the printer. The printer’s copy is then proofread by the Managing Board and any minor, last-minute changes are made by the printer.

STEP 7: Advance Copies

Once the galley pages are corrected, the entire order of books is printed and several unbound copies are forwarded to the Managing Board for final approval. The Managing Board then gives the printer authorization to bind the entire order. The printer ships the issue to all of our subscribers within one week of the authorization to bind. The printer also forwards each article to HeinOnline, LEXIS and Westlaw to ensure timely on-line availability.


Our Editing Philosophy

We respect the right of an author to maintain the integrity of his or her article. Consequently, we employ a light and sensible editing approach to avoid altering the substance of our authors' manuscripts. When the Journal of International Business & Law accepts your article for publication, it is accepted because our Editorial Board has determined that it is a high quality work as submitted. We do not condition offers of publication on substantive revisions.

The Journal of International Business & Law endeavors to facilitate a close working relationship with each author by maintaining open and responsive communication throughout the publication process.

Other than making citations consistent with The Bluebook and the Chicago Manual of Style, respectably, our editing activities primarily consist of ensuring clarity, coherence, and respect for grammatical rules and conventions. Articles submitted through the Law School strictly adhere to theBlue Book 19th Edition while articles submitted through the Zarb School of Business adhere to theChicago Manual of Style.

We occasionally add or supplement footnotes to an article to provide useful information and to enable the reader to better locate relevant source material.

You will always be consulted before any substantial changes are made to your article. If you so choose, we can make substantive changes to your article. If new information arises during the editorial process that affects the substance of your article, we will, with your consultation, incorporate this material into the article. Additionally, if you feel that areas of your article require more analysis or support, our Articles Editors will be happy to provide the necessary assistance.


The Publication Schedule

At the Journal of International Business & Law, we are dedicated to maintaining an organized and reliable publication schedule. We understand that many authors are concerned about the timely publication of their articles. Of course, during the publication process circumstances beyond our control often arise that delay the process. Nonetheless, we are committed to ensuring that your article is published within the time frame promised.

Target publication dates for each issue are listed below:

(1) Fall: December
(2) Spring: May


Reprint and Copyright Policy

Reprint Policy

Each author of an article receives fifty (50) special cover reprints of his or her article, compliments of the Journal of International Business & Law. Additional reprints are available at an extra cost. As the price of reprints depends on the size of the article, authors should inquire as to pricing of reprints at the time of publication.

Copyright Policy

Our copyright agreement seeks to protect the rights of the Journal of International Business & Law as the original publisher, while at the same time giving authors the right to republish their work. Ourstandard Publication Agreement grants to the Journal of International Business & Law the right to publish, reproduce, and distribute the article in all types of publication media. After original publication by the Journal, authors retain the right to republish their article as long as the Journal of International Business & Law is credited as the original publisher. We believe that this is an equitable and balanced agreement for both the Journal and our authors.