Submissions

The Dayton Law Review welcomes submission of manuscripts throughout the year. We prefer that the manuscripts conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.) and The Redbook: A Manual Legal Style (2002).

Manuscripts should be sent to:
Articles Editor
University of Dayton Law Review
University of Dayton School of Law
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 54469-2772

Or email your submission

Author Manuscript and Submission Guidelines

Below are the Law Review's requirements for preparing your final manuscript for your submission. Adherence to these requirements will make for a streamlined publication process for all parties involved. 

Abstract

Please include an abstract of approximately 100 words on a separate page at the beginning of the article and include a copy on your diskette submission. Abstracts are used on our website to provide information about your article.

Manuscript Format

Format: All submissions must be in Word format

Title: Title and author(s) name(s) must appear on the first page of the text

Author Biography: Insert an author's biographical note as the first footnote. This footnote should not be numbered; rather use a symbol such as an asterisk (*)

Font: Use Times New Roman, 12 point type

Spacing: Text should be typed and footnotes justified

Margins: All margins should be one-inch

Page Numbers: Insert page numbers at the bottom of each page (footer), numbered consecutively

Footnotes: Insert footnotes at the bottom of each page, numbered consecutively, in conformity with Bluebook (18th edition)

Tabs: Set the tabs at 1/2 inch (for the indentions of each paragraph)

Block Quotations: Quotes over 50 words should be single-spaced, indented 1 inch from both margins

Headings: Headings and subheadings should be left justified and designated with numbers and letters as per the standard online format (I., A., 1., a., (1))

  • Subheadings should not go beyond five levels.
  • Please do not use the automatic outline function

Dashes: Do not insert spaces before or after dashes; use a double dash (--) instead of a sing dash (known as "em" dash)

Spell Check: Please run a spell check before you submit your final version

Standard References to Use

Citation: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th Edition). The Dayton Law Review adheres to Bluebook citation rules.

Please make every effort to submit your article in proper B format, as it will substantially decrease the likelihood of delay in the publication process.

Style: The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (2002), available from West Group publishing, for all style questions.

Usage: Black's Law Dictionary, for all legal term usage, unless otherwise cited.

Editing Process

Authors and editors will work closely on the editing of the manuscript to prepare it for publication. Generally, authors will see at least one draft as well as the final version of the manuscript. At this time, the author will have the opportunity to make any final corrections before the article is submitted to the printer in final format. If the author fails to make any corrections within a reasonable period of time, the final version will be submitted to the printer as corrected during the editorial process.

Upon completion of the recommended changes (or failure to timely submit changes), the final version will be submitted to the printer for creation of the bluelines (proofs). The bluelines will be reviewed by the editor-in-chief and changes will only be made for spelling, grammatical, or formatting errors. No substantive changes will be permitted at this time.

Once the approved bluelines are returned to the printer, it usually takes two to three weeks to publish an issue of the Law Review. Unfortunately, there are always unforeseen problems that may delay our schedule, but we will deal with them as efficiently as possible.