Submission Guidelines for Print Publication

The following applies to any article or other written work submitted for publication in the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law’s biannual print publication. Those seeking to submit a more timely piece for potential publication in JICLOnline should see the JICLOnline submission guidelines. Although the Journal’s traditional, biannual publication is referred to as its “print publication,” it is also made available online (to include cataloguing by online legal databases, such as Westlaw and LexisAdvance) to ensure ease of access for a global readership.

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law, provided he or she owns the copyright to the article being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner(s) to submit the piece. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their article (an exception to this might exist outside of the academic world if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer). Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (either electronic or print). “Publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication for the purposes of this policy.

There is no specific word requirement for submissions intended for print publication. However, the Journal strongly prefers articles under 20,000 words in length, including footnotes.

The Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. Is the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of submissions chosen for publication in the form of a high-quality PDF (Adobe’s Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or RTF file that can be converted into a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF format will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

The Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law carefully considers all submissions that it receives. Although the Journal makes every effort to honor requests for expedited review, it cannot guarantee that it will meet any author-provided deadlines. When requesting an expedited review, please understand that our selection process takes time. When submitting material to the Journal, the author should convey whether the work has been submitted to the Journal exclusively. While the same standards of review are provided to all submissions, exclusive submissions given priority in the review process.

There is no best time to submit an article. However, please note that submissions made between mid-May and the beginning of August may incur a longer review period than those received during the academic year. If unable to publish a submission in the current volume, the Journal will hold it over for consideration by the next volume.

The Journal will notify authors of its decisions via email. As a matter of policy, the Journal generally will not provide a reason for its publication decisions.

In consideration for publication of their article or other written work, authors assign to NDLScholarship all copyright in that work, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies
Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the work or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of NDLScholarship, requires credit to NDLScholarship as copyright holder (e.g., NDLScholarship © 2019).

Personal Use Exceptions
The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from NDLScholarship, provided the author does not alter the format or content of the work, including the copyright notification:

  • Storing and backing up of the work on the author’s computer(s) and digital media devices (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the work stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);

  • Posting of the work on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;

  • Posting of the work on the Internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)’s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her piece appear in the University of Southern North Dakota’s Department of Phrenology online publication series); and

  • Posting of the work on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

The Journal strongly prefers authors to submit via Scholastica (i.e., clicking the button below). Nevertheless, hard copy submissions, while generally discouraged, can be sent to:

Attn: Executive Articles Editor
Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law
1100 Eck Hall of Law
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Along with your paper submission, please include a brief overview of your relevant credentials (i.e., a CV or résumé). Please note that using the hard copy method may delay consideration of your submission. If you have any questions or concerns about these guidelines, please email Robert Hart, executive articles editor, at

For assistance with the submission process for the Journal’s print publication, please email Robert Hart, executive articles editor, at Thank you for your interest.