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Faculty Resources: Publishing

Law Library resources to support faculty publication


Submission Management Tools

Streamline your workflow and submit articles to multiple journals simultaneously. The Law School provides some funding for selected submissions through Scholastica.


To increase the visibility of your published work, ensure that your author information is current across all platforms and consider promoting your research through social media or other non-traditional channels. To update your information on the Law School's website or publicize your work through the Law School's social media accounts, contact Bethany Daily. For advice about any of the following resources, contact Erin Gow.


If you need help compiling a citation report for your publications that goes beyond the list of work in your CV, Will Hilyerd and other law librarians can help you to track down a complete list of citations to ensure you have a full picture of the reach of your work.

Services like SSRN, ThinkIR, and HeinOnline provide statistics and data about the reach of any work you have published on their databases. Traditional metrics like these can also be supplemented by alt-metrics, which show how and where research is being referenced in a range of venues beyond the scholarly sphere. Alt-metrics gather responses and data quickly in comparison to traditional forms of metrics by examining sources such as social media, blogs, wikipedia, news, policy documents, and bookmarking sites. There are several free options for basic alt-metrics that you can experiment with.

Open Access Publication

Publishing papers to open access platforms increases the visibility of your work. Before posting a published piece to an open access platform, ensure that you have the appropriate copyright clearance from the original publisher. For assistance in using any of the following resources, contact Erin Gow.


To post articles, visit the SSRN website and log in. If you have forgotten your password, choose the 'Forgot ID or password' link directly below the sign-in box. Enter your University email address and a link to reset your password will be emailed.

Choose ‘My Papers’ from the menu, and click ‘Start New Submission’. This generates a form where you can attach a PDF copy of your paper, update the paper details, and assign classifications.

The copyright requirements have recently been increased by SSRN, so all submissions will now be subject to copyright policy. In the comments section indicate how your received publisher permission to upload your paper (whether in an email, contract, etc.). In some cases, after submission SSRN may reset the status of the paper to “Not Submitted” until the copyright permission is verified.

When choosing eJournal classifications for your paper, include the University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series.

ThinkIR & SelectedWorks

The University of Louisville’s open access Institutional Repository is now ready for faculty participants. The institutional repository can help make faculty scholarship more visible and accessible through both ThinkIR and SelectedWorks, the new module for faculty profiles.

To add papers to ThinkIR simply log-in with your U-link username and password, accept the terms & conditions, and upload a document. You can choose to instantly incorporate your paper into the open access Digital Commons Network by assigning disciplines. The system also provides statistics about downloads and relative ranking in your discipline, so that you can track the ongoing impact of your paper.

A SelectedWorks profile provides a permanent individualized link to all your open access scholarship, and many law faculty already have profiles in the system that simply need to be updated and made visible.

Predatory Publishers

As an academic faculty member and author with an online presence you are likely to receive emails from predatory publishers. These messages may cite an article that the sender claims to have read and wishes to republish in a journal or as a book. If you become entangled with this kind of publisher, you will probably find that they eventually begin to request high fees and payments in order to publish your work. Alternatively, you may receive bogus emails inviting you to attend a conference or participate as a reviewer on an academic journal. Further research usually finds that these journals and conferences either do not exist or require exorbitant fees for very little legitimate return. These schemes prey on academics who are eager to publish, present, or demonstrate professional service, but who fail to review the quality of the organization making the offer.

You can often recognize bogus or predatory emails in the same way that your recognize scam emails, where the grammar or spelling may be bad or the sender's email address does not match the organization they claim to represent. A quick online search for the name of the organization can also help you identify common conference or publishing scams.

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