Publishing in the Legal Field
Much like the exchange of information in other academic fields, publishing in the legal field is an incredibly important avenue for professionals looking to exchange new ideas, discuss changes in the legal landscape, and share new ways of connecting with and helping clients.
Most publishing in the legal field centers around prominent journals that are specifically tailored to certain professionals, such as paralegals, personal injury lawyers, immigration attorneys, and other professionals throughout the field.
Additionally, there are a great number of journals that reach across individuals in various positions and provide information and research on a common theme, such as social justice, technology, or race. Publishing in the legal field takes a number of different forms, but with advances in technology, an increasing number of readers have connected with articles in the legal field by accessing journals through online databases.
Well-known databases such as Academic Search Complete, LexisNexis, and ProQuest make it possible for individuals to access decades worth of publications from any device with an internet connection. However, despite the ease of use and popularity of these databases, most journals still publish their databases in print form. However, both print and digital access to these publications is highly restricted to paying users only, and in many cases, subscriptions to these resources do not come cheap. In most instances, readers can access a free preview or abstract of an article in one of these journals, but they must pay for access to the article in its entirety. Fortunately, a perk that many academic institutions offer to their students is free access to these resources through the library in electronic, and in some instances, print form.
Having an article accepted for publication in one of these journals follows a similar pattern to publishing in other academic publications. Most legal journals have a rigorous peer review process that would-be authors / researchers must pass before having their articles published.Read More