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Law Library Faculty Services

Penn State Law Montague Law Library

214 Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802

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Submit Your Scholarship

The Law Library has accounts with both ExpressO and Scholastica for electronic submission of manuscripts for publication in law reviews and journals.  If you have questions or need assistance with either ExpressO or Scholastica, please contact Rebecca Mattson, Head of Faculty and Research Services.

Washington and Lee's Law Journals: Submissions and Rankings service classifies and ranks law reviews and journals based on subject matter, impact, and number of citations in journals and legal opinions.  "Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals" by Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit provides submission guidelines for more than 200 law reviews.

SSRN & The eLibrary Institutional Repository

The Law Library actively promotes scholarship through SSRN and the eLibrary, Penn State Law's Institutional Repository.  Penn State Law's Legal Research Paper Series is administered through the law library, and every effort is made to include the most up-to-date faculty scholarship.  We encourage you to deposit your scholarship in one or both places.  To do so, please email Rebecca Mattson, Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian.  Please provide the PDF of your article, an abstract, and your publication agreement to ensure that you retain the right to deposit the article in the repository and on SSRN.

Scholarly Impact

The Law Library subscribes to PlumX, a service that helps faculty analyze the impact of journal articles, books, book chapters, and more.

PlumX pulls together metrics from many sources, including the eLibrary, SSRN, publication databases (such as SCOPUS, PubMed, and EBSCO), blogs, social media sites, video sites (such as Vimeo and YouTube), and citation management systems (such as Mendeley).  PlumX groups the metrics into five categories:

  1. Usage (downloads, views, etc.)
  2. Captures (bookmarks, bibliographic reference reports, etc.)
  3. Citations (from multiple sources)
  4. Mentions (comments, reviews, blog mentions, etc.)
  5. Social Media (likes, shares, etc.)


These metrics are all collected and displayed on the Plum Widget that now displays on the article record page in the eLibrary.  By hovering over the widget, you are able to see the breakdown of usage, captures, citations, mentions and social media.  Each article in the eLibrary has a Plum Widget.  For more information on this service, please contact Rebecca Mattson.