Submission Guidelines

Federalist Society Review

The Federalist Society Review is the Federalist Society's legal journal, which publishes scholarly articles and book reviews on a wide range of legal topics. Articles are published on our website and Westlaw, and readership rivals that of SSRN's Recent Top Papers. 

Articles are written for an audience of lawyers and law students. In keeping with Fed Soc's mission to be a forum for robust and respectful debate, authors respectfully engage important counterarguments, and we publish links to other views on the topics discussed. Please read past articles to get a sense for the kinds of articles we publish.

Please email your submission to the Director of Publications at We regret that we cannot publish every submission or respond to every inquiry.

General Guidelines 

  1. Organize your article around a thesis, and ensure that each section and argument has a role in supporting that thesis. 
  2. 5,000-10,000 words.
  3. Citations in footnotes.
  4. Follow Bluebook white pages. 
  5. Try to stay neutral in your treatment of the topic you are addressing. If you do take a position, please maintain an academic tone, and include links to opposing views with your submission. 

Punctuation and Capitalization 

  1. One space after a period, colon, semicolon, question mark, etc. 
  2. Serial lists use the Oxford comma (X, Y, and Z).
  3. Em dash with no spaces instead of two hyphens (word—word).
  4. Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks ("Quotation.").
  5. Question marks and exclamation points go inside quotation marks if they are a part of the quotation and outside if they are not ("Is this a quotation?" she asked. Is this a "quotation"?). All other punctuation goes outside.
  6. Use double quotation marks for a quotation. Use single quotation marks for a quotation within a quotation ("Is this a 'quotation'?").
  7. Use parentheses but not quotation marks to define an abbreviation that will be used throughout the piece. Define the abbreviation the first time you use the term, and then use that abbreviation the rest of the time (Federalist Society Review (FSR)).
  8. Quotations longer than 50 words should be in block quotation format with no quotation marks.
  9. Do not capitalize words referring to government entities unless they are proper nouns (the attorney general, Attorney General Loretta Lynch).
  10. Only capitalize the word “court” when it is part of a proper noun or refers to the Supreme Court (the appellate court, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit).


  1. Court cases are italicized and use "v." (Marbury v. Madison).
  2. Court cases being referred to by a shortened name are still italicized (Lochner).
  3. Latin words are not italicized (ad hominem).
  4. Publications are italicized (Federalist Society Review). Articles within a publication are in quotation marks ("Domestic Convictions for Foreign Violations" in the Federalist Society Review).
  5. No subscript or superscript except footnotes. Dates should appear as numbers only (May 24).
  6. Use italics for emphasis.
  7. Do not use ALL CAPS, bold, or underlining.


  1. Use footnotes for citations.
  2. Case names are not italicized in citations.
  3. Italicize signals (e.g. see also), supra, and id. in citations. In citations to journal articles, italicize the title and put the periodical name in small caps.
  4. Where a source is available online, include a link in the citation ([source], available at link).
  5. Follow the bluebook’s rules for scholarly writing (white pages).
  6. Sample citations:
  • Full case citation: Wayman v. Southard, 23 U.S. 1, 10 (1825).
  • Short case citation: Chadha, 468 U.S. at 958. 
  • Journal article: R.H. Coase, The Problem of Social Cost, 3 J.L. & Econ. 1, 25 (1960).
  • Online article or blog post: Enrique Schaerer, Justice Scalia and the Proper Role of a Judge, FedSoc Blog (March 7, 2016),
  • Book: Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin, The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals 115 (2013).


Tips from George Orwell 

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print (in other words, avoid cliches).
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive voice where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language, available at