The NYU Environmental Law Journal invites authors to submit articles that investigate timely issues of environmental law and policy on an international, national, or local level. We also accept topics that borrow from or intersect with other areas of law, and particularly encourage articles presenting creative approaches to environmental problems.

ELJ welcomes a variety of formats, including articles, essays, book reviews, and case comments. Unfortunately, ELJ has a policy against publishing external student notes, at this time. To browse recent articles, please see our archives.

How to Submit

Authors should submit completed articles to the Submissions Editors through Scholastica or via email to

ELJ asks authors to submit all articles in Microsoft Word format. In addition to the article, we ask that authors also provide a cover letter including contact information (including email address). A resume or curriculum vitae is also helpful, though not required.

All articles submitted should be single-spaced and use a 12-point font.

The NYU Environmental Law Journal has no minimum or maximum page requirement for submissions. We do believe, however, that most authors should be able to convey their argument clearly and persuasively in 30 to 70 pages, and encourage authors to tailor their submissions to that range.

Footnote citations should conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

The Review Process

By necessity, the timing of the review process varies, but we aim to reply to authors within two to three weeks of receiving the submission. It is the Journal’s general policy to allow authors two weeks to accept or reject an offer of publication. In some circumstances this period may be shortened as deadlines approach.

Expedited Reviews

When requesting expedited reviews of previously submitted articles, please do so via email to Please include “request for expedited review” somewhere in the subject line of the email.

Complimentary Copies

Each author receives 50 free reprints of the author’s own article and five copies of the full issue. The author is provided with a PDF copy of the issue as soon as it is available.