Infographic: Do U.S. law journals need reform?

A recent study regarding whether U.S. law journals need reform was conducted by Richard A. Wise, Lucy S. McGough, James W. Bowers, Douglas P. Peters, Joseph C. Miller, Heather K. Terrell, Brett Holfeld, and Joe H. Neal.  The study consisted of a survey distributed to student editors, law professors, judges, and lawyers using a convenience sampling method.  A convenience sample is not necessarily representative of the groups from which the respondents were selected, so to the extent representativeness is in question (respondents are described in the article and some limitations are identified by the authors) the study’s findings cannot be generalized to the larger population.  Still, the study paints a portrait of those surveyed that is worth considering.  The infographic below depicts some of the study’s results, published last year, along with other statistics.

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Sources

Davies, Ross E. “The Increasingly Lengthy Long Run of the Law Reviews: Law Review Business 2012—Circulation and Production.” Journal of Law 3 (2013): 345-72.

Washington & Lee University. Law Journals: Submissions & Ranking [Web site] (2013).

Wise, Richard. A. et al. “Do Law Reviews Need Reform? A Survey of Law Professors, Student Editors, Attorneys, and Judges.” Loyola Law Review 59 (2013): 1-75.

Wolotira, Alena. “From a Trickle to a Flood: A Case Study of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals to Examine the Swell of American Law Journals Published in the Last Fifty Years.” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 31 (2012): 150-83.

Create Your Own

Infographics are a great way to promote your journal or to visualize data or information presented in an article.  There are free web-based templates that can get you started, including Piktochart, easel.ly, and infogr.am.  I used KeyNote, Apple’s presentation application, and infographic templates and elements from Jumsoft.

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