Law Journals Agree to Stop 'Exploding Offers'

April 26, 2011

Sixteen law journals have issued a joint statement pledging to stop the practice of "exploding offers," in which authors have only a very short time period (sometimes hours) to decide whether to accept an offer of publication. The practice was seen as a way to get the best content, but many law professors disagree. The statement from the journals said that the publications have come to believe that the costs of such exploding offers outweigh the benefits. From now on, authors will have at least seven days to decide whether to accept an offer.

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