Harvard Launches Open Access Legal Journal

Harvard University Press this week announced the launch of the Journal of Legal Analysis, an open-access law journal published in cooperation with the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business at Harvard Law School. JLA’s editors say their plan is to publish “the best legal scholarship from all disciplinary perspectives and in all styles, whether verbal, formal, or empirical.” Articles are faculty-edited and subject to peer review.

By describing itself as an open-access journal, the JLA is promising to maintain immediate and no-cost access to its articles via the Web. Once a year, articles published online will be gathered into bound volumes and made available for purchase. The JLA’s editor-in-chief is Harvard law professor J. Mark Ramseyer.

The debut issue includes an article that argues that raising judicial salaries would do nothing to improve judicial performance, another that contends that judges should be deferential in reviewing class action settlements, and others, all from well-known names in legal academia.