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Bypassing Bias: How Law Reviews Circumvent Favoritism

Allen P. Mendenhall, Auburn University and Faulkner University Jones School of Law

Abstract

Could peer-reviewed humanities journals benefit by having student editors, as is the practice for law reviews? Are student editors valuable because they are less likely than peer reviewers to be biased against certain contributors and viewpoints? Student editors of and contributors to law reviews may seem to be the notable exception, but legal scholarship is different from humanities scholarship in ways I address here, and law reviews suffer from biases similar to those endemic to peer-reviewed journals. Nevertheless, law review submission and editing probably have less systemic bias than peer-reviewed journals, but not because students edit them. Rather, law review submission and editing make it more difficult for bias to occur. The system, not the students, facilitates editorial neutrality.

Suggested Citation

Allen P. Mendenhall. "Bypassing Bias: How Law Reviews Circumvent Favoritism" Academic Questions 26.2 (2013).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/allen_mendenhall/19