If you decide to use the offer you received to make an expedite request, check mark other law reviews where you’d like the request to be sent, and under the Contact Editors drop-down, make sure Expedite is selected, and click the Continue button.
At the top of expedite form page, you’ll see the list of law reviews you’ve selected for expedite, along with their Preferred # of Simultaneous Expedite Requests.
The numbers you see refer to that particular law review’s preference for the number of simultaneous requests. If it’s blank, they haven’t set one yet. This is just one criteria visible to authors that editors can set as part of their Expedite Preferences (see the section titled “Editor Expedite Preferences“).
Next, fill out the My Current Offers section. If the review made their offer through ExpressO, it is automatically listed. If not, you can select from our list (which is limited to only those law reviews that use the ExpressO service), or simply type in the law review.
On the Contact Law Review section, be sure to enter response requested by date and time. This is the deadline you’re setting for these reviews to get back to you regarding your request. Note that all times are pacific. Be sure to enter the time in 12-hour format. For example, if you’re setting the deadline at 5:30 p.m. enter, as 05:30, and enter the colon as well.
The subject and message body are already prefilled, but you can modify as necessary. Note that the text in all caps are system macros, and automatically prefill when the message is sent. For example, ‘LAW_REVIEW_TITLE’ would change to ‘Alaska Law Review’ if the message was sent to the Alaska Law Review. There’s no need to fill out this formation. If you do modify the body text, we recommend keeping the system macros as is.
Finally, click on the blue Send button. The expedite requests will process and be reflected on deliveries list on your Submission Details page.
If the offer you received was not made through ExpressO, you will receive the following prompt titled Offer Not Certified.
It states that “one or more of the law reviews you selected prefers expedite requests for offers that have been certified through ExpressO. This offer has not been certified. Do you want us to try and certify this offer?” If you click yes, and the law review uses the ExpressO service, the system will editors an email asking them to make the offer through their account.
Certification simply means that ExpressO is able to confirm an offer that is made through our system. If the offer is made outside of ExpressO, it is not certified, though that doesn’t mean it’s not valid. When editors use the Register Decision feature to send you an offer which generates certification, it not only makes it easier for you to accept (as a green Accept button appears in the author’s account), but it allows editors to easily track their offers through their accounts.
Whether you select yes or not to the prompt, your expedite requests are delivered, certified or not. There is no “hold” or delay mechanism in our system that prevents your request being sent whether you select Yes or No to the prompt.
Editor Expedite Preferences
As mentioned earlier, the number of simultaneous requests is just one of two criteria editors can set as part of their Expedite Preferences. The first is simultaneous requests, which is included on the Expedite Request form. The goal is to encourage authors to be much more selective about how many law reviews they ask to give priority to their article at any one time.
The second criteria is Prioritize Law Review Peers. This is not visible to authors, and allows editors to generate a list of “peer” law reviews. Editors can determine who their peers are; they may be similarly ranked or share the same subject area. For example, they may want to know if the offer you received came from a more highly ranked review as compared to theirs, and may help them to decide whether or not to make an offer.
What does this mean to you? If your expedite request meets both criteria, then it’s marked as a Priority Expedite and placed on the law review’s Priority Expedite queue. This queue serves as starting point for editors when deciding which expedites to review and consider.