Internal Editing Process

The goal of the editing process is to perfect the author’s vision and not to replace it with our own. The voice of the author is her or his creation and not the Journal’s. We seek to ensure that the text and footnotes of the article conform to the most recent edition of The Gregg Reference Manual and The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Pursuant to this goal, the article undergoes the Journal’s rigorous, multi-step editing process.

The article is preliminarily reviewed by the Internal Managing Editor who assigns it to an Internal Editor, who supervises edits made by the Associate Staff Members during each step of the cycle. The cycle begins with a source collection. In the event that any sources used by the author are not available through Widener University’s Legal Information Center, the author will be asked to provide copies of these sources.

Next, the article undergoes a substantive edit, checking the footnote citations, quotes, and grammar. Throughout each phase of this process, the article is first examined by an Associate Staff Member and then reexamined by an Internal Editor. Once this stage is satisfactorily completed, the article undergoes an intensive edit by the Executive Board. The Editor-in-Chief conducts a final summary review, after which the article is forwarded to the author for his or her final approval.

Following the incorporation of the author’s final suggestions, if any, the article is sent to the Journal’s publisher.

The Editor-in-Chief, with assistance from the Executive Managing Editor and the Internal Managing Editor, reviews the proof edition of the Journal, and cosmetic corrections are made if and where necessary. Thereafter, the issue of the Journal is printed, bound, and distributed to all subscribers.

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