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 creation and not the Journal’s.
Another important goal of the editing process is to ensure that the text and footnotes of the article conform to the most recent editions of 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 then assigns it to an Internal Editor. The Internal Editor oversees much of the editing process, beginning with a source collection. In the event that any sources utilized by the author are not available through Widener University’s Legal Information Center, the author will be asked to provide copies of these sources.
The article next undergoes a substantive edit, a citation edit, a quote check, and a grammar edit. Throughout each phase of this process, the article is first examined by a staff member and then reexamined by an Internal Editor.
Once this stage is satisfactorily completed, the article undergoes an intensive edit by an assigned Administrative Board member, followed by a similar edit by the Executive Committee.
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 Managing Editors, 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.