Unsolicited article submissions are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year . The Journal is published three times a year, in March, July, and November. Submissions are reviewed by members of the Board of Editors and authors are usually notified within five weeks as to whether their submission has been accepted for publication. Authors are not restricted from submitting to other journals simultaneously. The Journal will consider papers on any topic relating to the Supreme Court and its members, although articles that are purely doctrinal or statistical tend not to be accepted.


There is no particular length requirement. The Journal uses endnotes instead of footnotes and discourages the use of prose in endnotes. A variety of note styles are acceptable as long as there is consistency within the article. Because each article features 5 to 10 illustrations, we encourage authors to submit a wish list of illustration ideas, and, if possible, photocopies of any illustrations they specifically require. Illustrations research and permissions are handled by the Journal staff. Please submit manuscripts to Clare Cushman, Managing Editor, at:

Assistance to Authors

Part of the mission of the Supreme Court Historical Society is “publishing books and other materials which increase public awareness of the Court’s contribution to our nation’s rich constitutional heritage.” In accordance with this mission, the Society from time to time provides assistance toward the publication of books and other materials by authors who are not members of its own staff. Such assistance varies from case to case and may include identification of a book or other material as a publication of the Society, research and editorial assistance, and/or a direct financial contribution to publication. The Society will provide assistance to a publication by an external author only if, in the judgment of its Publications Committee, the publication meets all three of the following conditions: 1. The publication would make an important contribution to public understanding of the history or work of the Supreme Court. 2. The Society’s assistance would contribute materially to the quality of the work or its successful publication, or both. 3. The author or publisher agrees that the Society reserves the right of final editorial control over any publication that bears its name or is published with its assistance.