The Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law (Journal) is an electronic publication. In each issue, the Journal will present in-depth, professionally reviewed articles that are interesting and useful to intermediate and advanced health lawyers throughout the United States. Submissions should be well researched and thoroughly referenced, providing an in-depth and balanced treatment of the topic. Each article will address a matter of current interest and be of practical import to readers. All articles must comply with Journal Author Guidelines.
Who Produces the Content
AHLA encourages attorneys and others with expertise in the area of health and life sciences law to consider submitting a manuscript to the Journal. If your office has recently prepared a substantial legal memorandum, brief, or presentation on a health care legal topic of current interest, consider further developing your work into a submission to the Journal. The editors welcome prospective authors to enlist colleagues as co-authors who will share the work. The editors will work with you to develop a topic of interest. Submit a proposal or idea at
When you submit an article, please advise the Journal editors whether you have submitted it (or any earlier version) to other publications, conferences, websites, or outlets. Articles submitted exclusively to the Journal will be given preference in the selection process. If your article is accepted for publication, the editors will ask you to execute a copyright release to AHLA.
The Journal is available to all AHLA members, paying subscribers, and on Lexis and Westlaw.
Article Submissions and Acceptance
The Journal welcomes unsolicited articles at any time. The Journal publishes Featured Articles, Notes and Comments, Brief Insights, and Practice Resources. The editors immediately will acknowledge articles, then consider incorporating them into the professional review process for the next available issue. Editors typically begin reviewing submissions about five months before publication:
- Manuscript Review Begins - Issue Publishes
- September - February
- January - June
- May - October
The editors, in conjunction with the Editorial Board, have the discretion to accept or reject articles based on an article’s merit, the need for information on the topic, the mix of articles within a particular issue of the Journal, and other factors. The editors may accept an article for publication on the basis of the initial submission, but more commonly make a decision after the author has revised the submission following professional review. The Journal does not compensate authors.
The editors and at least one additional attorney closely review article manuscripts, and typically offer extensive comments on both the substance and form of the submission. The editors return the reviewers’ comments to the author, requesting revisions. If the author decides to revise, a timetable for revisions will be agreed upon, depending on the scope of changes requested, the author’s availability, and the production schedule.
After the author has revised the article, if it is accepted for publication, a citation editor verifies and formats the citations and a copyeditor edits the manuscript. The author will have the opportunity to review the edited article, and will be asked to answer queries arising from the editing process. Due to time constraints, Journal authors do not review page proofs. Production will take approximately two months.
The Journal editors will be happy to discuss article ideas and answer your questions.