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Publication process after acceptance

Once an article has been accepted, Cambridge University Press will manage the process of copyediting, proofing, typesetting and publishing each piece of content. Your point of contact with Cambridge University Press will be the content manager, or production editor, of the journal. For more information about how production works at Cambridge University Press, please visit this page. Here, you will find basic information about how an article goes from accepted manuscript to fully published. There may be small differences between journals with this process. If you have a specific question about this journal, please contact the editorial office.


The policy of Law & Social Inquiry is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant Cambridge University Press a license to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive license. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to begin the Cambridge production process without this. Please follow the online process for completing the publishing agreement outlined here

Gold Open Access

Authors have the option of selecting Gold Open Access publication when they complete their publishing agreement. An author may pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to make their article Open Access; current charges can be found here. Or an author may be eligible for Open Access publication without paying any charge  (or a discounted charge) if their institution is part of an Open Access agreement (also known as Read and Publish/Transformative agreements) with Cambridge. Eligibility can be determined here

If an author selects a Gold Open Access route they will be asked, as art of their publishing agreement, to select the Creative Commons license under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) by default. This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can “remix, transform, and build upon” the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Authors can, in the publishing agreement form, choose a different kind of Creative Commons license (including those prohibiting commercial and derivative use) if they prefer.


Cambridge will copyedit all articles accepted for publication, in consultation with authors.


A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. Authors will be sent a PDF proof and asked to return their corrections within 5 working days. Only essential typographical or factual errors may be changed at proof stage. Significant changes to typeset proofs require editorial team approval. Further instructions will be sent with the proof.

Author copy

Authors will receive a link to a freely accessible version of their article online for their personal use and to distribute to their personal contacts, subject to the conditions of their publishing agreement.


All contributions will be scheduled for publication in the appropriate issue of Law & Social Inquiry. To reduce time between acceptance and publication, contributions may appear online as FirstView publications in advance of their scheduled publication in an issue. Designated issue number may be unknown at the time of FirstView publication. While FirstView articles do not have a volume, issue, or page numbers, they can be cited using their DOI number and are considered officially published (no longer cited as “forthcoming”) and may not be further edited or changed.