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Submissions

The deadline for submission of papers was July 16.  The submission period is now closed.  The CELS Organizing Committee has begun reviewing submissions.  The program should be available by early September.  We thank all of you who have submitted papers and look forward to seeing you in New Haven in November.
 
Scope of Conference
This conference is for "empirical" and "experimental" studies of law and law-related issues. Studies that are not empirical or quantitative in nature, or are not about law or law-related issues are usually outside its scope.
• A loose definition of "empirical": the collection, description and analysis of "data" (usually accompanied by application of statistical methods), plus well done case studies, preferably several to allow comparison across the studies.
• Data can be usually understood to be the sufficient plural of anecdote to permit application of said statistical methods. Data will normally be "real" but can sometimes involve simulations designed to shed light on the uses and limits of statistical methods or empirical approaches as applied to real data.
• We may on occasion accept case studies or interview-based studies that engage in detailed discussion and analysis of subjects on which quantitative empirical evidence is important, yet difficult to come by. The term "case studies” does NOT INCLUDE traditional legal scholarship which examines particular judicial decisions, including scholarship which descriptively studies and compares decisions.
• A loose definition of “law and law-related”: the topic involves law in some meaningful way, or is likely to be of interest to legal scholars.
• A loose definition of "experimental”: the design and administration of a controlled experiment, and analysis of the resulting data.

The following types of papers are generally outside the scope of the conference:
• Papers that describe data, without significant analysis.
• Papers that review, summarize, or criticize empirical studies by others, without conducting significant additional research or reanalysis of data.
• Papers without results (we can't evaluate a paper with results still to come).
• Opinion pieces, "think" pieces, and theoretical models which are not directly applied to your own data.

Stage in the publication process: To be considered, a paper must be unpublished and, if accepted, early enough in the publication process so that comments received at the conference can be reflected in a subsequent draft.

Complete draft required: Authors must submit a complete draft, including their principal results, written in English. An abstract alone will not be considered. The draft can be rough, but should contain the main results you expect to present. Authors will be able to revise their drafts (by uploading a revised draft to SSRN) prior to the conference.