Frequently Asked Questions


How are papers selected for the repository?

The law faculty and law library faculty publications series contain every publication by our law faculty and law library faculty for which we can obtain permission to post. Citations are gathered from faculty CVs. Library staff use these lists to gather PDFs and request permission from publishers.

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Why isn't there an entry for my article in the repository?

If you are a member of the law faculty or law library faculty and have published something that is not included in the repository, please send the citation, an electronic copy if you have one, and a copy of the author agreement if you have it available to lawscholar@buffalo.edu.

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Why isn't the full text of my article available?

Most likely, we were not able to secure permission to post from the publisher. If your agreement with the publisher allows us to post your article, please send a copy of the agreement to lawscholar@buffalo.edu.

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How do I revise a submission?

To revise a submission that has been posted to the repository, contact the repository administrator with the new version.

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How can I reuse the content on this repository?

The vast majority of content on this repository is under copyright control, by the author, publisher, or both. In general, the repository has been given permission by the copyright holders to post content for download by end users for their own private study, with no other reuse permitted, including posting on other sites. Any pieces that do not fall under this umbrella will have a Creative Commons license attached to the landing page, in both machine-readable and human-readable form.

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How do I submit an article to one of your journals?

Although our journal issues are generally available on the repository, the journals are run separately. Please contact each journal individually. For more information on submissions, see:

Buffalo Law Review: https://digitalcommons.law.buffalo.edu/buffalolawreview/submissions.html
Buffalo Human Rights Law Review: https://www.law.buffalo.edu/beyond/journals/bhrlr/subs.html
Buffalo Environmental Law Journal: https://www.law.buffalo.edu/beyond/journals/belj/subscriptions.html

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What if I have a question about one of your other journals?

Only Buffalo Law Review, The Docket, Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, and Buffalo Environmental Law Journal are currently being published. If you have a question about another journal, email the repository administrator and we will do our best to answer your question.

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A working paper in our repository site has been published in a slightly revised form in a journal. What should I do?

Many journals do not have any restrictions on working papers that preceded an article, especially if substantial revisions were made. You should check your author agreement with the journal to confirm that there is no problem with leaving the working paper on the site. The repository would constitute noncommercial use.

Assuming the working paper does remain on posted in the repository, it is a good idea to include the citation to the published article on the cover page of the repository working paper. Please contact the repository administrator to request this change.

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