Blogs, and “Short Form” Legal Scholarship

A new article describes changes in legal scholarly communication as a shift from long, rights-protected mediated forms to short, open-access, unmediated ones. The author, Lawrence Solum, also considers the causes of the change, and the future. His comments are based mainly on his experiences as a blogger.

Solum, Lawrence B., “Download It While Its Hot: Open Access and Legal Scholarship” . Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 10, p. 841, 2006 Available at SSRN:

The article appears in a special issue on open access and the legal world.


  1. One advantage of an open system like SSRN is open statistics of readership. For example, a recent article with an innovative title –
    “An RSVP to Professor Wexler’s Warm TJ Invitation: Unable to Join You, Already (Somewhat Similarly) Engaged”, – gets 35 abstract views for every download of the full paper. This helps authors see what works and what not

  2. Like the single who never gets a call out of speed dating.

    Tells you something.

    As Belloc said, “When I die, I hope it will be said,
    His sins were scarlet, but his books were read”.

  3. Jeeze – I will be sure to check next time I post. Apologies.

  4. I don’t mind hearing about things more than once because we all have different approaches to the ideas. Also, it gives me a nudge to check something out that I might have passed over before.