A recently published article by George Mason University law professor Ross E. Davies provides some 2011 circulation statistics for the country’s top law journals and sheds some light on circulation trends.
Highlights include the following:
- For the first time since the U.S. Postal Service began requiring journals to report their circulation numbers, no major law review had more than 2,000 paid subscribers, with the top journal, Harvard Law Review, dropping to 1,896.
- Rates of decline vary widely among journals, with some having much healthier subscriber bases than others. Since 1980, for example, Virginia Law Review has lost over 80% of its base, while U of Chicago has lost less than 20%.
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