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ExpressO Guide for Faculty: ExpressO

What is ExpressO?

ExpressO is an online service through BePress that allows you to quickly submit your articles to law reviews and journals.  You can access ExpressO at home or in your office. 

Getting Started

All ExpressO users must create an account in order to use the service.  You must use your NCCU email address to establish your ExpressO account in order for your submissions to be paid for by the law school.  ExpressO passwords are case sensitive. 

ExpressO has excellent video tutorials for authors to get you started if you need additional assistance. 

The Submission Process

ExpressO will allow you to upload submissions through Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.  Please note that fewer journals accept WordPerfect submissions than Microsoft Word submissions.  You will also need to upload a cover letter and CV.  When selecting which law reviews you want to submit to, you can search alphabetically by title, by category, and Top 100 ranking.

Please note: If you are having problems submitting your .docx document, please convert to .doc.  For more information on saving a document in a different format, please contact IT at

Click below to view the following:

Law Review Top 100 Rankings

Law Review Rankings by Subject

Law Review Full List


Other Necessary Documents

You also need the following to finish your ExpressO submission:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Abstract 


Additional Information:

Address your cover letter as "Dear Editors".  ExpressO does not allow you to individualize several cover letters.  Additionally, your cover letter must be signed.  The most common way to do this is using /s/ in front of your name.  Example /s/ Jane Doe.  You can also scan and make a jpeg file of your signature and insert it into the cover letter.  Concurring Opinions Blog has more information about cover letters including samples as does Wiley-Blackwell.

It is also important to note that many journals require anonymity in submissions.  The easiest way to meet this requirement is to make sure no identifying information appears on the article itself.  Do not put your name on the article or in footnotes.

When writing your abstract, it can be one paragraph or multiple paragraphs.  In general, an abstract should not be less than 150 words and should not exceed 250 words.  SSRN has abstracts if you would like to view one.

You will also need to decide if you want your submission to appear in the ExpressO Preprint Series.  This is similar to SSRN in that it gets your works, your name, and the institution’s name out there.

Need Help?

If you would like to view the Author FAQ please go here.

If you would like to view the Author Tutorials please go here.

If you would like to view the Law School FAQ please go here.

If you have trouble logging on after establishing your account please email 


Need Help?

BePress offers assistance to authors.  If you have trouble logging on after establishing your account please email  If you need assistance with uploading your paper, contact your library liaison.

Uploading your Article to ExpressO Online Tutorial

The law library's reference librarians have created an online tutorial that demonstrates how to upload your article to ExpressO. Click on the play button to access the tutorial. For more information on ExpressO or the law library's online tutorials, contact a reference librarian.

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About this Guide

This guide was created by Michelle Cosby. It is maintained by the Reference Department.