About Inequality Inquiry

ISSN: 2690-4144


Inequality Inquiry, known as Sua Sponte from 2016-2019 (ISSN: 2572-9918), is the companion publication to Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality. In 2015, the Law & Inequality editors and staff decided to extend the study of inequality by creating their online publication Inequality Inquiry. Like Law & Inequality, Inequality Inquiry publishes articles by lawyers, law students and non-lawyers that explore how the law perpetuates systemic oppression, exploitation, and discrimination. Articles focus on race, poverty, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, and other modern inequality issues. Articles can be social, empirical, doctrinal, experiential, literary, or community-based. Inequality Inquiry is compiled and edited by the same editorial board as Law & Inequality, on a rolling basis to disseminate information in a timely manner. It is published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. Opinions expressed in Inequality Inquiry are those of the contributors and are not the views of Inequality Inquiry, Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality, its editors and staff, or the University of Minnesota Law School.


Please submit articles for consideration on Inequality Inquiry by emailing JLI Vol. 43 Lead Online Editor Pierce Rose at rose1700@umn.edu

Inequality Inquiry invites articles addressing issues of inequality in law and society. Articles are considered for their focus on issues of inequality, novelty, substantive merit, professional interest, appeal to readers both within and outside the legal profession, clarity, timeliness, and style, with a preference for shorter pieces in a style easy to read online.

Submission Guidelines

  • Pieces under 1,500 words are given preference.
  • We allow for student submissions to Inequality Inquiry.
  • We welcome interdisciplinary submissions.
  • Submissions may use Bluebook citation style or use hyperlinks to cite to relevant sources.
  • We publish articles in the traditional legal format; however, we also welcome pieces in less traditional forms-e.g., fiction, essays, letters.

Goals of Online Publishing:

  • Increase access to academic discourse on law and inequality by providing a more accessible forum and style;
  • Increase opportunities to remain novel, timely, and responsive to current issues by providing a shorter publishing process;
  • Diversify the articles, structures, and ideas that we publish by including more student, humanities, and narrative works;
  • Increase representation of JLI membership and alumni articles.

Suggested Publication Options

Option Length Publishing Timeline
Blog Post (example) 750 – 1,500 words One to two month(s)
Podcast (example) 30 – 45 minutes About one month
Video Interview (example) 30 – 45 minutes About one month
Media Infographics (example) 5 – 10 slides About one month

Process to Publish Online:

1. Online Editor Team reviews the article, and performs a cite check:

a) Online Editors review the article to ensure adequate substantive support;

b) Online Editors obtain article sources and edit for technical and substantive accuracy;

c) Lead Online Editor reviews Online Editor edits and returns a redlined copy to the author.

2. After the review process, we ask that the author returns a copy with edits to the Lead Online Editor within two weeks.

3. Online Editors complete a final proof of the article, and article is published on Inequality Inquiry.

Copyright Information

Authors will grant a nonexclusive license in their work to Minnesota Journal of Law and Inequality and the University of Minnesota Libraries. Such a license gives Minnesota Journal of Law and Inequality and the Libraries the necessary rights to publish, distribute, archive, and preserve the work. However, since the license is non-exclusive, all of the rights will still also belong to the creator, who may make any use they wish, and may grant other licenses as desired. The result of this license agreement is that the author, Minnesota Journal of Law and Inequality, and the Libraries will each have broad rights to the work.

For permission for reuse, or questions about use, please contact the author. For citations, please use the following format: Author name, Article Title, Inequality Inquiry [Large & Small Caps] (month. date, year, time), hyperlink.