Most of my scholarly articles in the past have been published in peer-reviewed journals whose circulation is limited to law libraries (and in some cases to those with WestLaw or Lexis accounts). Fortunately, at least some of those scholarly journals are now available online to the public as well as researchers without charge and without a subscription. I'll provide links to where some of these can be found and downloaded for anyone curious about law or legal scholarship generally. I'll also provide links to my current textbooks that offer a generous free preview of numerous chapters.
If you wonder why I seldom post here and why most of my blogs tend to be fairly cryptic, this is the reason. For my fellow authors who sometimes (rightfully) fret about the unprofitable nature of our craft, please keep this in mind. For three of the articles here I had to pay a submission fee of $50 for the privilege of having the article considered for publication and going through a triple-blind peer-review process. And 70-80 percent of those paying the fee had their work rejected (with half of their fee returned) after it was reviewed. Even with referees and editors that work for scholarly journals free of charge, as we always do, it is expensive to produce quality journals and authors are sometimes asked to help defray that cost so that members of the academic organizations that run them don't have to subsidize them. Even when submitting to law reviews that are sustained by the law schools that house them, authors need to pay fees to the independent submission services that most law reviews and many journals require as a vehicle for submissions. Such costs can rise to hundreds of dollars a year. Our law schools and business schools subsidize the cost--we are either reimbursed for the cost of scholarly paper submissions or the schools pays them directly. But I still think most people would find it an interesting and little known fact.
If we are lucky, our articles are cited by others and we keep careful track of those citations as they impact our value as researchers and authors to both our discipline and to the universities we serve. Only one of my articles dealing with bankruptcy law has been significantly cited in the past five years by four researchers, and last year by both a federal bankruptcy court in New York by the U.S. Supreme Court. Most are not widely read, let alone cited. And this is true for most of what academics produce regardless of their discipline.
At any rate, here are some links to some articles that you can read free of charge. Notice the other subjects by some of my peers in each of these as well for they make for some very interesting, enlightening reading and are also available at the links below.
1. Illegal Immigration: Economic, Social and Ethical Implications Victor D. Lopez
2. Leading the World in the Wrong Direction: Is It Time for the United States to Adopt the World Standard "Loser Pays" Rule in Civil Litigation? Victor D. Lopez
3. Unauthorized Practice of Law in the U.S.: A Survey and Brief of the Law Victor D. Lopez
4. An opinion piece on principled leadership, Principled leadership: Finding Common Ground Among
Divergent Philosophies, was published by the Botswana law Journal in December 2010 and is available as a PDF file here.
5. Business Law and the Legal Environment of Business, 2nd edition (3rd edition forthcoming)
6. Business Law: An Introduction, 2nd edition
My current textbooks, by the way, are among the least expensive available in their respective subject areas and the even the most expensive version (print plus eBook) is about a third of the price of the original first editions. Keeping the cost of textbooks down has been a goal of mine since the early 1990s. I published an article on state and federal legislative efforts at curbing the high price of textbooks, “Legislating Relief for the High Cost of College Textbooks: a Brief Analysis of the Current Law and its Implication for Students, Faculty and the Publishing Industry” Journal of Legal Studies in Business, Vol. 15 (2009)). Alas, it is not available free of charge online and neither are my other articles at this time.