The journal has been published continually since 2002.  It began as a print journal, published every other year in print by the Roman Law Society of America, under ISSN 1551-1375. In 2008 it began publishing annually and online.

Open access

The editors decided early that the contents of the journal should be available freely to readers. There has always been a special urgency to publish materials on the civilian tradition for English-language readers, and any limits that diminish the readership should be avoided.  Accordingly articles published in the journal are broadly "owned" by their authors, who grant readers the right to download and distribute widely.

ISSN 1943-6483.