GPSOLO Style Guidelines

Robert Salkin
GPSOLO
ABA Publishing
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL, 60610

SalkinR@staff.abanet.org
(312) 988-6076

GPSOLO magazine welcomes article submissions. Article submissions for GPSOLO should be directed to the magazine's editor, Robert Salkin.

As the magazine is not a law journal, selected articles are generally written in an informal and conversational style. Submitted works are edited as needed for style, content and length, and some articles are sent to the magazine's editorial board for review. Authors whose articles are accepted for publication are expected to sign a copyright release, transferring copyright to the ABA.

Below are the GPSOLO Style Guidelines for Feature Articles and the Technology & Practice Guide .

Feature Articles

The format and content of GPSOLO has been designed to appeal to a diverse readership. Articles cover a broad range of substantive areas as well as issues related to practice management, professional responsibility, and quality of life. A successful feature article is one that provides practical, hands-on solutions to a problem or problems most general practitioners face. Practical information is valued over theoretical ideas.

Style. GPSolo is not a law journal, so articles shouldn't be written in an abstract, legalistic way. Express your ideas informally and conversationally.

  • Use citations only if they are really necessary.
  • Steer clear of trite metaphors and cliches.
  • Favor short words over long ones.
  • Write in an active, rather than a passive, voice (e.g., "Congress passed the law" instead of "The law was passed by Congress").
  • Don't use legal jargon if there is a clear conversational equivalent.
  • If it seems appropriate, use anecdotes and/or humor to make your points.
  • Please remember that the language should be gender neutral.

Format. Generally, feature articles are about 6 to 9 typed (double-spaced) pages, or about 1,750 to 2,500 words. The magazine editor will tell you if yours is an exception. Please submit your article as a MS Word file or an RTF file, either via e-mail or on disk.

Editing. Your article will be edited as needed for style, content, and length. When you submit your article, it may be sent to the magazine's editorial board for review. The magazine editors will incorporate the board members' queries and suggestions during the editing process. When they are finished with the manuscript, you will have an opportunity to review it for errors. Please note that because of deadline pressures, you will not see the typeset pages until the article is published.

Copyright. When your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign and return a copyright release, transferring copyright to the ABA.

Technology & Practice Guide

The Technology and Practice Guide offers readers valuable information about planning, setting up a computer network, software applications, going online, and the symbiotic relationship between people and technology. Articles are geared towards lawyers who are just entering the world of technology, as well as those who are already familiar with what technology can do for them but want to learn more.

Style. Technology and Practice Guide is designed to impart information about technology as it relates to the practice of law. Therefore, you should not write in an abstract, legalistic way. Express your ideas informally and conversationally.

  • Use footnotes and citations only if necessary.
  • Avoid trite metaphors and cliches.
  • Favor short words over long ones.
  • Write in an active, rather than a passive, voice (e.g., "The lawyer purchased a computer" instead of "The computer was purchased by the lawyer").
  • Do not use legal jargon if there is a clear conversational equivalent.
  • Use anecdotes and/or humor to make your points, if appropriate.
  • Use gender-neutral language.

Format. Generally, feature articles are about 6 to 9 typed (double-spaced) pages, or about 1,750 to 2,500 words. The magazine editor will tell you if yours is an exception. Please submit your article as a MS Word file or an RTF file, either via e-mail or on disk.

Editing. Your article will be edited as needed for style, content, and length. When you submit your article, it will be sent to the magazine's editorial board for review. The staff editor will incorporate the board members' queries and suggestions during the editing process. When they are finished with the manuscript, you will have an opportunity to review it for errors. Please note that because of deadline pressures, you will not see the typeset pages until the article is published.

Copyright. Once your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign and return a copyright release, transferring copyright to the ABA.

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