Journal Submission Format:
E-mail article to editor preferably in Microsoft Word. (Submit article on time or early.)
- Photograph of author (black & white preferred) sent to Thomas Campbell, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.
- Standard ABA copyright assignment, and disclosure of any previous publication of same or similar text elsewhere.
- Length: 10 to 25 double spaced pages, subject to exceptions agreed to by editor.
- The article must be national in scope. Scholarly articles with substantial endnotes are more likely to be published. (Endnotes, NOT FOOTNOTES.)
- Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.
- Double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and each paragraph indented.
- Headings: Only two levels of headings; main headings in bold; subheadings in bold italics; capitalize first letter of each word only other than prepositions, articles, and conjunctions of four letters or less ( headings should not be all caps ); 12-point font; and no auto-formatting of headngs.
- Charts & tables: Disclosure of the software in which they are written, use charts and tables only where necessary.
- Author attribution limited to author’s name, firm name, and city.
- Form in accordance with The Blue Book and style in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style.
- Make sure the endnotes are checked for format and substance before submission.
- Case name only, not full cite, in text of article.
- Use italics, not underlined, for case names in text.
- Use endnotes, not footnotes.
- Case names should be in regular font in endnotes, not italics or underlined, unless a shortened version of the citation is used, in which case italics should be used.
- Do not use the shortened version of a citation unless the citation is within five endnotes of the previous citation.
- Use small caps for book and periodical names.
- Order of case citation within signal unless one case is more important than the others: Supreme Court by date, F2d. by date, F. Supp. by date, state cases alphabetically and by date for cites within the same state.
- Do not use supra in case citations.
- Use comma before “and” in a series of three or more words or phrases.
- No comma before “and” if only two words or phrases are in a series.
Use comma before “and” if two sentences are connected by the word and use capitals sparingly.
- Court is capitalized only where citing to the Supreme Court. Board is not capitalized.
- Omit useless words and phrases.
- Spell out numbers one through ninety-nine.
- Use should, would, could, and may sparingly.
- Use active voice.
- Do not write in the first person.
- Short is better.
- Do not provide exhaustive statement of facts of a case.