The SciTech Lawyer Author Guidelines

The SciTech Lawyer Author Guidelines

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Upcoming Themes

Here's a look ahead at some ideas that are being considered for upcoming issues of the magazine. Have you written material on these topics? Please consider submitting your work to

Fall 2013
Can the Courts Understand Science

Winter 2013
Digital medicine

Spring 2013



Each article should relate to the magazine’s Mission Statement, as printed below:

Mission Statement  

The mission of The SciTech Lawyer, the official quarterly publication of the Science & Technology Section of the American Bar Association, is to help fulfill the Section’s goals:

  1. To provide a forum for members of the profession to review, analyze, and correlate developments in science and technology and to evaluate the impact of such developments on society and the law.
  2. To study, report, and make appropriate recommendations on the regulation of science and technology and related legal issues.
  3. To establish and maintain liaison and cooperation between the scientific and technological communities and the organized bar, to the end of facilitating desirable scientific and technological, and related legal, developments.
  4. To contribute to public and professional understanding of the effects of science and technology on law, of the problems arising from, and of the process by which the law responds.
  5. To cooperate with and assist other ABA entities interested in associated or related areas of activity.


The writing style for The SciTech Lawyer should be brisk and straightforward—more readable and informal than that in a law review article, although the magazine uses endnotes with standard Bluebook citation methods. Authors should consider the following style guidelines:

  • Strive for an interesting opening and closing,
  • Use the active voice rather than the passive voice,
  • Use gender-neutral language,
  • Avoid long quotations,
  • Avoid surplus verbiage,
  • Avoid using a long word when a short one will do,
  • Avoid using a foreign phrase, scientific word, or jargon if a more common English equivalent exists,
  • Avoid overworked figures of speech,
  • Avoid overcapitalization, and
    ·     Use footnotes and citations only when necessary at the end of the article following the citation style of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Eighteenth Edition.

Submission and Publication

Prior publication: Articles should be original. Simultaneous submission, although discouraged, should be clearly noted. The issue editor will communicate this status to the editorial board. Any reprinted article accepted for publication will be noted as such with an editor’s note in the magazine.

Article length: Feature articles should run between 1,250 and 1,750 words, or 5 to 8 double-spaced pages. The SciTech Lawyer also accepts some shorter articles and columns.

Author information: Authors should include short biographies for publication with articles. Biographies should be one sentence long. Authors may also supply e-mail addresses for publication in the magazine.

Manuscript preparation: Articles should be double-spaced with one-inch margins. Please submit articles by email attachment.

The author review process: Authors will review articles edited and laid out in PDF form.

Publication agreement: Authors are asked to sign a publication agreement that grants the ABA the exclusive right of first publication, the nonexclusive right to reprint, and the right to use the work in other ABA media—including electronic, print, and other.

Contact Information

The SciTech Lawyer
Thomas J. Campbell
ABA Publishing/Periodicals
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-4714
Tel. 312/988-5990; Fax 312/988-6030;