October 22, 2018

Criminal Justice Magazine Information

Criminal Justice magazine, published quarterly by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, is intended for a national audience of defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, academics, and other criminal justice professionals with a focus on the practice and policy issues of the criminal justice system. Each issue includes feature articles, as well as regular columns. In addition, there are occasional thematic issues which focus on one particular aspect of the criminal justice system.

Editorial Policy

Criminal Justice is a magazine for everyone who cares about the quality of our justice system. Its focus is on practice and policy. Our readers are private and public defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, law professors, and others who recognize that society is itself ultimately judged by its system for judging others. The magazine is published by the American Bar Association’s Section of Criminal Justice with the assistance of the ABA Publishing.

The membership of the Section is diverse. Some members preside over or practice in state courts, others primarily in federal courts. Some specialize in white-collar crimes, others prosecute or defend street crimes, and still others specialize in juvenile cases. Articles in Criminal Justice thus cover a wide variety of subjects, addressing areas of importance to all segments of the Section.

Those who prosecute and defend, regardless of their level of experience, constantly seek information on how to enhance their practice skills. Criminal Justice is also a forum for airing significant issues of interest to everyone concerned with the administration of justice. Accordingly, critical policy questions and recent trends are routinely covered. In doing so, Criminal Justice does not avoid controversy or unpopular viewpoints. Although a serious journal, Criminal Justice aims to be lively, provocative, and always highly readable.

Readers are cordially invited to submit manuscripts and letters for publication. Final decisions concerning publication are made by the Editorial Board of Criminal Justice , but are not to be taken as expressions of official policy of the Section or the ABA unless so stated.

Submission Guidelines

Criminal Justice magazine is published quarterly for the members of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section—an audience that includes defense and prosecution lawyers, judges, academics, and others concerned with the administration of justice. It also circulates to libraries, individual subscribers, and online through WestLaw, LEXIS, UMI, and at the Section’s Web site. These guidelines are intended to help expedite your article through the review, editing, and production process.

Length: Features = 2,500 to 7,000 words; Columns = 1,500 words (max.)

Format: Word or WordPerfect

Footnotes, endnotes, citations: Absolutely no footnotes and/or endnotes. All citations are embedded in the text. Authors are responsible for accuracy of the citations.

Gender-neutral language is required by ABA policy (unless referring to an actual person or case in which the gender is known.)

Submitting manuscripts: Send manuscript as an email attachment (preferred) to the editor, Erin Remotigue: erin.remotigue@americanbar.org (312-988-6089); or mail to Erin Remotique, Criminal Justice Magazine [20.1], 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

Author bio. should be included within the manuscript, preferably on the first page.

Author contact information: The author’s name, mailing address, phone & fax numbers, and email address must accompany the submission or by email at the time of submission.

Review process: The editor does an initial review of the manuscript and sends it to the magazine editorial board, which votes to accept or reject the article. Note: This is the only time the board sees the article before publication, so submit as final a draft as possible. If the board accepts the article, it may send comments or suggestions for changes to the editor, who will contact the author. If the suggested changes are substantive, the author will be asked to address the suggestions. If the board suggests no (or only minor) changes, the editor will handle them in the editing process.

Editing: The editorial board does not edit manuscripts. The editor will edit the article and return it to the author for review. This is the author’s only opportunity to make corrections or changes to the article before publication.

Copyright: The ABA requires that all authors sign a copyright agreement before the publication ships to the printer. Unless otherwise noted, it is assumed that all material submitted is original and not previously published. (Should the editorial board vote to accept a previously published article, the author must secure reprint permission from the original publisher.) Source material must be properly cited. Note: Text and graphic images posted on the Internet (World Wide Web) are covered by copyright law unless otherwise noted. These materials must be treated the same as print materials, with proper citations and, in some cases, permission to reprint. Manuscript submissions should in no way infringe on the rights of others.

CJ Author Guidelines – Additional Information

Style & substance: CJ is not a law journal, so tone down the legalese and try to write informally, as if you were having a conversation.

1. Be concrete. Give practical applications of legal concepts. When possible, relate theory to practice.

2. Make your point with anecdotes, examples.

3. Favor short words and sentences over long ones.

4. Choose the active over the passive voice: “Congress passed” not “it was passed by Congress.”

5. To break up the gray, use bulleted lists and “sidebars” for discrete material such as resources, definitions of terms, summary of a statute, additional helpful citations, etc.

Style manuals:

The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.) is the style guide for text.

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (most recent edition) is the preferred spelling guide.

The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.) is the style guide for citations.

Article organization:
Keep it simple—an introduction, body of the article, conclusion. Do not use the outline format. Use one typeface and one type size throughout. Bold and italics are fine, but anything fancier simply slows down the editing process, as it must be removed in order to prepare the file for conversion to our design software.

Titles & subheads: Authors should feel free to create titles and subheads, but neither should be overly long. Subheads may be changed, deleted, or moved due to space or layout concerns, so it’s best not to use them to create a transition from one point to another. Consider, instead, how the text would read if all subheads were removed.

Citations: We use embedded cites. (We accept hard copy with footnotes/endnotes for review purposes, but authors must remove the notes when the article is accepted for publication.). Authors should use common sense to ensure that cases named in the text are correctly and fully cited and material from other sources—including the Internet—is properly acknowledged. At the same time, we ask that you not overburden the article with cites. When cites are used to provide examples rather that directly recognize a source, consider creating a separate list of cites and/or other reference material for use as a sidebar. We ask that you include no more than two cites in a string. Finally, we do not check the accuracy of citations.

Author contact with readers: If you want readers to contact you, include your mailing and/or email address in your bio.

Reviews & Editing: What follows are the steps that occur between submission and publication. It is assumed that articles submitted on or before the deadline for each issue are as close to final as possible. Because CJ works on an expedited magazine schedule, there is no opportunity for multiple reviews and rewrites. Authors see the edited copy only once before publication, and galleys are not available. (A back-and-forth discussion with the board or any of its members is possible, but must be done before the deadline date listed for each issue.)

1. ABA editor reviews manuscript submissions to ensure they meet the needs of the magazine.

2. Manuscripts are forwarded to the members of the editorial board for review and discussion, and for a vote to accept or reject for publication. Discussions and votes are usually conducted via an online list-serve; however, some articles elicit little or no discussion. (Not always a bad thing; it may mean the board is thoroughly satisfied with the piece.)

3. The board members forward comments and votes (usually by email) to the editor, who tallies the votes and alerts the authors as to whether or not articles have been accepted for publication and in which issue. Generally, that ends the board’s involvement with the articles, although the editor may seek additional input if the reviews are unclear or contradictory, or the tally is close.

4. ABA editor contacts the authors with the board’s decision. The editor will also confirm in which issue an article is likely to appear.

5. If the board accepts an article with no (or only minor changes), the editor simply commences editing.

6. If the board asks for substantive changes, the editor forwards a summary of the board’s comments to the author and asks they be address to the best of the author’s ability within the time allowed. Authors are usually given 5-10 business days to make revisions and return manuscripts to the editor for editing.

7. Edited articles are then returned to the authors for review. Note: This is an author’s final opportunity to make corrections and/or changes before the magazine goes to print. Time does not allow for major rewriting at this point; a major rewrite may delay publication to a later issue. When possible, CJ will make exceptions to the “no rewrite” rule for those articles that are affected by a sudden change in the law.

8. Rarely, design and/or space concerns will necessitate last-minute changes to an article; should the changes be substantive, the author will be contacted.

A professional proofreader reviews the entire magazine before it ships to the printer.

From submission to printing, the process takes about three months.

Note: The decision to publish a piece rests with the entire board. No single member can guarantee an article will be accepted, and acceptance does not guarantee publication. Neither the editor nor the editorial board members can guarantee that an article will run in a specific issue.

Other Stuff:
Acronyms & Names : Spell out acronyms and give full names and titles of persons and organizations on first use.
Graphics/Charts : Create a separate file for graphics such as charts. Do not embed them in the main article. Generally, charts and the like do not translate to our design/production systems and must be recreated from scratch by the designer. Note: Graphics, including charts, that appear on the Internet are covered by copyright law and require that the author secure permission to reuse.
Sample Issue : Visit here to see an online copy of the magazine. 

Submission Deadlines

  Fall  Feature
6/1 Nov. 
  Winter  Feature  9/1 Feb. next year
  Spring  Feature
12/1 May next year
  Summer  Feature


Copyright Info. & Reprint Authorization

All content of Criminal Justice magazine is copyrighted by the American Bar Association. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Please direct all permissions, release, and copyright correspondence to copyright@americanbar.org

NOTE: Artwork may not be reproduced without the consent of the artist and/or the ABA. Consent to reproduce an article does not confer the right to reproduce the artwork that accompanied it.

Advertising Sales

Questions regarding the purchase of advertising space in Criminal Justice should be addressed to:

Michael J. Mrvica, M.J. Mrvica Associates, Inc.

2 West Taunton Avenue, Berlin, NJ 08009

Phone (856) 768-9360; Fax (856) 753-0064


Subscription, Back Issues, Individual Articles

Criminal Justice magazine is a benefit of membership in the Criminal Justice Section and the subscription price is included in annual Section dues. For more information on Section membership, please reference the Membership Information page.

Individual subscriptions to Criminal Justice magazine are available to non-members for $48 per year ($57 for addresses outside the United States and its possessions.) Individual back issues are available for $15.95 (includes shipping and handling).

Individual articles are available online and without charge to Section members, starting with the Spring 2000 issue. For access return to the Criminal Justice magazine home page Non-Section members may access select articles online through both WestLaw and LEXIS. (For reprint information, please see reprint section above.)

To order a subscription or back issue, or for questions concerning your subscription, contact the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 or email service@abanet.org . Please reference Product Code # 5090101 when ordering a subscription or back issue.

Contact Person

Send manuscripts or queries to: Erin Remotigue, editor, at Erin.Remotigue@americanbar.org; or phone (312) 988–6089; or mail to Erin Remotigue, ABA, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610.