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Submission Information

Submission Information

The Tax Lawyer endeavors to provide scholarly articles on topics pertaining to taxation and other information that it believes to be of professional interest to members of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association and other readers.

The Tax Lawyer welcomes the submission of articles written by admitted members of the bar and by other professionals. Manuscripts by candidates for graduate degrees in law (e.g., LL.M. or M.L.T.) will be considered only if the author is admitted to the bar at the time of submission.

Accepted manuscripts are generally between 12,000 to 35,000 words, though exceptions are occasionally made for longer articles on a case-by-case basis.

Although utmost care will be given to materials submitted, The Tax Lawyer does not accept responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts. Guidelines for submissions:

  • Submit as e-mail attachment in MS Word. Please use standard formatting and fonts.
  • Please include a table of contents and brief abstract of your article with your submission (we recommend not exceeding 500 words). Your abstract should not include footnotes, disclaimers, or urls.
  • Please include 5-10 keywords or phrases, including relevant Internal Revenue Code sections.
  • A copy of your CV is encouraged but not required.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice

In any content or material submitted for publication The Tax Lawyer requires disclosure of all conflicts of interest, such as those identified in the ABA Business Conduct Standards and those identified in the Section of Taxation Guide to Committee Operations. The journal requires that any content or material submitted for publication contain the identity of all authors and their professional affiliations both to establish their qualifications and to reveal any potential conflicts of interest.

E-mail submissions should be sent to: Editor, Publications, at [email protected]. Submissions may also be made through the Scholastica submission portal.

Submissions are peer-reviewed by volunteer experts in the fields of federal, state, local, and international tax law.


Editorial Policy

The Editorial Board of The Tax Lawyer reserves the right to accept or reject any article and the right to condition acceptance upon revision of material to conform to its criteria. Final publication decisions rest with the Editorial Board. Complaints or appeals should be addressed to the Vice Chair, Publications.

The Tax Lawyer does not publish material that has been previously published or is scheduled for publication elsewhere. Articles are accepted on the basis of merit, professional interest, appeal to the readership of The Tax Lawyer, timeliness of the topic, clarity of expression, and style.

Because issues of tax law and policy are frequently controversial, readers of The Tax Lawyer should understand that opinions expressed in its articles are solely those of the authors and may differ from those of the American Bar Association, the Section of Taxation, the Editorial Board of The Tax Lawyer, and the Student Editorial Board of The Tax Lawyer. An article contributed by a public official does not necessarily represent the views of that person’s department or agency unless expressly stated in the particular instance. Nothing herein shall be construed as representing the opinions, views, or actions of the American Bar Association or of the Section of Taxation unless duly approved by the Association or the Section as the case may be.

Any author who becomes aware of any error in their work should immediately notify the Vice Chair, Publications, who will review the matter and make a decision on a correction or retraction.

Ethics concerns should be addressed to the Vice Chair, Publications, who chairs the Publications Committee, which has oversight of all Section publications.


Citation & Style Manual

This Manual represents the primary authority on style and citation form at The Tax Lawyer and in most other Tax Section publications. For topics not addressed in this Manual, please consult the following authorities:

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

Texas Law Review Manual on Style

The Citation & Style Manual is available for download in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. To view it, you need the free Adobe Reader.

Publication Agreement

Authors who accept offers of publication will be asked to complete our standard agreement. Authors retain copyright and grant ABA exclusive right of first publication worldwide.