The Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to
members of the Association. Send all article materials and
communications via email, with attachments as needed, to the
Journal’s Managing Editor, Daniel McMahon, email@example.com, and the Editor
in Chief, David Wilkes firstname.lastname@example.org, with
copies to Nick Connolly, email@example.com, and
Joan Fucillo, firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the
volume of submissions it is not possible for the editors to respond to
telephone inquiries in most cases.
MCLE credit may be earned for legal-based writing directed to an
attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines
for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit
Application are available. Please note that authors are uncompensated
unless otherwise specified.
Articles are considered on an exclusive basis unless otherwise
specified. Once an article is submitted for consideration it becomes the
property of the Journal, and we reserve the right of first refusal.
Sometimes it can take several months for the Editor in Chief to review
the article and, if accepted, schedule its publication. If your piece is
time-sensitive or you have inquiries from other publications, please
note that in your submission. For questions about the status of your
article’s review, please email Dan McMahon and David Wilkes, with
copies to Nick and Joan.
Once an article is submitted, NYSBA reserves the right to publish
without further approval from the author.
Please submit your article in electronic format. We prefer that you
send it as an email attachment.
Articles must be well written, readable and interesting to broad
categories of membership. Avoid writing articles about highly
specialized, technical legal topics or procedures that most member
attorneys would not find useful. We look especially for articles on
topics of broad interest that are newsworthy and describe important
developments in areas of the law.
Feature articles should run from 3,500 to 5,500 words, including
endnotes; articles may be longer only if approved by the Editor,
required by the subject matter, and if the text is well-written and to
the point. Overall length of the columns that regularly appear in the
Journal (e.g., Metes & Bounds, Planning Ahead, Computers & the
Law, Legal Research, Tax Alert, etc.) should run from 1,500 to 3,000
words, including endnotes. The Journal rarely publishes book reviews.
Book reviews, when considered for publication, are evaluated for
objectivity, impartiality, and originality.
The Journal reserves the right to make final determinations without
author approval as it deems appropriate in the editing, format, and
publication of all submissions.
In general, avoid introductory paragraphs that include phrases like,
“in a recent case decided by the Court of Appeals….”,
and laborious descriptions of the development of an area of law that
consist of repetitious accounts of the facts and holdings in a series of
cases. Write in an active voice, not passive. Avoid writing in the first
person. Avoid long sentences. With the exception of certain regular
columns, avoid too much informality, or attempting a chatty style; many
otherwise useful topics are rejected or returned for significant
re-writing when written in a style that is inappropriate for the
Microsoft Word is the preferred word-processing software.
Keep format structure simple. For example, use enter and tab keys for
hard returns to start a new paragraph, and the double indent key
function for quoted material.
If uncertain about the capitalization of certain words or phrases,
please keep them lowercase for review by the Editor-in-Chief. All text
should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced, except for
quotations that are longer than three sentences, which should appear in
block, single-spaced form. Do not underline any text (such as when
stating case names; adding emphasis; etc.): use italics instead.
Do not place citations in body of the text. Notation style is endnote
format, not footnote. Place periods and commas before endnote numbers
and quotation marks.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy and format presentation of
related cites. In general, follow the Bluebook. Official cites are
required, and authors are responsible for accuracy of all quoted
material. Notes should be of reasonable length, i.e., not overly long,
but with enough information to back up sufficiently points made in the
article. Avoid the extensive use of notes that might be more appropriate
for a law review format. Do not place case citations in the body of the
Authors who wish to submit an image (or images) to accompany an
article should use non-copyrighted material. Images in the public domain
or ones taken by the author are acceptable. Images may be submitted
electronically via email or burned onto a CD. Electronic images may be
submitted in tif, jpeg or eps file format and must be at least 300 dpi.
Authors may submit a hard copy. The Design Services department at the
Association will scan the image and return it to the author by mail.
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