Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

In the spirit of reaching out, the Editor of the Association Journal, David C. Wilkes, Esq., invites non-resident members to consider submitting an article. You can "vet" your topic with him via email at journaleditor@nysbar.com.

Article Submission Guidelines

General


The Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Association. Send all article materials and communications via e-mail with attachments as needed to dmcmahon@nysba.org or dcwilkes@huffwilkes.com.  E-mail communication is strongly preferred; due to the volume of submissions and proposals it is not possible for the editors to respond to telephone inquiries in most cases. MCLE credit may also 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. Before writing an article, e-mail story ideas or opening paragraphs to the Editor-in-Chief, David Wilkes, at dcwilkes@huffwilkes.com. He will write back with possible questions and suggestions.

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. Write on topics that are newsworthy and describe important developments in areas of the law of broad interest; 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 Journal.

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.

Overall article length of 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 2,200 words, including endnotes.

Format

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 doubleindent 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. Place periods and commas before endnote numbers and quotation marks. Do not place citations in body of the text.

Submission

Before completion of the article, send the first 8 to 10 paragraphs to the Editor-in-Chief, David Wilkes, for preliminary review, to ensure the story track agrees with initial proposal, by e-mail as specified above.

Citation

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and format presentation of related cites. In general, follow the Bluebook. Authors are responsible for accuracy of all quoted material. Both official and parallel cites are required. Notation style is endnote format, not footnotes. Notes should be of reasonable length, i.e., not overly long, but with enough information to back up sufficiently points made in the article. Every effort should be made to limit the number of notes to only those most essential, and 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 text.

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