The NYSBA Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest in the law and to lawyers, especially those that pertain to New York State’s laws and legal system. Articles should be well written, readable and interesting to broad categories of membership. We look especially for articles on topics of broad interest that are newsworthy and describe important developments in areas of the law. For an article to be accepted by the Journal, it must be primarily an analysis of a current legal issue. Submissions that simply detail what’s in a new law or what a court ruled will be rejected. Journal authors should be NYSBA members, although exceptions are possible. Please keep in mind that our audience is mainly attorneys in New York State. Please also note the following:
- Articles should not be overly self-promotional or one-sided; avoid any articles that seem to be personal gripes about a particular person, office, or organization. This includes articles that take the side of the plaintiff or the defense or look at an issue from only one perspective.
- Articles cannot promote any one company, brand, product or organization.
- We generally will not consider for publication material that has been published or is pending for publication in other media. If your piece is time-sensitive or you have inquiries from other publications, please note that in your submission. While simultaneous submissions are acceptable, if we accept the article for publication, we expect you to withdraw it from consideration elsewhere. For questions about the status of your article’s review, please email [email protected].
- The Journal does not accept book reviews but will on occasion, at the discretion of the editor, publish a staff-written story about a book of interest to the legal community.
Journal articles appear in print and also electronically on the NYSBA website (the News Center), and are available to NYSBA members as well as the general public. In some cases, an article may be available electronically before it appears in print. Journal contributors do not receive financial remuneration.
Back issues (to 2000) of the NYSBA Journal can be viewed here. Current articles can be found in the latest issue and on the News Center area of the website. You are strongly encouraged to review our issues and articles to get a sense of the type of content we publish. If you’re proposing an article on a topic already covered, be sure to explain how you are adding to and providing an update of the content.
Send all article materials and other communications via email, with attachments as needed, to the editors at [email protected]. Submissions will be reviewed in as timely a manner as possible, and contributors will be notified by email if submissions are accepted for publication.
Once a submission is accepted, we consider it final subject to copy editing and factual review as appropriate, and NYSBA reserves the right to publish without further approval from the author. If we believe that substantive changes are necessary, we will review them with contributors. We do not as a matter of course share galleys with authors.
Articles that are not suitable for the Journal can be submitted for consideration to any of our section publications. Please go to the appropriate section (find the list of sections here) and click on the “Publications” tab for the editor’s information. You may also email us at [email protected] and we will provide you with that information. Note: We occasionally also consider articles in the section publications for the Journal/News Center when we believe it is a good fit.
Technical and Practical Guidelines.
- Whenever possible and appropriate, articles should be written in a style geared toward a general audience. When included, legal terms should be defined, as necessary and appropriate. In article text, avoid references to the structure or content of the article such as “In this article….” or ‘The section will review…” We generally try to avoid articles about highly specialized, technical legal topics or procedures that most attorneys would not find useful.
- All articles for the Journal and News Center will be copyedited to conform to our preferred style, AP style. (For references, we use Bluebook, except for a few specific items where we differ.)
- Articles of up to 4,000 words, including endnotes, will be considered, but shorter pieces of 500 to 1,500 words are preferred.
- All articles must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word files. Please label the file with the title and author name. Please do not submit PDFs.
- Do not underline any text; use italics instead.
- Legal citations and endnotes should be used when necessary and appropriate, but are not required. Citations and endnotes should be included only as legal references, and may not under any circumstances be used for factual asides or personal observations. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and format presentation of related citations. In general, follow the Bluebook. Avoid the extensive use of notes that might be more appropriate for a law review format. Copyeditors will ensure endnotes follow our house style.
- Please use the Endnote formatting option in Word for endnotes.
- We generally include a photo and capsule biography of each contributor. Contributors should submit by email a high-resolution ( min of 300dpi) headshot and biographical info along with article submission. Please only include acknowledgments of anyone who actually contributed to researching or writing the article. As most authors have their writing reviewed by others, we ask that you refrain from thanking any readers. Editors reserve the right to edit bios to conform to our style and for space. We take out any language that is overly self-promotional.
Starting in 2021, the Journal is published six times per year (see below) and mailed to all NYSBA members as well as available online. Journal content may be used in the NYSBA Weekly content email blast to members, on the NYSBA website, and in other settings. Deadlines for content are usually one month before the publication date, but please reach out for confirmation.
Publication Dates for 2021:
Copyright and Reprint Policies
For copyright purposes, submitted material becomes the property of the New York State Bar Association. When submitting work to NYSBA, upon acceptance for publication, you agree to grant non-exclusive rights to NYSBA to publish your content both online and in print in any of our publications.
Members and others are allowed to reprint material, with permission, in accordance with the following guidelines:
- For hard copy reprints, NYSBA will provide a pdf file of material as it appeared in a NYSBA publication with the language acknowledging its publication. To request reprint permission for hard copies, please send your request to [email protected] with details about how you intend to use the reprint (i.e. CLE program materials, share with clients etc.).
- The (digital) pdf file is not to be posted on any website or to social media. Exceptions may be made under certain circumstances, but only if requested in advance.
- Website or social media posts must link to the material as published on the NYSBA website; we do not provide pdf files to be shared online.
MCLE credit may be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available. Journal contributors who wish to obtain MCLE credit are wholly responsible for completing the process to obtain the credit.
For more information, or to submit an article, please contact: [email protected].