ABI Journal Style Sheet and Editorial Guidelines
ABI reserves the right to edit all articles for content and style, and to reassign articles to other Columns or publish articles as Features based on subject matter and column availability. All articles are reviewed by the VP-Publications, the Executive Editors and an Associate Editor prior to publication. You must be an ABI member to contribute articles to the Journal. All articles submitted for publication must be first-run articles that have not been previously published, and you will be required to sign a publication agreement for this reason.
Submitting Your Topic
This is the first step to being published in the ABI Journal. Please e-mail your proposed article topic to Elizabeth Stoltz, managing editor, at email@example.com, by the topic deadline given for the issue in which you would like to be published (see Article Deadlines). This helps us avoid topic duplication so that your article stands out, and enables us to better plan each issue of the Journal.
Submitting Your Article
Once your topic has been approved, your article must be submitted in an editable electronic format, preferrably Microsoft Word. ABI does not retype articles. To submit your article, go to http://journal.abi.org/node/add/new-article and use the online submission form. If you have not previously submitted an article to the ABI Journal, you will need to create an account, then follow the instructions to submit.
It is important to submit your article by the deadline given. Articles submitted late may be held for a subsequent issue. Authors are invited to submit a head shot (color is preferred, but black and white is acceptable) for use with the article. Electronic images must be 300 dpi for optimal print quality, and at least 2" x 3". Photos from websites are low-resolution and are unusable. Hard copies of photos can be scanned at ABI to the proper resolution.
All citations must be placed in footnotes. Any article with citations located within the body of the article will be returned to the author for proper citation placement.
Always italicize case names and cite according to West Bankruptcy Reporter using B.R.; otherwise, use Blue Book Form.
All articles MUST contain:
Suggested Article Length
2,000-2,500 words (around 6 columns). Word count includes footnotes. ABI reserves the right to edit articles due to space constraints when necessary.
Headlines: at top of page, bold. NO all-caps or small caps. Always include a headline.
Subheads: bold subheads, upper/lower case.
Bylines: center and italicize the following beneath the title
if you are on the Journal Editorial Board. Always include a
Firm or Company; City, State
or the following if you are not on the Editorial Board:
Firm or Company; City, State
Charts and graphs may be placed within your document as you want them to appear, but always include the original images in a separate file(s) (e.g., Excel-generated charts used should be sent in their original Excel files or as pdfs). The online submission form enables you to upload images along with your article.
Indicate quotes with quotation marks, or indent the block of text on both sides. If you are omitting the beginning, end or any part of a text block, use the ellipsis (...).
As space allows, pull-out quotes will be used to emphasize important points. You may indicate potential pull-out quotes at the end of the article. Final determination will be made by the Editor-in-Chief.
Use italics for emphasis (do not use underlines or bolds).
When utilizing an acronym, refer to the item, bill or organization initially by its full title and the acronym in parentheses (do not use quotes). On subsequent references, the acronym stands alone (e.g., The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) is headquartered in Alexandria. ABI holds many conferences throughout the year).
If you mention a current ABI member within the article, bold the full name. You can confirm member status by checking the online directory at ABI World (http://www.abiworld.org).
Lowercase "state" in all references, as well as professional titles (unless they precede the person's name) Avoid capitalization except for proper nouns or quoted text. Lowercase references to the chapters of the Bankruptcy Code.
BAPCPA (the bankruptcy law enacted Oct. 17,
Cities and States
When referring to a city, list the city and state unless the city is one of the following, in which the city stands alone:
In listings of cities and states, all states should be abbreviated except Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. List the District of Columbia as Washington, D.C.
Spell out the names of the states when they stand alone in textual material (e.g., The floods in Missouri were devastating).
If you have any questions about Journal guidelines, please contact Managing Editor Elizabeth Stoltz (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (703) 739-0800.
SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE TO HTTP://JOURNAL.ABI.ORG.
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Related FilesABI Journal Publication Agreement (PDF File)