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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
- Title (no caps)
- Byline(s) containing name, firm name, city/state, and e-mail address
- 1-line professional bio for the About the Author box (please do not
put this information in a foonote; the online submission form provides
space for this information)
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
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;
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
appear, but always include the original images in a separate
(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
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
- In a simple series, omit the comma before the conjunction
(e.g., The flag is red, white and blue).
- Use the serial comma
if an integral element of the series requires a conjunction
(e.g., I had orange juice, toast, and ham and eggs for
- Omit comma before Inc., Corp., Co., Ltd., L.P., P.C.,
etc. (e.g., Smith & Smith Inc.).
- Omit comma after name and
before suffix (e.g., John A. Doe Jr.; John A. Doe Sr.; John A.
- Omit comma following a month and preceding a year
(e.g., February 1994 (not February, 1994)).
- Include commas
when listing a full date (e.g., On Feb. 18, 2007, ABI announced
BAPCPA (the bankruptcy law enacted Oct. 17,
the Bankruptcy Code
the Bankruptcy Act (prior to
chapter 7, chapter 11, etc. (NOT capitalized)
Section 1031 (at the beginning of a
§ 1031 (within a sentence)
debtor in possession (use DIP
on second reference)
court (uppercase only when naming a specific
court and in all references to the U.S. Supreme Court)
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
SALT LAKE CITY
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 (email@example.com) at (703)
SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE TO HTTP://JOURNAL.ABI.ORG.
Authors who e-mail their articles will be redirected to this address for
ABI Journal Publication Agreement (PDF File)