Nebraska Lawyer Magazine : Author Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to assist authors in preparing articles for publication in The Nebraska Lawyer.

Submission of Material

The Nebraska Lawyer Publications Committee encourages material for publication from Nebraska practitioners and professionals in related areas. While the Publications Committee seeks out particular authors for some of the magazine’s articles, unsolicited manuscripts consistently form a large portion of our published copy and are always welcome for consideration.

The Editorial Board strives to publish articles of interest to the practicing bar, with a slant or focus pertaining specifically to the law or lawyers of Nebraska. Of particular interest are articles about recent changes or proposed changes in the law or that stress practice tips. It is not necessary to send photos, graphs or graphics but authors are free to include them if they wish.

Length of Articles: Format

Articles that address substantive areas of the law should be between 2,800 and 4,000 words in length (11 to 16 double spaced pages). News or human interest articles should be no longer than 2,000 words (8 pages). Authors should use section headings, and highlighted text where appropriate. As noted above, authors’ suggestions for pictures, illustrations, and other sidebar materials are greatly appreciated.

Manuscripts should be emailed to and may be in Word or WordPerfect format. PDF is also acceptable. Email is preferred, but if articles are sent in hard copy, manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins. The author’s name, address, phone number, and date of the manuscript should appear at the top right-hand corner of the first page.


Email Kathryn Bellman a to discuss potential articles.


The Nebraska Lawyer deadlines are firm.  Articles that are not received on time for publication in a particular issue will normally be forwarded to the next issue editor for consideration.

Editorial Review

Article manuscripts should be submitted to the Executive Editor. Copies will be forwarded to the Publications Chair and the individual issue editors for editorial review. The AP Guidelines will be used as the style manual. The issue editor has broad discretion in the editorial process. Significant editorial changes will normally be cleared with the author in advance. "Accepted" articles are not guaranteed publication in any particular issue. Space and other limitations occasionally require holding an article until a later issue.


Endnotes, if any, should be placed at the end of the article. Where possible, citations may be incorporated in the body of the text.

Pictures and Biographies

Prospective authors should submit a recent photograph and a short biographical sketch (40-60 words) to accompany the article. The sketch may give the author’s collegiate and professional education, place of current employment, and indication of any affiliation or bias that may pertain to the content of the article.

Letters to the Editor

The Editorial Board is pleased to receive letters, particularly in response to articles in The Nebraska Lawyer or to other bar activities. If a letter is written in response to a published article, the author of the article may be invited to respond in the same or subsequent issue. Letters should not exceed 500 words; publication is subject to editorial review and discretion.

Multiple Submissions and Reprints

The NSBA reserves the right to grant permission to reprint any article or parts thereof appearing in The Nebraska Lawyer. The Nebraska Lawyer will consider for publication previously published articles.

Payment and Copyrights

Authors will receive no compensation for articles in The Nebraska Lawyer. All published articles become the property of the NSBA.  Authors will receive five extra copies of the issue publishing their articles, and may request additional issues, which will be provided subject to availability.

Author’s Agreement

By submitting an article to The Nebraska Lawyer, the author agrees to all the terms, provisions and policies of The Nebraska Lawyer stated in these guidelines and the Editorial Policy.

Inquiries should be addressed to: Kathryn Bellman, Executive Editor, The Nebraska Lawyer, 635 S. 14th Street, P.O. Box 81809, Lincoln, NE68501-1809, (402) 475-7091, Fax (402) 475-7098

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