Nebraska Lawyer 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 Editorial Board encourages material for publication from Nebraska practitioners.  While the Editorial Board 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 that detail recent changes or proposed changes in the law or that stress practice aids. Photos, graphs and/or graphics are welcome additions to any article.

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, underscoring, and italicized text where appropriate. Authors’ suggestions for pictures, illustrations, and other sidebar materials are greatly appreciated.  All manuscripts should be typed double-spaced on 8 ½ 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.

Query Letters

Authors are encouraged to explore possible editorial interest in a subject before expending significant time and effort preparing a complete article. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Executive Editor or Issue Editor to discuss article proposals.


The Nebraska Lawyer deadlines are firm. Production schedules are inflexible and late manuscripts create particular havoc for our publication schedule. Please email digital copy to the Executive Editor, preferably in Microsoft Word or PDF Format, on or before the deadline.  Articles that are not received on time for publication in a particular issue may 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 Issue Editor for editorial review of readability and consistency of style.  The AP Stylebook will be used as the style manual. The Executive Editor and Issue Editor have broad discretion in the editorial process. Significant editorial changes will be cleared with the author in advance if possible. “Accepted” articles are not guaranteed publication in any particular issue or at all. 


Endnotes, rather than footnotes, should be utilized. Citations should be incorporated in footnotes rather than 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 should 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 a 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 previously published articles for publication.

Payment and Copyrights

Authors will receive no compensation for articles in The Nebraska Lawyer.  All published articles become the property of the NSBA.  The Nebraska Lawyer does not return manuscripts or disks.

Author’s Agreement

By submitting an article to The Nebraska Lawyer, the author agrees to all terms, provisions, and policies of The Nebraska Lawyer stated in these guidelines and the Editorial Policy.  Inquiries should be addressed to: Allyson Felt, Executive Editor, The Nebraska Lawyer; 635 S 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508; (402) 475-7091; Fax (402) 475-7098; email: