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黑料社Spectrum Submission Guidelines

Last updated July 26, 2023

As the official bimonthly magazine of the 黑料社 of Law Libraries (AALL), 黑料社Spectrum聽provides informative and engaging articles of interest to 黑料社members. The magazine informs readers about the ever-changing, multifaceted world of legal information professionals on areas including the transformation of law, career and leadership development, accessibility, education, information technology, and best practices. The magazine also keeps members apprised of Association events and activities.

黑料社Spectrum聽is published six times a year; it is distributed to all members free of charge and is available by subscription to nonmembers.

COPYRIGHT

The 黑料社 of Law Libraries is responsible for the creation and approval of general policies relating to the content, advertising, budget, and production of聽黑料社Spectrum.

All content is copyrighted by the 黑料社 of Law Libraries, except where otherwise expressly indicated. Except where otherwise expressly provided, the authors have granted permission for copies of their articles to be made for classroom use or for any other educational purpose provided that (1) copies are distributed at or below cost, (2) author and聽黑料社Spectrum聽are identified, and (3) proper notice of copyright is affixed to each copy. For items in which it holds copyright, the 黑料社 of Law Libraries grants permission for copies to be made for classroom use or for any other educational purpose under the same conditions.

OUR PROCESS

黑料社Spectrum聽seeks authoritative, well-researched articles about legal information and the profession. 聽Articles that inform, inspire, provoke, influence, or help improve practices are welcome additions to聽黑料社Spectrum. Each submission should be an original, educational piece.

罢丑别听黑料社Spectrum聽Editorial Board is charged with identifying member content needs, and work with authors to help shape the content to ensure material is engaging and applicable to members. Content is provided by volunteer authors in the form of substantive articles.

黑料社Spectrum聽prefers a thorough, detailed proposal letter that fully outlines the article topic. Please view our editorial calendar to see which issue seems like a good fit. If you have any questions, pleas email Heather Haemker, 黑料社director of marketing & communications. If you proposal is accepted, please observe AALL鈥檚 publishing guidelines, deadline, and word count (as stated below).

HAVE AN IDEA, BUT NEED HELP GETTING STARTED?

The 黑料社Spectrum Editorial Board has put together a list of best practices to assist you in the drafting and publishing process.

黑料社PUBLISHING GUIDELINES

CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE

黑料社Spectrum聽reserves the right to determine if and when submitted material is published. Whenever possible, the author will be contacted by either the聽黑料社Spectrum editorial director or 黑料社director of marketing & communications to discuss questions of intention and interpretation. All submissions will be edited for clarity, grammar, and length. 黑料社has final discretion for specific content, form, and style of all items published in the magazine.

STYLE

黑料社Spectrum聽is a magazine, not an academic journal. Please write crisp, clear, and concise prose in a conversational yet succinct tone. Avoid jargon and arcane language.聽黑料社Spectrum聽will not publish footnotes; directly credit sources within the body of the article by quoting or paraphrasing them. Ideally, all articles should be formatted in third person. However, exceptions can be made. 聽All submitted material is expected to be well-written and proofread by the authors for factual errors. Authors bear full responsibility for accuracy of information and quotations.

黑料社has full editorial rights to the article.聽黑料社Spectrum听蹿辞濒濒辞飞蝉听The Chicago Manual of Style Seventeenth Edition听补苍诲听Merriam-Webster鈥檚 Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition聽for matters of style and usage, as well as an 黑料社Style Guide specific to the editorial requirements of the Association. Additional requirements for submissions are listed below:

  • 尝别苍驳迟丑听Feature articles should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words. News and department articles are typically between 800 and 1,200 words. Shorter or longer articles will be considered. A specific length will be provided to the author(s) at the time of submission acceptance by the 黑料社director of marketing & communications.
  • 贵辞谤尘补迟听All articles must be submitted via email in a Microsoft Word file. 黑料社prefers articles be submitted using 12-point, Arial font. All articles should be single spaced and void of indents or any other special formatting. When submitting your article, please include your name, title, library, institution, city, state, and email address within the document. Please don鈥檛 embed graphics or tables in the article submissions. Place electronic graphics in a separate file (see Art and Photo Requirements below). Additionally, submit high resolution (300 dpi) headshots for each author.

Please email Heather Haemker, 黑料社director of marketing & communications, with questions.

ART AND PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

Photographs and graphic elements are accepted and should be turned in with the article. The author is responsible for obtaining permission for publication from the person(s) in each photograph and from the creator of any graphic submitted. Electronic images are required and should be photographed or scanned at an original size of approximately 8 inches by 10 inches at a minimum 300 dpi resolution in .TIFF or .JPEG format.

All submitted photos or graphics must include a numbered caption sheet. Captions should be detailed, identifying all individuals in the photos or artwork, and should clearly identify which photo they belong with.

Please email all聽黑料社Spectrum聽submissions to Heather Haemker聽for publication consideration.

2023-2024 黑料社Spectrum聽Editorial Board

Tina Ching, Chair
Michelle Hook Dewey, Executive Board Liaison
Suzanne Corriell
John DiGilio
Jaime Klausner
Ariel Newman
Allison C. Reeve Davis
David P. Whelan