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Instructions for Authors

The policies of the Journal of The Missouri Bar require that no article appearing within its pages have previously appeared, either in whole or in part, in any other publication. Thus, articles that have already appeared in another publication are ineligible for use in the Journal.

While this policy does not prohibit multiple submissions of an article to several other publications in addition to the Journal, such actions are discouraged. Notice that a simultaneously submitted article has appeared in another publication will automatically void its subsequent use within the Journal.

No article submitted for publication in the Journal should focus upon, or draw conclusions from, a case that is still pending. The conclusions drawn by an author as a result of this practice may be proven unfounded by subsequent court decisions related to the case. Accordingly, authors should not make reference to such matters. When typing, italicize case names. Do not underline case names in the body of your article. 

The Missouri Bar Board of Governors adopted the following conflict of interest policy for authors:

  • Authors shall provide notice to The Missouri Bar of any conflict of interest.
  • The Missouri Bar shall have discretion to reject or revise submissions to avoid the appearance of bias.
  • Where appropriate, Missouri Bar publications shall afford an opportunity for those with opposing viewpoints to be heard.


All articles submitted for publication in the Journal of The Missouri Bar must be approved by a Screening Committee prior to publication. This review process normally takes one month. The Screening Committee may approve, reject, or approve with suggested revisions, any submitted item. Because the Journal receives a great number of submissions, all authors are advised that it may be several months between submission and publication of an article. However, the Screening Committee does have the authority to recommend expedited publication if the importance or timeliness of the subject matter so warrants.

The Journal requires authors to submit their articles either by e-mail to or on a CD. The computer system used by The Missouri Bar is able to make use of articles entered on a variety of software programs. CDs should be labeled with a tag indicating the title of the article and the author's name. No article will be scheduled for publication until a CD containing the article is provided or an e-mailed attachment is received.

Your article should be double-spaced and not exceed 24 pages in length (including footnotes). There is no minimum page requirement.

Manuscripts should be in a form appropriate for publication. Articles in outline form will not be accepted.

Titles should be brief, preferably no more than five or six words. They should be designed to attract attention to the subject, not explain it. Authors are urged to submit titles with their article. If a headline suggested by an author is too long or is otherwise unsuitable for publication, the author will be contacted and asked to revise the headline accordingly.

Authors are requested to provide a brief synopsis of the article to be used as an introduction to the article. This should be as short as possible and should, in no instance, exceed two sentences.

The Journal makes use of a standardized format for the listing of citations. Accordingly, authors should consult the accompanying "Conventions for Citations" guide sheet and conform their citations to this style. Authors who fail to organize their citations in the manner indicated will be asked to do so if their article is otherwise approved by the Screening Committee; however, this process may delay the timely publication of the article. Thus, authors should make every effort to make use of the Journal's citation format as the article is being written.

The Journal uses footnotes. Authors submitting typed manuscripts should be sure that the footnotes are typed and double-spaced. Authors need to also be sure that the first footnote contains their biographical sketches.
Due to limited space, as well as difficulty in formatting, the Journal strongly discourages submission of the above-titled items, and reaffirms its authority to remove them from the final, typeset version of an article.

To the extent possible, all articles submitted for publication in the Journal should utilize language that is gender-neutral.

Authors are requested to furnish a recent photograph and a brief biographical sketch for publication with the article. The biographical information should be listed in the first footnote and be limited to the law firm or organization with which the author is associated, bar committee membership, etc., and the law school from which degree was received.

The photograph, if submitted via e-mail, should be formatted as a .jpg with a resolution of no less than 200 dpi, and sent to

(revised April 28, 2014)