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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.

Accordingly, multiple submissions of an article to several other publications, in addition to the Journal, 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.

Authors should likewise avoid discussion of, and advocacy for or against, any legislation that is pending before the General Assembly at the time of submission. The information within such submissions may be rendered inaccurate or misleading as the result of subsequent legislative action, and may not give those with opposing views the opportunity to respond during the same legislative session. 

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

  • Via the Author Disclosure Form, 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 up to one month to complete. 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 A Word document is preferred. PDFs are not accepted.

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

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

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

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.


The Journal makes use of THE BLUEBOOK, 19th edition for the listing of citations. Authors should also consult the accompanying "Conventions for Citations" guide sheet for formats specific to the Journal of The Missouri Bar. 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 THE BLUEBOOK, 19th edition citation format as the article is being written.

Although the Journal staff will conduct a review of all citations, authors are expected to provide complete, accurate, and style-compliant citations for all quoted material and other statements requiring attribution. If necessary, authors may be asked to provide copies of all cited materials.

The Journal uses endnotes. Authors submitting typed manuscripts should be sure that the endnotes are typed and double-spaced.

Biographical Information
Authors need to also be sure that the first endnote contains their biographical information. It should 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. 

Authors are requested to furnish a recent color hi-res photograph and a brief biographical sketch for publication with the article. The photograph should be formatted as a .jpg with a resolution of no less than 300 dpi, and sent to

(revised March 1, 2016)