OSBA Content Editorial Policy

The Ohio State Bar Association offers high-quality law-related information to a wide audience through its many publications and its website and accepts submissions for possible publication.

 

Ohio Lawyer magazine

Ohio Lawyer is a bi-monthly magazine that is published as a service to OSBA members. Its goal is to present cutting-edge topics of general interest to OSBA members. Articles may include practical, procedural, informational, or otherwise newsworthy submissions on issues relating to the law, the judicial system, the legal system, or the mission and activities of the OSBA, its affiliates or members.  The magazine is not available to nonmember attorneys. Governmental agencies and educational and legal research organizations may subscribe annually for $35.


OSBA members are encouraged to submit manuscripts to the editor for possible publication.

 

Submitted feature articles should not exceed 2,000 words, and columns should not exceed 1,000 words. Manuscripts are not purchased, and those submitted become the property of the Ohio State Bar Association.


All Ohio Lawyer submissions are subject to approval by its Content Advisory Board and are reviewed in the order they are received. Articles are judged on importance of topic, accuracy, clarity, timeliness and writing style. Articles not written in standard expository style are not accepted. Briefs, summaries, outlines or memoranda are not accepted.


The Content Advisory Board reserves the right to require rewriting or editing as a condition of publication. The editor reserves the right to edit all material.


OSBA members are given special consideration in submitting articles for the magazine, but no compensation is paid for submissions, nor can any topic be "reserved" for an author who indicates the intention to submit an article on a particular topic.


Statements or expressions of opinion appearing in the magazine are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the Association, Ohio Lawyer or the editor.


The editorial goal of Ohio Lawyer is to provide OSBA members with a forum for the discussion of all viewpoints; however, the Content Advisory Board reserves the right to reject any manuscript at its discretion. An author may request the reconsideration of a manuscript that has been declined for publication in Ohio Lawyer. The request must be made in writing to the Content Advisory Board . The Board's decision is final.

 

Ohio Lawyer feature articles should:

  • Be relatively brief and not exceed 2,000 words
  • Include a short title: three to five words
  • Include the author's brief biography that includes name, firm, title and hometown

 

Ohio Lawyer columns should:

  • Not exceed 1,000 words
  • Include a short title: three to five words
  • Include the author's brief biography that includes name, firm, title and hometown

 

Columns include, but are not limited to, topics on the following:

  • Work-Life Balance
  • Practice Tips
  • Technology Tips
  • Business Development Tips
  • Beyond the Courtroom (features members who are giving back to their communities)
  • Marketing Your Practice
  • Personal Finance/Student Debt
  • And others

 

Endnotes
Because Ohio Lawyer is not a scientific/scholarly journal, lengthy citations are not required. Use endnotes sparingly and limit them to citations only. The editors likely will cut all other endnotes. If it needs to be said, it should be included in the article's text. 

 

Send manuscripts to the editor at editor@ohiobar.org. Please include your complete address and telephone number with your manuscript.

 

Online publication

The OSBA website receives, on average, more than 300,000 page views and more than 158,000 unique views per month, so publishing through the website offers excellent exposure for you and your firm.

 

Articles should:

  • Be current, fair, balanced and supported with examples;
  • Not exceed 1,000 words;
  • Avoid "legalese"; and
  • Contain only appropriate, family-friendly language.

 

When your article is ready for submission, please email it, in Word format, to the editor at editor@ohiobar.org. 

 

If your article is accepted for online publication, an OSBA staff member will review, edit, share any suggestions with you and get your approval on a final draft before the article is published. The OSBA may require that an attorney familiar with the subject matter review the article. 

The OSBA will confirm receipt of your article within one week of your submission. Within two weeks of your submission, we will let you know if we will publish your article. The OSBA will make every effort to contact you if we decline publication of your article, but that may not always be possible.

 

You will retain the copyright rights to your article, but the OSBA will ask you for a license agreement so that we can share your article.

 

Byline information will include your name, your firm's name and your location. If you wish to submit a photo (head shot), we will publish it with your article.

 

The OSBA will share your article on the OSBA website at www.ohiobar.org, and other OSBA channels, including social media, if appropriate.

"Law You Can Use"

The OSBA provides its "Law You Can Use" column as a public service to Ohioans. Volunteer authors explain laws and legal concepts in as simple and clear a way as possible in a question/answer format. 

The column is distributed to media outlets across the state. Subscribing Ohio newspapers may publish it as a weekly feature or when space permits, and broadcasters use it to get story ideas. Following publication, Law You Can Use articles are posted to the OSBA website at www.ohiobar.org/lawyoucanuse, where they can be viewed by the general public. Authors are periodically asked to review and update their articles, if necessary.

 
"Law You Can Use" articles should:

  • Be written in Q&A format;
  • Not exceed 800 words;
  • Be written in active voice;
  • Be of interest to general consumers;
  • Avoid "legalese";
  • Be law-related; and
  • Be fact-based and avoid any opinion or slant.

 

Visit www.ohiobar.org/lawyoucanuse and use the search box to familiarize yourself with the format and determine what topics may already have been covered.


Contact the editor at editor@ohiobar.org with your idea for a Law You Can Use article. You can expect a response within one week of your inquiry. If your topic idea is accepted, you will be contacted and a rough draft deadline will be determined.


OSBA staff will review and edit your article for consumer suitability and trim, if necessary, to meet the word count requirement. You will work with OSBA staff until a final draft is mutually acceptable. A content accuracy review will be sought from an attorney familiar with the subject matter.

 

You will retain the copyright rights to your article, but the OSBA will ask you for a license agreement so that your article can be shared.


Byline information will include your name, your firm's name and your location, but photos, contact information and firm links will not be included in your Law You Can Use article.


After your article has been published and then posted to the OSBA website, you can expect to be contacted approximately once per year to review and update your article, if necessary. If you are unable to review/update, but do not want the article to be removed from the OSBA website, OSBA staff may ask another attorney to review/update. That person will be credited with reviewing/updating your article, but your name will continue to appear as author.


OSBA retains the discretion to remove your article from the website for any reason.

Fine Print business newsletter

Fine Print is an online, quarterly newsletter intended for use, primarily, by the small business community and attorneys who serve small business clients. Fine Print features newsworthy developments in key areas of business law and basics for addressing these issues. The newsletter can be downloaded, printed and/or shared electronically, and is publicly available through www.ohiobar.org/fineprint, and a limited number of previous issues are also available.


Fine Print publication dates: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1.

 

Fine Print articles should:

  • Be written in any format, including bullet-point style;
  • Not exceed 500 words;
  • Be written in active voice;
  • Be of interest to general small business consumers;
  • Avoid "legalese";
  • Be law-related; and
  • Be fact-based and avoid any opinion or slant.


Contact the editor at editor@ohiobar.org with your idea for a Fine Print article. You can expect a response within one week of your inquiry. If your topic idea is accepted, you will be contacted and a rough draft deadline will be determined.

OSBA staff will review and edit your article for consumer suitability and trim, if necessary, to meet the word count requirement. You will work with OSBA staff until a final draft is mutually acceptable. A content accuracy review will be sought from an attorney familiar with the subject matter.

You will retain the copyright rights to your article, but the OSBA will ask you for a license agreement so that your article can be shared. 

Byline information will include your name, your firm's name and your location, but photos, contact information and firm links will not be included in the Fine Print newsletter. 

To view Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) guidelines for publishing content in OSBA publications and through the OSBA website, click here. (https://www.ohiobar.org/AboutOSBA/Policies/Pages/OSBA-Website-Content-Guidelines.aspx)

 

OSBA Guidelines for Publishing Content in OSBA Publications and the OSBA Website

The Ohio State Bar Association's core purpose is to advance the professional interests of OSBA members. Our core values are member satisfaction, professionalism, foresight and quality services and products. When determining what will be acceptable for publication, contributors should keep these purposes and goals in mind.

 

All content published by the OSBA, whether through an OSBA publication or the OSBA website, is subject to review by appropriate OSBA staff.


Editorial Standards
Content for OSBA publication or website posting will be accepted based on the following criteria:


Timeliness and accuracy: Acceptable content must be accurate and timely. OSBA staff will ensure that content adheres to the OSBA's standards of form and style. Prior to publication, contributors will be consulted regarding significant editorial modifications or any need for content updating.

 

Content: The OSBA strives to offer a wide choice of quality content that appeals to the OSBA audience: Ohio lawyers, paralegals, law students, law professors, judges, magistrates, legal professionals, journalists and Ohio citizens interested in legal topics.

The OSBA seeks the highest quality content. Articles may include practical, procedural, informational, or otherwise newsworthy submissions on issues relating to the law, the judicial system, the legal system or the mission and activities of the OSBA, its affiliates or members.


The OSBA does not publish the following types of articles: advertorials; political candidate articles; political issues (except for those issues upon which the OSBA Board of Governors has taken a position); improper, distasteful or obscene articles; articles deemed not to be appropriate for publishing by the OSBA.


Byline: An author byline will be provided with the article, according to the following format example: Jane Smith [name] is an attorney [job title] with XYZ and Associates [company] in Columbus [city].


Disclaimer: The following disclaimer statement may be added to any article submitted for OSBA publication or posting:  This article is intended to provide broad, general information. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, readers should seek advice from their own attorney.


License agreement and copyrights: Submission of content for OSBA publication or website posting signifies the OSBA has specific approval from the copyright holder to post or print the material. All contributors submitting articles for OSBA publication or website posting must sign a license agreement provided by the OSBA that authorizes the OSBA's use of the material. Copyrights remain the property of the author(s) unless the OSBA specifically requests copyrights for use in a particular publication.


Submission guidelines
1) Submissions must be complete. The OSBA will not consider outlines, pitches or partially completed works for publication or posting.

 

2) Submitter must include his/her name, address, company (if applicable), title and contact information (email address and/or telephone number).

 

3) Submitter will receive confirmation of submission from OSBA staff by phone or email.

 

4) Timeline for content review and publication/posting depends on volume of submissions and editorial calendars.

 

5) Submitter will be notified if content is accepted for publication/posting.

 

6) If content is rejected, OSBA staff will make every effort to notify the submitter. However, that may not always be possible.

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Be fair and balanced. If you are advocating a position, address valid arguments on the other side. The Ohio Lawyer has an editorial responsibility to provide balance. If your article is one-sided, we may suggest a sidebar or a companion article to balance the point of view.

 

Use charts, illustrations, and tables. Just as organizational techniques may make your point clearer, visual aids work. A picture (or graph) may indeed be worth a thousand words. A table is often an efficient way of summarizing many detailed legal points.

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