In contrast to the majority of law reviews, manuscripts are only accepted for publication after a double-blind peer review by one of a group of leading bankruptcy scholars. Then one or more of the bankruptcy judges who serve on the Journal's editorial board edits each accepted manuscript. Editorial standards are rigorous. The Journal publishes four issues each year. Generally an issue will cover a range of bankruptcy subjects. Occasionally there will be a symposium issue treating a central theme. Several different issues may be in preparation at one time.
The guidelines for submission of manuscripts to the Journal and information of interest to authors are distinct because of our unique status as a judge-edited journal and our peer review system. The current guidelines are as follows:
- Manuscripts are submitted to the Editor-In-Chief (the "Editor"). Authors are required to submit their manuscripts as e-mail attachments. The email address is: Judge_Jeffery_Deller@pawb.uscourts.gov
The post office address is:
Judge Jeffery Deller, Editor-in-Chief
U.S. Steel Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The manuscript should be formatted in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.
Manuscripts, excluding footnotes, should be double-spaced. Citation
forms should comply with the latest edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform
System of Citation , that currently being 19th ed. 2010, copyright by
Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law
Review and The Yale Law Journal. Citations must be accurate and
complete. Unlike with student-edited reviews, the judges who edit the
Journal lack the time or resources to assist with footnote preparation
- In 2002 the Journal became the first and to date the only journal
focused on bankruptcy to provide formal peer review, 76 A.M.Bankr.L.J.
viii (Winter 2002). Leading bankruptcy scholars and judges have
volunteered to do those reviews. The peer review policy is designed to
insure high quality of articles published in the Journal and to aid
authors in improving manuscripts through thoughtful comments. In
accordance with that policy, all articles submitted for publication are
reviewed initially by the Editor to determine if peer review is
warranted and to which peer reviewer the article should be assigned. The
peer reviewer is asked to give the Editor a recommendation as to
whether to publish. The reviewer also provides comments on possible
changes or supplements to the article. These comments are shared with
the author. The final publication decision remains that of the Editor.
The peer review process is double blind; the author and the peer
reviewer do not know each other’s identity. Periodically, individuals
who have provided peer reviews for that Volume will be acknowledged. We
thank each individual who stands ready to serve as a peer reviewer and
acknowledge their commitment to professionalism.
- For those authors who commit to publish the submitted manuscript in the
Journal if the manuscript is accepted, we make a best efforts commitment
to communicate an acceptance, revise and resubmit, or rejection
decision within 30 days of the date that the Editor acknowledges receipt
of the article. (If an author has not received such an acknowledgment
within one week of electronic submission of a manuscript, the author
should call 412-644-4710 to address whether the manuscript has been
received.) We reserve the right not to publish an article, even one that
has been solicited.
- The Journal provides 50 reprints of each article at its expense to each
contributor. If there are more than two co-authors, they will share 100
reprints provided at the Journal's expense. Additional copies may be
purchased by authors who must communicate their desire for additional
reprints to the Editor immediately after the article is accepted for
publication and in no event after the article is submitted to the
printer for the first time.
- The Journal licenses its articles for electronic distribution through
Lexis, Westlaw, and other online services. The Journal retains any
royalties from these distributions and from any reprints.
- If the
author wishes to retain a copyright to an article, the author should so
indicate on the article at the time that it is submitted for publication
consideration. In that case, the article will so note in printing.
Request for reprinting permission or distribution other than those
mentioned above will be conveyed directly to the author.