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The Bottom Line is a quarterly newsletter for judges and attorneys on forensically-related topics.


IBSL Publishing Guidelines for The Bottom Line


The primary objective of articles published in The Bottom Line is to educate and inform readers on issues related to psycholegal (forensic) issues. We currently have approximately 200 subscribers across the country, and this number grows each month.

The primary objective of articles published in The Bottom Line is the educate and inform readers on issues related to psycholegal (forensic) issues. We currently have approximately 200 subscribers across the country, and this number grows each month.

Article Guidelines

In writing an article for possible publication in The Bottom Line, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines.

Original Content: The Bottom Line publishes manuscripts with the strict requirement that all submissions are original works of the authors and are in no way an infringement on or violation of the rights of others. Potential authors should be particularly careful to properly credit all sources of information, whether in direct quotes or in paraphrasing, by using an appropriate citation. Articles that have been submitted and published, in whole or in part, elsewhere should be so noted.

Type of article: The focus of The Bottom Line is on recent developments in forensic psychology and the law or on practical ideas/information that will help judges, attorneys, and/or mental health professionals practice more knowledgably and more competently in the legal system. Although all types of articles will receive a fair review, preference is given to articles that emphasize practical as opposed to theoretical or philosophical material.

Audience: Good writers keep their audience in mind when writing, and this rule of writing is strongly encouraged if you are considering writing an article for The Bottom Line. Subscribers to our newsletter typically are judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals who regularly deal with the interesting and unique aspects of forensic psychological issues and their impact on legal cases.

Writing Style: Our subscribers typically are busy professionals who do not have the luxury of time so a concise, easy-to-read, and practical article is what will get and keep their interests. Avoid excessive use of legal and/or psychological jargon. Use of headings and subheading often make articles easier to read. To list information, we suggest that you use bullets. We also encourage potential authors to use short quotations and/or specific examples that will add to the interest and readability of the article. We ask that potential authors avoid the writing style of law reviews, psychological journals, or legal briefs.

Experience: Authors must have experience and expertise in the subject areas about which they write.

Length: Articles should range between 1500 and 3000 words.

Review Process: Manuscripts are reviewed by the editors and possibly by experts in the field. Authors may be asked to revise the article based upon the recommendations of the editors and/or experts in the field. All material is subject to the approval of the Publisher who reserves the right to reject material. Any material accepted is subject to such revision as is necessary to conform to editorial style of our newsletter.

Citations: Citations to cases, references, and other source materials should be footnoted. Mental health professionals may use the APA Publication Guidelines to cite references and attorneys may use the Blue Book for citations. Accuracy in citations is an extremely important responsibility of the author.

Biographical Sketch: At the end of an article, please provide your name and two or three sentences about yourself and/or your practice. This information may be shortened by the editors before publishing if necessary. In addition, since the newsletter is sent via e-mail, we encourage authors to include their e-mail address in their sketch in the event that readers want to contact the author directly.

Graphics: Our newsletter typically does not accept artwork or photographs to illustrate articles.

Manuscripts: The Bottom Line editors prefer that manuscripts be typewritten in a standard font (not all italics or all capitals), double-spaced, and sent as an attachment in .pdf or Microsoft Word format if possible. Submissions should be sent to Identifying information about the author, including name, address, and telephone number should accompany the manuscript. You will be notified within four weeks if we accept your article for publication. If e-mail submission is not possible, manuscripts can be mailed to:

IBSL Director of Publishing
750 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 204
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Ownership: Absent a written agreement, material published in The Bottom Line remains the property of the newsletter. No material, or parts thereof, may be reproduced or used out of context without prior approval of and proper credit to the newsletter.

Memorandum of Understanding: Upon acceptance of an article for publication, authors must complete and sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

Other Information: IBSL does not pay writers for publishing their articles. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned unless the author provides a self-addressed stamped envelope. The newsletter assumes no responsibility for loss of or damage to submitted materials. Please do not send sole copies of manuscripts.