American Business Law Journal

Cover image for Vol. 54 Issue 3

Edited By: Miriam Albert

Impact Factor: 0.857

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 74/147 (Law); 103/121 (Business)

Online ISSN: 1744-1714

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Information for Contributors
The American Business Law Journal (ABLJ) is a highly selective faculty-edited, internationally peer-reviewed journal that welcomes manuscripts that comprehensively explore and analyze legal and ethical issues that affect businesses, not only within the United States but also across the globe. We seek to publish only top quality lead law review articles that make a significant scholarly contribution to the field of business law, either U.S. or comparative in scope.

We receive hundreds of submissions per year, but only accept 12 to 16 manuscripts for publication. Please read the following policies carefully before submitting to familiarize yourself with our review process.

The ABLJ does not review or publish student works (including those of current advanced law students (e.g., LLM or PhD)), published manuscripts or those that will be published elsewhere (wholly or in part), case notes, general research papers, précis notes, essays, book reviews, or non-comparative scholarly papers on legal matters idiosyncratic to specific global regions.

Manuscripts between 12,000 and 20,000 words in length (including footnotes) are ideal. The ABLJ rarely publishes papers of substantially more than 20,000 words or substantially less than 10,000 words. Manuscripts in excess of 25,000 words will generally be automatically rejected.

Manuscripts may be sent simultaneously to other journals on the conditions that the ABLJ is so advised, and that the author informs the appropriate editor immediately if the work is accepted for publication elsewhere. One electronic copy of all manuscripts should be sent to:

Managing Editor: Laurie A. Lucas, Oklahoma State University (

Alternatively, manuscripts can be submitted via either the ExpressO or Scholastica submission systems. The Journal strongly prefers that manuscripts be submitted in Microsoft Word. Submissions formatted in Word Perfect or PDF may experience a delay in the review process.


Manuscripts must be in a Microsoft Word-compatible format (.doc or .docx preferred) with one inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font in the main text, and single-spaced 10-point Times New Roman font in the footnotes (not endnotes). Submissions in PDF format will cause a delay in the review process.

Because the ABLJ uses blind refereeing, the manuscript must not identify the author, directly or indirectly (including self-referencing citations). However, the manuscript’s first page should include the title of the piece. The author’s or authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation(s), address(es), and phone number(s) should appear either in a cover letter accompanying the manuscript or on a removable title page. All manuscripts must be formatted with footnotes rather than endnotes.
All footnotes and citations must substantially comply with the rules stated in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th edition. The author is primarily responsible for compliance with this system of citation and for the accuracy of footnotes.

All submitted manuscripts are subject to peer review
, a process that usually takes at least six weeks. The ABLJ’s editorial board makes publication decisions based on the recommendations of subject-matter expert reviewers. By its nature, the peer-review process usually results in reviewer recommendations for additional revisions before a publication decision can be made. It is rare that an offer to publish is made upon initial review.

When possible, we will attempt to meet reasonable requests to expedite a review, but only when authors fully disclose the details of their competing publication offer AND provide a firm commitment to publish in the ABLJ should the expedited review result in an offer of publication. In addition, our ability to provide an expedited review will depend on the reviewers’ ability to complete the review within the time requested. Requests to complete an expedited review in less than two weeks generally cannot be accommodated. Requests for expedited review may be forwarded to the Managing Editor at; alternatively, if the manuscript was submitted through ExpressO or Scholastica, expedite requests can be sent through those respective services.

Accepted manuscripts normally are published within six to ten months of their acceptance. We are not a student-run journal and do not have a large staff to edit articles. Editing remains the primary responsibility of the author, including post-acceptance of an offer to publish. Authors are expected to make timely and good faith efforts to work with the editorial board in making final edits to accepted manuscripts, as well as proofread edited clean hard copy, galley proofs, or page proofs.

In order to preserve the blind peer-review process we ask that authors do not post drafts of their manuscripts online, such as on SSRN, during the review process. If the manuscript has been accepted for publication by the ABLJ, there are two limitations within the publisher’s (Wiley’s) contract regarding posting online. First, the author agrees to affix a prominent notice to any copy, adaptation, or reproduction of the article, citing the original publication of the article in the ABLJ, in a format substantially similar to the following: “[Volume Number] AMERICAN BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL [Starting Page Number of Article] ([Publication Year]).” Second, the author is not permitted to post the Wiley Publishing PDF version of the article online. This means that an author can post the last edited version of his or her article, but not the formatted copy that can be downloaded from the Wiley site.

Tables and Figures
Tables may be included within the text or on a separate page, and they should show the source at the bottom. If included on a separate page, the text should indicate the approximate place for insertion of the table (e.g., Table 1 about here). The following guidelines only apply to accepted articles being readied for publication (not to initial submissions). At least one camera-ready copy of figures and other graphic material should be provided with each manuscript. Please do not use figures that will become illegible when reduced to journal page size. There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

Authors will receive a PDF offprint and 25 complimentary hardcopy offprints of their article. Additional copies can be ordered at cost before an issue goes to press.

The American Business Law Journal is indexed in the Business Periodicals Index, the Current Law Index, and the Index to Legal Periodicals. Journal articles also appear in WESTLAW® and LEXIS®.

Copyright Notice
The author(s) of each piece in this volume has granted advance permission for copies of that piece to be made and distributed, in whole, or in part, by nonprofit educational institutions for educational purposes, including distribution to students, provided that the copies are distributed at or below cost and identify the author, the journal, the volume, the number of the first page, and the year of the piece's publication.

License Agreement
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the License Agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the nonexclusive license agreemenet to sign. The terms and conditions of the nonexclusive license agreement can be previewed here: Terms and Conditions. Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK, Wellcome Trust or FWF authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license: Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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