Writing Guidelines and Publication Process
for IACP Collaborative Review
The Collaborative Review is the official journal of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
It is published three times per year in English. With a circulation of more than 4,300, the journal reaches
Collaborative practitioners throughout the world. It also reaches law libraries, law schools, trainees, and other
professionals with an interest in Collaborative Practice. Every IACP member receives a copy of the Collaborative
Review as a membership benefit.
The Collaborative Review provides IACP members with information that directly aids and improves their Collaborative
practice and the delivery of Collaborative services to clients. The Review publishes articles on practice issues, theoretical
matters, philosophical and exploratory issues and the procedural and practice matters related to Collaborative Practice.
Articles that relate to the concerns, ideas and formulation of Collaborative Practice
and enhance the profession are appreciated.
The Board of Directors of IACP has delegated editorial supervision of the
Collaborative Review to its Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee reserves the right to require rewriting or editing as a condition of
publication. The Executive Committee reserves the right to edit all material.
No compensation is paid for submissions.
Articles should be the original work of the author(s).
Statements or expressions of opinion appearing in the Review are those of the authors,
and not necessarily those of the IACP, the Collaborative Review or the Executive Committee.
The editorial goal of the Collaborative Review is to provide IACP members with a forum for the discussion
of all viewpoints; however, the Executive Committee reserves the right to reject any manuscript at its discretion.
Writing style – Manuscripts should be written in a clear, straightforward, expository style. Avoid professional jargon.
Articles should be written in a narrative, not outline, form.
Appropriate attribution/copyright clearance – If material is quoted from another publication, quote exactly. Material
taken from another publication must be credited to the original author, whether quoted or abstracted. Contributors
are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for such material. Authors also warrant that the article is his or her
original work and does not infringe on the rights of any person or organization. In addition, authors must inform the
Executive Committee if the proposed article has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere.
The Collaborative Review does not review or publish articles submitted to other publications but will, on occasion,
consider reprinting an article of exceptional content.
Length – Feature articles should not exceed 2,000 words (about 11 pages, double-spaced), excluding endnotes
and author's biography. Use a standard, serif font (such as Times New Roman) in 12-point type. Take only enough
space to adequately cover the subject. Number all pages. Manuscripts are accepted in electronic format only.
Endnotes – Because the Collaborative Review is a professional journal, not a scientific, law review or court document,
lengthy citations are not required. Thus, endnotes should be used sparingly and limited to citations only. If it needs to be
said, it should be included in the article's text. Place endnotes at the end of the article not at the foot of each page. Use
Arabic, not Roman, numerals as cite signals. Check your citations carefully, as you are responsible for their accuracy.
Neither the IACP staff nor the Executive Committee members will verify citations. You are responsible for substantive
and technical accuracy.
Titles – The author should suggest a concise title for the submitted manuscript. It is suggested that titles be six words
or less. The title may be reworded by the Executive Committee for design or clarity considerations.
Author's biography/photo – Include a brief biography (in narrative form) at the end of the manuscript. Professionally
taken black-and-white photos are optional and should be submitted electronically after the manuscript has been
accepted for publication. (Photo tip: A solid background, such as an empty wall, reproduces better than a busy
background, such as a bookcase.) We prefer photos be a resolution of 300 dpi, 3" x 5" in size. Do not provide
photos taken directly from the Web because they do not reproduce adequately in a print publication.
Graphics – Tables, charts, graphs, and illustrations must be pertinent to the understanding of the article. When
Letter of Inquiry
citing graphics in the text, refer to them as figures and number them consecutively. The chart, graph, or table should
include an exhibit designation and title (for example: Figure 1: Sample Fee Agreement).
A contributor wishing to explore the Executive Committee’s possible interest in a specific topic should submit
a letter of inquiry for advance input. This may prevent someone from writing an article that the Committee believes
is too esoteric or is not of broad interest to readers. However, the Executive Committee makes no commitment to
publishing an article until it has the opportunity to review the work. A letter of inquiry (one typewritten page) should
briefly describe the topic, discuss why it is of broad interest to Collaborative professionals, and highlight the author's
experience with the issue.
Acceptance of an article for publication does not commit the Collaborative Review or the IACP to a publication
schedule. Publication scheduling is dependant upon the commitments of the Collaborative Review in regards
to issues of content and publication schedules.
Writers may review new books, electronic media or other legal resources. Reviews can be on practical, scholarly,
theoretical or entertaining subjects. The goal is to include a variety of subjects.
Reviews must include title, author, date of publication, how to obtain the book, number of pages and price.
Reviews should discuss accuracy and completeness of the content of the book; readability and organization;
usefulness to practitioners; and personal thoughts/opinions.
Reviews should not exceed 500 words.
Article Selection Process
Articles for consideration should be submitted electronically to the Executive Committee, in care of Jessica Gutierrez at Jessica@collaborativepractice.com. Receipt will be acknowledged via e-mail. All articles submitted will be reviewed
by the Executive Committee and Executive Director.
Authors will be notified of the acceptance of the article for future publication pending editorial requirements for re-writing
or re-formulation of the article.
With completion of the requirements of the Executive Committee, an article will be accepted for publication at a future
Criteria used in evaluating articles
date,with the publication being in as timely a manner as possible, in relationship to the publication commitments of the
The Executive Committee reviews articles for timeliness, usefulness to readers, scholarly analysis, accuracy, and
writing style. Reviewers will consider the following criteria when reviewing manuscripts:
- Will the information help Collaborative professionals in their practices?
- Is the topic timely?
- Will it be of broad interest to IACP members?
- Is the subject matter new, not already covered in the Collaborative Review within the last 12 months?
- Does the author present ideas in a balanced manner, rather than presenting one side of the issue?
If not, is an opposing viewpoint appropriate?
- Is the article easy to understand? Does it avoid professional jargon?
- Does the author assume a level of understanding that may not be shared by the majority of readers?
- Is the article self-promoting, including commercial services, products, or organizations?
The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals holds the collective copyright on articles published in the
Collaborative Review. Authors are asked to sign a nonexclusive license allowing the IACP to publish the article in the
Collaborative Review and to distribute the work by other electronic means. Permission is required before an article can
be copied or reproduced in another publication. The IACP generally grants reprint permission to nonprofit organizations
and those requesting reprint permission for noncommercial, educational use. Reprints will credit the IACP in the general
form "Reprinted with permission of the (month/date) Collaborative Review, official publication of the International Academy
of Collaborative Professionals, and the author."