ACC Docket

ACC Docket


Authoring Guidelines

For ACC Docket, ACC Docket Briefings & Docket.com

The award-winning ACC Docket is the journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and the premier publication for in-house counsel. Each issue delivers timely news and practical advice you can apply to your daily practice. The ACC Docket has a circulation of more than 35,000 readers worldwide, including ACC members, corporate counsel who practice in law firms and law students.

Authoring Opportunities & Topics

Besides writing for the ACC Docket, in-house attorneys may also contribute to the conversation by authoring for Docket.com, one of the four international ACC Docket Briefings, or ACC's blog, In-house Access.  

ACC Docket Basics:

Each issue of the ACC Docket covers a specific topic, in depth. See the editorial calendar for a list of all topics for the year. Successful ACC Docket articles are sophisticated how-to articles. They provide practical, nuts-and-bolts information that's directly relevant to the day-to-day practice of in-house counsel. For example, an article addressing how in-house counsel could respond to a recent important court decision probably would be published; an article covering only the court's reasoning probably would not be.

Docket.com Basics: 

Content created for the ACC Docket's website includes topic-specific articles that follow the Editorial Calendar for the ACC Docket. These articles are shorter than typical Docket articles, and include timely information on said topics. For example, the Jan/Feb issue of ACC Docket is focused on Ethics & Compliance. Your article should address the following questions, for example: What are the latest trends in this area? Is there anything in the news that affects in-house counsel and how they help protect their companies that can be explored?

Other content included on Docket.com includes News Items that affect in-house counsel practicing in a global landscape. This content goes beyond "this law was enacted on Monday," instead digging into how the law or regulation directly impacts in-house practice. It is not just commentary on the latest legal-related media story, but a reflection of how the story's details can affect how in-house lawyers do their jobs.

ACC Docket Briefings Basics:

ACC Docket Briefings are international, region-focused newsletters published as a supplement to each ACC Docket issue. Briefings explore legal issues affecting in-house practice in Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, and aim to inform in-house legal departments working in or with businesses in these areas. Topics range from new legislation and groundbreaking cases, to innovative ways of doing business and region-based business culture. Each Briefings supplement provides vital perspective for large and small companies and a wide range of industries.

If you are interested in writing for ACC's blog, visit the In-house Access page or contact Jane Myers, public relations coordinator, at Myers@acc.com

Author Requirements

In-house attorneys or author teams that consist of at least one in-house attorney can write for the magazine, Briefings and the website. Membership in ACC is not required. Manuscripts must be the original work of the authors(s) and not previously published or simultaneously submitted to another publication. Self-promotional articles are not accepted.

Target Audience & Writing Tips

The majority of ACC's members and therefore ACC Docket readers are attorneys in law departments of 20 or fewer attorneys. Many within this group are the only attorneys employed by their companies. Write your article with these small or single-person law departments in mind.

Tips on Writing Successful Articles

The overall tone of an ACC Docket article should be that of an experienced colleague giving advice to another colleague. Use the second person (you), which engages readers and establishes a rapport with them.

Make your opening paragraph compelling. The lead paragraph should grab the reader's attention and say, "This is an issue you could soon face and here's how you can deal with it." Use an example or describe an experience to emphasize the importance of the issue companies face.

ACC Docket Briefing articles should introduce the trending topic in that region of the world, and address its national implications. It should then describe the anticipated challenges for your company and industry related to the changes ahead. Conclude by recommending actions to take to minimize or avoid problems while maximizing your company's ability to succeed.

Docket.com articles are more "timely" and should address the issue topic for the month, or the news item currently affecting in-house practice by including the most up-to-date developments, and offering solutions or ideas that can be put into play today.

Browse back issues of the Docket and Briefings, and look at the current Docket.com page to review appropriate article topics, as well as tone, style and length.

Submission Process (FAQs)

1. What should a proposal for an article contain?

A proposal should summarize the central idea behind the article, why this issue is important to in-house counsel and briefly describe solutions or advice regarding the issue.

2. How do I submit a proposal?

Please email your ACC Docket article proposal to Tiffani Alexander, editor in chief of the ACC Docket, at alexander@acc.com. In certain situations, we will consider phone submissions but email is preferred. We reserve the right to refuse any submission for any reason. The most common reasons for rejecting an article are because it was not written or co-written by in-house counsel, it does not deal with topics relevant to in-house practitioners, it lacks sufficient hands-on information, it is self-promotional, or it projects an inappropriate style or tone.

3. Once I've submitted a proposal for an article, when will I find out if it's been accepted?

We will respond to your proposal within one to four weeks.

4. Do you provide any feedback on proposals?

Yes. We will provide feedback via email or by phone.

5. Can I rewrite and resubmit my proposal if it is rejected?

Yes. After you receive feedback on your proposal, you can resubmit your proposal. However, if your proposal is rejected twice, please do not submit it again.

6. What happens after my proposal has been accepted?

You can start writing your article. Unless the publisher or managing editor specifies a deadline, we will work with your schedule. Note that we will not schedule a publication date until we have approved your first draft.

7. What are the article length requirements and what other materials should be submitted?

Depending on where your article will be published, your topic and the publication date, you will have three weeks to three months to submit a draft.

· ACC Docket (magazine) articles usually run 3,000 to 4,000 words, including sidebar material. Two or three sidebars, of 250 to 300 words are recommended for each article. Sidebars should not be an afterthought they make your article visually interesting and draw readers into your work. Useful sidebars include checklists, sample forms and policies, case studies and real-life examples. You can also include a list of resources (relevant books, periodicals and websites) for readers who want to delve deeper into your topic. Provide a brief, one-line description for each resource. These can be non-ACC resources (we will include sidebar material from ACC's Virtual Library).

· Docket.com articles should be between 500 – 1000 words. Please also submit an active email address and Twitter account with your submission.

· ACC Docket Briefings articles should be 1,500 – to 2,000 words and can also include sidebar material (500-word max).  

8. What happens next?

After you submit a draft article, the ACC Docket editorial team will review it. Depending upon when and where the article is scheduled for publication, you will receive an edited version of your article and possibly an overall critique containing suggestions for further development. The edits will include revisions for house style, grammar, accuracy and flow. When necessary, the editorial staff may do substantial rewriting and editing. Also, we may now ask you to write additional material (e.g., a sidebar) to accompany the main article. You'll have approximately two to four weeks to revise your article based on our feedback and send us your final draft. Once you sign off on your final draft, our production schedule does not allow further review. At this point, our editors may do some minor copyediting but there will be no substantive edits. Finally, we will publish your article.

9. Can I get author reprints?

Yes. Different options for reprints are available depending on how you intend to use the article. All authors published in the magazine receive low-resolution PDF files of their articles, which can be posted on websites and shared with colleagues via email. Authors also receive five copies of the print magazine in which the article appears. If you want more copies of the magazine, they are available while supplies last; we do not print additional copies of a particular issue outside the normal print run. Those published on Docket.com may share the article link.

ACC does not offer reprints of individual articles, but bulk reprints and high resolution PDFs suitable for four-color printing are available through our design firm Bussolati.

Manuscript Specifications

Author Biographies

Authors must submit an approx. 30-word bio that includes your current title and relevant experience. You will receive a byline credit and a brief bio accompanying the published article. Further biographical information may be included at the discretion of the editorial staff.

Author Photos

Photos of authors accompany all ACC Docket articles. Send a head-and-shoulder color photo to the ACC Docket staff by the time your final draft is submitted. Digital photos must be high-resolution, at least 300 dpi, and submitted as ".tiff," ".eps" or ".jpg" files.

Copyright Assignment

Every author published in the ACC Docket must fill out a copyright assignment form. After your draft has been accepted for publication and you have been informed of a specific publication issue, the Docket editorial staff will ask you to print, fill out and sign the form. Fax it to the attention of Laurie Adamson, editorial assistant at 202.293.4701 or email to adamson@acc.com.

Graphics

Email graphics, such as charts and other visual materials, in ".tiff," ".eps" or ".jpg" format with your rough or final draft.  In some cases, we can pull files embedded in Microsoft Word (submitted as a separate file) or created in PowerPoint. However, we prefer the methods listed above. If your graphics are too large to be emailed, please contact a member of the staff and we will work out the best method of submission.

Endnotes

The ACC Docket does not follow a law journal format. Therefore, we do not encourage excessive footnoting. Avoid using more than 10 footnotes and avoid lengthy, law review-style explanations of case holdings in footnotes.

You must support your statements with sources for figures, quotations, paraphrases and other material drawn from outside resources, as well as for the spellings and definitions of terms of art. Include these sources as endnotes, following The Blue Book citation style.

  • Case Cites: For all legal citations, follow rule 10 of The Blue Book.
  • Books: Follow rule 15 of The Blue Book.
  • Articles: Follow rule 16 of The Blue Book.
  • Websites: Provide the link to the exact page to which you are referring, not to the homepage of the website containing the page.

Sample Articles

Asian Briefing

Canadian Briefings

EMEA Briefings

Latin American Briefings

Contacts

  • To submit proposals for ACC Docket articles, or Asian or Canadian Briefings, contact Tiffani Alexander, editor in chief, via email or by telephone at +1.202.349.1502.
  • To submit proposals for EMEA Briefings, or if you are interested in being profiled in ACC Docket's "Day in the Life" column, or submitting some little-known facts about in-house practice in a particular country for the "Learn Your World" column, contact Joshua Shields, associate editor, via email or by telephone at +1.202.349.1509.
  • To submit proposals for Latin American Briefings or Docket.com articles, contact Brent Thomas, assistant editor and digital content specialist, via email or by telephone at +1.202.696.1547.
Authoring Guidelines