Thank you so much for your interest in submitting an essay to the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (ISTJ) blog! For your convenience, we have provided below some guidelines that you should consider when making submissions to the blog.

How to I submit?

Please direct all submissions to the ISTJ blog email address: mainstreamtj@gmail.com. The editorial team will do its best to make a preliminary assessment of your submission within one week.

What Is the Scope of the Blog?

The blog has a following of over 1500 people worldwide. Theorists and practitioners of TJ work across a multiplicity of domains. This includes, but is not limited to,  judges, court staff, lawyers, probation/parole officers, social workers, psychiatrists, and trans-disciplinary academics, researchers. So the scope of possible submissions is broad. That said, if you are uncertain about whether a possible submission would be outside the scope of the blog, please contact the editorial team at mainstreamtj@gmail.com. We also encourage you to visit the Blog and Resources sections of the blog to get a sense of areas and topics previously covered by other authors.

What Editorial Guidelines Are Important?

Length: Conciseness is key. So please aim to submit essays that are no longer than 1,200 words. Only in exceptional cases will the editorial team choose to deviate from this rule. We can hyperlink to full articles if people wish to read more.

Think of Your Readers: When crafting submissions, keep your readers in mind! Unlike for academic articles and other types of long-form writing, online readers generally require information delivered quickly and concisely. Accordingly, aim to deliver your main points at the top of your submission, and then proceed with secondary considerations below. Doing so will help readers stay engaged with your writing.

Organization: Do not shy away from using organizational devices like headers and bullet points in your essays. These techniques enable readers to digest information quicker. They also help authors organize information in logical and coherent ways.

Sources: Use hyperlinks. Aim to use other, academic forms of referencing only when a source is unavailable online.

Originality: Aim to make your submissions novel—and do not be afraid to be creative! This blog is designed for the broader TJ community to engage on new and innovative ideas. Experimentality is also at the heart of TJ philosophy and practice. So let yourself go, always keeping in mind that ideas that are not yours must be properly sourced and fact-checked.

About you: Please include a photo, your contact details and 1-2 sentences about who you are so we can introduce you as a guest blogger.

Once again, if you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact the editorial team at mainstreamtj@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

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