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FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Author Guidelines

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Author Guidelines

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Author Guidelines

General Information

penThe FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin is an  official publication of the Federal Bureau of  Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Frequency of Publication: Monthly

Purpose: To provide a forum for the  exchange of information on law enforcement- related topics

Audience: Criminal justice professionals, primarily law enforcement managers

Manuscript Specifications

Length: Feature articles should contain 2,000 to 3,500 words (8 to 14 pages, double-spaced). Submissions for specialized departments, such  as Police Practice and Case Study, should  contain 1,200 to 2,000 words (5 to 8 pages, double-spaced).

Format: Authors can e-mail articles. To send by mail, authors should submit three copies of their articles typed and double-spaced on 8 ½- by 11-inch white paper with all pages numbered. An electronic version of the article should accompany the typed manuscript.

Authors should supply references when  quoting a source exactly, citing or paraphrasing another person’s work or ideas, or referring to information that generally is not well known. For proper footnote format, authors should refer to A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed., by Kate L. Turabian.

Writing Style and Grammar: The Bulletin prefers to publish articles in the third person  (Point of View and Perspective submissions  are exceptions) using active voice. Authors   should follow The New York Public Library  Writer’s Guide to Style and Usage and should study several issues of the magazine to ensure  that their writing style meets the Bulletin’s  requirements.

Authors also should view the expanded author guidelines, which contain additional specifications, detailed examples, and effective writing techniques, at http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/author-guidelines.

Photographs And Graphics

A photograph of the author(s) should  accompany the manuscript. Authors also can submit photos and illustrations that visually enhance and support the text. High-quality digital images or color glossy prints (3- by 5-inch to 5- by 7-inch) reproduce best. The Bulletin does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged photos or illustrations.


Judging Manuscripts: The Bulletin judges articles on relevance to the audience, factual accuracy, analysis of the information, structure and logical flow, style and ease of reading, and length. The Bulletin generally does not publish articles  on similar topics within a 12-month period or accept articles previously published or currently under consideration by other magazines. Because it is a government publication, the Bulletin  cannot accept articles that advertise a product  or service.

Query Letters: Authors may submit a query letter along with a 1- to 2-page outline before writing an article. Although designed to help authors, this process does not guarantee  acceptance of any article.

Author Notification: The Bulletin staff  will review queries and articles and advise the authors of acceptance or rejection. The magazine cannot guarantee a publication date for accepted articles.

Editing: The Bulletin staff edits all manuscripts for length, clarity, format, and style.


Authors can e-mail their submissions to  leb@fbiacademy.edu or mail them to Editor,  FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.