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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submissions

The Pittsburgh Tax Review invites submissions of unsolicited manuscripts from faculty, judges, and practitioners. Work written by students from outside the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is not accepted for submission, including work written while a student but submitted to the journal after graduation and admission to practice law. The Pittsburgh Tax Review requests that manuscripts be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words describing the contents of the article.

The submissions will be reviewed and decided upon by the Faculty Editors. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015).

Submissions should be sent to: Editor-in-Chief, Pittsburgh Tax Review, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15260. Electronic submissions are accepted and can be sent to Electronic submissions are also accepted through ExpressO™ online submission delivery service. Manuscripts cannot be returned.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

The following is an agreement between [AUTHOR NAME], hereinafter referred to as "the Author," and [Journal Name], of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, hereinafter referred to as "the Journal," and governs "[ARTICLE TITLE]."  "ARTICLE TITLE" and all digital objects that embody "ARTICLE TITLE" are referred to hereinafter as "the Work."


1.                   Author's Grant of Rights in Work to Journal.

a.       The Author hereby grants to the Journal the right of first publication of the Work.

b.      The Author hereby grants to the Journal and its agents the royalty-free, nonexclusive perpetual right and license to publish, archive, and make accessible the Work in whole or in part in all forms of media now or hereafter known under a Creative Commons 3.0 License (Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works), or its equivalent, which, for the avoidance of doubt, allows others to copy, distribute, and transmit the Work under the following conditions:

i.  Attribution-other users must attribute the Work in the manner specified by the Author  as indicated on the Journal's Website;

ii. Noncommercial-other users (including the Journal) may not use this Work for commercial purposes;

iii. No Derivative Works-other users (including the Journal) may not alter, transform, or build upon this Work;

with the understanding that any of the above conditions can be waived by or with the permission of the Author and that where the Work or any of its elements is in the public domain or subject to re-use as a matter of fair use or fair dealing or otherwise under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by this grant of rights. 

c.       The Author authorizes the Journal to edit the Work prior to publication, but the Work shall not be published by the Journal unless it is acceptable in its final form to both the Author and the Journal.

2.                   Author's Retention of Rights in the Work.

a. The Author retains the copyright in the Work. 

b. The Author is permitted to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the Journal's published version of the Work (e.g., post the Work to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), so long the subsequent publication contains an acknowledgement and credit of the first  publication in this Journal.

c. The Author is permitted and encouraged to post online a manuscript of the Work in institutional repositories or on a Website prior to publication of the Work, including but not limited to repositories maintained and/or hosted by SSRN and Bepress.  The Author agrees on a best efforts basis to include with any such posting, upon publication of the Work, (i) a reference to the DOI (Digital Object Identifier, explained at assigned to the Work; (ii) a link to the online abstract for the final published Work in the Journal; and (iii) the citation to the published version of the Work.



3.            Author's Representations and Warranties

a. The Author represents and warrants that to the best of the Author's knowledge:

 i. the Work is the Author's original work, and the Author has the power to convey the rights granted in this Agreement;

  ii. the Author has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party;

  iii.  the Work has not previously been published, in whole or in part, except as follows:_________________________________________________________;

  iv. the Work contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the Work or property of other authors or third parties; and

 v. the Work contains no matter that is defamatory, violates an person's right of privacy, right of publicity, civil right, interest in confidential or proprietary information, or that is otherwise unlawful.

b. Upon the Journal's request, the Author agrees to furnish promptly to Journal, at the Author's own expense, written evidence of the permissions, licenses, and consents for use of third-party material included within the Work, except as determined by the Journal to be covered by the principles of fair use.

c. The Author agrees to indemnify and hold the Journal harmless from the Author's breach of any of the representations and warranties contained in this Paragraph 3, as well as any claim or proceeding relating to or deriving from the Journal's use and publication of any content contained in the Work, including third-party content

4.            Final Agreement

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Author and the Journal with respect to the publication and copyright of the Work.   Any modifications of or additions to the terms of this Agreement shall be mutually agreed to in writing by both Author and Journal. 



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