While the majority of our clients use APA style or Chicago/Turabian (don't worry, we’ll get to that style on the blog, we promise!), we have a considerable client base that uses Bluebook style for formatting. If you’ve never heard of Bluebook, you’re not alone. Most people outside of the legal world probably have little cause to use this formatting style, but for those who do, it can be incredibly challenging. Bluebook, officially known as The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, is the most widely used legal citation style, and used by most law schools for academic work. The guidelines within Bluebook are collected by the Harvard Law Review Association, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law review, and the Yale Law Journal. While not a guide to formatting the actual paper per se, Bluebook is a guide to formatting the citations within a document, as well as various elements within the paper, like law review typefaces, numerals and abbreviations, italicization, and titles of judges and officers.

Right now, the most current edition of the style guide is the 20th edition. In addition to most U.S. law schools and many schools overseas using it, most federal courts use it for reports and documents, as well. There are often state court variations or addendum guides to formatting, and some law schools might also have their own idiosyncrasies with formatting – in which case, the school/program/court guidelines always take precedence. The Bluebook style guide can be intimidating – clocking in at more than 500 pages, it’s a hefty tome, and can get pretty complicated. In fact, there are guides to the Bluebook to be used as supplements, there are simplified versions of it like the University of Chicago’s “Maroonbook,” and there are even various streamlined versions of it that you can find online.

If you're having difficulty organizing your paper and citations per Bluebook guidelines, contact us to see how we can help! This formatting style is especially tricky and detailed, and we have Bluebook experts on our editing team. Our experts are JDs who have been where you are, and can help you navigate the demands of formatting your paper in this style.

 

 

 

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Dr. Roda and his team at D.E. are the editors for my academic writing. My story with Dr. Roda is that I am a clinical assistant professor at a medical school. To move my career forward I am writing to increase the quantity and quality of my published scholarship. Because my appointment is clinical, all these efforts are on my own time and I have no secretarial help. In these circumstances DE has been supportive in the most essential way. They are available to help with all phases of my writing projects, starting with choosing the best journal, editing drafts, in house peer-review, formatting the citations to those exact specifications, from the latest edition of the APA Publication Manual or the Turabian manual. Finally, they are helpful as I must revise and answer the reviewers in subsequent revisions. For a physician without any administrative resources, DE has helped fill-in all those gaps. Presently, we are working on my second big writing project with DE editors. My first paper with DE as my editors was accepted by the first journal by all the reviewers on the first submission without any recommended editorial changes. As author with more than five years of work with DE editors, I anticipate continued success with these competant and helpful editors.

 

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