A publication of the SJSU MST Program

Each issue of The Contemporary Tax Journal will include one to three articles on current tax topics from tax practitioners, academics and graduate students. If you are interested in seeing your work published in this journal, please read more about our submission policies below. 


Submissions Policies

The goal of The Contemporary Tax Journal is to provide high quality content to our readers. We seek articles that focus on high tech taxation matters, tax policy, and current tax developments.Articles should present insights on new developments and contain in-depth analysis of the topic covered.

The journal is divided into four sections. The section on articles is where tax practitioners, academics and graduate students may contribute. The other sections – summaries of SJSU tax conferences, "tax enlightenments," and tax policy analyses, are written by SJSU MST students.

All articles must be unpublished and must be your original work. Submissions should be between 8 and 16 double-spaced pages (2,500 to 6,000 words). Articles are subject to blind, peer review.

Submissions Deadlines

  • Spring Issue (April/May) – Deadline February 1
  • Fall Issue (October) – Deadline August 1

Style Guide

Please review the style guide to make sure that you article conforms to our requirements.

  1. An abstract of 100-200 words must accompany the article. It is not considered part of your page limitation. 
  2. The page or word limitation includes the space used for footnotes, tables and graphics.
  3. All written materials must be submitted in Microsoft Word. The manuscript should be double-spaced. It is the responsibiltiy of the author to proofread the article before submission.
  4. All references must be mentioned in the footnotes of the article. References must be from primary authority and respected secondary authorities. Citations can be either Harvard Blue Book or APA or MLA format. Materials without proper references will not be accepted.
  5. Please use a style that will generate interest by your audience. We strongly prefer articles that have interesting, but relevant titles.
  6. Any graphic images included in the article should be less than 150 kb in size. All images must be in JPEG format and sources must be cited. You must demonstrate that you have permission to use the image (for example, you created it or it came from a government source/report).

Submissions Process

We sincerely respect the time and effort it takes to prepare a manuscript, and aim to make the submission process as easy as possible. Please follow the submission deadlines so that we can complete the process efficiently and get accepted articles published soon after submission.

  1. Submit your article directly to the editor at annette.nellen@sjsu.edu.  Please note "article submission" in the subject line of your email.
  2. Articles that meet the guidelines will be subject to blind, peer review. The review board consists of experienced tax practitioners and SJSU faculty.
  3. You should receive a response from us within three weeks of submitting your article.

If you have any questions, please contact annette.nellen@sjsu.edu.