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IndustryWeek Contributors' Guidelines

Articles accepted for publication will appear on IndustryWeek.com and may also appear in various IndustryWeek.com newsletters.

Word Count: Generally 600 to 1,200 words, with exceptions on occasion. Please include a short author bio and, if possible, a headshot. 

All contributed content must be first-run by IndustryWeek. This means that articles or columns should not have already appeared elsewhere, even on the author’s own website.

Send the article as a text, rtf, or Word document. Do not send a pdf. Send to Senior Editor/Community Manager Laura Putre [email protected]. Due to the volume of emails we receive, it may be up to two weeks before you receive a response.

Final decisions on acceptance will be made only upon seeing a completed manuscript.

Deadlines: Don’t worry about this. We are constantly looking for good material. However, if you’d like a deadline, we are happy to provide one.

Articles/columns are accepted or rejected at the sole discretion of the senior editor.

Contributed copy is subject to editing by the senior editor, who has the final say. That said, she will work with the author to reach a mutually agreeable final version.

Art or Graphics: Charts and graphics can be challenging. Their inclusion depends on their quality, resolution, and other factors.

Subject Matter: IndustryWeek is a business publication that focuses specifically on manufacturing. Our readers are generally executives, owners and higher-level managers at manufacturing companies ranging from 100 employees to 100,000. They are looking for tips and tactics to do their jobs, manage their workers, improve their leadership skills and run their operations better. Your article/column should provide some nugget of information that they can take away and implement, or that they can modify and use, or provides great food for thought.

Don’t try to tackle too large a subject, given the length of article. Don’t be too generic in your comments. Show how you understand the specific challenges of manufacturing—whether your topic is around talent, leadership, policy, continuous improvement, technology, etc. Take a look at the website for examples of other contributed pieces.

Try to write conversationally. This is not a white paper.

Articles will not be accepted if they appear to be pushing a particular product or service, or are otherwise too commercial. For example, a column written by a consultant called “Ten Reasons Why You Need a Consultant,” would not be accepted. Neither would an article by a CNC manufacturer saying, “Here is why my CNC machine would make your life better.” Demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter. This is good for both you and IndustryWeek. Our manufacturing readers respond more positively if they see that you understand their business and their pain points.

The author does not need to be a professional writer. The editor is happy to work with anyone who would like to contribute their expertise.