Thursday, June 5, 2008

Policy for article/photo submissions

The journal publisher reserves the right to reject any submitted item that in his opinion does not meet the standards of the journal.

Feature articles:
  • Feature article length will vary from a minimum of about 2,500 words. The allowable article length will be determined in large part by the historical importance of the subject matter and the editor's judgment of its value to a particular issue of Informer.
  • Feature articles generally will be expected to include detailed endnotes, citing reliable source(s) for all statements of fact. Writers may elect to refer to their sources within the article body instead of including notes.
  • Statements of opinion within a feature article will be clearly presented as opinion.
  • With the approval of the editor, articles may be presented in an issue as columns, representing the viewpoint and opinions of the writer. These will be formatted differently from feature articles. Columns need not include source citations, but writers of columns may include them. Columns are reserved for writers identified by the editor as having expertise in a subject area.
  • Book excerpt and previously published material may be submitted as a feature article providing the author/submitter holds the copyright for the work or obtains the written consent of the copyright holder for running the material in the journal.
  • Articles will be submitted in an electronic format which meets the mutual needs of the journal publisher and the author. Queries/articles may be emailed to informerjournal@gmail.com .
  • Prior to acceptance of an article for publication, the article will be checked by the journal editor for accuracy. It will be edited for readability and style. Informer has no specific style requirements, but the editor will ensure that style is appropriate for the subject matter.
  • Upon acceptance, the article’s writer may be offered compensation in the form of payment through the PayPal service, and/or a complimentary print or electronic copy of the issue, and/or advertising discounts. The type and amount of payment will be determined through agreement between the writer and the publisher (some factors influencing the amount of offered compensation will be the existence of photos or other artwork, any previous publication of the submitted article, the originality of the article and the depth of the research that went into it).
  • The writer's acceptance of the offered compensation will entitle the journal publisher to use of the article within a single journal issue - including printed magazine, electronic magazine, printed book and electronic book formats - to use a portion of the article to promote the journal issue through social media, web blogs and other media. Any other uses of the article may be negotiated separately between the publisher and the author.
  • The writer retains all rights to the submitted work beyond the rights conveyed to Informer for publication as described above. While the original form of the article remains the property of the writer, the writer will never make use of the Informer-edited/rewritten version of the article text in any other publication, as the revisions will remain the property of Informer.
Other articles / letters:
  • Smaller articles or letters of about 700-1000 words will be considered for publication.
  • These items should focus on a very narrow subject area.
  • Smaller articles and letters need not include endnotes. However, writers are expected either to describe their sources within the text or to provide the journal editor with a separate list of sources for verification.
  • No compensation other than a by-line will be offered for these small articles and letters.
Photographs:
  • Photographs related to feature articles will be run in such a way as to not interfere with the flow of the article text. If a photograph is run across the width of an entire page, it will occupy the entire page or the very top or very bottom of the page. If it is run at one-column width, it will be run at the top or bottom of the column or it will be placed at the center of the page to allow both columns of text to flow around it.
  • To be included in the journal, photographs must be legally in the public domain, or they must belong to the writer of the related article and be provided to the journal by the writer for publication, or they must qualify for Fair Use by depicting some element of importance to the article. Writers are encouraged to provide source information for submitted images.

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