If you have strong writing skills and are an expert in UX strategy or leadership, any aspect of UX design—including interaction design, information architecture, information design, visual design, or service design—any type of user research—from generative field research to usability testing—product management, front-end development, or user assistance, we welcome you to contribute to UXmatters. We want to work with authors who are doing innovative work in their field, think deeply about user experience matters, have new ideas to share, and want to engender discussion within the UX community. There are many kinds of articles that are of interest to our community of readers. For example, you could:
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UXmatters publishes columns, features, and reviews. Here are some examples of topics you could write about.
Possible topics for new columns on UXmatters include any that would be of interest to UX professionals, product managers, or front-end developers, including the following:
Features on UXmatters include a broad spectrum of topics relating to User Experience, Product Management, and Front-End Development—for example:
UXmatters publishes reviews of products and services for UX professionals, including:
UXmatters accepts proposals for columns and features.
If you’re interested in contributing a column to UXmatters on a regular basis, focusing on a specific area of expertise in User Experience, Product Management, or Front-End Development, please submit a column proposal that:
Please provide the following in the body of a plain-text email message:
Do not include any attachments. Please send your column proposal to .
Our editors will review your column proposal and decide whether to publish your column on UXmatters, then inform you of their decision. If our editors accept your proposal, they will work with you to:
If you want to contribute an article to UXmatters, please submit a proposal, briefly outlining your idea for a feature, interview, or review. It’s usually best to submit a proposal initially rather than a complete draft because our editors will work with you to develop your article concept. However, we are willing to consider complete drafts for publication. Your proposal should briefly:
Please provide the following in the body of a plain-text email message:
Send your article proposal to .
Our editors will review your article proposal and decide whether to publish your article on UXmatters, then inform you of their decision. If our editors accept your proposal, they will work with you to:
Note—UXmatters does not accept submissions of content that has previously been published elsewhere.
Articles and columns on UXmatters typically range from 1200 to 2400 words in length. However, we do accept longer articles. The minimum length is 1000 words. Our articles use clear, accessible language and are in American English. They should have neither an academic nor an overly conversational tone. If you have any specific questions about style, please let us know, and we’ll add the information to our guidelines.
Submit your draft as a Microsoft Word document. Be sure to include the following in your draft: a title, your byline, and section headings. If your article includes any figures or tables, include a figure or table reference in the preceding paragraph and a figure or table caption immediately preceding each figure or table, respectively. Please check your spelling before submitting your draft. Save your draft using the following file-naming convention:
Alternatively, for a column draft, your file name can follow this format:
UXmatters accepts only complete drafts of articles. Please send us a zipped folder containing your Word document, image files for your headshot and any figures, and any HTML files for tables. When submitting your draft to UXmatters, please send it to .
The first time you write an article for UXmatters—or if you want to update your profile—please include your author profile at the end of your draft. Be sure to include a 170x170-pixel headshot of yourself for inclusion in your profile. For examples of other authors’ profiles, see our Authors section.
Your author profile should follow this format:
[Title] at [Company Name]
[City], [State/Province], [Country]
[Your profile content, which should summarize your qualifications and experience in a single paragraph.]
Read [Your first name]’s blog, [Title of your blog, if you have one].
Connect with [Your first name] on LinkedIn.
Follow [Your first name] on Twitter.
Specialties: [Specialty 1] | [Specialty 2] | [Specialty 3]
Links to Web pages—If you own the company for which you work, provide its Web address, and we’ll link your company name to your Web site. If you have a blog, provide its Web address, and we’ll link your blog’s title to your blog. Please provide the Web addresses for your LinkedIn and Twitter pages.
Specialties—Indicate your specialties. Providing just one to three specialties is best, but you can list up to five specialties from the following list:
If the listed specialties don’t include your primary specialty, you can request that we add a new specialty to the list, and we’ll consider adding it.
Please provide production-quality images for all of the figures in your article in the zipped folder containing all of your files. Your images should follow these requirements:
If you want to embed a video from YouTube, Vimeo, or some other site in an article, please insert the embed code at the appropriate point within your Word document. Provide a figure number and caption preceding each video’s embed code. Include the Web address for the video, following the caption.
Videos should have a uniform width of 474 pixels. For a video to be exactly 474 pixels in width, you must modify all instances of its width and height in the embed code to the proper dimensions.
Tip—To determine the proper height for a video when changing its width to 474 pixels, in Photoshop, create a new image with the same width and height as the video’s original dimensions, then resize the image by clicking Image > Image Size, selecting Constrain Proportions, and changing the width to 474 pixels. Photoshop will change the height proportionally. Use this height when modifying the video’s height in the embed code.
Please provide clean HTML code, with no formatting, for any tables in an article. Use Dreamweaver or another HTML or text editor to produce the table code. (Word is not capable of producing clean HTML code, so we cannot use HTML tables generated by Word.)
Use a file-name format for such HTML files that ensures we can easily associate those files with your article, for example: [AbbreviatedTitle]_table[#].htm
Here is an example of clean HTML code:
<table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
Our editors work collaboratively with you to ensure your article is clear, coherent, concise, and cogent. Our goal is to make your article as good as it can possibly be and ensure the mutual satisfaction of author and editor.
Once our editors accept your proposal for a column or article, they’ll work with you to set a deadline for submitting your draft and schedule your article for publication on UXmatters. Before you begin writing, if necessary, you can work with a developmental editor to refine your proposal. Once you’ve submitted a complete draft of your article, it will go through one or two cycles of developmental / copyediting. After each round of editing before production begins, you’ll have the opportunity to make any revisions that are necessary. Please try to avoid adding large amounts of new content at this stage. During editing, your editor may refer you to specific guidelines in our UXmatters Guidelines for Style and Usage. The reason for many of the edits your editor makes is conformance to these guidelines.
Important—Use Microsoft Word and be sure to keep Track Changes turned on throughout all editing cycles. Your editor will accept all changes once the draft is final. However, if you find all of the tracked changes visually confusing, it’s okay to accept all changes before you start making your revisions. But we need to be able to track the history of changes on which there is not yet agreement, so please do not reject any changes; revise them instead.
Your editor will return the edited draft of your article to you for your review, using the following file-naming convention:
If there are subsequent changes to drafts, we need to track both author and editor version numbers in file names, as follows:
For each of your subsequent drafts, add or increment the version number following your name. Editors add or increment the version number following their name for each round of edits.
For each feature article, column, interview, or review an author contributes to UXmatters, the author and UXmatters hold a joint copyright, with all rights reserved. Once UXmatters accepts an article submission for publication, that joint copyright is in force and the author may neither retract the article nor submit the article for publication elsewhere without UXmatters express permission. Once the article appears on the UXmatters Web site, the author agrees not to publish the content elsewhere for one month following its date of publication on UXmatters.
Subsequently, without approval, the author may republish the content of an article only on his or her own personal or professional Web site. Republication elsewhere requires the approval of the UXmatters Editor in Chief. When republishing content from UXmatters in English, the author or publisher must provide a link to the UXmatters homepage in the following format:
Originally published on UXmatters, [Month DD, YYYY]
Republication in languages other than English requires that the publisher also provide a link to the original article on the UXmatters Web site. The publisher should translate an attribution in the following format into the language in which the article translation appears:
In this case, the article title should be a link to the original article on the UXmatters site and UXmatters should be a link to the UXmatters homepage—that is, http://www.uxmatters.com.