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Author's Guidelines for Writing and Submitting an Article

Article Content

IT Today informs its readers of best practices, as well as of research into current and upcoming issues in information and communication technology (ICT). Preferred articles take a how-to approach to their topics. They should help readers solve problems and be applicable to on-the-job situations faced everyday by IT management,staff and consultants in all areas. Case studies are always welcomed.

Review Process and Acceptance Policy

IT Today publishes articles from a wide variety of authors, each requiring its own type of review process.

Unsolicited Articles. All articles that have been submitted but have not been solicited for publication undergo a review process. This could involve the journal's in-house editor, its consulting editor, and at least one member of its board of advisors. The review process usually takes one week.

In most cases, authors of unsolicited manuscripts are asked to revise their manuscripts. Revising a manuscript does not guarantee its acceptance for publication, and an author may be asked for further revisions.

Solicited Articles. Because IT Today publishes issues focusing on special themes, its editors do solicit articles from generally recognized experts on these themes. These articles are read by the in-house and consulting editor and in most cases accepted without revision for publication.

Article Format

Feature articles should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.
  • Please make sure that the text is doubled-spaced and in 12-point Times Roman.
  • Use heads and subheads in text. Place <A> by main heads, <B> or <C> by subheads.
  • Footnotes and references should appear at the end of the article, using only information that is less than three years old. Please do not include references in the article text (e.g., [LIV 99]).
  • Keep acronyms and abbreviations to a minimum and define those that do appear in the article.
  • IT Today respects the work of all the authors whose articles it publishes. However, we do edit all articles to conform to its editing and style requirements.

Art & Graphics

Art and graphics should be submitted both in high-resolution hard copy and electronic format. Each piece of art must be placed in its own electronic file; do not place or embed art and graphics in text. Please include following the paragraph mentioning the graphic in the text. Include a caption for each figure and table at the end of the document.

The simpler a graphic is, the more readable and understandable it will reproduce.

Acceptable formats are Adobe Illustrator (.ai), Microsoft Visio (.vsd), Adobe Photoshop (.psd), .gif, .jpg, .tif, or .pdf (set to the highest level of resolution).

Line art: create line art in either Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft Visio. Art that reproduces best is in black and white only; avoid using gray and shadowing, especially behind text. Do not use colors; make sure that your manuscript does not refer to colored lines or areas. Keep text to a minimum: 12 pt. Arial on an 8 x 11 page is the ideal proportion for reproduction.

Continuous tone art: Scan art that is a photograph or contains continuous tones into Adobe Photoshop at a resolution of 360 dpi or higher.

Screen shots: save original screen captures (not converted) in .gif format at a resolution of 96 dpi. Contact Claire Miller at if you need further assistance with your screen capture software program or any other art requirements.

Copyright & Permissions

Most authors assign copyright to their articles to Auerbach Publications. In general, Auerbach grants permission to reprint articles. Request for reprint permission must be submitted in writing.

If you plan to use graphics or tables from another publication, you must secure reprint permission from the appropriate publisher. Such permission is also needed for quotes of 50 words or more, or more than 400 words of material quoted from one source. Auerbach can supply you with reprint permission release forms.

Biographical Sketch

Manuscripts accepted for publication should be accompanied by a brief biographical sketch for each author. Biographical information should be stated in the following order: current position, technical interests, highest academic degree, degree-granting institution, professional affiliations, e-mail address.

Submitting an Article

Articles can be submitted as e-mail attachments or they can be mailed as hardcopy with accompanying PC-compatible diskette in Microsoft Word. If the article contains graphics, please mail high-resolution hardcopy of the graphics. Auerbach's mailing address is 270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

For additional information, contact:

Rich O'Hanley
Telephone 917-351-7146

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