April 18, 2019
Article deadlines for this quarterly publication are Jan. 1 (spring edition), April 1 (summer edition), July 1 (fall edition), and Oct. 1 (winter edition). Any subject related to business continuity planning or disaster recovery will be considered for publication throughout the year.
< Articles should be approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words in length. Articles more than 3,000 words will be returned for an edit by the author.
< Articles must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be simultaneously submitted to any other publications.
< Articles must be VENDOR-NEUTRAL. No mention of any business continuity-related vendor – or the products and services they provide – will be published in the magazine. Sections about “how to choose a vendor” or “how to select a specific product or service” will be removed.
< Articles may be written in first, second, or third person, but all articles are considered the opinion of the author. Your opinion on the selected topic may carry a lot of weight in the industry, but most readers would like the assurance of being provided a source on particular information.
< Endnotes or bibliographies will not be printed. All references must be incorporated into the body of the article. For example:
< “According to a Stanford University survey, most computer users will …”
< “Bill Johnson, noted economics professor from Stanford University, believes most computer users will …”
< Most accepted articles are published on DRJ.com in our regular “Online Exclusive” feature. Selected articles will run in the quarterly digital and printed editions of Disaster Recovery Journal. Only the spring and fall issues will be printed and mailed to subscribers. The summer and winter editions will be published online.
< Authors should include a short one or two sentence bio about themselves at the end of the article.
< Authors are encouraged to submit photographs, charts, or other graphic illustrations to enhance the presentation of the article. All graphic files must be saved separately in a standard graphic format (.jpg, .tif, .eps, etc…) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at the intended size. Including photos in a Word document will not suffice.
< Authors should also submit a headshot photograph in a standard graphic format (.jpg, .tif, etc…) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at the intended size. Color photos are preferred over black and white.
< Please refrain from designing your article submission. All graphics and text formatting has to be stripped before being placed into the magazine. We just need the text.
< Articles should be saved in Microsoft Word and sent via email to: [email protected].
< Articles will be edited for length, clarity, style and improper usage of industry terms. Please refer to the DRJ Glossary of Business Continuity Terms and the “Dirty Dozen Tips for DRJ Editorial Content” before submitting article.
< Upon acceptance, all authors are required to sign a copyright agreement. Disaster Recovery Journal will retain all publishing rights. However, DRJ will grant permission to reproduce the article for marketing purposes or other non-competing publications.
Dirty Dozen Tips For DRJ Editorial Content
When you submit an article or session description to Disaster Recovery Journal, we want to help you convey your thoughts accurately. We hope you properly use industry terms, but we also edit all editorial content for clarity, grammar, style, and length.
Most of our editorial choices are based on standard American English grammar rules or the Associate Press Stylebook. Most of these edits are inconspicuous. Instead of creating a large style guide, we have decided to make a short list of our 12 most-common corrections.
- Jargon wordsBusiness jargon words are never capitalized. Business continuity, disaster recovery, and business impact analysis are all common words. Jargon words like these are never capitalized unless they are used in a proper noun like Disaster Recovery Journal or Business Continuity Institute.
- DepartmentsBusiness departments are never capitalized either. It’s the same rule. Seriously, at least 80 percent of the edits we make involve capitalization. When in doubt, make it lowercase. … Your next exercise may include staff members from accounting or human resources.
- AbbreviationsSpell out the first usage of organizations like Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) or business expressions like return on investment (ROI), followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis if you intend on using it more than once.
- Full namesUse the first and last name the first time it is mentioned. Only use the last name of subsequent uses. … Bob Arnold is the president of DRJ. Arnold is also a cyclist.
- Job titlesJob titles are only capitalized before someone’s name. … “Jon Seals is the editor of DRJ,” said DRJ Assistant Editor Pam Clifton. This same rule applies everywhere, regardless of the job title.
- Formal titlesDo not use courtesy titles such as Mr., Ms., or Mrs. … The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and a few other publications use formal titles but most publications do not.
- More than vs. overUse the words “more than” instead of the word “over.” The word “over” refers to spatial relationships while “more than” is preferred with numerals. … You jump over an object. You have more than 12 years of experience.
- The Oxford commaThe “Oxford comma” is a comma before the word “and” at the end of a list. We support usage of the Oxford comma. It just makes more sense. … DRJ offers magazines, conferences, webinars, and a podcast. … Companies have lost millions in court because of missing Oxford commas in legal documents. We believe business continuity planners should champion the Oxford comma on all documents.
- PercentAlways spell out the word “percent” rather than using the symbol. Always use figures for numbers when referring to percentages. … For instance, two percent and 15% are incorrect, while 2 percent and 15 percent are correct.
- NumbersIn general, spell out numbers below 10 and use figures for 10 and above. Aside from the percentage rule, other exceptions include ages (always figures), and the first word in a sentence (always spelled out). … Not all 2-year-olds suffer the “terrible twos.” Three business continuity planners in your department have more than 12 years of experience.
- TowardThis word does not have an “s” at the end. Neither does forward, backward, upward, or downward.
- One space after a periodThere is only one space after a period at the end of a sentence. This changed around 1950, but many of us had teachers who passed along the old rule to students. Many of those students became teachers. Many of those teachers passed along the old rule to students. … This mistake will surely outlive us all.
There are dozens of other rules and guidelines we use, but we’re going to leave you with these 12 basic tips. Feel free to contact Editor in Chief Jon Seals any time regarding the editorial content of Disaster Recovery Journal.