Editorial Guidelines

User Experience magazine welcomes contributions on  a wide range of topics of interest to UX practitioners.

Above all, they must be interesting and engaging, inviting readers to think about our work in a new way.

We do not generally accept articles that have been published elsewhere in whole or in part. However, in some cases User Experience may publish excerpts from important books authored by, or of special significance to, our members.

User Experience Style

 is an online professional magazine; it is not a technical or academic journal. There are no literature surveys or footnotes. Articles are practical in nature and are written in an active, personal voice.  Articles appeal to a multidisciplinary audience, with an informal and energetic style, and an emphasis on “real people, real problems, real solutions.”

  • We assume that our readers have a moderate level of technical understanding, but articles should avoid technical jargon and should be accessible to inform readers who work outside the particular subject area.
  • Articles are written in an active voice, speaking directly from our experience to our readers.
  • Anecdotes are entirely appropriate. They provide a human context to your research and provide a vehicle that holds the reader’s interest.
  • Remember that readers must first learn the context of your subject before they can understand how your work affects practice or changes the field.
  • Above all, be engaging and make a clear, interesting point

Finally, be sure to place your article into a broader context. Emphasize the implications of your research and the new issues that might arise from your research.

Preparing your manuscript

Articles are typically between 1500 and 2500 words. We will suggest a length to you, but this is a guideline, not a hard number. We will work with authors to shorten longer manuscripts, when necessary.

We have created a template that includes places for information such as author bios and contact information. Please use this template to send us a draft of your article. It is a Microsoft Word file, but should work in a variety of word processors and editing apps.

A few other notes:

  • The working title of the article should be concise and informative. The editors reserve the option to change all titles and headings to match User Experience style and the particular issue in which the article will appear.
  • A brief introduction should engage the reader, placing the topic in context. The whole text should be intelligible to readers in various disciplines. Technical terms should be defined the first time they are used.
  • Manuscripts should be written in an informal, magazine style, rather than as formal scientific/academic articles.
  • Use headings to separate major sections of your article and help readers navigate the text.
  • We do not use footnotes. Instead, work the reference into the text of the article. For example, instead of “recently Jones (1) suggested that…” use “in her book, Usability is Fun, Sara Jones suggested that…” We may include a list of related articles for more reading
  • If the article is reporting on research done under the auspices of your company, you may refer to the company name once within the article. So as not to promote any particular company, such articles and references are limited to one a year.

 

Illustrations

We love to have good illustrations for articles that help show examples, place the article in context, and show the ideas in the article in action. Please include the artist or photographer’s name so that we can provide the appropriate credit. We do not encourage “decorative” art.

In the manuscript:

  • Insert tables within the text as close as possible to the point at which they are referenced.
  • Embed charts, diagrams, figures, and photographs with their captions, but we also need separate files, not embedded in the text file.

Images can be JPG, PNG, or GIF files, large enough to read easily on the screen.

 

Copyright and credit

By your final draft, we will need:

  • A brief biography (50 words or less) for each author
  • A photograph (“head shot”) to go with your bio

We ask that authors assign copyright to the UXPA so that we can publish your article. The UXPA will permit you to make copies whenever you request.