Editorial Guidelines

User Experience Magazine welcomes contributions from UXPA members and other professionals on  wide range of topics of interest to UX practitioners. Topics include the theory and practice of UX as well as general survey articles, reports of research in progress and reviews of recently published books. We also welcome brief reports on interesting products, web sites, books, conferences, and industry news.

Articles in the magazine:

  • discuss strategic or practical issues in usability and  user experience
  • discuss the economic impact of usability; present techniques or methodology appropriate to practitioners and other interested parties
  • present case studies of interest; review products and books of interest to our readership
  • discuss the history of usability and user experience engineering
  • evaluate economic, social, political and technological trends and forces.

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

User Experience is a forum for sharing ideas and experiences; it is not an academic or technical journal. 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 2200 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.

  • 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 indicate the broad significance of the article. 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…” However, if you provide them, we may include a list of references “for further reading”.
  • Company references. 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 within a four-issue time span.

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.

To accompany your article, we will need:

  • A brief biographical note (50 words or less) for each author
  • A photograph (“head shot”) of the author (in a resolution suitable for a small printed image)
  • A signed copy of the UXPA Publications Permissions and Release Form (updated Jan 2014)

Images

We welcome good illustrations for articles, but they must be of high quality and you must be able to document ownership and clearance for publication. Please include the artist’s or photographer’s full name so that we can provide the appropriate credit. 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 the originals must also be sent with the manuscript as clearly named, separate files. Picture quality should be at least 300 dpi and the pictures should be in JPG or TIFF format.
  • We do not encourage authors to supply “decorative” art.

Copyright

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

Book Reviews

User Experience publishes reviews of books with a focus or potential influence on user experience, usability, or design effectiveness. In addition to books specifically about usability, this may include books on business, human perceptions, psychology, sociology, for example, as long as you make it clear why it is relevant to the readers of User Experience.

  • We prefer books that have been published recently or are in a new edition.
  • Book reviews are typically 700-800 words.
  • They are professionally edited along with all other articles.

If you would like to review a book, send us a note with:

  • The book details: Full title, author, publisher, publication date
  • Why you think the book should be reviewed