Our submission guidelines help you publish quickly and easily here. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible while maintaining professionalism.

Key Articles

KeyContent invites authors to submit finished pieces or works in progress. These articles should be 1,000 to 10,000 words in length and include a short abstract, bibliography, and citations as well as links to relevant materials. All submissions will be reviewed by our editorial board with additional revisions suggested only when necessary. Once an article is published to the Key Articles section, readers will be able to post comments at any time. Authors can revise and resubmit a published article at their discretion or after considering posted comments. The individual author holds the copyright to articles published in the Key Articles section. See our copyright statement for additional information.


Style and Format Guidelines

Remember, our major audiences are practitioners of content engineering and technical communication. Write in a direct, clear, and active voice. Practitioners should be able to apply information from these sources to real world industry documentation projects. Currently, we can only publish works written in English. Our authority on spelling and usage is The American Heritage Dictionary, 4th edition. Consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition for stylistic issues.

List external references at the end of the paper. Number references sequentially in the body of the text. If you are referencing URLs, please provide the complete URL, so the reader can link to the specific reference while reading the text.

Format references as follows:
[1] Horton, William. Illustrating Computer Documentation: The Art of Presenting Information Graphically on Paper and Online. New York: John Wiley, 1991.


Submitting an Article

  1. Select Key Articles and then select Submit your article.
  2. Enter the title of your article or review in the Title field.
  3. In the Heading field include a short (25 word) synopsis of your key article or review.
  4. Select a Topic from the drop down menu.
  5. Select article Type from the drop down menu.
  6. Enter your article or review text in the Body field. Use Quicklinks for special formatting.
  7. Select Save and Submit.

Your article will appear in the Pending Submissions area until it is approved by the editorial board. Once approved, your article or review will appear in the Key Articles section.

Key Collaborations

Key Collaborations are works in progress by multiple authors. You can join a collaboration in progress or you can start a new topic and invite participants. The owner of the collaboration can limit the number of collaborators and is responsible for compiling and submitting the article once it is complete. The Creative Commons Copyright applies to all collaborations until a finished article is submitted to Key Articles for publication. Once an article is published, the authors of the article will hold the copyright to the article.

To start a new collaboration, complete the New Collaboration form. The editor will create your project and help you get started.

To join collaboration in progress, use the join email link that is included at the top of every Key Collaboration page.

Key Reviews

We welcome reviews of E-resources (electronic journals, web sites, other tech comm wikis), print resources (book reviews, articles), software applications, and new technologies of interest to practitioners. To submit a review, follow the procedure for submitting an article.


Reviews of E-resources

Articles, Web sites, Portals, e-zines should be approximately 500-1000 words. Your review should include an evaluation of the e-resource that is a topic of interest to our readers. Please follow these general guidelines when submitting reviews of e-resources:
  1. Name of e-resource (Web site, article)
  2. Title
  3. E-Resource Review heading
  4. By Your Name heading
  5. Your professional affiliation and email address
  6. Name of e-resource. Include URL and date of online access
  7. Copyright information


Reviews of Print Resources

Article reviews should be a minimum of 800 words; however, there is no limit on the number of words your article should contain. Your review should include an evaluation and commentary about an author(s) position on a topic of interest to our readers so that they may draw their own informed conclusion. Please follow these general guidelines when submitting article reviews:
  1. Name of article(s)
  2. Article title
  3. Article Review heading
  4. By Your Name heading
  5. Your professional affiliation and email address
  6. Article place of publication, publisher, date, and page numbers
  7. Copyright information

Book reviews should be a minimum of 800 words; however, there is no limit on the number of words your review should contain. Your review should include an evaluation and commentary about an author(s) position on a topic of interest to our readers so that they may draw their own informed conclusion. Please follow these general guidelines when submitting article reviews:
  1. Name of book author(s)
  2. Book title (and subtitle)
  3. Book Review heading
  4. By Your Name heading
  5. Your professional affiliation and email address
  6. Book publisher heading
  7. Book place of publication, publisher, date, number of pages
  8. Copyright information

Reviews of Products or Services

KeyContent.org solicits evaluations of software applications, tools, components, as well as training and consulting sevices as they apply to content engineering and technical communication. These may include:
  • XML editors
  • Content management systems
  • Online tutorials
  • Open source tools
  • Other products or services of interest to our readers

These should be a minimum of 800 words; however, there is no upper limit. In the citation at the beginning of the review, please include the name of the software product or service, the complany or organization responsible, the release version or model number, and roughly the price.

Editor Contact Information

If you have any questions about submissions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Sherry Steward, Managing Editor
KeyContent.org
sherry.steward@keycontent.org

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