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T&D World Editorial Guidelines and Submission Policy

Online Editorial Guidelines

Target audience

Our target audience includes executives, engineers, superintendents, supervisors and purchasing agents of electric transmission and distribution companies. These companies include private, federal, municipal and rural electric utilities, as well as regulators, consultants and contractors.

Contents

Articles of particular interest: (1) describe problems encountered and how they were solved, (2) present an unusual installation or engineering application, and (3) present labor-saving methods or designs and costs. The articles that have the most impact are from the perspective of a utility rather than that of consultants, manufacturers or suppliers.

Case study article for digital publication: T&D World’s favorite type of content. Please prepare a 500-1500 word article on how a utility has successfully used a specific product, method or technology to benefit its business, customers and operations. Don’t be afraid to include challenges, obstacles, and what worked and didn’t work. Include relevant pictures and diagrams. Co-authors may include contractors and consulting firms or consulting divisions of large corporations.

Example: http://www.tdworld.com/transmission/tva-builds-resilience

In-depth case study article FOR PRINT and/or digital publication: T&D World’s favorite type of content. Please prepare a 1,500-2,000 word article on how a utility successfully approached an important initiative. This will include major construction or reconstruction initiatives and will include products, methods and technologies that benefit its business, customers and operations. Don’t be afraid to include challenges, obstacles, and what worked and didn’t work. Include relevant pictures and diagrams. This article has the potential to be used in a print issue, particularly if the byline is from someone in the public service. Co-authors may include contractors and consulting firms or consulting divisions of large corporations. If the item qualifies for printing, there are special graphics and stricter guidelines. Example: http://www.tdworld.com/transmission/tva-builds-resilience

Commentary/thought leadership: Prepare an 800-word article on a pressing industry issue. What problems do we have? What are your ideas for solving them? Or write about a trend you’ve seen and how it will change or improve the industry. Example: http://www.tdworld.com/smart-grid/drones-and-robots-data-management-opportunity

News analysis: Take a recent event or story and write an informed opinion about it. Provide a link to the original story. http://www.tdworld.com/transmission/utility-line-workers-one-top-10-most-dangerous-professions

Gallery/Slideshow: Collect 8-12 pictures that tell a story, include a short introduction (about 200 words) and a caption for each. Horizontal images at least 1000 pixels wide are optimal. Examples are tutorials (step by step photos), projects, restoration after a storm. Example: http://www.tdworld.com/overhead-transmission/flight-linemen-helicopter-bare-hand-insulator-replacement

News or products: These are the traditional news or product stories. They are around 500-750 words and include a photo and interesting industry news or new product facts and specifications.

general considerations

  • Include at least one image with each submission. Digital images should be at least 770 pixels wide for best use.
  • Avoid commercial language and claims that cannot be substantiated such as “best in class”, “better than”, “unprecedented”, etc.
  • Avoid quotes that don’t add information to the story, such as “I’m glad that”
  • The editorial staff of T&D World reserves the right to edit the content for reasons of grammar and readability. We will choose content based on its relevance to T&D World audiences.
  • Each contribution will be included in at least one T&D World newsletter and disseminated via social networks.
  • The Contributor Agreement/License will be emailed upon acceptance.
  • We will review submissions and try to publish within two weeks of receipt, once the author agreement is signed.

For questions regarding online content submission, contact Nikki Chandler (913) 568-9316 or [email protected]

Note: Paid sponsored content is also an option. Ask about our Lead Touch program which includes metrics reports, leads and additional content promotion.

PRINTED ARTICLE GUIDELINES

Target audience

Our target audience includes executives, engineers, superintendents, supervisors and purchasing agents of electric transmission and distribution companies. These companies include private, federal, municipal and rural electric utilities, as well as regulators, consultants and contractors.

Contents

Articles of particular interest: (1) describe problems encountered and how they were solved, (2) present an unusual installation or engineering application, and (3) present labor-saving methods or designs and costs. The articles that have the most impact are from the perspective of a utility rather than that of consultants, manufacturers or suppliers. Article topics can be found in the T&D World editorial calendar.

Byline

Technical specifications are usually written by personnel of utility companies or engineering companies. Manufacturers, vendors or suppliers may not appear in the signature unless otherwise agreed by the TDW editorial team.

general considerations

Articles should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words and have four to six graphic elements. See Guidelines for Photographs and Illustrations on page two for more information on graphics.

Articles should be written in the third person, ndo not use first person pronouns.

The first paragraph should pique the reader’s curiosity without revealing all the details of the article. Use catchy paragraphs that grab the reader’s attention. Avoid starting with history, technical details or statistics. The final paragraphs should summarize the results of the project – benefits achieved, lessons learned and/or next steps (if applicable).

Use standard English units of measurement and indicate the International System of Units (SI) equivalent in parentheses for items originating in the United States. For items from outside the United States, please state the SI unit first followed in parentheses by the English units. Use IEEE standard letter symbols for measurement units (ie, kV, MW).

An Endeavor Business Media Author Agreement must be signed by each named author prior to publication.

Include a short 50-75 word professional biographical summary for each author along with their email address. Include a description of current company position, education, professional affiliations and professional accomplishments.

The time between acceptance of the article and its publication varies. We try to get items into an appropriate number as soon as possible.

For questions regarding the articles, please contact Jeff Postelwait, Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected] or 541.844.9063

Photographic guidelines

Avoid strict material shots. Try to include someone in a work situation. Photos may show technicians, linemen, engineers and supervisors performing or observing work in progress. Ensure that all personnel in the photos wear the required protective equipment.

Provide descriptive captions for each photograph. If the people in the photo are identifiable, include each person’s name, title and employer. Avoid using the author(s) in the photos if possible.

We need enough background in each image to be able to use it vertically or horizontally. After composing the image, step back a few feet to include more background. If possible, take both vertical and horizontal images.

Avoid company names and logos and on products or photo backgrounds. And please avoid using date stamps on photos.

Digital images must be taken with a (minimum) 16 megapixel camera. The jpeg file size for a single image should be at least 700KB. We prefer images at 2MB or larger. Screenshots should be captured full screen.

GIF images are usually low resolution and cannot be converted for printing.

Artwork guidelines (graphs, diagrams and maps)

We prefer digital or vector versions of graphs, tables and maps etc. Keep artwork crisp and clean without too much detail. Light to medium lineweights work best. Please avoid hair lines and heavy lines. Please avoid converting graphs, tables and maps to flat jpeg format.

Please provide the native file in its original format, so that it can be adapted to our editorial styles. We accept many file formats, including the following: vsd (Visio); dwg (Visio or CAD); svg (Visio or CAD); ai, wmf or eps (Illustrator); and Excel for graphs, charts and maps.

Provide a legend for any abbreviations you use other than IEEE standard letter symbols for units of measure.

Do not incorporate illustrations or photographs into the handwritten document. Please provide images as separate files with a map of image filenames for captions.

For questions about illustrations and photography, contact Susan Lakin, Art Director, at [email protected] or 913.967.1810