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Criteria for Evaluating Manuscripts

Criteria for Evaluating Manuscripts

Articles have the best chance of being accepted for publication when they:

• Provide new, cutting-edge information. HR Magazine readers are savvy, knowledgeable professionals. They already know the basics; they look to HR Magazine for more-advanced information. Good articles give readers information they did not otherwise possess by, for example, making them aware of a new problem or showing them a new way of dealing with an old problem.

• Are broadly applicable. Articles that deal with a situation or issue faced by most—or many—HR professionals stand the best chance of making it into print.

Articles that deal with a narrower aspect of human resource management or with a particular industry, such as manufacturing or high technology, are acceptable only if they apply to most readers within those areas. For example, an article that applies only to specific types of manufacturers is less valuable than one that applies to all manufacturers.

• Are well-focused. The best articles make one or two major points convincingly. Before writing, you should be able to clearly describe your topic in a sentence or two. If you can’t, you may need to rethink your topic.

For example, an unfocused description might be: “This article will deal with the legal aspects of sexual harassment.” There are many legal aspects of sexual harassment. Identify the ones to be discussed.

A better description would read: “This article will help HR professionals create a program for eliminating retaliation in sexual harassment cases.”

• Provide information from a number of sources. The best articles quote many sources—both subject matter experts and HR practitioners—or discuss how several companies have approached the same problem. Case studies of individual organizations are acceptable, but they must offer information and insights that are broadly applicable to other organizations and must quote multiple sources within the organization.

• Quote knowledgeable, credible sources. Quotes can come from experts in a field, HR professionals with special knowledge of the topic being discussed, and participants in events or case studies being written about. Quotes should be concise and should further the discussion of the main points of the article. Quotes should not be excerpted and repeated from other publications and books, with rare exceptions that should be clearly attributed.

• Offer enough information. Articles must give readers enough information to come to a conclusion, take action or be able to intelligently conduct further research on the topic. No article will ever answer all of a reader’s questions. Good texts, however, anticipate and answer readers’ most important questions and suggest resources for additional guidance.

• Add significantly to the information already published in HR Magazine and elsewhere. HR Magazine does not reprint material previously published elsewhere.

• Can be easily illustrated. Articles that are accompanied by charts, graphs or photos are more likely to be accepted and given favorable placement in the magazine.

Avoid Promotional Writing

HR Magazine readers expect articles that are unbiased, even-handed and non-promotional in nature. As a result, HR Magazine does not dedicate full-length articles to any single, specific product, service or vendor. Doing so would be a disservice to our readers, who want several objective options for solving their workday problems.

The desire to avoid self-promotional articles does not preclude editors from accepting informative manuscripts from experts and knowledgeable practitioners in the field of human resource management, such as consultants, attorneys, vendors and service providers. Such authors naturally will be inclined to write about the topics they are most familiar with. However, to be accepted in HR Magazine, articles must be objective, offer broadly applicable advice and include information about many competing products or services.


Articles may be submitted in Microsoft Word or some other popular word processing format. Charts and illustrations should be included at the end of the article or as a separate file. Please do not place charts and illustrations within the main text.