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Submitting Bylined Articles for Review
The editors of SHRM Online's Benefits topics area and Compensation topics area will review submitted bylined articles that do not promote vendor products or services. "How to" articles that outline specific steps for HR professionals to take are often best for our purposes. "Real life" success stories/examples/case studies are welcome.
The articles at SHRM Online are typically around 800 to 1,500 words but can run longer (or shorter).
In general, articles posted on SHRM Online follow AP style. Here are some general tips we provide for authors:
Again, articles should not be promotional of a product or service, and should not be written in the second person (that is, they should not address readers as “you”).
The Review Process
Articles are reviewed by the SHRM Online editorial team, which may accept, reject or request revisions to a submitted article. The process is open ended. When an article is reviewed and accepted, we post. Most authors hear back from us within a week or two.
Your Rights, and Ours
SHRM Online does not pay for noncommissioned content. When appropriate, we typically request the return of a signed copyright transfer agreement. If copyright transfer is not possible, we instead ask for a sign-off on nonexclusive electronic rights (allowing us to post online without any financial obligation and to provide summaries and links to the posted article in SHRM's electronic newsletters), rights to republish in "technologies not known or hereafter to be made known" with attribution to the author, and to distribute the article to electronic databases for document delivery.
If you would like us to review a bylined article on a benefits or compensation-related HR topic, please e-mail SHRM Online editor/manager Stephen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a draft, or contact him with any questions.
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