Newsletter of the Society for Technical Communication,
San Francisco Chapter
ActiveVOICE Article Submission Policies
The ActiveVOICE welcomes articles from technical
communicators. Having a published article is a good addition to your
portfolio. This document describes the guidelines for submitting an
article to this newsletter. If you have any questions, you can email
the editor at email@example.com.
The ActiveVOICE is published six times a year in February,
April, June, August, October, and December by the Society for Technical
Communication, San Francisco Chapter, PO Box 2708, San Francisco, CA
94126, www.stc-sf.org. The editor
is Marc Smircich (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submit all articles via email to the newsletter editor (email@example.com) in
either of the following ways:
- Microsoft Word format as an attachment.
- Plain ASCII text in the message body or as an attachment.
If your article contains copyrighted materials, you are responsible
for obtaining permission for the ActiveVOICE to publish the
Please include the following with your article:
- Your name. Please spell it exactly as you want it published.
- The title of the article. If you get to choose the title, make it
descriptive and inviting. When readers are looking at the front page of
the online newsletter, the title is the only basis they have for
deciding whether to click on the link to your article.
NOTE: For recurring monthly articles, such as reviews of meetings, you
do not get to choose the tile.
- Headings. Please include headings so that it is easy for busy
readers to scan your article (just as you do when reading technical
publications). Heading are especially important when people are reading
online. If your article does not have headings, the editor may add them.
- A brief bio (no more than 50 to 75 words). This bio is a chance
for you to say a little bit about yourself that you want to share with
the world. The bio can include your email address and Web site.
The ActiveVOICE publishes the following kinds of articles:
- Reviews of previous meetings. Each edition contains reviews of
previous meetings. The typical length is 750 to 2,000 words. Take as
many words as are needed for adequate coverage -- but do keep in mind
how very few people have the patience to make it all the way through War
and Peace or Moby Dick.
- Columns by STC officials. To keep our audience informed of what
is happening with the STC, the newsletter accepts articles from STC
officers at the chapter, regional, and international levels.
- Publicity for STC events and other professional organizations.
The newsletter accepts publicity articles for conferences, seminars,
and other events sponsored by the STC, an STC chapter, an STC SIG, and
closely related non-profit organizations.
- Articles related to technical communication. The newsletter
accepts software reviews, book reviews, information about industry
trends, tips on how to use popular software packages, and other such
articles. To be accepted for publication, the primary purpose of the
article must be to inform and educate, rather than to market a
particular product or service. If you have an idea for an article,
please contact the newsletter editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society for Technical Communication, San Francisco Chapter
reserves the right to edit all submitted articles for length and
appropriateness. The chapter is the sole arbiter of whether to accept
an article for publication and when to publish it, either in whole or
Articles published in the ActiveVOICE are copyrighted
by the author. By submitting an article to the San Francisco Chapter
STC for publication in the ActiveVOICE,
the author grants the chapter one-time print rights to articles
appearing in this publication and permission to place the article on
the chapter's Web site for an indefinite period of time. Contact the author
for permission to reprint the article or publish quotes that do not fall under the
provisions of fair use.