We’re always on the lookout for seasoned information management professionals with a unique perspective and a strong voice. Here’s everything you need to know to contribute. Please read this page in its entirety before submitting a proposal.
How to submit an article proposal
Proposals for video content, slides and graphics, and other forms of visual content are also highly encouraged.
We welcome proposals for the following types of content:
- Instructional—for example, performance tuning, data architecture techniques, and how-to stories on technical topics
- Educational—for example: How does it work? Why does it work?
- Descriptive—for example, technical papers, case studies, case histories, business and technical scenarios
- Thought leadership
- General data and information management hot topics
- Bleeding edge, futuristic, or thought-provoking
Visit the Editorial Focus page to see a comprehensive list of topic areas for 2014.
Please send us an article proposal using our template. Keep in mind that contributed articles must be 600-700 words and we require 4-6 weeks to complete the editorial review process, so please plan your proposal accordingly.
Acceptance of proposals and manuscripts is at the sole discretion of the magazine editorial team. Submissions are evaluated by our editorial team for informational value, timeliness, and quality. They may be edited for length, clarity, tone, and audience appeal. Submissions that are of a purely promotional or commercial nature will not be accepted. IBM reserves the right to reject any submitted content for any reason, or no reason. IBMdatamag.com and IBM reserve the right to review or request changes to all submissions.
We very much appreciate the time that’s required to prepare an article or column proposal. However, due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are not able to respond to each one—but we do read them all and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.
How to submit a NewsByte proposal
We welcome suggestions for NewsBytes as well as articles. These items should be approximately 200 words. NewsBytes typically run for one week on the homepage of the site. After that week, they are moved to the appropriate category page unless the item is date-sensitive (for example, an event announcement).
To submit a NewsByte for consideration, please use this template to send us a proposal.
If your proposal is accepted
We will work with you to create a schedule for submission of the completed draft and revisions. IBM will hold the copyright on the finished article; authors maintain ownership of the ideas expressed in their articles.
Accepted articles will require a featured image—either a photograph or high-quality abstract digital art—in PNG format. These images must be 740 pixels wide at 150dpi, in either PNG or JPG format, and should contain as little text as possible. In addition, any graphics that will be used inline within the article can be up to 740 pixels wide and 150dpi.
Terms of publication
Contributors of content grant IBM an unrestricted worldwide royalty-free license to reproduce, either in whole in part, any submitted content. Further, contributors represent and warrant that all submitted content is original and free of any claim of ownership or copyright by any third party, and they have full authority to submit the content and grant such license to IBM. Should IBM accept and publish submitted content, contributor further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless IBM from any claim from any third party as related to such submitted content.