Writer’s Guidelines

Our Mission

Directions Magazine is the industry’s oldest and most respected source of geospatial information technology news and commentary. Our readers are interested in solving problems using geospatial technologies including GIS, GPS, location-based services, remote sensing and related technologies. They expect to gain an “inside edge” from the information they access on our site, so before submitting your article, please ask yourself:

  • Will it ENGAGE geospatial professionals and entrepreneurs?
  • Will it INFORM them about technologies and trends that will help them overcome business challenges or give them a competitive advantage?
  • Will it INSPIRE implementation, new directions or new discussion in the industry?

Article Approaches

We welcome articles that ENGAGE, INFORM and INSPIRE in these forms:

  • News coverage of developments in geospatial information technology, industry trends and events
  • State of the art articles thatreview a technology or business area and its current state, including major players, products and challenges
  • Solution articles or case studies that illustrate how a challenge was overcome by geospatial technologies, with an emphasis on the bottom-line impact of the implementation. The article should define the challenge, include details of how it was resolved, discuss why and how the technology was chosen and applied, and if possible, include relevant personnel and training issues and lessons learned.
  • Guest editorials that take a stand on policy or other issues related to geospatial technology 
  • Reviews that evaluate new products or services in an unbiased way. Reviews should examine technical issues related to hardware, software and data; the features and benefits provided; the system requirements; the intended market and whether or not it meets that market’s needs; how well it performs its claimed capabilities; how easy or difficult it is to implement, learn and use; what training is needed, and what types of training are available; how it compares to similar products; its cost, and suggestions for ways the product or service could be improved.
  • Interviews with industry leaders, influencers and trendsetters on their missions, visions, and impact; industry trends; future projections and issues of concern.

Upcoming Issues

We are currently planning issues around the following themes:

  • Implementing GIS on a small budget
  • GIS careers: education, job markets, career planning, career development and networking
  • The changing role of GIS in health and public safety and national security
  • The role of GIS in environmental/natural resource management
  • Civil planning and urban geodesign
  • The changing landscape of corporate marketing with GIS

We welcome your articles in support of those themes, including, but not limited to, stories on the pros and cons of various free and low-cost GIS solutions, crowdsourcing, cooperatives, top educational programs, job market overviews, online and offline networking tips, issues in Geo-Education, using GIS to improve public health and safety, natural resource threat assessment and management, smart cities, GIS in use by various urban agencies such as police forces, departments of health and utilities, and the ways in which GIS is revolutionizing company research and marketing tactics.

Style

Our voice is that of one industry insider speaking to another — your trusted friend in the business — so please use a familiar rather than scholarly tone. Define all acronyms on first use except GIS and GPS. Identify all persons quoted including their name, title and company affiliation. We do not include footnotes, but you may hyperlink to relevant content as a reference.

Remember that gaining an edge with geospatial information technology is critical to our readers’ success, so it’s essential that the material is timely and relevant to the challenges they are facing today. Please define the goal of the article and its benefits to the reader and his/her organization in the first two paragraphs.

We welcome articles written by technology vendors, but the articles must be informative and non-commercial. For advertorials and other commercial options, please refer to our advertising guide.

Length

Keep the articles short, between 500 and 1500 words, for quick consumption by a busy professional audience.

Graphics

Provide 3-5 graphics in GIF or JPEG format no wider than 700 pixels. Attach the graphics to your submission email. Include a caption of 15-25 words in complete sentences, cite the source of the graphics and ensure that we have permission to reproduce the graphics online. 

Payment, General Terms and Reprints

Wedo not pay for unsolicited articles, but welcome your contributions to the publication and the industry.

Directions Magazine retains copyright to the version of material which appears in any of its publications or other publication owned or managed by same. Editorial material appearing in Directions Magazine may not be copied and republished elsewhere in the same form without appropriate credit given to Directions Magazine. Contact Jane Elliott, publisher, for permission to reprint an article appearing in any of our publications.

How to Submit

Submit your article and graphics by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or use the button below. Include a two-line biography of the author(s) that includes the author(s)’ name(s), title(s), organization(s), and website(s)/email address(es). We will confirm receipt of materials. All submissions are subject to approval and editing for grammar, style and consistency. Not all submissions will be published.

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Directions Magazine gives priority to articles that have not been previously published. We will consider reprints on a case by case basis. Please let us know if the article you are submitting is a reprint.

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