First of all, thank you for considering to write an article for UsabilityGeek. This page contains all the information that you need for publishing an article.
Usability Geek is a Usability & User Experience (UX) publication that provides practical and useful information from the fields of Usability, User Experience, Marketing, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Architecture (IA). We typically publish between one and two articles a week.
Since user experience encompasses several fields, the experience and expertise of our readership varies. Some readers originate from the web design and development community. Others operate in the educational field while there is a percentage who are marketing professionals and business owners. What is common among such a varied community is the love they all share in creating a great user experience irrespective of what product or service they are offering.
So what articles get published in UsabilityGeek? We can answer this with one simple phrase – “any article that creates a great user experience!“. People visit UsabilityGeek to keep up to date with the latest trends and techniques and also to learn more about well-established methodologies.
Any article that is submitted must be:
- Detailed: 1,200 words or more.
- Relevant: This is a niche publication. In this regard, we only accept articles about usability, user experience, user interface, conversion and related fields. If you are not sure whether the topic of your article is suitable, we suggest visiting the start here page to fully understand what UsabilityGeek is all about. Another important requirement is that your article must give good advice. This means that while we do accept (and encourage) authors to challenge accepted principles, this must be done in a constructive manner using well-researched and balanced arguments.
- Of a high quality: Please do not send us generic, low quality articles whose sole objective is to get links. Also, please avoid writing articles about topics that are no longer relevant or have been thoroughly discussed on other websites. Last but not least, please make sure to have your article proofread and checked for grammatical errors before submitting it to us.
- Not promotional: The objective of submitting an article on UsabilityGeek is for the reader to learn something. In this regard, your article must not be a sales pitch where you promote a particular company, product or service. We have Sponsored Posts and Advertising Banners for that.
- Linked to external sites: Each article must have at least 4 outgoing links to reference work that has already been conducted by someone else. There is no maximum limit on the number of times you link to articles on UsabilityGeek.com or external sites. Appropriate citations give due credit to other authors, avoid repetition of content that is already published elsewhere and serve as a benefit for readers who want to read more about something that is being mentioned without distracting others who do not. That being said, we are very strict with regards to the quality of such outgoing links and the anchor text that is used to link to them. In addition to this, we do not accept affiliate or referral links within articles. We also do not accept links to sites that redirect to other sites when clicked upon.
- Original: We do not publish copied, re-hashed or content that is similar to content that has already been published. Your article needs to pass our plagiarism-checking mechanisms, which consist of a combination of automated tools and manual checking.
- Conforming to Google’s link guidelines: Simply put, any article that violates Google’s guidelines for links, will not be published.
- Accompanied by images: Each submission needs to contain 1 accompanying image which will be used as the lead image. The dimension for this image must be at least 1000px wide. While the submission of additional images is not mandatory, we strongly encourage it since they add more clarity and appeal to articles. Should you wish to send us any additional images, please send us large versions (1000px wide or more). We will crop and re-size images ourselves. Please ensure that you have full rights to use any images that you send us.
Once you are accepted as a guest author, we will contact you to provide you with instructions on how to submit your article (more on this, below). Eventually, your submission must contain all of the following:
- Your article: Can be sent as an HTML document, PDF or in Microsoft Word format. There is no need to send it to us already styled.
- Your biography: A short biography with (at most) 1 link to be shown in the author bio underneath your article. Please note that this needs to be a natural link where our readers can find more information about you or your company. We do not accept keyword-stuffed links or links that violate any of Google’s link guidelines.
- Gravatar-enabled e-mail address: So that your photograph appears in the author bio. If you do not have one, please head over to Gravatar to register it.
What you Get in Return
Having your article published in UsabilityGeek gives you:
- Exposure on a niche publication that enjoys a great reputation and attracts approximately 100,000 user experience enthusiasts each month
- Social media promotion via UsabilityGeek’s Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages
- Newsletter – Your article will feature prominently on our newsletter which is sent to subscribers who opt to receive it
- Full author recognition – Your name, biography and photo appear underneath your article
How to Proceed From Here
Step 1 : Send us Your Proposal
We assume that since you have reached this part, you have read and understood the policies on this page and it excites you to join the UsabilityGeek family as a guest author. Let us assure you that the feeling is mutual, and we look forward to welcome you aboard!
In this regard, may we kindly ask you to press the button below which will take you to a form where you can let us know what topics you have in mind. Please note that only submissions made from this form will be considered.
Step 2: How and What we Publish
Before submitting the your article, you will first need to apply to become a guest author as explained in step 1. Once you have been accepted, you will be contacted from a member of our editorial team who will be able to provide you with instructions for submission.
A member of our editorial team will read the article you have submitted and will evaluate it using the policies explained on this page as benchmark. In this regard, for an article to be considered for publication, it needs to adhere to all the policies stated on this page. Also, while we will consider and review all submissions, this does not mean that submitting your article will automatically guarantee its publication.
When submitting articles to UsabilityGeek, please ensure that you have full ownership on both the text and any accompanying material, including images. Once your article is published, you will be granting an exclusive, royalty-free license to UsabilityGeek to be the sole publisher of your article. Should you wish, you may publish extracts of this article but you cannot reproduce it in its entirety. Also, any published extracts must contain attribution and a link to the article on UsabilityGeek.
We may request that you make alterations in order to improve its appeal or, in rare cases, we may opt not to publish it altogether. If the article is purely promotional in nature, then this will not be published. We also reserve the right to alter the content of the article, including but not limited to removing links. We will always keep you informed accordingly.
Once your article has been accepted for publication, we will propose the date when it is going to be published. We will also send you the link to the article as soon as we publish it.
Last but not least, please allow approximately 3 days for replies to the correspondence that you send about your articles. While we do our utmost to reply within a reasonable time, replies can be delayed because of a number of factors such as the number of submissions being received and/or reviewed. That being said, please do send reminder emails should you not hear from us after 3 days.
Amendments to This Document
This document is subject to change without notice. In such case, we will place an updated version on this page.
The version you are reading right now was last updated on July 11th, 2017.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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