First of all, thank you for considering to write an article for UsabilityGeek! This page contains all the information you need.
Why Become an Author at UsabilityGeek?
- Your article will be promoted to a massive audience of over 100.000 design professionals every single month
- You will get a considerable boost to your professional reputation and career
- Your article will be promoted across all our social media channels
- If you do exceptionally well, we’re able to promote your article on the social media channels of the Interaction Design Foundation – reaching over 700.000 followers, and 600.000 monthly visitors
- Likewise, if you do really well, we’ll offer to republish your article on the foundations Medium channel (again, with an enormous readership).
- You will be part of an exclusive elite of design authors: We only accept articles by seasoned professionals
- You get full author recognition: Your name, biography and photo appear underneath your article
- A constructive, iterative and thorough editorial process: You will have professional editors to help you in a constructive and non-controlling way.
- Your publication will help bring about the democratization of knowledge. Being completely free and unrestricted in its online version, we are firm believers in the philosophy that knowledge should be free and accessible to all.
UsabilityGeek is a Usability & User Experience (UX) publication that provides practical and useful insights from the fields of Usability, User Experience, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Web Design, Information Architecture (IA) and related areas.
Our readers share the love of creating a great user experience – irrespective of what product or service they are creating.
So what articles get published on 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.
- Actionable and Relevant: This is a niche publication and we only accept articles about Usability, User Experience, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Web Design, Information Architecture (IA) 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 provide practical 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.
- 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. Nor may it contain affiliate links.
- Linked to external sites: Each article must have around 3 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 itself. 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.
- Original: We do not publish copied or re-hashed content. 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. You can find great, royalty-free and non-copyrighted images on Unsplash.com and Pixabay.com and Pexels.com – just to name a few. When you send us additional images, please send us large versions. We will crop and re-size images ourselves. Please ensure that you know the copyright status of these images and are allowed to use them (just use the websites mentioned above and you’ll be fine).
- Proof-read and polished: Please make sure to proof-read your article before submitting it – as well as polish all sentences so your article is engaging to read. Try to impress us with your attention to detail and by getting the “sum of all details” just right. If you impress us, you will impress your readers.
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 a PDF or in Microsoft Word format.
- 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.
- 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.
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 an 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 start the submission process. 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.
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 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.