Blog Submission Guidelines

Blog Submission Guidelines

Aspiring Information Professionals Association (IPA) writers and authors should read this in full before submitting an article.

Aims

IPA is fortunate to have an informed and experienced readership with high standards. Our readers include a wide variety of information professionals–from defense practitioners and planners, to government policy makers, to journalists, academics, technologists, futurists, and venture capitalists. We seek to publish authoritative, experienced, and authentic voices who have something important to contribute to our generational challenge: Cognitive Security.

We believe that responsive publishing and open dialog around well formed ideas grounded in experience and/or deep study (hopefully both) serves our community better than the protracted processes found in other venues to incrementally advance the rigor of a piece before its eventual exposure to light.  We want to publish viewpoints on today’s issues today, rather than in months or years.

We welcome your submission of content suitable for our professional community. We will review what you submit and may publish original content as a guest or IPA member post.

Readership

Based upon LinkedIn and website metrics, our audience tends to be senior leaders in Defense & Space, Military, Information Services, and Government Relations. Our goal over time, however, is to reach a wide general audience. Our articles tend to be read 200-400 times; we expect these metrics to grow.

Relevant Topics

Cognitive Security is a field concerned with influence and protection from influence of large groups of media users and consumers both online and offline. Cognitive Security focuses on (1) the exploitation of cognitive biases in large public groups, (2) social influence as an end unto itself and (3) formality and quantitative measurement. Topics of interest are wide ranging to include, but not limited to:

  • History of Information Warfare and Propaganda
  • Cyber and how it relates to Cognitive Security
  • Different threats posed by state and non-state enemies
  • Creating a Whole of Society Effort
  • Constitutional and Legal Matters
  • Psychology: How does the human mind work (or NOT work)
  • Disinformation and fake news: How does it work? What can be done?
  • Impact of technological advances on disinformation
  • Governmental roles
  • Hybrid Warfare and implications for cognitive security
  • Partnerships
  • Various Western perspectives and cognitive security in other areas of the world

Types of submissions

  • Original thought leadership
  • Opinions
  • Book reviews
  • Journal article critiques

Length

We accept submissions between 800 and 2,500 words. We sometimes solicit pieces longer than 2,500 words, but we do not accept unsolicited submissions that fall outside the 800 to 2,500-word window.

Pitch Process

Submit only original, unpublished work for consideration.

Start by sending a short (200 words max) pitch to communications@information-professionals.org with “IPA ARTICLE PITCH” in the subject line. The pitch should include your main argument and why your experience makes you well-suited to address the topic in question. Feel free to attach your CV or bio. Brag about yourself! Please also feel free to tell us your publication record, but we make our assessments based on what you’ve done, not where you’ve written. Wait to hear back from us before you go on to submit a full article. No matter who responds to your pitch, always keep communications@information-professionals.org cc’d. This allows us to track your submission as a team.

IPA will let you know if your pitch is accepted.

Submission Format

After your pitch is accepted, submissions should be emailed as single-spaced Word attachments (not Google Docs) to communications@information-professionals.org with “IPA ARTICLE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

Please write your pitch in Microsoft Word and submit it as a Word file attachment to your email. 

Please do not send in the submission until we have given you a thumbs up on the pitch (see above). Again, if you do not hear back within three days, please feel free to shoot us another note.

Artwork

Our articles will include an image related to the topic. Authors are encouraged to submit images for consideration. Images must be public domain or be of the author’s own creation.

Review and Editorial Process

IPA reserves the right to edit your article for consistency, decency, grammar, and readability. We will provide you with an edited version of the article for final approval. IPA may include a disclaimer regarding the fact that the piece is the work of the author and publication does not reflect the endorsement or the views of the association. IPA aims to promote discourse among its membership by offering its blog as a venue. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Personal attacks will not be tolerated or published.

IPA reserves the right not to publish an article if it does not meet our standards.

All articles will include the following disclaimer:

The following article is an original work published by the Information Professionals Association. Opinions expressed by authors are their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of or endorsement by the Information Professionals Association.

Revisions

These Submission Guidelines are evolving and may be revised at any time.