IndustryWeek Contributors' Guidelines

Articles accepted for publication will appear on southwestdirectory.com and may also appear in various southwestdirectory.com newsletters.

Word Count: Generally 600 to 1,200 words, with exceptions on occasion. 

All contributed content must be first-run by IndustryWeek. This means that articles or columns should not have already appeared elsewhere, even on the author’s own website.

Please attach the article as a Word or .rtf document. Send to IndustryWeek c/o contributors-. We typically respond to pitches within two weeks.

Final decisions on acceptance will be made only upon seeing a completed manuscript.

Subject Matter: IndustryWeek is a business publication that focuses specifically on manufacturing. Our readers are generally executives, owners and higher-level managers at manufacturing companies ranging from 100 employees to 100,000. They are looking for tips and tactics to do their jobs, manage their workers, improve their leadership skills, understand the latest technology as it applies to their business and run their operations better. Your article/column should provide some nugget of information/expertise that they can take away and implement, or that they can modify and use, or provides great food for thought.

Don’t try to tackle too large a subject, given the length of article. Don’t be too generic in your comments. Show how you understand the specific challenges of manufacturing—whether your topic is around talent, leadership, policy, continuous improvement, operations, technology, etc. Take a look at the website for examples of other contributed pieces. 

Try to write conversationally. This is not a white paper.

Articles will not be accepted if they appear to be pushing a particular product or service, or are otherwise too commercial or written in a promotional tone.

For example, a column written by a consultant called “Ten Reasons Why You Need a Consultant,” would not be accepted. Neither would an article by a CNC manufacturer saying, “Here is why my CNC machine would make your life better.” Demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter. This is good for both you and IndustryWeek. Our manufacturing readers respond more positively if they see that you understand their business and their pain points.

The author does not need to be a professional writer. The editor is happy to work with anyone who would like to contribute their expertise.

If your pitch seems like a good fit for us, you will hear from us within two weeks; most likely sooner.  

Deadlines: Don’t worry about this. We are constantly looking for good material. However, if you’d like a deadline, we are happy to provide one.

Articles/columns are accepted or rejected at the sole discretion of our editor in charge of contributors. If your article is accepted, you will be required to sign a contributors' agreement. 

Contributed copy is subject to editing by our contributors editor, who has the final say. That said, the editor will work with the author to reach a mutually agreeable final version.

Bio and Headshot: If the author is new to IndustryWeek, please include a headshot (dimensions at least 375x375 pixels and 72 dpi) and an author bio.

Art or Graphics: You are not required to submit art with the story; however, if you have good photos, charts or graphics that help tell a story, we will consider using them. Photos should be at least 500 x 500 pixels (the larger the better) and 72 dpi.  

Attribution: We fact-check our contributed pieces. Please clearly state where any outside facts in the article come from, either within the article or through a hyperlink in the text. Attribution should be the original source, not a secondary source that mentions the statistic.

Please use hyperlinks to link to outside urls; do not put the full web address in the article. Please do not include footnotes; attribute as you would see in a news article and include a hyperlink to the source if there is one. 

Style: We use Associated Press style, with a few small exceptions. If you are not familiar with AP style, just be aware that some capitalization, spellings, punctuation and references may be edited to conform with AP style. 

Book excerpts: We sometimes run contributed excerpts from forthcoming books related to our subject areas, with full credit to the author and a link to the book. Please reach out to Laura Putre if you are publishing a book you would like us to consider. 

To Get You Started:

Here are just a few examples of strong contributed articles to give you an idea of what we're looking for.

To Survive in the Smart Machine Age, Change Your Thinking

We REALLY Need to Stop Talking about Lean

Boeing: Once an Admired Company, Now Just Poorly Led

Taking Safety to the Next Level, with Gamification and More

The Importance of Listening to Employees

Updated 9/1/2020.