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Writer's Guide for Prospective Authors
This webpage provides information on writer's
criteria and guidelines for potential contributors to Army Communicator
Editorial policy and philosophy:
Mission and philosophy
Coordination with the editor
Manuscripts for AC:
manuscript requirements and formatting
AC style manual:
The Army writing
Style (general guidance)
Writer's guide to style
Steps involved in submitting an article to
AC are outlined following. These are the "bottom line up front";
however, to better ensure your chances of publication, we recommend that you
read all the criteria contained on this webpage as well as apply the guidance
contained in the AC
style manual. The AC
editorial policy and philosophy page, as well as the
manuscript guidance page, may also be of some assistance.
Select a relevant topic of interest to
the U.S. Army Signal Regiment / military information-technology community.
The topic must professionally develop members of the U.S. Army Signal
Write an outline to organize your work.
Put the bottom line up front and write clear, concise introduction and
Follow the writing standard established
in AR 25-50, Preparing and Managing Correspondence, Section IV
(the Army writing style), and DA Pamphlet 600-67,
Effective Writing for Army Leaders, especially Paragraphs
3-1 and 3-2. The Army standard is writing you can understand in a single
rapid reading and is generally free of errors in grammar, mechanics and
usage. Also see Army Communicator's
Maintain the active voice as much as
possible. Write "Congress cut the budget" rather than "the budget was cut by
Congress." (DA PAM 600-67, Paragraph 3-2, b)
Write as if you were telling someone
face-to-face about your subject. Use conversational tone; "I," "you" and
"we" personal pronouns; short sentences and short paragraphs.
Send the article to Commander, USASC&FG,
ATTN: ATZH-POM (Army Communicator), Bldg. 29808A (Signal
Towers) Room 713, Fort Gordon, GA 30905. Or place a copy of the article on
AKO in the Articles for
Submission folder and send an email to the
Communicator Editor letting us know your article has been placed on AKO:
a. Photographs and graphics with an adequate description of the images and
b. If forwarding via U.S. Postal Service, send a compact disc (CD) with the article in
Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) text. Whether Postal Service mail or
email, include any graphics files (separate these from the text).
c. A short biography (3-4 sentences) with the full names of all the
article's authors. The biography should highlight the author's present duty
position, education and former jobs that reflect his/her expertise in the
area of the article.
d. A cover
letter/cover page requesting publication. Include work phone number, email
address, U.S.P.S. address and manuscript word count.
If photographs/illustrations are embedded in
your submission, or if your article lacks a professional-development focus, this
will delay or "kill" your article's publication. Articles on unit deployments
that don't contain a professional-development emphasis may be adapted as
newsbriefs or updates for the "Circuit Check" section.
Department updates are "Signals," "Doctrine update," training
updates, book reviews and the Training and Doctrine Command systems manager
updates provided by each TSM. Signal Center subject-matter experts provide all
these except book reviews.
The aim here is a terse update -- there should be
no information repeated from any previous
AC. The combined word count for the entire department's submission
should be about 500 words.
If a subject warrants more coverage and it hasn't been
discussed in a previous AC -- a new program,
procedure, or piece of equipment or system would be candidates for exception --
contact the editor for discussion about the update's submission as a regular
AC article. Email
ACeditor@conus.army.mil; telephone (706) 791-7204 (DSN 780).
Any Signaleer may submit a book review. Focus on any
Signal/communications book that should be brought into the
professional-development light. Tell how the book will professionally develop
fellow Signaleers, but keep the book review to about 1,000 words.
A book review’s format is narrative, preceded by a
paragraph stating the book’s title, its author, city where published, publisher,
year published, page count, price per copy, paperback or hardback, and sources
if the book isn’t readily available at the local bookstore. The publisher’s
website address is optional.
Why a Soldier? A Signal Corpsman’s Tour from Vietnam to the Moscow Hot Line;
David G. Fitz-Enz; New York: Ballantine Books; 2000. 404 pages. $6.99. Paper.
Include two or three sentences of biographical information
on the reviewer at the review’s end: present position, highlights of previous
assignments, military and civilian education.
||Army Regulation 25-50, Preparing and Managing Correspondence,
especially Chapter 1, Paragraph 1-10; and Section IV (Paragraphs 1-43
through 1-46). See also Appendix B, style practices.
||Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-67, Effective Writing for Army
||Army Regulation 360-1,
The Army Public Affairs Program.
||The Associated Press
Last modified on:
April 04, 2012