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General Writer's Guide for Prospective Authors

This webpage provides information on writer's criteria and guidelines for potential contributors to Army Communicator magazine.

Shortcuts to topics this page:
green square bullet How to submit an article green square bullet Notes on "department" updates
green square bullet Book reviews green square bullet References

Related webpages/topics:
Editorial policy and philosophy: green square bullet Mission and philosophy green square bullet Article subjects green square bullet Coordination with the editor
Manuscripts for AC: green square bullet Manuscript length green square bullet General manuscript requirements and formatting
AC style manual: green square bullet The Army writing standard green square bullet Style (general guidance) green square bullet Article sections green square bullet Clarity index
green square bullet Writer's guide to style (specific guidance)

How to submit an article

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.

  1. 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 Regiment.

  2. Write an outline to organize your work. Put the bottom line up front and write clear, concise introduction and conclusion paragraphs.

  3. 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 style manual.

  4. 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[1])

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Army Communicator Editor letting us know your article has been placed on AKO:

    a. Photographs and graphics with an adequate description of the images and photographer/illustrator credits.

    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.

Notes on "department" updates

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).

Book reviews

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.

Example:
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.

References

Bullet 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.
Bullet Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-67, Effective Writing for Army Leaders.
Bullet Army Regulation 360-1, The Army Public Affairs Program.
Bullet The Associated Press Stylebook.

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April 04, 2012

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