Tech Decisions Submission Guidelines

Tech Decisions welcomes submission of case study subjects (specifically, profiling an insurance company technology implementation) from insurance IT solutions providers as well as press releases about new products, new versions of products, or new customers.

In addition, we suggest solutions providers review the editorial calendar for topic opportunities. Tech Decisions also welcomes submission of bylined articles from insurance companies, research firms, and IT consultants that provide services rather than specific software products.

Pitching a Story Idea

The following guidelines apply in all cases: Topics for bylined stories should first be discussed with the editors of Tech Decisions to determine their suitability for our readership. A bylined story is one that expresses the knowledge and insights of the author(s).

The purpose of such a story is to educate and/or update our readers on the latest trends as they apply to the insurance industry or express an opinion regarding insurance IT issues. Once a topic is approved, the author(s) should submit an abstract or outline to the editors that clearly defines the scope and key points to be dealt with in the article. Upon approval of such abstract or outline, a deadline date will be assigned and specific needs (e.g., accompanying graphics, special length) will be discussed. At that time the writing process should begin.

Article Guidelines

Contributed bylined articles should be about 1,800 words in length or as specified by Tech Decisions. The author's title and company will be mentioned in a byline that appears with the article. Contributed bylined articles may not contain third-party attributions or direct or indirect quotations. Hypothetical or typical examples of applications or trends may be used, for example, but the companies involved cannot be named.

Again, the article should express the author's knowledge, expertise and opinions. We do not ask contributing authors to act as reporters. Deadlines are firm, unless an extension is granted. While publication dates will be assigned, articles may be held until later issues due to space considerations.

Licensing Agreement

Tech Decisions requires that all contributing authors sign a licensing agreement which specifies, in part, that the article being written may not be published elsewhere until it has appeared in print in our publication. The agreement is generally signed before writing begins. The agreement gives the author full copyright and the right to republish elsewhere, but only after the article appears in Tech Decisions. Tech Decisions does not publish articles that have been published elsewhere.

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