Pen Computing's readership is quite diverse. It ranges from technical specialists, to
decision-making managers, to executives, to consumers interested in new technology.
However, our readership shares a passion for new technology that will help them get their
tasks completed faster, better, and more efficiently.
Pen Computing Magazine seeks submissions relating to pen computing technology, PDAs, and
mobile and wireless computing. Submissions can be in the form of columns, reviews,
opinions, or feature articles about certain topics. Submissions should not have been
published elsewhere, unless agreed to by the editor-in-chief.
Contributions are to be submitted electronically in a word processing or electronic mail
file. We cannot accept typed or handwritten submissions.
The length of a submission will be negotiated between the editors and the contributor.
General guidelines are: One page columns - 900 words; two-page columns/features: 1,600
words; side bars: 100 - 300 words; full features - negotiated.
Pen Computing Magazine welcomes graphics and photographs in submissions. With photographs,
we assume that the contributor owns the right to have the photograph reproduced. We assume
graphics to have been prepared by the contributor or his/her staff. Graphics must be
submitted in EPS, TIFF, or PICT file format. All EPS files must include any fonts or
graphic elements referred to by the EPS file.
The publishing schedule of Pen Computing Magazine, nominally bi-monthly, may vary due to
trade shows or other events. Always inquire with the editorial staff for actual submission
deadlines. If you cannot make a promised deadline, notify the editorial office well in
advance so that we can make alternate plans. Pen Computing Magazine will not pay a
honorarium for a time-critical submission that arrives past the deadline.
After receiving your article, we will read it into Microsoft Word 2001 on a Macintosh
G4 computer, perform a general review, and then edit as required for space or clarity. During
this phase, we may contact the contributor with questions or comments. The final version
will then be used in Quark XPress 4.1 on a Macintosh.
Writers and contributors may include an up-to-date writer's blurb at the end of their
submission. The blurb should contain the contributor's background and qualifications, and
a way to contact him or her. Blurbs should not contain advertisement for a contributor's
Pen Computing Magazine's readership is technically knowledgeable. Keep the amount of
introductory "fluff" to a minimum. Always offer "value-added"
information rather than just rewriting a press release or a spec sheet.
The current economic climate has pretty much wiped out our external contributor budget. Pen Computing Magazine negotiates compensation on a case-by-case basis. Provision of ad space in lieu of payment, payment in the form of the thrill of being published in a national magazine, and exchange of editorial
submissions are also possible. As a general guideline, those who seek elusive paid assignments may look at
between 10 and 40 cents per word, one page columns between $100 and $250, and full
features between $100 and $500.
|Style and Grammar
Please submit articles in Microsoft Word 98 for Mac or Microsoft Word
97/2001 or 2000/up for
Use single spaced New York or Times Roman font, 12 point size throughout the submission.
You may use bold and italic text, but no underlines, please. Use real (i.e.
"smart") quotes and apostrophes throughout, except when indicating distance in
feet or inches. Use only a single space character after each sentence, a single carriage
return after each paragraph, and a single tab at the beginning line of each paragraph. All
text should be left aligned, without justification or hyphenation. Do not embed graphics.
Instead, include as separate TIFF or EPS files with captions in separate text files. Do
not use headers, footers, or page numbers. Before submitting, spell check and correct the
entire submission, and indicate the number of words at the beginning of the file. If you
send an update to a previous submission, please use revision numbers (e.g. rev 1.1).
We assume that any submissions to Pen Computing Magazine are solely owned by the
contributor. Upon request, Pen Computing Magazine will grant a contributor full copyright
of a submission as long as non-exclusive first time print and electronic publishing rights
are granted to us. Else, the submission will be copyrighted by Pen Computing Magazine.
Reprints of Submissions
Pen Computing Magazine will provide free of charge three copies of the issue in
which a contributor's submission appears. For commercially produced reprints, contact Pen
Computing Magazine at 516-349-9333.
Complaints and Corrections
Complaints about factuality or accuracy are reported immediately to the editor in-chief
who will investigate the matter. If a legitimate correction is in order, it will be
printed prominently in the next issue of the magazine.
Pen Computing Magazine will always give credit when referring to and/or reporting on
matters reported on elsewhere first.
Contact with Editorial Office
Long distance calls are expensive and everybody hates voice mail. Therefore, all contact
with the editorial office is via email. Contact executive
editor David MacNeill at email@example.com.
Conflicts of Interest
We require full disclosure of any potential situation which could be seen as influencing
your opinion or description of a product, topic, or service. If you have a potential
conflict of interest, inform your editor so that we can determine a course of action.
The editorial and the advertising office of Pen Computing Magazine are strictly
separate. They do not even share office space. Advertisers do not have any influence on
editorial staff decisions. They also cannot review or approve editorial content prior to
publication. Advertising may not promise editorial coverage of a product in return for
purchase of advertisement space. Editorial staff may not attempt to influence vendors to
Email to all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
unless directed otherwise. Please do not mail or fax hard copy unless directed.