Editorial Information and Guidelines

The following guidelines provide a basic framework for the submission of feature articles to Innovation on a variety of topics. Engineers and Geoscientists BC members are welcome to submit articles or article ideas for consideration; however please note that authors should first contact the Managing Editor well in advance to discuss the specifics of story proposals and deadlines.

Content

Generally, Innovation feature articles are intended to highlight various aspects of engineering/geoscience practice and, in particular, the achievements and innovations of members and their firms. They should be interesting, readable, well organized, and of relevance to Innovation’s primary readership: BC's engineers and geoscientists.

The topic approach usually centres on a challenge/issue and how it was solved or addressed; alternatively, it may focus on recent breakthroughs or improvements in a technology or field of practice. Feature stories typically range from 1,200 to 1,500 words long and are accompanied by photos and illustrations to maximize visual appeal and impact.

Engineering/geoscience articles should be written or co-written by registered Engineers and Geoscientists BC members and be non-technical, non-promotional and understandable by members of all disciplines as well as non-members. They should also include sufficient background information for readers unfamiliar with the topic or area of practice covered in the story.

Articles of a more general nature (e.g., business, legal, or ethical issues) written by non-members, or those concerning other topics of interest and relevance to BC engineers and geoscientists, should meet the above requirements and be clearly targeted to Innovation's readership.

Organization and Format

Articles should be organized as follows:

  • A descriptive 200-300 word introduction (two to three paragraphs) that captures the reader's interest, sets the story context, and clearly indicates the article's intended focus.
  • A main body, complete with section headings, in which the story elements unfold in a logical sequence (a more detailed background section often follows the introduction).
  • A brief conclusion that reiterates the article's main points (without simply restating them) and/or predicts the nature of the topic in the future.
  • Brief author biographies (two to three sentences) limited to current position and responsibilities held.

Articles may be emailed to the Managing Editor in MS Word format. Articles must comprise text only and be free of embedded graphics, photos, or any other special formatting.

Should the article, following evaluation, be considered a candidate for publication, it will be edited as necessary for clarity, readability, organization, and consistency with Innovation’s editorial style and format. Edited articles will be forwarded to the author in advance of publication for the purpose of confirming the text’s factual accuracy.
 

Photos and Illustrations

Visual appeal is an important element of Innovation's feature articles. Although typically about four to five photos/illustrations are used per article, more are preferred for editorial selection purposes; captions are also required. Potential cover photos are also encouraged.

Digital images should be at 300 dpi resolution and a minimum size of 5" x 7" in tif or .jpg format.  Files should be sent in their native format and not embedded in document files.

Submission Guidelines: Innovation encourages unsolicited articles and photos. By submitting materials to Innovation, you grant Innovation a royalty-free, worldwide license to publish the material in Innovation magazine; and you warrant that you have the authority to grant such rights and have obtained waivers of all associated moral rights. Innovation reserves the rights to edit any material for length clarity and conformity with our editorial guidelines and is under no obligation to publish any or all submissions or any portion thereof including credits.

Questions about the content, format, and timing of submissions can be directed to [email protected] or 604.430.8035.
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